This is the title of the thread the owner of God of Evolution website wanted me to address. I decided to place the answers here as I am having trouble with Microsoft word program right now.
Some of these questions depend upon the questioner’s use of translations and how certain words are interpreted. That issue will tend to lead the questioner to the wrong solution or give them a ‘way out’ of accepting the answer given. Also, it looks like the questioner may have answered more than one question himself as there is only one answer to the questions posed. One thing that is missing is the understanding from the questioner concerning the spiritual level of the YEC person, their training and how much they may actually know.
1. What was the point of the tree of life?
I do not know. As Paul said
12 For now we see in a mirror [a]dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (1 Cor. 13)
God does not tell us all of his reasoning before he does something. Isaiah 55:8-9 gives us an explanation for this and our duty is to trust and learn. One possible answer is that it was a test of obedience. I cannot be sure because God does not explain his actions to us.
2. If human sin is the reason animals die, why can’t they be saved? This is a good question but to understand the answer one must look at the differences in the creation of animals and humans.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after [ag]their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after [ah]their kind”; and it was so
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [ak]sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Animals were not given souls to save, a sin nature nor were they given free choice and on it goes. Plants have the same problem. Man’s sin affects everything that is why we see in Revelation God destroying the old earth and making a new one
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea (ch. 21 v.1)
It is the same reason why God destroyed everything in the flood, man’s sin corrupts everything. This also explains God’s rules on being clean and unclean .Holiness cannot have sin or corruption in its presence.
3. If physical death is part of the punishment for sin, why do Christians still die?
There is no other way to be with God until the rapture occurs and God ends existence as we know it.
4 why was Eve named “mother of life”?
The question is using the wrong word. ‘Life’ should be changed to the living for EVE is not the mother of ‘life’ but only those humans that came into existence. Adam called her that because she, like him, was one of the original parents for all living humans. There was no group of people to begin life, just two Adam and Eve thus she was the mother of all living.
5. How did Adam and Eve know what death was? This question is based upon a faulty assumption. That assumption is that God created unknowing babies but he created adults who had language abilities, feelings, emotions, and knowledge. Most unbelievers think of the world they in and only assume that everything has been that way from the beginning but that is just not so.
Creating something does not work in the same way as the item created was designed to operate. This means that while all humans since Adam and Eve were born without knowledge and must be taught, Adam and Eve most likely were created with knowledge.
Or, before God gave them the command not to eat of the fruits of those two trees he taught then what they needed to know. The same issue comes up with the starlight issue. While light may take so many light years to reach earth, creating that process would mean stretching the light to reach earth so the process could function.
God did not start everything at the beginning and then wait for the starlight to reach earth before he finished creating everything. I will try to explain this more fully at a later date.
6. If the punishment for eating from the tree was that Adam and Eve would physically die … why didn’t they physically die?
This question is one that the questioner answers himself in his long explanation. Part of the confusion comes with how people understand the word ‘die’. Most will automatically leap to the conclusion that God meant physical death but even though physical death came to the world, Adam and Eve experienced a spiritual death and were separated from God because of their sin.
7. Can you name any other piece of literature in which the existence of a talking snake and trees with magical powers would suggest to you that it was meant to be taken literally?
This is a nonsensical question because there is no biblical instruction telling us that a talking snake is evidence for being a literal story. There is no evidence that the trees had ‘magical powers’ either, that identification is read into the passage by those who do not believe. What ability the trees may have was only because God made them that way and used his power to create them in that fashion. The trees had no mind so they could not work their ‘magic’.
The question is also nonsensical because what other literature say has no bearing upon the literal aspect of the Bible. The Bible does not need other literature to create this criteria to be literal. The story is literal because God cannot lie (Titus 1:2), other literature has nothing to do with it.
8. Why do Genesis 1 and 2 contradict?
I get this question a lot and no matter how reasonable the answer is, unbelievers and alternative believers do not accept it. It has happened without fail. The short simple answer is that Genesis 1 & 2 do not contradict but simply provide different details of that first week.
One can point to the naming of the animals as evidence against the time frame being longer than a normal 24 hour day but those doubters need to remember that God created kinds first and put into their genetic make-up the ability to diversify into different species. Different details do not contradict each other. We run into the same issue with the resurrection of Christ in the 4 gospels. They each contain different details but not one of those details contradict the other gospels. One may mention 4 women and another only mentions Mary M but that doesn’t mean the other three were not present at the time.
People who claim there is a contradiction does so because they do not understand the terminology God uses in each chapter. we know this because those same people will use the term ‘4 corners of the earth’ to mean that God teaches that the earth was flat instead of applying the fact that that term is used by almost everyone, for thousands of years, to mean all over the earth.
Most of the time, the accusation of contradiction comes because the people making the accusations do not want to believe and only want to cause trouble.
9. Why is incest wrong?
Because God decided to make it wrong at the right time when genetic deformities will arise and ruin his creation. This may seem like a flippant answer but it is not. I can point back to point 1 and to the passage used there, 1 Cor 13:12, to say we do not know why God used incest in the beginning then decided to make it wrong but to some that may be a cop-out. God has his reasons and we do not always know why God does things and we may not always understand why God does it that way but what we do know, is that before God outlawed it, it was not wrong and not sin.
The pre-flood world was not breaking the law or God’s law. To illustrate this sexual harassment was recently made illegal but all those who practiced sexual harassment prior to that event did nothing legally wrong. You cannot judge or condemn people (or God) based upon actions after the fact. In other words, the people who did sexual harassment when it was legal, did not commit illegal or wrongful acts. They are still innocent people even though eventually the act was declared illegal.
10. And finally, if it is so vitally important that Christians take Genesis literally, why did Jesus never once instruct us to take Genesis literally?
Actually this one is a simple question to answer for Jesus did say to take Moses literally but he just did not use those exact words. Here is what Jesus said:
45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5)
So yes, Jesus did say to take Moses’ words literally. Not taking Moses literally means you do not believe Moses and if you do not believe Moses you will probably not believe what Jesus said either. I have seen this done over the years on a supposedly Christian discussion forum website. Those who rejected what Moses wrote, cut large swaths of passages of scripture from the NT and rejected them.
These responses should answer those questions. If you are not clear about what I have said, please do not interpret my words and change them to what you think they say but place a comment in the comment section asking for a clarification.