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July 25, 2008 | 2,259 views | 35 comments

This post is in response to Danny Uribe's July 22 post: Refuting the
Bible: In the beginning ...

There is no other book in the world like the Bible. 40 different authors who lived in different cultures, different backgrounds, different employment, and lived during the span of 1500 years (Moses to the NT writers). What we have is a collection of writings that fit together like a glove.

What also makes the Bible unique is that it tells the true story. Danny, referred to the Bible containing intolerance, cruelty, and all the like. He’s right. King David was the King of Israel (By the way a steele was found in the early 90’s by archeologist’s with the title ‘House of David’ and is dated at the time David lived). Certainly David did many great things for the Lord like slaying the giant -- Goliath. But he also committed adultery and murder.

People who write books about themselves usually like to leave the bad stuff out. In other words, they just tell the nice things they want people to remember them by.

The Bible is unique. It tells the whole enchilada -- for better or for worse. Another little side note is that the first witness to the resurrection is a woman. A first century historian or writer who wanted credibility for his work would not even think about using a woman as a witness. Remember the morning everyday prayers of a first century Jewish Pharisee, “Thank you G___ for not making me a Gentile, Samaritan or a WOMAN! Women were at the bottom of the food chain when it came to credibility in the first century. Our Lord showed us what God thought about that idea. He was born of a virgin and the first woman to witness His resurrection was not a man but a woman.

Let’s look at Gen 1 and 2 on the subject of death. The Bible describes five kinds of death:
a.) Physical death -- death of the body (Eccl 12;7, Gen 25:17, James 2:26)
b.) Spiritual death or separation from God (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 4:18)
c.) Eternal death -- the second death (Rev. 20:14)
d.) Death to the law (Rom. 7:4)
e.) Death to sin (Rom. 6:11).

The death that Adam experienced the day of eating the forbidden fruit was spiritual death. Spiritual death is defined for us a separation between two things. It is defined for example in Isa 59:2a ... your sins have made a separation between you and your God... In Genesis 2 God specifically told Adam and Eve on the day they would eat the forbidden fruit, "You shall surely die."

Did they physically die that day? No, they did not. After they sinned, Adam and Eve were still walking around. In fact, Adam lived to be 930 years old. They tilled the ground and had children. Later, after they disobeyed God, not only was there immediate spiritual death that came to them, but God pronounced a curse on them and told them they would eventually PHYSICALLY die by cutting them off from the tree of life.

In Genesis 3:17-19 we are told, “... for dust you are and to dust ye shall return.’" Thus, although he did not drop over dead, the process of death began for him. Adam died spiritually (separated from man’s soul with God’s
Spirit) the day he disobeyed God but the process of dying physically (separation of the soul from the body) began that day as well. No contradiction at all just an understanding of Biblical facts.

Maybe next time we can answer Danny’s thoughts on the name used by our Lord in Genesis 2, the name ‘Elohim’. Remember, readers, to pray for Danny as God loves him very much.

Mike Clements
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Your Opinions and Comments

October 29, 2008 11:02pm
I searched at Biblegateway.com where Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary is quoted. There are many research resources available there. Have you ever read, More Than A Carpenter, ... Read More Read More
October 28, 2008 2:44am
That's not the only passage. By the way, what commentary are you referring to? You either take the whole thing literally or nothing in the bible is worth anything. I can't ... Read More Read More
Rebecca (Rachel)  
October 26, 2008 10:01pm
Danny, I think you were referring to me, Rebecca when you answered to Rachel. If the passage you mentioned is the only one you are referring to in regard to your incorrect ... Read More Read More
October 24, 2008 4:09am
Oh, I have one more thing to say to Walter. First off, as far as you comment about everyone thinking like the BORG in an Atheist world, You're gravely mistaken. In fact, ... Read More Read More
October 24, 2008 3:59am
Firstly, to Rachel...It's late and I just came home from work. My response will be brief, and while I cannot remember the exact verse offhand, Matthew 10:34-36 paint a pretty ... Read More Read More
Winston Shaffer  
October 23, 2008 8:57pm
Norway has a population of where they are from the same background and DNA. The population is 94.4%Norwegian (CIA World Factbook). So, using Norway as a comparison to in ... Read More Read More
Rebecca Lindsey  
October 23, 2008 7:57pm
Where in the Bible does Jesus tell his followers to kill all who do not believe in him? Jesus said the opposite; pray for your enemies. He said as he was dying on the cross, ... Read More Read More
October 19, 2008 9:35pm
I've explained once before why I don't list my sources. I suggest you do some more digging.I used Norway as an example because of not only it's Atheist majority, as is stated ... Read More Read More
Winston Shaffer  
October 19, 2008 11:18am
Well, Danny, it appears nothing in this world is perfect but atheism in your mind. You can argument your point all day, but at the end of the day atheism will never be the ... Read More Read More
October 18, 2008 4:58am
I got my information about Norway from a 2007 census. I win there since my information is more recent. And actually, The prison population is less than 1% atheist, and they ... Read More Read More

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