Origins — how it all began
First I describe the factors to consider, then I explain the theory.
The question is, how could Adam, the farmer, be the first human if there were humans 200,000 years ago? Possible answers...
We must also address this topic: God created the universe good; how can it contain evil, pain, suffering, and sin?
By way of analogy...
(Romans 5:13) For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
The law to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was necessary to condemn humans. This ushered in a new era for humanity in which wilful disobedience to a specific command of God indicated rebellion against God.
(Romans 5:20) Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
In order to redeem humans God must first highlight their offense by imposing his divine law.
(Romans 7:9) For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
The law causes sin in those who disobey.
(Galatians 3:24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The establishment of law is a step forward in the plan of redemption.
(Romans 2:14) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves.
Even those not having law can be redeemed if they do things pleasing to God.
All humans are equal when before God in judgment;they are be judged by their deeds and by whether they accept or reject God's invitation to enter in to God's kingdom through the redemptive work of Jesus.
However, there are different stages of redemptive history in which humans have differing religious experiences and lifestyles — but always to the same happy end.
The stages of redemptive history...
|Before Adam||No law|
|Adam to Abraham||The choice of life vs. knowledge of good and evil|
|Abraham to Moses||Promise of a religious nation|
|Moses to Babylonian captivity||Religious nation slipping into apostasy|
|Babylonian captivity||Religious nation judged for rebellion|
|Return to the land||One more chance|
|Christ||Salvation by faith and obedience to God's law|
|New heavens and new earth||Freedom, joy, peace, in the continual presence of God|
God allowed Lucifer a role in designing the universe by giving him creative power. God did this to honor a covenant he made with Lucifer. This universe of pain and suffering is for the purpose of demonstrating to Lucifer that God is just in sending him to the lake of fire for all eternity.
Many orthodox Christians interpret this passage as referring to Lucifer. This verse states that Lucifer made the world. Later, after humans built cities, Lucifer destroyed them by inciting people to war. He will not release those captured in his spiritual kingdom of darkness by sin.
Lucifer is the prince of the power of the air.
This verse states that Lucifer is the god of this world. Typically this phrase is interpreted figurativelyto mean merely that he has influence or is wrongly worshipped as the true God. But the passage doesn't say this. Presumably in calling Lucifer god, Paul has in mind that Lucifer has creative powers; that he was able to create the universe.
(2 Peter 3:9)The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing [wishing] that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
God allowed Lucifer to corrupt the world as a means of providing redemption for humans. The creation of the universe was for the purpose of redemption. God gave Lucifer creative power.
To prove that Lucifer is worthy of eternal judgment in the lake of fire, God allows Satan to perform miraculous physical interventions to harm Job. God certainly didn't wreak death and destruction upon Job's family, his property, and his health.
Here's my understanding about all of this...
Lucifer thinks he is like God because he noticed that his conscious awareness of self was in some way outside of God. This is true for us as well. In creating our self-aware soul, God has created something of his nature but outside of himself. Thus, when we consciously experience each moment, God is not sharing this same conscious experience, rather, it is uniquely our own.
Lucifer noticed that conscious awareness was outside of God and concluded that he could, therefore, himself be God. And just as God created other spirit beings (angels) so also Lucifer want to create other spirit beings who would worship him.
Although God does not directly experience our conscious self-awareness, he does hear our soul's calling out to him in prayer, praise, and worship. When we see a beautiful lake or learn of a person's self sacrificing work to assist someone in need, we experience awe. This awe is our soul's communication to God of our acknowledgment of his divine majesty, of our deep appreciation of his work, of our thankfulness that he created us so we can experience such things.
Lucifer wanted a part in this glory but wanted the worship directed toward himself. The one-third of the fallen angels provide this for him and that would have been all there was to it, but God wanted to judge Lucifer. For reasons unknown to us, God chose to create the universe and the creatures in it to provide redemption for them and to judge Lucifer.
We must be very clear that God does not ever create pain, suffering, evil, and sin. Yet the world is clearly full of these even in the animal kingdom as animals kill each other for food causing much pain and suffering. God did not create any of this. Yet God did create the universe. What are we to make of all this?
If God did not create pain and suffering then who did? The answer is that Lucifer did. Christians are very confused on this issue because they don't want to allow the possibility that Lucifer co-created the universe and the creatures in it. Some answers for how pain and suffering came into existence...
I am proposing that before Lucifer sinned, God entered into a covenant with him. Perhaps God was intending to create a universe filled with free-will conscious creatures and he wanted Lucifer to have a role in designing it. God keeps his covenants even if the other party breaks it. In rebelling, Lucifer broke the covenant with God. God then had to find a way to ultimately judge Lucifer.
So God designed the universe to be exactly as it will be in the new heavens and new earthand at each stage passed control to Lucifer. To see Lucifer's work in action, all we need to do is compare the utopia of the new heavens and new earth with the universe of today. Thus, all of the following were created by Lucifer...
Notice that Lucifer has this creative power; he could materialize as a serpent to deceive Eve.
In the new heavens and new earthGod will reconstitute this same universe and resurrect the same creatures but none of the bad things will ever occur; it will be a true paradise, a utopia. He will do this by guiding all events. Thus, a tree limb will fall but not harm any life; tornadoes will happen but we will ride in them unharmed. My creative frame theory explains how all this is possible.
Just as God enjoys our true worship of him as our soul experiences the goodness of his creation and calls out to him, so also, Lucifer receives communications from the living creatures. Pain and suffering is outside of God's domain(until Jesus "deified" human nature).When creatures experience pain and suffering, these are directed to Lucifer the creator of these conscious experiences. Lucifer enjoys these spiritual communications as worship of his creative influence on the world. In this way he has become like God, above God, because he has something God doesn't. Lucifer operates in the realm outside of God and God's goodness, in the realm of evil, depravity, pain, destruction, death.
God doesn't directly feel our pain and suffering. Instead, he hears as we cry out to him, just as the descendents of Israel cried out to God when in bondage in Egypt. God hears our cries and saves us, redeems us. This is how God uses this world of pain, suffering, evil, and sin for his good purposes; he redeems those who Lucifer is trying to destroy.
Lucifer's domain will end someday and he will be eternally judged to the lake of fire. God will do this when two conditions are met...
God uses this world of pain and suffering to redeem those living in it. Lucifer meant it for bad but God uses it for good.
God does not see or experience the pain or suffering in this world, rather, he hears the cries of those suffering and redeems them.
In taking on human nature as part of God's nature, Jesus was able to directly experience pain and suffering just as we do. Allowing Satan to persecute Jesus and kill him in the most undignified manner allowed God to judge Satan to eternity in the lake of fire.
The garden of Edenwas near Tabriz, Iran. Although the geography surrounding it matches the biblical text, I suspect God constructed a walled-in residence for Adam and Eve, to protect them from wild animals.
Noah'sflood occurred after Adam and Eve, therefore, it occurred at least 190,000 years after the first modern humans. Humans had migrated nearly everywhere by 70,000 to 30,000 years ago, including Australia, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, therefore, the flood did not affect any of these peoples since it was local.
Noah's floodoccurred 1,656 years after Adam appeared, roughly 8,500 B.C. The last glacial period of the Quaternary ice age ended about 10,000 years ago (this was the start of the Holocene geological epoch) and resulted in huge floods all over the world.
There are flood stories all over the world. The further away from the near east these stories are, the less they have in common with Noah's flood. Noah's flood occurred before writing so the story was transmitted by word of mouth.
I believe Noah's flood was local, not global, perhaps the filling of the Black Sea but more likely the flooding of the Caspian Sea.The most likely guess for the location of Noah's flood is the flooding of the Caspian Sea after the icepacks melted.
The table of nations of Genesis 10refers to the dispersion of the sons of Noah. Humans had already migrated nearly everywhere by 70,000 to 30,000 years ago, including Australia, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Thus there is no need to try to determine which of the three sons of Noah the various people's of the world are descended from; most are not descended from Noah at all.
The Messiah, the redeemer, was to be a descendant of Adam so it was important that this bloodline be kept pure, that is to say, purely human.
Apparently humans interacted with other homonids such as Neanderthal Man and probably mated together but the last of the Neanderthals went extinct about 30,000 years ago, long before Adam and Eve. However, there are a few other homonids that may have been present alongside humans after the time of Adam and Eve.
Noah lived in what is now the Capsian Sea when the water level was much lower due to the icepacks to the north. God's judgment of mankind in the flood seems to be in response to the mating of modern human females with modern human males (or other hominid males) who were demon-possessed by the wicked angels. The offspring were in some way genetically altered and were not strictly modern humans anymore. Perhaps the offspring were a genetic variation induced by genetic modification via evolutionary processes; a guided particle of radiation to mutate the genes.
The fallen angels who were engaged in this activity had two purposes...
Apparently there were two other incidences of the Nephilim.It seems God did not need a flood to destroy them after the first time; perhaps in Noah's day the people didn't have weapons adequate to vanquish them or perhaps they were not considered to be the enemy needing vanquishing. It seems that part of the reason God created the nation of Israel with its own national identity linked to God was to provide the sense of national superiority necessary to wipe out the Canaanites who had Nephilim among them.
Evolution occurs. The flawed assumptions and conclusions of atheistic evolutionary scientists...
All genetic mutations are guided by the hand of God for his purposes.
Perhaps a reference to the humans from 200,000 years ago until the time of Adam. I'd always wondered who Jesus was referring to.
Speaking about those who deny there will be a day of judgment. Their evidence: the earth doesn't change, it is static. Peter informs them of the creation account in Genesis.
Those promoting the gap theory make much of this verse but it fits well with non-gap views such as mine also.
These verses are typically used as proof that Adam was the first human. But notice that Christ, the last Adam, was not the first human, so why would Adam have to be the first human? What these verses are saying is that Adam and Christ are like bookends of redemption history; Adam started redemption history through the fall, and Christ ended redemption history by providing for redemption.
I've always wondered why there were two different accounts of the beginning of humans, one in day 6 of Genesis chapter 1, the other in Genesis chapter 2. In this verse, God created the first humans 200,000 years ago in Ethopia.
This verse does not refer to Adam, merely to those humans who migrated to northern Iran.
The origin of the first humans via evolution fits this verse. Just as each person returns to the dust upon their death, so also they are formed from dust.
Adam is not the only one made of dust; we all are.
(Genesis 2:21,22)And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs [part of his side], and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib [part of his side], which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Eve was created via some sort of supernatural surgery. The Eve of Genesis is not the same person as the Mitochondrial Eve of science; that woman lived well over 120,000 years ago whereas Eve lived 10,000 B.C.
There is no reason Adam had to be the first human to be the one who allowed sin to enter the human domain. Just as Christ redeemed all those humans who lived before him, so also Adam's disobedience certified the kingdom of Satan which was already in operation in the world and in the humans before Adam. Adam was the first human who willfully disobeyed God's commands, God's law. Before that, there was no law just as, before Moses, there was no Mosaic Law that the descendants of Israel were accountable to.
Just as Jews are accountable to the law but Gentiles are not, so also humans since Adam are accountable to the law to not partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We are to stay away from things of darkness and wickedness. This is why it is so hard to watch TV or movies or listen to music.
The doctrine of Original Sin states that innate depravity is transmitted to all mankind because of Adam's sin. Before Adam's sin, humans were already immersed in the kingdom of Satan. In sinning, Adam confirmed this. If Adam had not sinned, Jesus would have returned then and redeemed all the humans before Adam, those living from 200,000 years ago until about 10,000 B.C. when Adam lived.
The Adam of Genesis is not the same person as the Y Chromosomal Adam of science; that man lived well over 120,000 years ago whereas Adam lived 10,000 B.C.
The word "was" can also be the word "become". Those promoting the gap theory make much of this. But in any case, this verse supports my view.
There has already been judgment of at least some of the fallen angels into a place called the abyss.Perhaps those demonic spirits who are too aggressive in pursuing their wicked ends are judged right then. But finally, all this will be dealt with after Christ's second coming and all the wicked souls and spirits will be consigned forever to the lake of fire.
God's creation of the universe was a time for joy for the angels, the sons of God. They are called sons of God because they were created by God in his image.
(Isaiah 45:18)For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
God created the universe to be inhabited by creatures. People use this verse to support all kinds of wild theories.
Satan still lives in the spiritual realm since he is a spiritual being. Thus, what Jesus saw was Satan being forbidden to enter the higher spiritual realms and constrained to the lower spiritual realms, the same spiritual realms that our souls reside in. In other words, Satan's activities were finally restricted to activities of the earth and its creatures.
(Jeremiah 4:23-26)I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.
This passage is used by some to support the gap theory — first there were humans, then there were none, then there were humans again. But this extended passage is not talking about the past but, rather, about the future. It probably describes conditions just after the second coming of Christ as the earth is dissolved in great heat.
How could it be good if it was bad? Young earth creationists claim that if God created the world to be good then it could not have pain and suffering; that these things began at the fall. But this doesn't solve the problem. If God created the world good how could it become bad, since it was imbued with God's goodness?
(Romans 8:20-22)For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Two verses earlier Paul equated death with sin.Paul is speaking of spiritual death. This entire passage is in the context of redemption, of spiritual life through Christ as the cure for spiritual death.
This verse does not state that Adam was the first biological human but, rather, that the covenant nation of Israel had Adam as an ancestor.
This verse does not say that Adam was the first human, merely that Adam appeared before Eve.
Lucifer fell from a high place in the spiritual realm to a much lower place, one corresponding to the physical universe.
(Isaiah 14:16,17)They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
These verses imply that Lucifer had a role in creating the universe as a place of destruction and devastation.
(Ezekiel 28:13,14)Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets [settings] and of thy pipes [mountings] was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
It appears there was a garden of Eden in the spiritual realm before the universe was created; God modeled the garden of Eden in which Adam lived from this. In the original spiritual heavenly garden of Eden, Lucifer was the chief cherub, the high priest, the worship leader if you will.