Fear not, though I’ve got a few thoughts (and not many answers) about the new big debate over whether there was a literal Adam and Eve, this post is will not outline them. Maybe I’ll write more about it later, I’ll leave myself that option, however right now I’m not subjecting you to yet another post on the subject.
For some, the notion that some can no longer believe there was an actual Adam & Eve or an original two human beings from which the rest of the human population came is incomprehensible. It’s like the ultimately slippery slope, and not the good kind (slip-n-slide, ironically a youth group favorite).
But I have a big fear for this debate – that believing in a literal Adam and Eve will become yet another essential position a person must hold to be classified as a Christian. Certainly it’s an important topic that informs many other things, but I think we’re tacking on too many “musts” for Christians. There are too many ways to divide and separate us, too many things we can use to say that guy over there isn’t a true Christian. And all over beliefs, nonetheless.
You’re a Christian if you are:Protestant Evangelical, Substitutionary Atonement adherent, Dispensationalist, Law is dead now under grace-er, TULIP pickin’, Premillenial, Marriage as one man and one woman believer, Rapture-fearing, Intelligent Design follower, Bible as Literal Word Of God’er, Genesis as Historical Fact-iod.
When you give your life to Jesus, what is we must sign up for? I thought we believed Jesus is real and he is God (some may even think he’s just God-like!), and that was faith. But we’re making it so much more, and it’s become more like a ball and chain….
How essential is the doctrine of a historical Adam and Eve as the first human beings? Must it join the mainframe? What are the essentials for you?