Was the story of Adam and Eve a legend?

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Some scholars, in an attempt to find a compromise between the Bible and evolution, have taught that the Creation account of Genesis should not be taken literally, and that room can be found in Genesis to accommodate for the idea that humans evolved gradually in Earth’s recent past.

But what did Jesus say about this false teaching? Christ spoke clearly confirming the Creation story. And in Mark 10:6, He declared: “But from the beginning of the creation, male and female made he them.”

Note these three truths:

(1) Adam and Eve were “made”; they were not biological accidents. Interestingly, the verb “made” in the Greek is in the aorist tense, implying point action, rather than progressive development (which would be characteristic of evolutionary activity).

(2) Adam and Eve were fashioned “male and female”; they were not initially an asexual “blob” that eventually experienced sexual diversion.

(3) Adam and Eve existed “from the beginning of the creation.” The Greek word for “beginning” is arché, and is used of “absolute, denoting the beginning of the world and of its history, the beginning of creation.” The Greek word for “creation” is ktiseos, and denotes the “sum-total of what God has created.”

Christ certainly did not teach that life on earth took millions or billions of years to evolve. And Christ’s testimony is true because of His perfect sinless life, His supernatural miracles, His fulfilling of the OT Messiah prophecies, and His resurrection from the dead.

Adam and Eve were literal people who existed in a literal Garden of Eden. And they were cast out of the Garden (Genesis 3:24). But the Lord in His mercy, promised a Savior to redeem mankind from the sin nature (Genesis 3:15). That Savior is Jesus Christ. He is called the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). And this reference to the last Adam shows that there was a first Adam- the original father of the Human race.

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