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Now we look at another part of the Genesis creation story, it is chapter 1 verses 11 to 13 inclusive. "Then God said: Let the land produce vegetation; seed bearing plants on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. It was so the land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed of their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them according to their kinds. God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, the third day.

Some would feel that after reading verses like these, that no more needs to be said, but there are still some points in this passage which are sometimes overlooked. It clearly says in these verses that they produced fruit after its own kind, if it were different with humans then God would have told us, as He has not then we can only assume that people will produce fruit after their own kind - people.

This means that by the very nature of things, unless there is mixing of the seed (a great offence in the eyes of God) monkeys and apes will give birth to monkeys and apes. You may wonder why God did not destroy Adam and Eve when they sinned against Him. The reason is because God loved Adam and Eve in the same way that He loves us, He does not want to destroy us but has gone to great lengths to redeem us.

When the fall of man happened, something changed in Adam and Eve that meant if they produced fruit after their own kind (which they did) then it meant all their offspring would automatically have a fallen nature, a natural inclination to rebel and sin against God. This is precisely what happened then and is still happening today. In order that we could be redeemed God would only accept a life without blemish, a life that had been without sin.

In order to redeem mankind a second Adam had to be sent to earth, one who would lead the perfect sin-free life of perfect obedience that God was looking for. Since none of Adam's offspring could have done this because of their rebellious nature against God, there was only one way that remained, God Himself had to come amongst us in the form of a man and to take upon Himself the vulnerability of our human nature in order for Him to redeem us.

An interesting example of a fallen nature can be seen from Genesis chapter 20 verses 1 to 5 which reads: "Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah "She is my sister." Then Abimelech, king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken, she is a married woman." Now Abimelech had not gone near her so he said: "Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? Did he not say to me she is my sister? And didn't she say "He is my brother? I have done this with a clear conscience and with clean hands." Now let us look at Genesis chapter 26 verses 1 to 9 inclusive.

Now there was a famine in the land, besides the famine that was in Abraham's time, and Isaac went to Abimelech the king of Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said: ""Do not go down to Egypt, live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while and I will bless you. To you are your descendents I will give all these lands and I will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.

I will make your descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions." So Isaac stayed in Gerar. When the men of that place asked.

About his wife he said "She is my sister." Because he was afraid to say "She is my wife" He thought the men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah because she is beautiful.

When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelech, King of the Philistines, looked down from his window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said: "She is really your wife, why did you say she is my sister"? Isaac answered him: "Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her." Abraham lied about his wife to Abimelech and now we see Isaac doing precisely the same thing.

That is why a plan for the salvation of mankind had to be worked out that would forever deal with the problem of sin in mankind. If someone tells you that they are concerned for your wellbeing that is a good thing, if they send you money that is a good thing also, but if they for a time give up their palace and all their riches and come to live amongst you to show you how you can overcome all your problems, then you know that person loves you and is truly concerned about you.

This is precisely what Jesus did, He was, is and always shall be God but He came to live amongst us to defeat our enemies and to show us the way out of the trap that the serpent led us into regarding sin. Every so-called religion is founded by someone who had a natural birth, in Christianity we see it is founded by someone who had a supernatural birth, had this not been the case He would have had a sin nature and unacceptable to God as our redeemer.

In the theory of evolution there is no solution to the problem of sin in mankind, and therefore it is impossible for us to be redeemed through that belief system. Next time we will look at the evidence that Jesus took our place and our punishment when He went to the cross at Calvary, and as a result took upon Himself the sin of all mankind.

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