Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
One of the characteristics of Christian doctrine, and one of the evidences of its validity, is its cohesiveness – that is, it all hangs together and is interrelated to all its parts.
So if I allow an allegorical interpretation of Scripture or reassign a meaning to certain words which they did not have, I am not merely tinkering with a small portion of Scripture, or an isolated idea. Like dominos the Scripture stands or falls together.
Let’s talk about a classic example; the story of Creation and of Adam. It is not unusual to find preachers and theologians who tell us that the entire Creation narrative is Allegorical, and that whether one believes in a literal Adam or not does nothing to diminish the story. I would disagree. There are profound theological truths that cannot be sustained apart from a literal historical Adam.
To begin with Scripture lays the beginning of sin at the feet of Adam as our first father. Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all sinned. Not only was Adam the first sinner, he is, according to Scripture, the progenitor of a sin nature that has passed down to you and me. Romans 5:19 reads; by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners.
It is impossible to explain the origin or nature of sin without a literal, historical Adam. The next time we are together we’ll will look at another truth just as profound and finally that we can’t even explain the Savior’s role in salvation apart from Adam.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.