Adam and Eve - Were They Real People?

United States
January 24, 2016 9:54am CST
A lot of sincere churchgoers have been told that Adam and Eve are not real. That the story of Adam and Eve is an allegory? What do you think? The fact is, that a person would have to reject a lot of scriptures confirming their existence, if they did not believe that Adam and Eve were real people and not just a myth. Acts 17:26 says: “God made out of one man every nation of men.” Romans 5:12, 14 says: “Through one man, (Adam) sin entered into the world and death through sin and thus…death ruled as king from Adam down to Moses.” 1 Corinthians 15:45 says: “The first man Adam became a living soul.” 1 Timothy 2:13 says: “Adam was formed first, then Eve.” Jude 14 says: “The seventh one in line from Adam, Enoch, prophesied also regarding the wicked.” And the most important, Jesus Christ who is the most credible witness in the Bible, acknowledged the existence of Adam and Eve, when he said at Mark 10:6-9: “From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. On this account a man will leave his father and mother and the two will be one flesh.” Jesus would not have used an allegory to establish a binding legal precedent. He quoted the Genesis account as fact. The historicity of Adam confirms that Jesus gave his perfect human life as a ransom, to redeem or buy back something that Adam had lost or forfeited. That is why the Bible describes Jesus as “a corresponding ransom.” (1 Timothy 2:6) To what did he correspond? The Bible answers that question at 1 Corinthians 15:22 “Just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.” The perfect life that Jesus sacrificed to redeem obedient mankind corresponds EXACTLY to the perfect life that Adam lost as a result of the original sin in Eden. Clearly, if Adam did not exist, Christ’s ransom would not have been necessary. So, Adam and Eve did exist. Don’t let someone tell you any different.
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@Inlemay (17162)
• South Africa
24 Jan 16
My thoughts on the idea - are that they were the symbols of the first people and the story evolves from that
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• United States
24 Jan 16
Many people think they were symbols but the Bible clearly states that they were real. Jesus himself believed they were real, so how could they be just symbols. Symbols of WHAT? For instance, why did Jesus have to ransom humans?
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@Inlemay (17162)
• South Africa
25 Jan 16
@IreneVincent symbolizing WOMAN is EVE and symbolizing men is ADAM
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• United States
25 Jan 16
@Inlemay Did you happen read Romans 5:12-14? or 1 Corinthians 15:45? or 1 Timothy 2:13? or Jude 14? These scriptures give the first man a name. ADAM Nowhere in the Bible does is say that Adam was a symbol of a human man.
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@OneOfMany (12392)
• United States
24 Jan 16
Your argument is like saying that Harry Potter is a wizard by using Harry Potter books. Certainly within that world of Harry Potter he is a wizard, but if there is a Harry Potter in this world, he's probably not.
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• United States
24 Jan 16
The Bible is not "just" a book. It's the only message we have from God. It has been persevered down through the centuries, despite many attempts to destroy it. Granted, it has been misquoted and maligned by many people, but when you read and meditate on it, with the goal of understanding it, you will feel the power of God's spirit. If you simply believe what other people tell you about the Bible, you will not understand the real power of God's written word.
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@OneOfMany (12392)
• United States
24 Jan 16
@IreneVincent And if you've studied it and all of the history surrounding the creation of it and the various texts and sidesteps that went into its formation, you'd come to a conclusion based on your own knowledge. I have done this and it's unfortunate that so much great information was excluded from the final version agreed upon. Not only that, but knowledge that was originally taught is now regarded as being misleading and corrupt. The natural world is excluded because of misinformation presented by the current version. Of course, it's just one of many view points for a much larger system of events. In the case of Adam and Eve, those that follow the bible might all originate from these two people, but that still leaves everyone else that did not.
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• United States
25 Jan 16
@OneOfMany I don't need to study the "history surrounding the creation of" the Bible. That was all written by men who were NOT inspired by God and who disagree on many points. I believe that what we know as the Bible today has been preserved intact by God himself. Why would HE have inspired men to write it in the first place if HE was going to allow humans to corrupt it? IF you read the Bible, you will see that there is a "sacred secret" involved. That sacred secret began with what was written at Genesis 3:15 and was fully revealed down through the pages of the Bible, with the conclusion in the book of Revelation. Once you understand this "sacred secret" you will understand where we are in the stream of time and what is going to happen in the near future for the benefit of righteous mankind. It's interesting that you said "knowledge that was originally taught is now REGARDED as being misleading and corrupt" Who regarded it as misleading and corrupt? Men who don't want to FOLLOW what it says. MEN who refuse to FOLLOW what it says. Oh, if only people would just read their own Bible and not let other people tell them what it says, the world would be a better place.
@AunBecky (240)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
24 Jan 16
Gods words means nothing to those who don't try to follow them.
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• United States
24 Jan 16
Most people have never REALLY read the Bible and meditated on what it says. They are more likely to believe what other people say about the Bible. It's our only message from God and it has been preserved down through the centuries for us, who live in these critical times. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
25 Jan 16
When it comes to religion it's a very sensitive subject for many people. There are more than 40,000 denominations within Christianity alone and all getting their information from the same book. I don't think it matters whether Adam and Eve were real people or not but I do think that Jesus gave us great advice in the sermon on the mount. I have been reading the Bible for over sixty years and my thoughts today are not what they were forty or even twenty years ago. I think it's fine if you want to believe that they were real people, but let others think as they chose. Blessings.
@RasmaSandra (21234)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Jan 16
@IreneVincent my faith never wavers. There are certain things I take with a grain of salt from the Bible but I do believe that there was an Adam and Eve. Of course it is difficult to get actual proof so it is a matter of belief. There is a lot of information online and some of it is really interesting to read.