Ken Ham is Wasting his Time: Adam was Not the First Human

Jason Micheli —  August 25, 2014 — 2 Comments

Untitled10111I’ve become convinced that its important for the Church to inoculate our young people with a healthy dose of catechesis before we ship them off to college, just enough so that when they first hear about Nietzsche or really study Darwin they won’t freak out and presume that what the Church taught them in 6th grade confirmation is the only wisdom the Church has to offer.

I’ve been working on writing a catechism, a distillation of the faith into concise questions and answers with brief supporting scriptures that could be the starting point for a conversation.

You can find the previous posts (questions 1-32 of section I) here.

II. The Witness

1. What is the Bible?

The Bible is the witness of Israel, the prophets and the Church to the Logos, the One Word of God made flesh in Jesus Christ.

Like John the Baptist pointing to Christ, the Bible is testimony which points to the One Word God speaks to us in Jesus.

Therefore, we do not believe in the Bible; we believe in the One to whom the Bible bears witness.

We do not have faith in the Bible; we trust that the Bible’s words are reliable- not inerrant- testimony about the Word of God, Jesus Christ, in whom we have faith.

He Scripture came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him scripture. He scripture himself itself was not the light, but he it came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” 

– John 1.7-9

2. What does the Bible say about the First Human?

The Bible says that Jesus is the first human.

By calling Jesus the ‘2nd Adam’ scripture makes the audacious claim that Jesus, not Adam, is the 1st genuine human.

Jesus is the first one to live a fully human life by always trusting that he was beloved by God, which set Jesus free to love fully and to live faithfully as though the whole world was a new and different creation.

That Jesus’ life met with the Cross reveals not that he wasn’t really human but that we are not human. His faithfulness all the way to the Cross is proof of Jesus’ full humanity and proof of our inhumanity.

Thus, Jesus is the first human in that the word ‘human’ has no content apart from the character of his life.

“God has recapitulated all things in heaven and on earth in Jesus Christ.” 

– Ephesians 1.9-10

 

 

Jason Micheli

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2 responses to Ken Ham is Wasting his Time: Adam was Not the First Human

  1. I always tell people that Scripture is not abstract from the living spirituality of “union with Christ” from which Scripture was even written. To abstract it this way is actually anti-biblical simply because it holds itself to be unique rather than Christ’s life as unique and we play part in his ministry. Thus, Scripture is inerrant when it is made that way through union with Christ. The clarity of Scripture is given; it isn’t assumed. To make it inherently inerrant rather than derivatively inerrant has all sorts of theological problems; namely that it is denied that the humanity of the text is subject to the same doctrine of total depravity/totus Christus that it professes. Thus, a doctrine of Scripture starts with participation in a leap of faith that makes Scriptural study fruitful and not a natural theology that assumes it’s somehow the exception to our depraved situation.

    • Well, I’m not sure I can go all the way to say scripture too is caught up in TULIP, but I have always liked how the (Heidelburg?) catechism puts it: ‘The preaching of the word of God (that is, when scripture is faithfully proclaimed and faithfully received by the hearers and acted upon) is the Word of God.’

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