Rob Bell isn’t the only one from Michigan causing commotion in the church. John Schneider, from Calvin College says that Christians need to “reformulate some of their tradition about human beginnings.”
This is quite a statement coming from a theology professor at one of America’s leading Christian institutions. In fact, these and other statements were published worldwide by NPR causing Schneider to lose his job.
Although other reports indicated he left by choice, many questions have been left unanswered. For instance, why would a professor make such controversial statements? He even goes further by asserting that God never had a paradise for man.
“There was no historical Adam and Eve, no serpent, no apple, no fall that toppled man from a state of innocence.”
Schneider backs this up with his belief in evolution. However, I wouldn’t be so quick to condemn his views. I do agree with him on one point. The Bible never says apple.
“When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate” (Genesis 3:6 NASB ).
Unfortunately, he is not the only one to question the historical account in the Bible. Dennis Venema, a biologist at a small Christian college in British Columbia, has done extensive scientific research and concludes Adam and Eve weren’t real. It seems Vendema believes his research holds the truth that can illuminate traditional Christianity.
“There’s nothing to be scared of here,” he says. “There is nothing to be alarmed about. It’s actually an opportunity to have an increasingly accurate understanding of the world — and from a Christian perspective, that’s an increasingly accurate understanding of how God brought us into existence.”
The biologist concludes that no two humans could have produced the modern-day population. He says that we must have all “emerged” from some lower species of animal. Venema, undoubtedly, is trying to place science above the Bible. By trying to prove his own work, he has placed a question mark on the authority of Scripture.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
The Bible is clear that man did not evolve from animals rather humans were created by God to rule over them. We are made in His image and not the image of a lower life form. Even though we live in time where information is so obtainable, it is still wrong and even arrogant to question the Word of God.
He most certainly will humble us as he did with his faithful servant Job.
Then the LORD said to Job, “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.” Then Job answered the LORD and said, “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth. “Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add nothing more” (Job 40:1-5).