05 July, 2019

32. Lord of Death

32. The Lord of Death

"...the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil."
Hebrews 2:14

The Wisdom of Solomon is a Jewish book dating to a time period referred to as 2nd Temple Judaism, the short-lived, but unique brand of Judaism adhered to by Jesus and Paul.
God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world.... Wisdom 1:13-14 and 2:23 NRSV & KJV
Whether you believe the Wisdom of Solomon is inspired or Deuterocanonical/Apocrypha, one thing remains clear: The Jews of Jesus' and Paul's day understood that God did not create death.

Paul confirmed this New Testament Jewish belief in his letter to the church in Rome:
Against its will, all creation was subjected to God's curse. Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people...
Romans 5:12 and 8:20.
So what does this mean?

Quite simply, it means that God did not use macroevolution, the species-to-species aspect of Darwin's theory, because death is in integral part of the process. (For info on microevolution, the God-created change-within-species aspect of Darwin's theory, see the post Darwin's Finches.)

The species-to-species aspect of Naturalistic/Darwinian evolution and the Bible are at odds, because the former demands that death existed long before the first homosapien walked upright.

This is likely the biggest deviation between Naturalistic science and Creation science. If one believes in naturalism, the Bible MUST be wrong, because Naturalism demands that NOTHING but natural forces operate in the world.

As we've mentioned before, Creation science allows for the First Cause to be supernatural. And it allows for man to be created in the image of God and not a cosmic accident.

Naturalism is the #1 weapon of the ASA,

And the ASA is the #1 weapon of the forces of darkness.

They claim their sword is stronger than yours.

So how did one man bring death to the world? And why in Gehenna would he do so?

We'll discuss this in upcoming posts.

SwordCraft Tips: Highlight Romans 5:12 and 8:20 (and Wisdom 1:13-14 and 2:23 if your Bible has it) in your designated spiritual warfare color.

Are you surprised that 2nd Temple Judaism so explicitly states that God did not create death? 
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*The Bible of the early Church, including the Bereans  from Acts 17:11, and the original Protestants (including the first editions of the King James Bible) contained the Wisdom of Solomon as well as several other 2nd Temple Jewish books. The Bibles of Catholic, Orthodox, and Coptic Christians still contain many of these books.