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A Queer Sort of Book

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), May 27, 2015 at 11:51

Hi, Waz. You said,

Way too simplistic for me. The conclusion you have to come to based on this logic is that full-blood Australian aboriginals for example - are not descended from 'Adam's race' - since it can be proved beyond doubt they first arrived in Australia at least 50,000 years BP.

You answered your own doubts here: The Bible says Adam lived no earlier than 4000 BCE or 6000 BP. How could the Abos possibly, then, be part of "Adam's race"? Either they are and the Bible lies, or the Bible is correct and they are not. You also said,

What about the people who have the R1b marker, for example the Celts living in central and western Europe?

That is my own marker. I do not consider myself a member of "Adam's race" through the male line. I likely am through the female line, which contains Jewish Cohanim; but I don't count that as being of any great importance.

Read what the Bible says:

Genesis 2:

[7] And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The promises of the Bible are directed at "living souls", not at beings formed "of the dust of the ground" (such as my Hg R1b ancestors, and even Adam's Hg J ancestors). The important connection I have to Adam is not physical, though I am very similar to him in my "human" nature; it is the spiritual connection that is of value:

God breathed His own Spirit into Adam. In Hebrew the passage reads,

וייצר יהוה אלהים את האדם עפר מן האדמה ויפח באפיו נשׁמת חיים ויהי האדם לנפשׁ חיה׃

A transliteration would be,

"and-he-formed YHVH (subject) God the-man dust from the ground and-he-breathed into-the-nostrisl-of-him breath-of life amd-he-became the-man (lit. "the Adam") into-being living.

The creation of Adam's flesh, blood and bones, as well as that of all creatures, was, as we know today, a very long process. The Bible story isn't about flesh, blood and bones, though: It's about what happened inside Adam and his spiritual offspring, where Adam's spirit, now mixed with God's spirit, came into conflict with the Spirit resident in the eternal God Himself.

The word used here for "breath" is "a puff of wind", from the Hebrew word "nasham", lit. "to pant". This refers to the "spirit", which is called "wind" in Hebrew and "breath" in Greek. Adam was not the first physical human being. As you probably understand, it's difficult even to define who or what the first homo sapiens was. What was important about Adam, that separated him as far from other humans as it did from animals and plants, was what was going on in his psyche: He had a relationship with God; he walked and talked with God Himself!

Genesis 3:
[8] And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
[9] And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
[10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

There is much that can be discussed on this matter; but suffice it here that we are of a common understanding of what I mean when I say "The Race of Adam". I am of the "race of Adam" in a spiritual sense, in that God has imparted in me, through His word, that same spirit of life He imparted into Adam; and I've done with that spirit much the same foolish thing Adam did: I mixed it with the lying spirit from haSatan (which is endemic in this world), got things all twisted around, fell on my face, and -- through faith in what God did for my spiritual brother Jesus in raising him from the dead -- God lifted me up and returned me to His service.

The Bible is a queer sort of book, not like any other. It has many sayings that are hard to understand.

Shalom shalom :-)

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