"There was no sin before Adam" is the false teaching of the young earth advocates. They base their claim on Romans 5:12 which reads: Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Therefore, they claim there was no death or sin prior to Adam. This presents several problems to their philosophy, which actually contradicts the Word of God.
Before we look at Genesis, Chapter 3, where we find the Serpent in conversation with Eve, we need to understand that this is not a snake or reptile of any kind. This is none other than Satan himself in action. In Revelation 12:9, he is described with four names, the "Serpent," the "Devil," "Satan," and the "Dragon." In Revelation 9:11 he is described by his Hebrew name of "Abaddon," meaning "destroying angel," as well as his Greek name "Apollyon," meaning "destroyer," and that is exactly what he is.
1. Now let us go to Genesis 3:1-6 where we find Satan trying to get Eve to sin by doubting, and ultimately deceiving Eve into disobeying God. My Bible says that it was Satan, the sinner, trying to get the sinless (Eve) to sin. The record is perfectly clear that Satan had sinned prior to Adam and Eve or he wouldn't have tempted Eve to sin.
For the young earth philosophy to be true, the Bible would have to proclaim that Eve tempted Lucifer (Satan) to sin, not that he tempted her. Lucifer's personal sin was when he wanted to be equal with God. His residence, along with the angels, was on the original creation that God had prepared for them. Isaiah 14:13,14, describes Satan's sinful desires.
"For thou hast said in thine heart, I WILL ascend into heaven, I WILL exalt my throne above the stars of God: I WILL sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north: I WILL ascend above the heights of the clouds: I WILL be like the most High."
Because of this, "the earth became without form and void," as stated in Genesis 1:2. It was totally uninhabitable, as it was completely covered with water and darkness as described in Genesis 1:2. It remained this way for possibly thousands, millions, or even billions of years, until God remodeled it for human life. THEREFORE, EVOLUTION, WAS IMPOSSIBLE, because there was nothing to evolve from!
All of this the young earth advocates deny, in order to perpetuate THE LIE that there was no sin before Adam.
Mr. Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and one of the leaders in the young earth philosophy, is going all out to ensnare and train as many as possible in the philosophy of a young earth. In his monthly publication, Volume12, Issue 8, Mr. Ham advertises his college of "5 days." This is a quote directly from his advertisement.
"Back by popular demand...CREATION "COLLEGE" II equipping and training creation speakers...with excellence with "Dean" Ken Ham -- and a distinguished faculty. June 28 - July 2, 2006 in Harrison, Indiana. Over 600 graduates in 2004. The regular tuition is $359.00 per person for 5 days of intensive sessions.
This is unbelievable, a "5 day" college course and you are ready and prepared, as a sheep goes to the slaughter to perpetuate this man's theory of a young earth. Have any of his followers ever questioned Mr. Ham as to what Bible college or University of Biblical studies he has attended and graduated from, or what Biblical studies in Hebrew and Greek he has taken. When we wrote him, questioning him about his Theology such as: (1). Do you believe you can lose your salvation? (2). Do you believe the Biblical teaching concerning the rapture? (3). What about the 7-Year Tribulation Period? (4). And the Kingdom Reign of Christ?, and other theological questions. A representative of Ken Ham's organization advised us that Mr. Ham doesn't get involved in these things, as fighting evolution is his main concern.
When a man will not reveal his theological stand on the great doctrines of the Bible, he has something to hide and is a false teacher. Read the Book of Acts and the 14 Epistles of Paul and see if he hid or refused to declare what he believed. Of course, if Mr. Ham did as Paul and decide to be honest with his followers about his beliefs, other than not believing in evolution, and his beliefs were contrary to many, I doubt if they would contribute money to finance his museum. Mr. Ham is wise enough to know that. I can see no other reason for him not to reveal what he really believes concerning the major Bible doctrines, including Eschatology, as set forth so clearly in the Word of God. I have learned many years ago never to follow a man that hides what he really believes.
Further, what are the names of his "distinguished faculty" and what education do they possess in Biblical Theology and the Hebrew language. Did you ever think to ask, or do you just blindly follow this man?
Let us refer back to the young earth advocate's claim there was no death or sin before Adam, using Romans 5:12 as their so-called proof. Let us look at Romans 5:12 again and see if what they say is true.) "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." I believe the Bible teaches that there was sin and death before Adam as described in Genesis, Chapter 3. My Bible teaches that Eve sinned BEFORE Adam. In Genesis 2:17, God told Adam that if you eat of the forbidden tree, that day you will surely day. Eve ate first and was the first to be spiritually dead, also resulting in physical death, as her physical body would later die. So there was sin and spiritual death before Adam. Evidently the young earth advocates have never read Genesis 3; or, if they have, they disregard it altogether. (Eve sinned before Adam.). It is sad the young earth advocates cannot understand a simple verse such as Romans 5:12 and try to make it fit their philosophy; which contradicts Genesis, Chapter 3, concerning Eve sinning first, not Adam.
Let us analyze Verse 12:
A. "As by one man sin entered into the world." This is not speaking about Adam being the first to sin, thus bringing the first sin into the world. Why? Because Eve was the first to sin and bring it into the world, not Adam.
B. When sin entered into the world, it is in reference to ALL of humanity, from the offspring of Adam and Eve on. This is made clear by the rest of the verse, which is self-explanatory. The "rest of the world," is equivalent to "death upon ALL men," i.e., after Adam and Eve, which is also equivalent to "all have sinned."
C. "...By one man (Adam) sin entered into the world...." Eve had sinned first, then Adam second. If Adam had not had conception with Eve, there would have been no future race. So, by one man (Adam) having conception with Eve, the human race proceeded. Their sin nature was passed on to Cain and Abel and everyone's children, up to the present. Therefore, as by one man (Adam) having conception with Eve, their sin nature entered into their offspring, or "into the world." Thus, all humanity has inherited the old sin nature, along with "[the] death [which] has passed upon all men" in the world, because "all have sinned" as a result of the old sin nature which was inherited from our first parents.
A far cry from the claims of the young earth philosophy, which consistently contradicts the Word of God.
1. What about Hell?
One might ask, what in the world does this have to do with the young earth advocates claiming, "There was no sin or death before Adam, and projecting a 6,000-year old earth? Let us go to God's Word and see who Hell was prepared for, as described in Matthew 25:41.
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."
The "everlasting fire" is the same as the "lake of fire" in Revelation 20:10, "hell fire" in Matthew 5:22 and "hell" in Matthew 23:15, along with several other places.
Hell was first prepared for "the devil and his angels," NOT Adam and Eve. This, again, disintegrates the false theory that there was no sin or death before Adam as young earth people advocate. If there was no sin before Adam, the WHY wasn't Hell prepared for Adam and Eve, instead of the Devil and his angels?
The original creation of the earth in Genesis 1:1 was for the habitation of Lucifer (Satan) and the angels. When Lucifer rebelled against God, this was the first sin that we know about as recorded in God's Word. Ezekiel 28:15 tells us that,
"Thou (Satan) wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."
Isaiah 12:12-14 describes in detail the sins of Satan and then describes his ultimate end as recorded in Verse 15.
"Yet thou (Satan) shalt be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the pit."
The original creation was then rendered without form and void, being completely covered with water and darkness as recorded in Genesis 1:2. This was God's judgment upon Satan and the one-third of the angels that followed him (Revelation 12:4). They are spirit beings now, known as demons. The earth remained this way for possibly thousands, millions, or even billions of years before God remodeled it for human habitation in 6 days. The first day of remodeling began in Genesis 1:3. This is what hell was created for, "the devil and his angels;" because they were the first created beings and the first to sin. Your young earth advocates totally deny the Biblical authority of Genesis, Chapter one, in the original text.
In brief summary, the refutation of the false teaching of Mr. Ham, executive director of "Answers in Genesis" and young earth advocates stating "There was no sin or death before Adam."
1. Eve sinned before Adam (Genesis 3:1-6).
2. The misunderstanding and misuse of Romans 5:12.
3. Hell was created for the first to sin, the "Devil and his angels."
The young earth of about 6,000 years old philosophy, dreamed up by a woman false prophet, Ellen G. White, has now become a flood of false teaching that Satan would love to see cover the world.
We are truly in the last days, "For the time will come when they will not endure SOUND DOCTRINE; but after their own lust (power & money) shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." -- "For they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (II Timothy 4:3,4).
Our warning is found in the middle verse of the Bible, Psalm 118:8: "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."