The four great judgments of God on all of sinful humanity
The bottom line of the creation/evolution debate is that if evolutionists can show that atheistic evolution is true, they will have eliminated the last great Day of Judgment. However, there have already been three occasions when the whole of sinful mankind has been judged by God. The fact that these three events have occurred testifies to the certainty of the fourth and final judgment in the future.
1. The Fall
The first universal judgment was at the event known as the Fall, described in Genesis 3. The reason was the deliberate disobedience of Adam and Eve to the specific instruction of God that they were not to eat from the tree in the Garden of Eden called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the effects for them included knowledge of sin, experience of guilt, loss of holiness, fear of God, forfeiture of fellowship with God, and feelings of embarrassment towards each other. And, above and beyond these consequential effects, there was the specific pronouncement of judgment by God, sometimes called ‘the curse’.
This contained both spiritual and physical dimensions, not only for Adam and Eve, but also for their descendants, that is, for all mankind. Spiritually, they were from then on cut off from God, so that on that day they died spiritually. Physically, their human bodies began to die and would eventually ‘return to dust’, Eve was told that child-bearing would be a matter of ‘sorrow’ and that her husband would rule over her, the ground was cursed so that Adam’s work from then on would be hard labour, and they were cast out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:16–24).
Note that God’s mercy is seen in the midst of this judgment, in two aspects:
- There was the promise of Genesis 3:15, that the seed of the woman (Jesus Christ) would ‘bruise the head’ of the serpent (i.e. cause the ultimate downfall of Satan).
- The penalty of physical death was itself a mercy! Without physical death mankind would have been condemned to live for ever in the sorrowful results of rebellion against God. However, because of the death of Christ on the Cross for our sins, and the resurrection, those who repent of their sins and have faith towards God, after death will be united with God in Heaven and attain that state of holiness and fellowship with God, which our ancestors, Adam and Eve, lost for us in the Garden of Eden.
2. The Flood
The second universal judgment was at the catastrophe of the Flood, described in Genesis 6–9. The reasons for this judgment were that ‘the wickedness of man was great’, ‘every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually’, ‘all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth’, and ‘the earth was filled with violence’ (Genesis 6:5–13). In this judgment, all of sinful mankind (apart from one family) died, as did all the air-breathing land animals except for those on the Ark (Genesis 7:21-23)….
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