I published this a while back but in my current questing mind set, my mind went back to it. It does open up a can of worms but but at the same time it makes one wonder…what if there was a long history that involved humans before Adam and Eve were driven from the garden?

Christopher C. Randolph

I’ve got a problem.  Anyone who has read this blog or anything else I’ve written, will understand that I take the Bible seriously.  In fact, I take it seriously enough to trust its words over accepted traditions and even doctrines of the Church.  And when I do, I don’t do it lightly.  So, here I go:

 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
  
(Genesis 2:5-7 ESV)

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  1. I have heard that stated before about humans before Adam and Eve.
    All i can say is…and i think you may appreciate this, relate to it i mean, and it is simply one of the things that helps me stay ,,,hmmmmm do i dare say sane?… is this….for instance in Psalms 135:5-6 From the NLT Bible
    5 I know the greatness of the LORD—
    that our Lord is greater than any other god.
    6 The LORD does whatever pleases him
    throughout all heaven and earth,
    and on the seas and in their depths.

    This is stated in other places also.

    “What Ever Pleases HIM” – And actually i LOVE knowing that. So bottom line God does What HE wants, what ever He wants and pleases to do, always has, always will. Its His creation, why shouldn’t He?

    I personally am good with it and safe in knowing him that way. Helps me always be ready.

    :-))!

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  2. Hi Christopher,

    You raise one of the old thorny questions here. The following is extracted from a posting I have on my own blog regarding this question.
    Hope this may assist you in your research.

    ‘’Creation of Man

    Here comes another problematic concept as related in the Book Genesis:

    Was Man and Woman created in two stages (Duality)?

    Would a man without a woman, or vice versa, be like having a positive without a negative or vice versa? Much of Christendom has relegated the female to an inferior position – The Catholic Church appears to have gone in the opposite direction, as they have deified Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, to almost goddess status (Queen of Heaven) – however, we shall not pursue that line of thought here except to say that in our so-called modern age it is no longer politically correct to differentiate between gender – two positives and two negatives are equal to a positive and a negative? – Like the days of Noah were!

    Note: The use of positive and negative in the above does NOT denote a superior and an inferior characteristic of the two genders. Although they are often referred to as ‘opposite sex’, they are in reality COMPLIMENTARY.

    Genesis 1:26 And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    Note: We were only given dominion over the earth – nowhere else in the Universe.

    Genesis 2:2, 3 – God then rested from His labours (7th Day of the week, not the 1st Day, as mainstream Christian religion would have us believe). Apparently, He had completed His work.

    Was mankind complete when God rested from His labours, had He completed the work of replenishing the earth? Well, although Genesis 1:1 reveals that ‘In the Beginning’… God created the heavens and the earth – verse 2 appears to reveal the RE-CREATION of the earth.

    Not mainstream Christian teaching, but an error in the translation of this verse has allowed this apparent falsehood to become ingrained in the minds of many. We will not pursue this here.

    To Continue:

    Man Created in Two stages.

    Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heaven.

    5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was NOT A MAN TO TILL THE GROUND.

    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.

    God created man as related in Genesis. Chpt.1, but he did not form the PHYSICAL, MATERIAL man and put him on this earth until a later date, how much later is not revealed. So, what was created in Genesis 1:27? We will come back to this a little later.

    The Soul

    We will first take a quick look at verse 7 above. ‘’BREATH of life; and man became a LIVING SOUL’’.

    Contrary to the claim of many mainstream Christian religions, and others, this verse appears to reveal that man does not HAVE a ‘Soul’; that is often portrayed as having many unseen attributes. Rather, man IS A SOUL – There is nothing spiritual about the Soul of man or any other living creature. This may well be a new thought for many people that have been taught (by other people) that man has a soul.

    How can we be more specific about defining the word soul?

    Let us take a look at the original Hebrew word:

    Soul – Strong’s H5315 – נֶפֶשׁ – ‘nephesh’ – living being (with life in the blood), the man himself, self, person or individual, that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man

    That would appear to be self-explanatory.

    To become a living soul requires BREATH – [HEART (BEAT) EARTH].

    The health of the planet we live on is apparently closely connected to our own health and well being.

    We breathe air (oxygen) and oxygenate the blood stream, and as long as we keep breathing, we are a ‘living soul’. If we stop breathing, then it would be reasonable to say that we become a ‘dead soul’ – NOT AN IMMORTAL SOUL. – Another new thought for a number of people I would imagine.

    Note: The word ‘nephesh’ (soul) applies equally to all living, breathing creatures – not just man.

    The difference between man and other living creatures:

    What then is the difference between humans and other living creatures, and the creation of man in Gen.1:27 and Gen.2:7?

    Job 32:8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

    We should not confuse this spirit (unseen human) with what is known as God’s Holy Spirit (also unseen – ‘the inspiration of the Almighty’). The word ‘understanding’ in the above verse is from the Hebrew Strong’s H995 – biyn – to discern, understand, consider

    ’Inspiration’ from Hebrew – Strong’s H5397 – nĕshamah – breath, spirit

    ’Spirit in man’ – Strong’s H7307 – ruwach – wind, breath, mind, spirit

    What happens when we stop breathing?

    Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

    v. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and THE SPIRIT shall return unto God who gave it.

    And therein lies the duality of Creation?

    Regards

    John

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