Perhaps the most common questions asked of Answers in Genesis—next to evolution and millions of years—relate to Satan, the origin of sin and evil, and the Fall of man in general. A complete understanding of this issue requires a careful examination of the Curse in Genesis 3 and other early chapters in Genesis.

In particular, Satan and the origin of evil are hot topics in today’s culture because the world denies the existence of both. For the most part, the church has few biblical resources on the subject to counter the claims raised in today’s culture. This new web series examines the origins of the problems we face today and looks closely at the bad news in Genesis. But you’ll also find hope here: the powerful good news of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice that has conquered sin, Satan, and evil once for all.

Each week, we’ll answer some of the common questions most of us face—important questions in need of solid examination. To answer them, we will carefully consider what the Bible says, since it is the only completely reliable source of information about Satan, evil in the world, and suffering.

Here’s a look at some of the topics we’ll address:

  • Did the serpent originally have legs?
  • Shouldn’t the Woman (Eve) have been shocked that a serpent spoke?
  • Wasn’t Satan the serpent, not some animal?
  • Why do we get punished for what Adam did?
  • Is original sin (sin nature) passed through the father’s genetic line?
  • Biblically, could death have existed before sin?
  • Why didn’t Adam and Eve die the instant they ate the fruit?
  • Did Adam and Eve have to sleep before the fall?
  • If Adam knew of good and evil, because he was programmed with language, then why did God create the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
  • How can God, who is, according to Scripture, perfectly Holy, create anything that can be unholy (or fallen)?
  • Shouldn’t Eve have been a clone of Adam?
  • Was Abel eating meat soon after the curse when he wasn’t supposed to be (Genesis 1:29), since he kept the flocks and sacrificed an animal in Genesis 4:2–4?
  • When did Adam and Eve rebel?
  • How long ago was the Curse?
  • Wasn’t the Curse and death a good thing to keep the earth from being over populated?
  • And more

The first installment of this new series lands next week. Get equipped for this skeptical age.

Notes

All Scripture is taken from the NKJV [New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.] unless otherwise noted.

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to the many reviewers and editors for for the articles in this series: Steve Fazekas, Dr. Terry Mortenson, Dr. Andrew Snelling, David Jolly, David Wright, Gary Vaterlaus, Stacia McKeever, Dr. Jason Lisle, Dr. Tommy Mitchell, Frost Smith, Tim Chaffey, Donna O’Daniel, Dr. Georgia Purdom, John UpChurch, and Ken Ham.

Also a special thanks to Dan Lietha for providing the bulk of the artwork.

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