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June 9, 2007 

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Q: Does the Bible tell us in Romans chapter 8 that the whole of creation groans because of sin?

A: Romans 8:18–23 teaches that the whole of creation “groans”—speaking of bondage and corruption, and looking forward to redemption. What else could this be referring to but the curse that God placed on it after Adam sinned?

The reason we bring this up is because Christians who believe in millions of years can’t allow such an interpretation. If death, disease, suffering, and violence—as represented in the fossil record—has been going on millions of years before mankind was created and sinned, then sin has nothing to do with the death and suffering we see all around us.

These people, then, can’t allow the interpretation of Romans 8 that the whole creation is groaning because of sin. The plain reading of the Romans 8 passage about a “groaning creation” is that it refers to the effects of sin (and every commentary our researchers have read agrees with this understanding). So those who believe in an earth that’s millions of years old have to say that sin really didn’t do anything to the creation!

Death becomes a natural part of the way that God brought about the world, rather than the punishment for sin. Accepting millions of years blames God for death and suffering. But no—we are to blame, because we sinned in Adam!


Note about last week’s AnswersUpdate:
Last week, the topic of our AnswersUpdate was entropy. After further review, we felt the need to clarify the last paragraph of the article. Please read the corrected version online.


Recommended resources:

Why Is There Death & Suffering?
Why Is There Death & Suffering?
The New Answers Book
The New Answers Book
A God of Suffering?
A God of Suffering?
How Could a Loving God …?
How Could a Loving God …?

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This week on www.AnswersInGenesis.org

June 4: Responding to protestors’ propaganda Reason 4: Rock strata, ice cores, and all that
June 4: Responding to protestors’ propaganda Reason 3: Fossils
June 5: Responding to protestors’ propaganda Reason 2: Evolution
June 5: Responding to protestors’ propaganda Reason 1: The documentary record
June 6: A Critique of the Framework Interpretation of the Creation Account (Part 1 of 2)
June 7: War of the Worldviews, chapter 5: Does the Bible say anything about astronomy?
June 7: Summer Answers magazine sneak peek: Do You Know What Your Children Are Being Taught in School?
June 8: Feedback: Why don’t we find dinosaurs and humans together in the fossil record?
June 8: The Genesis nemesis

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