Nakedness & Perspective: Understanding Genesis 3

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Genesis 3 has been labeled as “The Fall” or some variation thereof. The ESV heading of my Bible says so as well as the NASB and NIV. The way we have been trained to see chapter three of Genesis is as the first sin. And, truthfully, it does enormous insights on sin. But sin does not appear in this chapter – well, not the word “sin.” “Sin” first appears in chapter 4 with Cain and Abel. We have been taught the answer while never knowing the question. For many of us, we see Genesis 3 …

Saving Sodom

Saving Sodom

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The beginning of God’s world redemption project is Genesis – not the Gospels. Of course, the Gospels are the crux of God’s redemptive work in history, but to begin there would be akin to skipping the first two thirds of a novel or movie. Paul says in Romans 5:6, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” (NIV). Then again in Galatians 4:4, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son.” And in Ephesians 1:9–10, “[God] made known to …

Tower of Babel and Confusion of Tongues

Tower of Babel and Unbabel

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The Tower of Babel is an epic story of the global separation of people and it is contained in only nine verses of the biblical text. I have been chewing on it for several months since I last taught on it at my youth ministry, specifically on the implications of technological development across languages. I will be leaning on the work of Rabbi Fohrman, who discusses the technological aspects of the story, and on my friend Marty Solomon, who also borrows from Fohrman to elaborate more on the movement and organization of sin from Genesis 3 to …

Schrödinger's cat in a quantum superposition

Schrödinger’s Cat and the Immortality of Men

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Is man immortal? More specifically, is the soul immortal? We all know that we die, but what of our souls? Do they go on? Most would answer, “yes.” For most, the soul is an immaterial thing that dwells within a physical machine called a body. This, though a rough generalization, is the view of many religious and non-religious groups, Christians included. Throughout my first years as a Christian, there was a supposition of the immortality of mankind, usually specifically attributed to the soul. I, like many of you, had never been taught differently. However, …

Tower of Babel

East of God – West of Man

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If you pay close attention as you read through the first chunk of Genesis, you will notice a directional movement of people. When Adam and Eve are exiled from Eden, they go east (Genesis 3:24). Then Cain wanders east (Genesis 4:16). Later, God brings Noah back west when He reboots humanity. Then in Genesis 11:2 we read, “It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.” The “they” here is referencing mankind and Shinar would later be known as Babylon. …