Originally Posted by bountyh
Adam was created to make the bloodline that would eventually bring Christ.
Originally Posted by user
This thread ignores the alternate story in which Lilith preceded Eve.
But seriously, the true self (a gnostic concept to which I think Paul subscribes) which is beyond time/space is an aspect of the Divine Self, and the recognition of the fact of that relationship gives one the power to become a son of God. Jesus showed us how. "And to all who believeth in him" means to ascribe credibility to him, not merely to believe he existed. "For even the demons do that, and shudder." Since each of us, in that context, is neither created, nor made, and "of one being with The Father", it doesn't make sense to talk about humanity having been created on the sixth day. "Before Abraham was, I am." applies to each of us. It's the realization of the true self (that's where the gnosticism comes in) that's the key. After all, Jesus didn't say, "worship me", he said, "follow me."
I have actually heard both of these theories before. I'm not sure I believe them. But, I do think they may help to explain Neanderthal & ancient man. (While not necessarily taking away from the TRUTH we find in scripture.)
I've heard the possibility that God did create mankind before the fall of Satan & angels. Once those angels were cast out they came to earth & bred with early humans. This caused God destroy ancient man; and create another line of humans we know as modern man. (Adam was supposedly the first of these men & Eve was the first of these women.)
Like I said, I'm not 100% sold on this theory. But, it could help explain an older Earth, ancient man & dinosaurs.
So, I think it could be worth further study.
One thing I have come to believe is about the creation of "TIME".
I believe time was created in order help save men from EVIL. God lives in the spirit realm; outside of the restraints of time & space.
I think man was also created to live in the presence of our Creator; outside of the realm of time & space. However, after satan was cast down the world became evil & corrupt.
God had to implement a plan to "purify" mankind & restore them unto HIMSELF. So, HE created a "TIME-line" in which to accomplish this.
Thus, "in the beginning" (of "TIME")
God started the "timeline" of Jesus coming to save the world.
REMEMBER: The primary purpose of Scripture is to tell us of "HOW"
our loving Heavenly Father set out to restore man unto himself through Jesus Christ.