The Problem Of Man’s Origin -- By: Leander S. Keyser

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 082:326 (Apr 1925)
Article: The Problem Of Man’s Origin
Author: Leander S. Keyser


The Problem Of Man’s Origin

The Biblical Doctrine Constructively Set Forth

Leander S. Keyser

Whatever else may be thought of the Biblical teaching, it offers a clear, simple, and adequate solution of the problem of origins. Supposing it to be true, it must certainly be said to be inspiring. For the most part, the speculations of men have been misty and halting; but the Bible speaks in firm, clarion accents, with never a quaver of dubiety. Indeed, its tone is so positive and unequivocal as to convey the impression that the writers felt certain of the truth, and therefore were able to state it with assurance and authority.

Regarding the origin of the universe, the Biblical language is both simple and majestic: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” No less explicit is the account of man’s genesis: “And God created man in His own image.” The origin of sin is profoundly depicted as the wrong choice of a free moral agent. Otherwise there could be no sin; for if evil came into the world by necessity, it would not be sin; it would be only misfortune.

However, there is still one more problem that has caused much agitated thought and conjecture among men—the origin of salvation. Sin and suffering are in the world, but who has ever found a way to cure and alleviate them? There have been many guesses, some of them more or less plausible, but no one has been able to set forth a satisfying solution by mere human speculation. However, the Bible offers a very simple and reasonable solution, which is that, when man sinned, God determined to save him by sending His only begotten Son into the world to assume man’s nature, take his place before the law of eternal justice, uphold the divine government, and thus permit mercy to come down ethically and graciously to rescue man from his lost estate, and bring him to an eternal destiny of blessed fellowship with his Maker and Redeemer.

Let us suppose for the moment that the Biblical doctrine is true, is it not both arresting and appealing? Would it not be wonderful and satisfying if it were true? Is it not natural that many minds of the highest type and the noblest aspirations should desire it to be true? After the doctrine has been stated simply and clearly, do we not feel that it ought to be true? Speaking of the Christian system, someone once said, “It is too beautiful to be true!” Nay, should we not rather say, “It is too beautiful not to be true”?

The object of this article is to show the beauty and rationality of the Biblical teaching respecting the genesis of the human family. Let us see whether it is not interesting and impressive, and...

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