Another issue for me was the idea of exactly what fell in the Fall. If there were a few billion years of earth history before the Fall (assuming that that is literal!) then the Fall seems to concern only man. However, the text seems to indicate that before the fall, ALL THINGS were better, that thorns and thistles didn't plague the land, etc. Later texts promising restoration indicate this as well--but if an idyllic state never actually existed, as it cannot if we put a few billion years (with death and decay) before the Fall, then how can we take promises of future restoration (however you take that eschatologically) literally? I don't feel as if what I'm saying makes a lot of sense, but what I mean is that it obviously affects the meaning of the Fall and even eschatology.
New Members Class, RPCNA, Cambridge, Massachusetts
[b]Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. -- Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)[/b]