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Why a Crown of Thorns?

Genesis 3:16-19

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of the wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Crown of Thorns

With all the array of punishments laid upon mankind after Adam and Eve’s original sin doesn’t it seem strange that thorns are specifically mentioned here in Genesis? Of course, nothing is random in the Bible, nothing is written without significance; and again we find that this is the case. There are several references to thorns throughout the Bible each one reminding us of original sin and the curse. A fairly comprehensive list can be found at http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/thorns/.

There are a few reasons why thorns are specifically mentioned as part of the curse on the world as a result of mankind’s original sin. Firstly, as believers in Genesis as literal history we would point out that thorns pose a problem for any Christian who does not hold to this view, that is, if the Earth took millions of years of slow and gradual processes to reach its current form then we would conclude that the thorns found in the fossil record are also millions of years old; and must have come BEFORE original sin which is obviously a big problem as you would have to reinterpret the plain reading of this text to allow for this. This is not a problem for Biblical Creationists as we believe the majority of the fossil record came about as a result of Noah’s flood which destroyed the earth as it then was. This was AFTER the original sin so we would expect to find fossil thorns in this case.

Thorns are listed throughout the Bible in a negative way or as an obstacle which is a reminder of Sin, for example, “Thorns in your sides” (Numbers 33:55 & Judges 8:7) and another well known example would be in Matthew 13:3-8 (the Parable of the Sower) some seed “fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:”. However the example most relevant is the crown of thorns that the governor’s soldiers put on Jesus head in order to mock him as the King of the Jews.
(Matthew 27:29) “And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put [it] upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!”
We don’t know if the soldiers realised the significance that they made the crown from thorns, one of the curses specifically mentioned in the Genesis account. However, we do know that it was hugely significant, it is a symbol of the original sin and all subsequent sin including our very own, a reminder to us of why Jesus went to the cross; it was to die as the perfect sacrifice for our sins so that the curse laid upon this earth can one day be removed for those that believe in him.

Intelligent Design: Not for Intelligent People?

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Atheists and Evolutionists often claim intelligence over those who believe in God. This happens daily in creationist forums on the web where evolutionists try their utmost to turn away people from creationist beliefs. The creationists are described as irrational, unscientific and illogical with no evidence to back up their position. It is becoming popular opinion that atheists strive for truth and creationists have a belief in the Bible that cannot be backed up by scientific evidence.
Unfortunately this belief has spread to Christians and even creationist Christians in some cases feel they cannot fully back up their beliefs using science and reason. However, as the world accepts the big bang and evolution as the intellectual and rational interpretation of the origins of the world in which we live, Biblical creationists are reminded of the verse in Romans 1:22 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” and if this is read in context (verse 21-23) it becomes even more appropriate as the people had diluted God from an all-powerful creator and sustainer of life and began to worship idols of nature (verse 23: And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things).
How relevant this is to evolution today where people are worshipping nature and it’s abilities rather than the one who created it. The theory of evolution is an attempt to remove God from the process and those that choose to believe evolution rather than creation as written in Genesis are choosing to place their faith in man and nature, that is, mans ideas of how nature could “create” from itself. This means either excluding God completely or reducing Him from God the creator into a god that simply oversees the wonder of nature at work.

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