Wednesday, January 19

Did Adam and Eve Have Belly-Buttons?

To many, it may not seem like a very relevant question, yet there are many people who contain to ask the question, therefore, the question ought to be addressed. Simply put, no, Adam and Eve did not have belly-buttons. There are a few very good reasons for this response, and in this short entry, we will examine the different reasons. (Photo credit to: Answers In Genesis/Creation Museum)

The major reason is an umbilical cord. Your belly-button (or navel, as it is sometimes called) once was connected via an umbilical cord to your mother. When you were in your mother's womb, you relied upon this cord for your nourishment from her body, as you continued to grow and develop inside of her.

Consider this, however: did Adam and Eve have parents, as in, were they born as we all have been? No, they did not have a mother. Adam was formed from the dust of the Earth, and Eve was formed from Adam. (See entry: "Formed From The Dust") A navel is actually a scar, proof you were born of a woman. We need to understand that Adam and Eve were both direct acts of creation by God.

Therefore, we have no reason to believe that they had belly buttons. Our own navels should remind us that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, and remind us of the Fall of Man, that we all sin, and are in need of a Savior - Jesus Christ. Many people believe that God created Adam and Eve to look about the age of 30. Not to say that they were born at the age of 30, but with the appearance of a 30 year-old.

Ken Ham of Answers In Genesis put it this way: "Lack of a belly-button on Adam and Eve would be one of the biggest tourist attractions in the pre-Flood world, as the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren would come up and say, 'Why don't you have a belly-button?' And they could recount again and again, to generation after generation, how God had created them special by completed supernatural acts, and yet had designed them to multiply and fill the Earth in natural ways that are equally a part of God's continuing care for what He created."[1]

The question, "Did Adam and Eve Have Belly-Buttons" may not be relevant to some, yet, as aforementioned, people continue to ask the question. Had Adam and Eve ever been asked in their later life by their great x grandchildren to show proof that they were truly the first man and woman, all they would have had to do is lift up their shirts and show them their stomach - no scar, since they were the first of our kind.

There are those who believe, however, that Adam and Eve were "blessed" with navels. Though there is no biblical nor scientific reasoning to lead us to believe that Adam and Eve had navels, there are scholars who subscribe to the theory - called pre, mid, and post-umbilicism. Pre-Umbilisists believe that Adam was formed with a navel upon creation. If this were so, since Adam was made in the "image of God," this means that God would have a navel. (See entry: "Who Created God?") This belief is unbiblical in the regard that it necessitates God having been created.[2]

Pre-Umbilisists claim that God's "cord" is located between two star clusters: the Quinn Cluster and Gamma Quadrant Four. Their hypothesis, however, ties into the Big Bang, of which there are several problems. (For example, the Horizon problem - the topic of whether the Bible and Big Bang can be harmonize will be covered in a later entry.) The question of Eve is where Mid-Umbilisists come in.

(From: Aig, Creation Museum)
As put by Dr. Fred Neiman, "The Mid-Umbilisist paints a picture of the protruding rib being pulled from the blank stomach of our dear Adam. Its being forced out in the very area where God intended to attach future children within the wombs of their mothers. The outward thrust created a puncture hole, and thus became, for Adam, the first belly-button. Eve, to the Mid-Umbilisist was and in a sense always shall be 'without navel.' Even before the fall, they argue that this was God’s intention in creating the 'Woman.' 'Wo-' meaning underneath, below, less than, and in ancient Greek; inferior to.. the 'Man.'"[3]

Genesis 2:21 says, "So the Lord God caused [Adam] to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh." (NIV) While it could be that God created a "hole" by pulling a rib out, most commentaries make the point that the context makes it seem as if God just performed the first surgery - and very neatly stitched up Adam, without a "puncture hole" as a navel.

Mid-Umbilisists also believe that after death, women, in essence, "cease to exist," as they were created to be man's companion. This view is also completely unbiblical, and is nowhere noted to be the case. God died for all, so that all men and women, by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, believing that He died and rose again, and confessing our sins, we would be saved. (Romans 10:9, 1st John 1:9)[4]

Post-Umbilisists believe that at the point of the Fall of Man where Adam and Eve realized that they were naked, God granted them belly-buttons, as a "last supernatural act," since they were supernaturally created. Again, we find no biblical basis for this, and there is no reason for the first two humans to have belly-buttons anyway. The question to pose would be, "why would Adam and Eve need belly-buttons?" There is no reason.[5]

Some Post-Umbilisists make the claim that it would be a physical reminder of their sin and the Fall, but consider this: when they fell, they lost their glorified nature, losing their "shine," they lost paradise and had to live in a world for hundreds of years tilling ground that was cursed, stepping on thorns and such. Adam and Eve had all the reminders that they needed.

Other questions remain, such as, if God had a navel, where is the placenta? Why would God need a navel? Though these three views are very intricate in their theories and bring up several points, they all lack facts, there is no biblical nor scientific basis for any of them, be it pre, mid, or post. Those who believe that Adam and Eve never had belly-buttons, which is likely the case, I suppose would be called Non-Umbilisists.

So, did Adam and Eve have belly-buttons? It seems as if they did not, there is not a biblical basis for this, no matter how many theories are put out. There is much danger in believing the Mid-Umbilisist theory, as part of its belief is that no woman will exist after death, which goes against the clear teaching of Scripture.

Thank you for taking the time to read this entry of, "The Truth." Feel free to comment below, yet please remain civil, visit the facebook page, visit the Ministry homepage, email vexx801@yahoo.com, or email the ministry team at thetruth.ministryweb@gmail.com. Take care, and may God bless, dear reader. Troy Hillman 

Sources:
[1] Dr. Gray Parker. "Did Adam have a belly-button (navel)?". Answers In Genesis. Web. 18 Jan 2010. < http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v18/i3/bellybutton.asp >
[2] Dr. Fred Neiman. "The Pressing Question of Adam's Navel". Landover Baptist Church. Web. 19 Jan 2010. < http://www.landoverbaptist.org/sermons/navel.html >
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Ibid.

8 comments:

  1. Wait a sec. Landover baptist? I get it!

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  2. And what if you're Jewish and don't believe Jesus was their savior? Shove it down our throats anyway? The whole world isn't Christian. In fact, Jesus was JEWISH. The last supper was a Passover seder. His teachings were taken and that is how Christianity was born. Judaism came first. The Ten Commandments were NOT from Jesus. They were from G-d. In fact I don't even think Jesus existed when they were handed down to Moses on Mt. Sinai.

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    1. Anonymous,
      My sincerest apologies for such a delayed reply. In short, I had no intentions of shoving it "down your throat." This website is a Christian website, presenting a Christian worldview. Whether or not you agree with the information that is presented is your choice.

      That being said, I am absolutely well aware of the Jewish origins of Christianity. In fact, Christianity itself was considered a Jewish sect in the earliest days. Even Dr. Luke's earliest Christian history attests to this fact. I am also entirely aware of the context of the Last Supper, as other articles on my website should demonstrate. In several articles I actually explore the Jewish origins of the Christian faith.

      As for the Ten Commandments, that depends on your worldview. From a secular viewpoint, the Ten Commandments were given to Moses around 1445 BC, and Jesus of Nazareth was not born until around 6-4 BC. As such, clearly the Ten Commandments came down prior to the birth of Jesus; the Jewish view would also agree with this.

      However, from a Christian standpoint, it was Jesus Himself who gave Moses the Ten Commandments, a pre-incarnate appearance as the "angel" of the Lord. The "angel" of the Lord (the Hebrew word for angel means messenger, or he who is sent) in Exodus 3 appears to Moses in the Burning Bush. It is not God the Father who is speaking to Moses here, but as Exodus tells us - it is someone called "the angel of the Lord," who speaks as God. He claims to be God. Yet God himself, the Father, cannot be seen. (Exodus 33:18-23, John 1:18) Jesus tells a crowd, "...before Abraham was born, I AM." (John 8:58) Multiple other occasions show that the earliest Christians considered Jesus to be the one involved in the Exodus account (cf. 1st Corinthians 10:1-4; some manuscripts of Jude 5, etc.). In fact, according to Judges 2:1-4, it was the "angel" of the Lord who actually delivered the people from Egypt and led the people through the wilderness, and is the one who made the covenant. Jesus says in the New Testament that God is the one who did all of this (Luke 20:37), and Christianity solves the issue by identifying Jesus as the Lord.

      You certainly do not have to agree with this account in the slightest - as I said, I am simply presenting the Christian worldview.

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  3. When did god create all the dinosaur fossils? Or the carbon found in every human?

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    1. The vast majority of dinosaur fossils were creating via rapid burial in the worldwide flood of Noah's day. The seismic and volcanic activity across the globe produced a series of events that led to the formation of fossils. The carbon found in every human - if you mean as an element, we read in Genesis 2:7 that the "LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." Science has shown that humans are made up of 28 base and trace elements, all of which are found within the earth. So when did God imbue us with carbon? "In the beginning."

      For further information on the fossils, be sure to check out these articles:
      1) http://thetruth-blog.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-were-waters-from-flood.html
      2) http://thetruth-blog.blogspot.com/2011/02/evidence-for-worldwide-flood-part-one.html
      3) http://thetruth-blog.blogspot.com/2011/02/evidence-for-worldwide-flood-part-two.html

      There are multiple other articles and series on dinosaurs, fossils, and other related topics. God bless!

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    2. Humans lived after the dinosaurs, we came long long after they died. Can't you believe in dinosaurs, evolution and such theories of science as well as religion? For the animals were made first and we came at the end.

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  4. TROY YOU ARE A GENIUS

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  5. If Eve did not have a belly button, how was the first child born?

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