The Great Flying Saucer Myth
The passage just read has tremendous importance and significance because from it we gain complete insight into the unity of the human race; we also gain insight into the importance God placed upon keeping that unity because He did not create a separate female; He created her from the man that He had created to keep that sameness, that genetic oneness.
Therefore, when Eve later partook of the fruit in disobedience and fell, only part of the race fell.
Genetically Adam was the one by whom the human race came into existence; Adam was the one held responsible. When Adam ate the fruit Eve fell in Adam because of that unity.
Have you ever wondered about the fact that on the day God created them, He created only one individual? Adam and Eve were one: the exact identical genetic constitution, one individual, bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. That is why Eve could partake of the fruit and not plunge the whole human race into sin; Adam was the one held responsible. If God had created man from the dust and woman from the dust, Adam and Eve individually would have had to fall. Jesus Christ could come to save because Adam fell, and as all men die in Adam, so in Jesus Christ all men can be reborn into God's family and be made alive.
The Bible emphasizes this fact:
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgement was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)" (Romans 5:12-17)
Adam is the individual responsible for the fall of the human race. Eve fell in Adam for he is the racial head, the one held responsible. This principle is important concerning the fall because our salvation is based upon it. Adam fell into sin and every man born into Adam's family was born to die. Thus every man must be reborn into God's family through Jesus Christ in order to have eternal life. As in Adam all are children of Satan, so in the second Adam, Jesus Christ, all become children of God. Without man's unity and fallen nature, we would not have one way of salvation obtainable by all men.
The seed of the woman carries out the same unity and perfection that Adam once had and the sin nature evidently is passed on through the male. Here we find the reason, the necessity, and also the beautiful picture and fulfillment found in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit who became the father produced a sinless nature for the seed of the woman which still carried all the traits of the human race and genetic structure back to Adam, thereby returning the human race through Christ to that original perfection.
Christ, the second or last Adam, restored righteousness through His sinless life, through His death on the cross, and through His ultimate resurrection. The promise was given that those who believe and accept may also partake in that righteousness as a covering because He came, through the seed of the Holy Spirit and the seed of a woman, and solved the genetic problem of the fall of Adam in the beginning. This is the picture God gives us in these opening chapters of Genesis.