More scientific and historical battles, more literary and theological battles have been fought over Genesis than over any other book in history.
Today Genesis is more of a battleground than ever. The prime attack point is the Genesis record of Creation and the global Flood.
Genesis, the book which the Biblical authors reference more than any other, is the very book which is the most attacked, contradicted, disbelieved, explained away, ridiculed, and ignored—by Christians as well as non-Christians.
What is the fundamental reason for this attack? How may it be blunted?
If man can disregard the foundation, particularly the truths of God as Creator and Judge, then man no longer feels accountable to the standards of a higher authority and can rule his own life. The fundamental reason behind the attack on Genesis is rebellion against the Almighty.
Psalm 11:3 asks this piercing question:
If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
The answer is that the righteous must rebuild the firm foundation of Creation by articulating a clear Genesis-based explanation of life, sin, and death. Teaching foundations stimulates intense interest in Bible truth.
Pocket New Testaments should include Genesis instead of (or in addition to) Psalms and Proverbs. Then people would have the background material of Genesis which is needed to understand the New Testament’s message of the cross.
Introducing his epistle Jude wrote, “I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3) Christians need to take a stand for the truth of Creation in science, history, and philosophy classes as well as in water-cooler discussions. Every Christian should be on the front line somewhere for some issue.
Genesis is the only reliable historical source that goes back to the beginning of time and tells us where our world came from and how we got here. Non-biblical cosmogonies offer only vague myths or speculations, but Genesis provides a definite historical record of real people involved in actual events of great significance for all mankind. A literal understanding of Genesis is fundamental to an accurate worldview.
Genesis is a firm foundation for science, history, theology, and individual lives. It is wholly true and dependable. In Genesis God has spoken clearly and not in riddles or codes. His objective is to communicate to us what we need to know about our origins and our past history in order to lead us to commit our lives to Him in faith and obedience.
Soli Deo Gloria.
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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Monday October 15, 2007 A.D.
Read my October 2007 Bible-Science column:
Noah’s Flood—A Global Event.
It is the Lord of hosts who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding He stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 51:15)