Creation, How The Rest Of The Bible Stems From It
So far we have looked at the questions of how and why God made the world as well as a look at why this doctrine is important. In that last post we considered briefly that if we couldn’t trust the bible about the beginning, how then could we trust it in the middle and the end? I concluded that we couldn’t really. It either had to all be inspired, or not all. We also looked at how a huge number of important doctrines found their origin in Genesis. I am going to elaborate on those two points here.
First, at the risk of sounding a bit like a broken record, (anyone younger than 25 [including me;] ask your parents) I would like to remind you that the word Genesis means, ‘origins’ or ‘beginnings.’ To put it according to my Dictionary App, it is ‘the origin or mode of formation of something‘. And this is the name given to the first book of the bible and frankly the name is an excellent description.
Let me state my terms. By claiming the bible inspired by God, (2 Tim 3:16) we are concluding and believing that it is also accurate (inerrant) and authoritative. The central question to my first point is: Why does the whole of the bible need to be inspired? Surely as long as the Jesus bit is accurate, what does it matter? IT MATTERS. It matters firstly because of all those key doctrines mentioned before, their origin and authority is in question and doubt if Genesis is not inspired. It matters also because destroying Genesis’s inspiration destroys the New Testament’s inspiration also. I cited it earlier but 2 Timothy 3:16 says All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. Now the phase ‘all scriptures’ can stretched to refer to the New Testament, but remember, when Paul wrote this letter, there was no New Testament, most of it may have been written by this point, but it was by no means compiled. Therefore when Paul talks about ‘all scriptures’ he very specifically means the Tanak, or the Old Testament text. And to make it even more certain, the Jews took the Torah, (i.e. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy) to be even more and especially authoritative.
All this to say, if Genesis isn’t accurate, doesn’t describe the creation of the world the way it actually happened, isn’t inspired; Then Paul is wrong and we have no reason to trust the New Testament. BUT Paul isn’t wrong, neither is Genesis. It accurately portrays the creation of the world, and origin of the universe, exactly as God did it, with as much detail as He has chosen to share with us. A popular view today is called ‘red letter Christianity’. This view say that the red letters, that is, those pieces of text that are Jesus’ words, are more important and inspired than the rest of the bible. That view is in error, the whole of the bible is inspired, equally and fully.
In short, by removing Genesis, you cut out your own roots, shoot yourself in the foot and basically sow the seeds for the destruction of your faith. This may not happen to you, but your children, seeing you disbelieve the bible and its authority, reject it, to the destruction of their faith.
Now lets think back to my list from the last post
-Doctrine of sin: Genesis 3:6
-Doctrine of the curse: Genesis 3:17-19
-Doctrine of Salvation: Genesis 3:15
-Doctrine of Divine Judgement: Genesis 6:5-7 et al
-Doctrine of Substitutionary Atonement by blood: Genesis 3:21; Genesis 4:3-5
-Doctrine of Sovereignty & God’s Power: Genesis 1; Genesis 2
-The order of the universe, of days, months, years etc.: Genesis 1
-The order of creation – man being higher than animals: Genesis 1, 2
Add to this a few more that I’ve thought of
- The ordinance of marriage as being between 1 man and 1 woman Genesis 2:24
- Why do we wear clothes? Genesis 3:7, Genesis 3:21
- Why do men have to work? Genesis 3:17
- Why does childbirth and rearing such a painful thing to a mother? Also, why are women usually the more oppressed gender, and why does feminism exist Genesis 3:16
- Why do people get sick, suffer, get old and die? Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3:19
- God makes the rules Genesis 2:16-17
- God’s sovereign right and ability to judge all the earth Genesis 6:5-7
- God’s sovereign right to show grace to anyone He chooses Genesis 6:8
and probably quiet a few more.
To nail home my point, I will conclude by giving a written up gospel presentation, written as if I was presenting a monologue to you. But whenever I mention a doctrine or gospel concept, instead of citing the verse, I will cite that verse in Genesis that pertains to that doctrine.
The gospel message begins like this: Although you were created (Genesis 1:1) in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), you have rebelled against Him(Genesis 3:6), broken His law.(Genesis 2:17) For example, you probably lied, which would make you a liar; taken something which isn’t yours and without permission, which is theft, or looked at someone with lust, thus committing adultery(Genesis 2:24). When God judges you by His own righteous standard, you will be guilty, your conscience affirms it(Genesis 3:8), and have no place to hide(Genesis 3:10) from Him to whom you have to give account(Genesis 3:11). The punishment for sin is death(Genesis 2:17), the eternal death, hell. But the same God who is perfectly just(Genesis 6:5,7), is also rich in mercy(Genesis 22,23), not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He offers grace(Genesis 6:8) by provided a way for you to be forgiven of your sins, By being bashed, bruised(Genesis 3:15) and killed on the cross, Jesus Christ atoned for all of your sins, and by rising from the dead, He defeated death, crushing Satan under His feat(Genesis 3:15). Only by the shed blood(Genesis 3:21; Genesis 4:3-5) of Jesus could this be accomplished. In response to this kindness and to receive Jesus Christ and the forgiveness He offers, you must repent of your sins, and put your faith in Jesus Christ.
See what I mean?
The Doctrine Of Creation
Part 1: Creation, How God Made The World
Part 2: Creation, Why God Made The World
Part 5: Creation And The End Times