Question 1: Why is the creation account in Genesis 1 vital?

Since evolution has become so main stream, many Christians doubt the supernatural creation in Genesis 1. The ‘scientific’ evidence for evolution seems so powerful, that they tread silently and softly over Genesis 1. Then they continue to explain that Jesus forgives sins.

No foundations, can it stand?

However, without Genesis 1, the Bible is not the inspired Word of God anymore:

  • God claims ownership of the universe because He created it. Supernatural creation establishes His ownership. It gives God the right to implement His plan for man.
  • As Owner, God made certain decrees, like the wages of sin is death. He provided a way out of this through His Son, Jesus, because as Owner He designed salvation. That is why the New Testament message of forgiveness begins in Genesis 1.
  • Sending His Son, born of a virgin, to die on the Cross and be resurrected, were supernatural events. Only if supernatural creation is true, can we accept that God is all powerful. Then miracles are no problem. Miracles began in Genesis 1.

 

Cutting out Genesis 1 begins a cascade to destroy foundations. The first to go is Jesus, because He is the Creator. 1 To claim that Jesus forgives sins, but not to accept Genesis 1, is like grabbing something out of the air.  If Jesus is not the Creator, how can He forgive sins? In the Bible, God and Jesus are the same. What the Father does, the Son does also. 2 

 

If God is not the Creator, He has no authority. That means He has no power to command and to judge. In Genesis 3 God judged Adam and Eve, and the serpent (the devil) for their transgressions. Later He saved Noah and his family, and judged the world with a universal flood for their sins. The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Obadiah and Jonah warned the nations of God’s judgements. Revelation tells of the final white throne judgement. Those are all impossible events if one strips the Bible of its omnipotent Ruler, King of the Universe, the Lord God Almighty, by ‘trashing’ Genesis 1.

 

If Genesis 1 is not true, God had no right to give any authority to Jesus, but it is written, ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me [Jesus, by God].’ 3 Nobody can give authority to others that he does not have himself. Anyone who disputes that, must go to a strange business and give commands as if it is his own. He will soon be in trouble and maybe in jail.

 

Because God created people, time and places, the Bible contains the history of people and events that happened in geographical places at certain times.

 

Conclusion

Creation is vital, and many verses in the Bible testify that God is the Creator. Trashing Genesis 1 is like imagining that the Eiffel Tower can stand without a foundation.  In this case, the Bible is the ‘Eiffel Tower’ that is supposed to stand without its foundation of supernatural creation.

 

References

  1.  John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2
  2. John 5:19
  3. Matthew 28:18

 

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

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