Followers of Jesus are confused about Genesis 1. Can they believe what the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God says? Did God create in 6 days or is it some kind of metaphor? Is Genesis 1 relevant? Is it necessary to believe its literal meaning?
If God created the heavens and earth, He is the Owner. In the world system an owner can do with his property whatever he likes. Does the Bible show us that God acts as the Owner who has a purpose for His creation?
# God, the Owner, in Genesis 2?
- God created Eden and put Adam there. Because He made Adam, He had the authority to tell him what to do. He gave him a command not to eat of a certain tree. Where did the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil come from? God created them. He did it with a plan and a purpose in mind.
- Adam and Eve were not robots. They were made in God’s image with a free will. Therefore God gave them a choice to test them. Their decision had a consequence: life or death.
# God, the Owner, in Genesis 3?
- Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and obey that ancient serpent, the devil or Satan. 1 With their choice they gave their God-given authority over to the one they obeyed. 2
- Since then the evil one is the ruler of this world. 3 Their disobedience brought sin, suffering and death into our lives.
- Yet as Owner and Boss, God made a promise of restoration. The Seed of the woman (Jesus) will crush the head of the serpent, the devil, the enemy of God. 4
# God, the Owner, right through the Bible.
All through the Bible, Old and New Testament, God is in command. He helps, saves, changes lives, prepares for eternal destinations, et cetera. There is never any question about who is the Lord. It is the Creator God (with ‘God’ we mean the Trinity of the Bible).
Why are so many ‘Christians’ reluctant to accept the clear message of Genesis 1:1, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth [in 6 days]?’ God’s position as supernatural Creator gives Him the authority to forgive, help, answer, make promises and create a new heaven and earth for His chosen, called, faithful followers to live on eternally.
- Revelation 12:9
- Romans 6:16
- 1 John 5:19b
- Genesis 3:15