Genesis 1-11, Part 2

Creation is described as follows in the Bible, 

‘…long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.’  2 Peter 3:5 

We know that all matter on earth, living as well as nonliving, are made of atoms.  The atoms are the building blocks of the whole universe.  

The Periodic Table is a summary of all the elements (an element has only one kind of atom).   For example, Hydrogen has one proton and one electron, helium has two protons, two neutrons and two electrons.  There is a systematic increase of protons and electrons all through the different elements as seen in the Periodic Table.   The change in atoms causes the different elements.  The universe has 92 or 98 naturally occurring elements.

The Bible teaches, 

‘By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the deeps were divided and the clouds let drop the dew.’  Proverbs 3:19,29

We live in an age where Creation by God is scoffed at and labelled as ‘unscientific.’  What is the alternative that is proposed?  Naturalism – everything just appeared by chance over billions of years.  In contrast Supernaturalism, specifically creation by God, is regarded as totally out, wrong, unscientific, et cetera.  

We want to pursue his issue.  However, we can never understand the two options of natural or supernatural creation, if we do not have a clear idea of the two opposing kingdoms of this age. 

Genesis 1-11, Part 1

The first verse in the Bible is, 

‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’  Genesis 1:1

That is God’s entrance statement that has led to endless confusion and speculation – could an invisible God really do it?  To complicate it even more, the Bible says, 

‘In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.’  John 1:1-3

So Jesus is also the Creator.  God and Jesus both created, 

‘…yet for us there is but one God and Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.’  1 Corinthians 8:6

  • God created the universe by speaking.
  • Jesus is the living Word.  

Therefore they both created.   We have to investigate if our glorious Lord Jesus created.  Otherwise, why do we accept Him as Saviour, and reject Him as Creator? 

Introduction to Genesis 1-11

Genesis 1-11 is regarded as ‘problematic.’  Many churches and theologians dismiss it.  A good rule to follow is that when some part of the Bible is either dismissed, attacked or ridiculed, there is something of importance there.  Genesis 1-11 is in some ways the most controversial part of the Bible.  From creation, to the talking serpent, to the flood and the origin of languages, there has been a long stream of books, articles, talks and dismissals. If an unbeliever has anything to say about the Bible, it is irrelevant.  He or she decided to reject the Bible, so there is no reason for them to show any interest in the Bible.  The big danger is from those who profess to be ‘Christians,’ and yet deny or outright attack the truthfulness of God’s Holy Spirit inspired wonderful Book, the Bible, or Scripture.  

Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit.  We are the only people in the world who can claim that God the Holy Spirit is our Counsellor and Guide.  What a privilege.  Could the Holy Spirit filled followers of Jesus question the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God?  Doubtful!  We are to seek God, find out how wonderful He is, and how He reveals Himself in Scripture.  To live in fellowship with the Father (1 John 1:6).  

Our understanding of Genesis 1-11

  • It is part of God’s revelation in His wonderful 66 books. 
  • It is the foundation of God’s plan.  In a nutshell, God explains to us who He is and what He is aiming at. 
  • All the events described in the eleven chapters happened in real life.   
  • The Bible does not make sense without Genesis 1-11.  
  • From Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 God presents to His people His Kingdom building principles.   

Our belief 

The Bible is not written in text-book style.  It is not chronological, precise, step-by-step instructions.  It was planned by God the Holy Spirit to be investigated, studied, meditated upon with the help of the Holy Spirit.  It is not a straight forward book.  The unbeliever finds it baffling.  The miracle of the Bible is that in, ’seeking the Lord in Scriptures,’ one becomes acquainted with Him.  A relationship is developed with the Triune God.  A sincere appreciation and love for the Lord can only come through serious seeking of the Lord in Scripture.

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