Creation is the basis of the Bible

Do you believe the Bible, but not creation in 6 days? We have not discussed it in detail yet, but creation Creationis the basis of the Bible. If God did not create the heavens and the earth in 6 days, Adam and Eve did not exist. If they were not real, historical people it causes serious problems for the genealogy of Jesus. The Bible says Jesus descended from Adam who was created by God in His image.1 Remember no evolutionist has yet proven how ape-like creatures evolved speech or consciousness. If Adam was not real, Jesus isn’t either. Which means the Bible has no message of redemption and hope for life after death.

There are reasons that the Bible begins with the creation account. It shows up God’s authority. He is the Owner of the universe. Normally if a person creates something, like a business, a painting, a house, or a sculpture, it belongs to that person. That is also true of the universe. It has an Owner, ‘To the Lord your God belongs the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.’ 2

 

The word ‘God’ in Genesis 1 means the all-powerful, invincible One, the only true God, who needs nobody to assist Him. It is written, These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.3  Creation shows the difference between the Bible and other religious books. Do they have a logical precise account of how and for what purpose their gods created the universe? The Bible reveals God’s plan for His creation—an eternal new heavens and earth, where He will live with His Family.

 

Another reason creation is important is miracles. If God is not the Creator, how does one explain the miracles in the Bible? Miracles only make sense because God is the Creator (think about the thousands of DNA codes that had to be designed for all the kinds of living things and plants). This is very important, because many people laugh at the miracles in the Bible, claiming they are impossible. Science cannot answer the most basic question—where did life begin? The main obstacle remains the immense complexity of the genetic code (DNA) and the cell (among others).  If God created  life by speaking, miracles are not mysterious.  NB! Please, don’t let evolution fool you into thinking they have solved the problem of first life. They haven’t. That is why they search for possible earth-like planets where life might have begun by some mysterious process.

 

We also read in the Bible that this present universe and the earth will be destroyed by fire, a veritable big bang. It will be replaced with an eternal universe. Only an omnipotent God will be able to accomplish that. The same God who made the first ‘edition’ (in six days), will also make the final ‘edition’ (in a short time). ‘In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.’ 4  Because God is the Creator of the first heavens and the earth in six days, we have the hope that He can and will create new heavens and a new earth.

 

Question: Do you agree that creation is the basis of the Bible? 


References

  1. Luke 3:23-38
  2. Deuteronomy 10:14
  3. Jeremiah 10:11
  4. 2 Peter 3:13

 

 

 

Did God change His tune?

Law given at Sinai Stan Adermann posted a comment on Stone the Rebellious Child, on 7 March, 2014. It consisted of two parts:

1. ’Even though the laws don’t apply now, there was a point in time where God declared that the proper thing to do was to murder your children in a horrific way, according to the Bible. If Yahweh of the O.T. is the same as the Father of Jesus in the N.T., why can he not be held accountable for those who died on his command?’

Did God change His tune from Yahweh in the Old Testament, to the Father of Jesus in the New Testament? In the Old Testament the Israelites agreed to enter into a covenant with God, The people all responded together, ‘We will do everything the Lord has said.’1 The laws of God determined many aspects of Israelite society, like Hebrew servants, personal injuries, protection of property, social responsibility, and many more.

The question is, is God responsible for the people who were killed because they broke the covenant? For example, the Sabbath breaker.3 The Bible doesn’t record a specific rebellious son who was stoned. The person who was stoned knew the law and agreed to it.

What the question amounts to is: If a government changed the law of capital punishment to life imprisonment, are they responsible for the deaths of the murderers who were affected by the former law? Surely the citizens knew about the law. Was the death sentence not enacted to keep law and order in the country?

2. Stan’s other issue: ‘Also, a common Christian claim is that morals are unchanging because they come from God. But one can argue that this is an example of God changing his mind. What was moral for one group at one time, is not moral now, and on this basis morals do change.’

God demonstrated in the O.T. that nations and individuals cannot obey laws and live holy lives as He wants them to. This issued in the promise of a new covenant, a new way of dealing with disobedience through Jesus the Messiah.4

While it superficially appears as if God changed His tune, He did not. The most important law in the Old Testament was, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength.5  In the New Testament Jesus agreed that it was still the most important law.6

There are people who think when you accept Jesus, your sins are forgiven, so you can live as you like, because your place in heaven is booked. That is totally, completely wrong. Jesus made the application of the law more stringent in the new covenant. For example, in the Old Testament adultery in Israel was forbidden. In the New Testament Jesus said if you look lustfully at a woman, you have already committed adultery with her in your heart.7 Jesus recommended drastic measures to help you keep the law. Although judgement was not as immediate as in the covenant with Israel, judgment was still very much part of Jesus’ message.8

God never changes His tune. The morals remain the same, love God and your neighbour.

References

  1. Exodus 19:8
  2. Exodus 21-23
  3. Numbers 15:32-36
  4. Jeremiah 31:31
  5. Deuteronomy 6:4,5
  6. Matthew 22:37
  7. Matthew 5:27-30
  8. Matthew 5:29-30; 7:21-23; 13:41

The rebellious son and the homosexual

In a previous blog (Stone the rebellious childNew Covenant in Jesus), we referred to the covenant that God had with old Israel. That covenant was replaced by the new one that centres around Jesus Christ. He came to make God’s eternal Kingdom a reality by renewing minds and changing hearts so His children can obey Him out of love and not law.

We failed to make it clear that the God of the Old Testament is not different from the God of the New Testament. Jesus did not abolish the old covenant, so that people can do what they like. In a sense, the inner change of the new covenant is much more serious and intense than the old. For example,

In the Old Testament it was a crime to kill someone. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, it is a crime to hate someone.1

In the Old Testament adultery was forbidden. Jesus says, when a man looks at a woman lustfully he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.2

The Holy Spirit came to help us with the inner transformation God requires in the New Covenant. He is our personal Trainer.

Homosexuality

We had a comment on that blog, asking whether the God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorra for their homosexuality in the Old Testament, condones it in the New Testament?

Lately the emphasis is very much that the Church has to accept homosexuals. Our contention is that we should be very careful. Do we really understand the cry of the human heart, do we know enough or are we interested enough to find out who they are, what happened to them, et cetera?

What does the Bible say?

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, says, what business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.3  So we need a different attitude towards people outside and inside the church.

God is the Judge of all the world. Paul writes, Do not be deceived, neither the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.’4 In addition God excludes things that don’t seem that ‘dangerous,’ like ‘hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, …orgies, and the like. I warn you … that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.5

Why does God exclude these people from His eternal kingdom? It has to do with the structure of the Kingdom—a family of  peace and happiness, with no rebellion. God regards jealousy, discord and hatred in the same light as murders, lying and practicing magic arts.Yet all these people can repent and yield their lives to Christ, as the church in Corinth did.7

Question: In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man (in hell) begged Abraham to send Lazarus from the dead to his five brothers to tell them life after death is real. Abraham’s answer was, If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if somebody rises from the dead.8 Do you think it is valid to believe what the Holy Spirit and the Bible says about who will be in and who will be outside the Kingdom of God?

References

  1. Matthew 5:21-22
  2. Matthew 5:28
  3. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
  4. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
  5. Galatians 5:20-21
  6. Revelation 21:8
  7. 1 Corinthians 6:11
  8. Luke 16:19-31