Chop one verse and others will follow.

There is a massive ‘industry’ to defend Darwinian evolution, even from inside the Church.  Despite the fact that there is no solid scientific proof for Darwinian evolution, some ‘Christians’ still insist it is true.  The problem is, one has to be consistent in the exegesis of Scripture.  Let us look at two very specific verses, Romans 1:20 and Ephesians 2:10.

#  Romans 1:20

  • ‘For since the creation of the the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without any excuse.’
  • The word used is ‘workmanship’ or ‘handiwork.’  Creation is the handiwork of God.  This specific word ‘handiwork’ is found only in one other place in the New Testament, in Ephesians 2:10.

# Ephesians 2:10

‘For we are God’s workmanship [handiwork], created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’  That means the ‘creation’ of new creatures in Jesus, is also the handiwork of God.

#  God created two separate ‘things’

  • God created the universe through Jesus ‘…and through whom [Jesus] He [God] made the universe….’ 1
  • God also created His children to be new ‘creations’ in Christ Jesus, ‘…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’

#  Romans 1:20 and Ephesians 2:10 are related.

Because the New Testament uses ‘handiwork’ or ‘workmanship’ only in these two verses, there is a relationship between them.  Both testify to God’s creative ability.  The one is physical and visible, the other one spiritual and invisible.  Yet both are real: they demonstrate God’s, ‘eternal power and divine nature.’ 

#  They stand or fall together.

If six day creation is not the handiwork of God, why would the creation of new people in Christ be?  This is an example of the ‘domino’ principle in Scripture.  When you lose faith in one verse or principle, your faith in the rest of the Bible starts to topple.

Conclusion  

Both Ephesians 2:10 and Romans 1:20 are true.  God created the universe in six days to be our temporal home.  He will renew it to be the eternal home of people who were renewed in their inner being.  All this is due to God’s power!

References

  1. Hebrews 1:2
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:17

What happens when you chop and change Scripture?

It is positively dangerous to tamper with the factual meaning of Scripture.

The Bible consists of 66 different ‘documents’ or ‘books.’  If they were inspired by the Holy Spirit they should show an order, logic and continuity.  If they don’t, why should we believe they had a common Author, the Holy Spirit?

#  Creation, an example of a repeated theme

Let’s test whether the creation account of Genesis 1 is a theme found consistently in Scripture.  These are a few examples of the many verses about creation:

  • Exodus 20:11, ‘For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them….’ 
  • Nehemiah 9:6, ’You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.  You give life to everything….’
  • Proverbs 3:19-20, ’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.’
  • Jeremiah 32:17, ’Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hard for you.’ 
  • John 1:3, ’Through Him [Jesus] all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.’ 
  • Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:2 repeat that Jesus is the Creator.
  • Revelation 10:6, ’And he [an angel] swore by Him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it….’
  • A few other verses are in Psalm 33:6; Psalm146:6; Psalm 148:5; Ecclesiastes 11:5 Mark 13:19; Acts 17:24; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 11:3; 2 Peter 3:4 et cetera.

#  The pattern is clear throughout Scripture. 

God created.  If one denies God’s almighty power to create in six days, a big problem surfaces:

  • Isaiah 65:17 says, ’Behold I will create new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered….’   It is a prophecy that points to Revelation 21:1, ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.’  A new literal eternal heaven and earth is the hope of the followers of Jesus.
  • If someone changes Genesis 1, he/she has to change many other verses in the Bible that have to do with creation.  Where does it end?  If creation is not true, why is Jesus the Son of God, born of a virgin, resurrected from the dead, ascended to heaven?

Conclusion

God’s omnipotence is displayed in six days creation.  That same omnipotence guarantees the new heavens and earth for us.  It guarantees Jesus our Savior.  It is positively dangerous to tamper with the factual meaning of Scripture.

 

How to pray effectively

God’s Word has always been the ‘Mother of all Bombs (MOAB).’  When a follower of Jesus uses it in prayer, it is deadly, accurate and terrifying in its effectiveness.  But, the enemy knows that.  So he devised a strategy to defuse it (to destroy the ‘explosive’ element in the bomb).

#  The explosive power of God’s Word

  • The reason the Bible has an explosive element is that God’s Word contains the decisive decrees of the Owner and Ruler of the Universe.  His words are the final authority in any situation.
  • When we pray Scripture verses into a problem the results are guaranteed.  ‘The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.’ 1
  • For example, ‘Elijah was a man just like us.  He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.’ 2   The Old Testament background is, “…Elijah… said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.’” 3
  • Then he proclaimed God’s words again: “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.’”  4   He believed God so ‘Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.’ Elijah’s prayers were based on God’s word, as we base our prayers on what God says in the Bible.

# The evil one’s strategy

  • The devil knows how to ‘destroy’ the power of the Bible.  His previous attempts through the ages to destroy the Bible physically, all failed.  He can however, like in the case with Eve, sow doubt about God’s Word.
  • That means we need to watch out for doubting theologians and ministers, books written by apostates that deride God, and programs and websites that malign the Bible.

#  Examples of the devil’s ‘arguments’ that sow doubt: 

  • The creation account is fiction and not part of Scripture.
  • The world-wide flood is a fairy tale.
  • Matthew and Luke copied from Mark, so they are just a product of men.
  • 2 Peter was not written by Peter, Paul did not write this or that letter, et cetera.
  • The resurrection is impossible.
  • Miracles are impossible.

Conclusion 

How should we react to the devil’s strategy?  Remember that the devil wages this war against the Bible because it is so powerful and effective.  What a glory to have such a powerful weapon to enjoy and employ in prayer!  And God wants us to pray and use it without ceasing.

References

  1. James 5:16b
  2. James 5:17
  3. 1 Kings 17:1
  4. 1 Kings 18:1
  5. James 5:18