This morning at 9:30am God graciously gifted to our family a new little member—a sweet little baby girl! We are grateful for the many prayers lifted up on our behalves and are pleased to introduce to you…
Genesis – The first book of the Bible, containing historical accounts spanning the first 2,369 years of Earth history, beginning with creation and ending with the death of Joseph.
Verity – n.
“After more than two centuries of facing the heaviest scientific guns that could be brought to bear, the Bible has survived—and is perhaps better for the siege. Even on the critics’ own terms—historical fact—the Scriptures seem more acceptable now than they did when the rationalists began the attack.”
—From an article in Time magazine, 1974
“Yea, Hath God Said?”
Despite his best attempts throughout the ages, The Enemy of our Creator has failed to destroy the credibility of God’s infallible Word. The assaults have only proven to further reinforce what Scripture has touted all along: That it is without error and can be trusted on every point. Nonetheless, his attacks persist and what better place to start in discrediting God’s Word than at the very beginning?
The Book of Beginnings
Whether it is from the God-hating philosophies of Darwinian Evolutionary theory, or the biblically and scientifically incoherent compromises such as day-age theory and gap theory, the book of Genesis has found itself at the epicenter of a battle waged for the souls of men, fought with particular ferocity in the last century and a half since the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species*.
While perhaps almost cliché in their familiarity, the opening verses of the first book of the Bible—the account of God’s work during creation week—serve as the very bedrock to all of our Christian faith.
“…if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” —Psalm 11:3
It is then no surprise to find that the Enemy’s focus has been to discredit the book of Genesis. If the opening pages of Scripture were proven to be inaccurate and unworthy of our trust, it would only stand to reason that the rest of His Word would be likewise dubious at best. However, far from untrustworthy, Scripture repeatedly proves its dependability and continues to be consulted in the disciplines of archeology, biology, geology and others as the most reliable historical document we have. Discoveries in every field of science—from life’s irreducible complexity, the miracle of birth, red-light shift, the presence of soft dinosaur tissue, the world of genetics, and a whole host of others scream “designed!”. Even the flood-deposited, fossil-filled strata layers remind us that, if we become silent on this issue, even “…the stones will cry out!” (Luke 19:40)
6 Literal, 24-Hour Days
Despite many creative compromises concocted to avoid conflict with the widely accepted evolutionary worldview, the Bible is explicitly clear that creation week consisted of 6 literal, 24-hour days, roughly 6,000 years ago. On this truth rest the doctrines of sin and salvation, therefore we reject any theory that suggests the presence of death before sin—implicit in theories such as the day-age theory, because, if the Bible is wrong in identifying sin as the cause of our spiritual death, then Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins ceases to accomplish what Christ stated he came to accomplish. Scripture is clear: when man sinned, sin entered the world:
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…” —Romans 5:12
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” –I Corinthians 15:21,22
Fighting the Good Fight
A mis-guided although honest assessment by an evolutionist:
“Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing!” —Bozarth, G. Richard, “The Meaning of Evolution,” American Atheist (February 1978)
Bozarth errs in this important point: We do not fight against science. Science is an important vehicle through which to bring glory to God by uncovering the brilliance of His creative works. We fight rather against false philosophies and vain deceit and “…and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God … bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.
God be praised for the wonders of His magnificent creation! We will not lean on our own understanding, but trust wholly in His infallible Word and the indisputable Verity of Genesis.
*Full Title: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life