TAKE IT TO THE BANK 3
Take it to the bank – The truth of Genesis
This last month we’ve been talking about the reliability of the Word of God; the truth of Scripture which you and I can rely on, knowing that God has guided His Word down through the ages without error. The last two messages have focussed of the evidences of the Bible within itself, such as fulfilled prophecy and perfect consistency across the 66 books. Further, the 10s of thousands of manuscripts and literary evidence for the truth and dependability of the Bible.
One of the battle grounds in the fight for the truth of the Bible is the truth of the Genesis account of creation and the origin of mankind. This has been a particular area of debate over the last 200 years, particularly in our generation from the teaching and acceptance of Evolution of the source of all life on the earth. Many Christians have become convinced that the Genesis account is unreliable as history record, and is merely a myth, or poetry or an allegory. We’ve been taught that the science is in, the facts are irrefutable, that God could not have created the world and everything in it. But is that the truth? If we can trust and rely on the rest of the Bible, can we also trust in Genesis, and particularly Genesis chapters 1-3?
This morning I feel compelled to expand on three key issues:
1. The importance of the Genesis account in the plan of salvation,
2. What the entirety of Scripture says about Genesis and the creation story, and
3. External evidences and arguments for the truth of the Genesis account.
So why is believing the creation story of Genesis important? Isn’t this a secondary or tertiary issue and not really that important to being a Christian and the things of primary importance like understanding God and salvation?
Let’s turn together to Romans 5:17-21. This is the gospel, that God is holy, and I am not. I will one day stand before Him, judged based on my actions and I am a sinner, like my father was a sinner, like his father was a sinner, and like Adam was a sinner. I need someone to live a perfect life for me, to take the punishment of my sin and to take the wages of my sin on themselves. Jesus was that perfect person, who lived a perfect life, who took my punishment on the cross and took on the wages of the sin, that is death. Jesus died for me.
Sin and death are paramount to the gospel message. We have come to the truth, the realisation that we are sinners, who stand in front of a holy God. But where did sin come? And where did death come from? Can you see the importance of the reality and the actual and historical person of Adam?
The story of Adam and Eve, in Genesis 3 shows us the source of sin and death in the world. As it says in 1 Timothy 2:13-14, ‘Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression’.
A literal, historical Adam and Eve is essential to the Biblical message of the gospel. Without the curse of sin entering the world through one man, there is no need for a saviour to save us from it!
Consider the following quote from Richard Dawkins, well known atheist and evolutionist:
Oh but of course the story of Adam and Eve was only ever symbolic, wasn’t it? Symbolic?! So, Jesus had himself tortured and executed for a symbolic sin by a non-existent individual? Nobody not brought up in the faith could reach any verdict other than barking mad!
He’s right! Either Adam was real, and he and Eve caused the fall, or Jesus Christ was nobody. You cannot have a non-literal, mythical origin of man, you cannot take a theistic evolution point of view and hold the view that Christ’s work on the cross defeated sin.
In 1 Corinthians 15:22 it says, ‘for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive’. Or 1 Corinthians 15:45, ‘And so it is written, the first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit’.
Importantly, there can be no death prior to sin entering the world. This is fundamentally why theistic evolution is an oxymoron. Death doesn’t enter the world until Adam sins, but evolution requires billions of years of death before Adam even arrives. You cannot reconcile the creation account and the fall with evolution. They are light and darkness.
How does the rest of Scripture interpret and relate to Genesis 1-3? Scripture reinforces the historicity of the Genesis account and clearly espouses the literal interpretation of creation. Consider the following verses:
1. Exodus 20:8-11 – the work week is set up to be 6-days, with 1 day for rest. On what basis? This is the way that God worked at creation. In six days, God created the world. It is a clear literal historical reading of the six days of creation
2. Psalm 104
3. Mark 10:6 - Jesus clearly believed and taught that God created man from the beginning
4. Luke 3:38 – Jesus’ genealogy includes Adam!
5. Romans 1:20 – God’s attributes are evident through creation. So evident in fact, that if you don’t recognise Him for it, you are without excuse!
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all
Each little flower that opens
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
Where we gather every day.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who had made all things well.
6. 1 Corinthians 15 - Clearly Paul regarded both the creation and fall of Adam as history, not allegory. If Scripture itself treats the creation and fall of Adam as historical events, there is no warrant for treating the rest of creation account as allegory or literary device.
7. Colossians 1:16 - Jesus created all things. ALL
8. 2 Peter 3:3-7 – Creation, by water out of water.
9. Hebrews 11:3 – By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made from what was visible. I.e. could not have evolved. God created out of nothing, ex nihilo.
Other scriptures you could look up – Mark 13:19, John 1:3, Acts 4:24, 14:15, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Hebrews 1:2,10, Revelation 4:11, 10:6, 14:7.
In an important sense, everything Scripture says about our salvation through Jesus Christ hinges on the literal truth of what Genesis 1-3 teaches about Adam’s creation and fall.
So, what are the external evidences for creation? Is there anything outside of the Bible the backs up the historical accuracy of the Word of God? There are a number of evidences and arguments for God’s creation, ranging from the simple to the more complex philosophical type arguments. In my view, the battle is fought and won in people’s hearts rather than their minds. Also, the belief in evolution is entirely dependent on long ages, and I personally see this as a key weak link in the evolutionary worldview.
Here are some of the key evidences for creation, and arguments against evolution:
1. Interdependency of systems, functions and ecosystems. This is the idea that systems rely on each other to exist, so much so, that removing one component of that ecosystem would mean it could not exist at all. We see this throughout creation, through things such complex ecosystems, reefs, human body, or others.
2. Long age impossibilities – there are a range of metrics and observations which do not coincide with long ages. These include, depth of moon dust on the moon, saltiness of the sea, erosion of mountains over time, population of humanity and others. Each of these indicate that the earth cannot be as old as claimed, or they’d all be way different. Helium is entering our atmosphere from radioactive decay but is still at low levels. If long ages, there would be way more helium in out atmosphere
3. Missing links – Evolutionists will claim that there are missing links that have been found, in particular, hominins. Reality is that given the long chain required from goo to you, there are many many missing links, still missing.
4. Dating of fossils and geological strata – the dating techniques have been demonstrated to have flaws, and are cherry picked to suit the evolutionary worldview. Repeatability of dating tests on fossils or rocks of known ages has been shown to be unreliable.
5. Presence of blood cells, bone matter and soft organic squishy stuff being found in fossils
6. DNA tracing to common ancestors. I believe we’ll continue to see more and more amazing facts revealed about DNA and the way that God has created living things, that will be self-evident of God’s creation.
There’s lots more, and plenty of material available on Answers in Genesis and Creation Ministries. The truth is that science has not disproved the Bible, but as to everything that the Bible touches, it is true and without error, and that includes the very beginning of the world.
It must be said, that the world’s eyes and minds have been blinded to the truth. God’s handiwork in creation is self-evident, but the world loves it sin and hates God. We may see many more wondrous discoveries in nature, but none of these alone will change anyone’s mind. They must see the truth of their state, and the future reality of one day standing in front of God, the Creator of the universe.
As Hebrews tells us, by faith we believe that God created the universe. And it demonstrates His handiwork. Creation demonstrates God’s glory and power, His awesome might, His infinite intellect, His amazing creativeness, His mercy and His holiness. Creation demonstrates the amazing plan of God, and His wisdom. No mechanistic, evolutionary processes could point to the greatness and power of God.
It may be that some or many here have previously been persuaded to accept the scientific view of the day, and to consider God’s Word as having erred at this point. God is calling to us to have faith, to believe His word. You may have previously given up God, placed His word under science, making it secondary or subservient, but God is calling you to a higher view of Him and His glorious creation. God has called on us to shine the light in the darkness as well:
Blessed and Holy Three
Wisdom, love, might;
Boundless as ocean’s tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Over the world far and wide,
“Let there be light”.
Heavenly Father, let there be light to the world. Let Your glory shine through the darkness of the minds and hearts of men and women, that they may see Your goodness, Your kindness and Your glory. God, for us here today, and those under the sound of my voice, let this be a call to fidelity in our trust of Scripture, and the truth of all Your word. Lord, we ask that you break down strongholds in our minds where we have yet to submit to You, where we hold up objections to Your truth. Let Your light shine through us to this world, that through us You might be glorified.
For more information about scientific evidence for creation visit these websites: