Is a Christian who believes in creation a religious simpleton, or does the rejection of the creation account make a mockery of the faith we claim to believe? Does the New testament actually support the creation account found in the book of Genesis?
Of all the topics that create controversy, the creation/ evolution debate must be amongst the most fiercley contested. So why do I, someone who accepted evolution completely, now reject it wholesale? I would like to call three witnesses who changed my mind: Yahweh, Jesus and the apostle Paul.
The Genesis account is muddied by the continued arguments of what the word day means, eons of time or 24 hours? But what if Yahweh Himself just stated clearly how long He chose to spend on creation, surely that would settle it? Well, He did! In Exodus 20 Yahweh is giving Moses the Ten Commandments and in verse 11 Yahweh explains the reason for the sabbath.
“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,… and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
There it is, Yahweh told Moses He took six days and rested on the seventh. Other people may have reasons to disagree, but that is good enough for me.
Jesus the Messiah
There are no New Testament passages where Jesus said “I believe in Genesis” but, He clearly stated His belief by inference. When He was being challenged by the Jewish leaders in Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus was having to defend His view on divorce.
“And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female, … and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh…”
The point here is that Jesus used the creation account to justify His argument; if neither He or His hearers believed it to be true His argument becomes invalid. If this were the case Jesus would be found to be in a lie… Think about that one!
The apostle Paul
Most people would agree that Paul’s teachings on Christ, His church and the New Covenant are foundational to our identity and our inheritance in Christ. The thing is, the foundation to Paul’s world view was the creation story. In Romans 5 Paul’s entire argument for how God took us from death to life in Christ relies on taking the creation story as written. Look at Romans 12:5-21.
“Therefore, just as through ONE man sin entered the world, and death through sin… Death reigned from Adam to Moses… For if by ONE man’s offence many died… Judgement came from ONE offence… For if by the ONE man’s offence death reigned through the ONE… Therefore, as through ONE man’s offence … By ONE man’s disobedience many were made sinners… So that as sin reigned in death…”
It is clear that Paul was convinced that sin came through one man. Non believers reject the very notion of sin, but as believers we understand its reality all to well. If we believe in theistic evolution then we have to sit Paul down and explain to him that he has his history confused. A history that itself was God breathed, seeing as it is included in Scripture.
The origin of death
As we can see, Paul also clearly states that death is the result of sin. Evolution says that death is the running down of life according to entropy. If we believe that God is the force behind evolution then we are forced to believe that death is not an enemy but rather God’s chosen method of improving His creation. Is that compatible with what the New Testament teaches?
Why did Jesus die?
Jesus came to set us free from sin and all its effects. If death is God’s plan for the development of man then Jesus’ suffering and death are needless and irrelevant. This in turn would mean that the New Testament is simply wrong in its most basic assumptions and that God is conflicted with Himself… In other words, there is no God, no salvation and no hope.
God isn’t conflicted, the Bible is true, Jesus has risen from the dead and all that believe in Him will have a place in the Kingdom of God. If we accept the Genesis account our faith agrees with itself. If on the other hand we choose evolution, then there are some very serious quesitons about the reality of God and the truth of Scripture that need to be answered.
But what about the science?
Good question, stay tuned!
Go well My friends 🙂