Many fellowships claim to be Christian but deny the validity of the first eleven chapters of Genesis, why? Why is it that so many consider these chapters to be a fable with no value?
“In the Beginning God”
“In the beginning God,” these four, but wise words are the foundation of Christianity. The cornerstone of the Church is Jesus Christ, without Him, there is nothing
In 1 Peter 2:6-8, it says,
For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “THE STONE, WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,” and, “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
However, it is unfortunate that the Church in America a nation of free speech is remaining silent. There are a few Fellowships that speak out to support the Genesis record of creation. Nevertheless, many Fellowships fall prey to the evolutionary way of thinking. They believe the six days of creation were considerable periods of time. It seems that modern science has come up with a more workable answer to, the creation story. However, science is, wrong because they think their mind is superior to, God’s mind.
The Church’s Responsibility
As stated few fellowships recognize the first eleven chapters of Genesis as foundational to the rest of Holy Scripture. Many Christians today consider the story of creation, the Garden of Eden, the fall of man, and the global flood, to be fairy tales one tells their children, then reject them.
One can only wonder why these events have transformed into “fairy tales.” Has the Church surrendered to science and now afraid to fight? On the other hand, is the Church so wrapped up in eschatology; they ignore the rest of Scripture.
The question is, why is this phenomenon occurring within the Church today?
Teaching God’s People
The teaching of Scripture to God’s people is a top priority. One cannot wage war if one has no understanding of its enemy. We are at war with Satan, so we must get back to the fundamentals of Scripture. One needs to wear the full armor that God provides.
In Ephesians 6:10-17, it says,
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, it says,
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
However, many pastors and teacher are frightened to teach Geneses. It seems they would rather teach what their particular denomination has accepted as truth. (See Denomination…)
In 1 Timothy 3:1-3, it says,
It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of an overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money.
“Able to teach” this is a profound statement from Timothy. A pastor out of necessity for the sheep spiritual health must explain all Scriptures, not just what he desires.
Pastors have many tasks today pulling him in all directions. So, the question is, how can the pastor teach, “In the Beginning God,” if he is always doing other things? A pastor must devote himself to the study of God’s Word that he can teach the flock.
In Acts 6:2-4, it says,
So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. “Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
The Pastor-Teacher Must Understand the Flock
The pastor-teacher must have a knowledge of what his flock is doing in the real world. This knowledge can only come from working side-by-side within the real world. So he can understand the problems that arise in the life of each person in the fold. A Pastor cannot know his flock with only book knowledge.
Joseph had trained Jesus as a carpenter before His public ministry. Jesus Christ, the man, even recognized the need for experience before one could teach the word of God.
“In the Beginning God” – once more
The whole foundation of Christianity rests on this statement from Genesis 1:1. Yet, many Christians look at these words and call it a “fairy tale,” and do not believe them, why? Do they think that God is stretching the truth of the creation story? Is the Church apprehensive about God’s ability to create? There are some Christians who believe that the starting point of all that is known started with a “Big Bang” as science tells us? This so-called, “Big Bang” or any other concept that science would like to propagate is a lie.
In 1 Corinthians 1:27, it says, (KJV)
However, God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.
Lessons of Humility
Therefore, God uses ordinary men to do the work despite all the turmoil, one brings to the table. Paul, having experienced a humbling moment on the Damascus road, became a powerful means of spreading the Word. Even with all Paul’s education, he had to learn the lesson of humility. So at times, we must learn that same lesson and trust God and His Word for the power to fight the evil in the world.
From every experience, we have on the journey to God’s kingdom, we can look, all around and see the real beauty presented to us by God daily. Seeing this world that God created it is easy for one to believe, “In the beginning God.”
Does the Church in America actually want to know the God of Creation, one hopes so? There are some Pastors that think preaching is just a job. Teaching God’s people, is a calling. The pastor that believes preaching is just a job will never understand what “In the Beginning God,” means.
The Church Deacons are so lazy today as they are placing all the work on the Pastor. Then one wonders why so many pastors leave the flock after just a few short years.
What can be done to change this? First, we must believe “In the Beginning God,” one must believe in this statement or the foundation falls apart. Second, it is Sola Scriptura, Scripture alone.
We must trust in God, and the evidence of His existence is all around us. Just look around as it is everywhere, one only has to open their eyes, and see.
In Romans 10:17, it says,
So faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.
In Romans 1:20, it says,
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
“In the Beginning God”
Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2016
All quotes are from the: New American Standard Bible, ©1995.