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Title: Creation and the Bible

Creation and the Bible
  • Is Genesis relevant today?

Englands Past
  • Before the war
  • Culture permeated with Christian morality
  • 50 of people regularly attend church

The foundations
  • If the foundations be destroyed, what can the
    righteous do?
  • Psalm 113

The foundations
All biblical doctrines are founded in Genesis
  • I will show you that all doctrines are founded in
    Genesis, directly or indirectly
  • Doctrine of Marriage
  • Eating of animals
  • Doctrine of Sin
  • Doctrine of Clothing
  • Doctrine of Atonement
  • The Gospel

Doctrine of Marriage
  • 3Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They
    asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his
    wife for any and every reason?" 4"Haven't you
    read," he replied, "that at the beginning the
    Creator 'made them male and female,'5and said,
    'For this reason a man will leave his father and
    mother and be united to his wife, and the two
    will become one flesh'? 6So they are no longer
    two, but one. Therefore what God has joined
    together, let man not separate."
  • Matthew 193-6

Doctrine of Marriage
Eating of animals
  • 29Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing
    plant on the face of the whole earth and every
    tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be
    yours for food. 30And to all the beasts of the
    earth and all the birds of the air and all the
    creatures that move on the ground-everything that
    has the breath of life in it-I give every green
    plant for food." And it was so.
  • Genesis 129-30

Eating of animals
  • 3Everything that lives and moves will be food
    for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I
    now give you everything.
  • Genesis 93

Doctrine of Sin
  • 16And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are
    free to eat from any tree in the garden 17but
    you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge
    of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will
    surely die.
  • Genesis 216-17

Doctrine of Sin
Doctrine of Sin
  • A Why cant we just insist on the essentials
    of Christianity?
  • B Well what are the essentials?
  • A That Jesus dies on the cross, was raised
    from the dead, and died for our sins, theyre the
  • B Why did Jesus have to die?
  • A For our sin
  • B What is sin?
  • A Rebellion
  • B How do you know that? Is it your opinion or
    someone else's opinion? Where do you get the idea
    that its rebellion? Some preachers think it is a
    lack of self esteem or a self centred attitude.

Doctrine of Clothing
  • 6When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree
    was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and
    also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some
    and ate it. She also gave some to her husband,
    who was with her, and he ate it. 7Then the eyes
    of both of them were opened, and they realized
    they were naked so they sewed fig leaves
    together and made coverings for themselves. 8Then
    the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD
    God as he was walking in the garden in the cool
    of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among
    the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called
    to the man, "Where are you?" 10He answered, "I
    heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because
    I was naked so I hid.
  • Genesis 36-10
  • 21The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam
    and his wife and clothed them.
  • Genesis 321

Doctrine of Atonement
  • 21The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam
    and his wife and clothed them.
  • Genesis 321
  • 22In fact, the law requires that nearly
    everything be cleansed with blood, and without
    the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
  • Hebrews 922

Doctrine of Atonement
The Gospel
  • 15And I will put enmity between you and the
    woman, and between your offspring and hers he
    will crush your head, and you will strike his
  • Genesis 315
  • 22We know that the whole creation has been
    groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up
    to the present time.
  • Romans 822

All biblical doctrines are founded in Genesis
  • Every doctrine is founded directly or indirectly
    in Genesis
  • Marriage Genesis 1 11
  • Clothing Genesis 1 11
  • Seven day week Genesis 1 11
  • Work Genesis 1 11
  • The curse Genesis 1 11
  • Last Adam Genesis 1 11
  • First coming Genesis 1 11
  • Second coming Genesis 1 11

Break for questions
  • Please be kind!

What the church is saying
What the church is saying
  • Dr Hugh Ross
  • He believes
  • The big bang
  • Billions of years
  • Local not a global flood
  • There was a race of soul-less men and women
    before Adam and Eve.

What the church is saying
  • So, Gods revelation is not limited exclusively
    to the Bibles words. The facts of nature may be
    likened to a sixty-seventh book of the Bible.
  • Hugh Ross, Creation and Time, page 56
  • Not everyone has been exposed to the sixty-six
    books of the Bible but everyone on planet earth
    has been exposed to the sixty-seventh book, the
    book that God has written upon the heavens for
    everyone to read. And the bible tells us its
    impossible for God to lie, so the record of
    nature must be just as perfect, and reliable and
    truthful as the sixty-six books of the Bible that
    is part of the Word of God.
  • Dr Hugh Ross, Staley Lecture Series

What the church is saying
  • but you need to know that the ministry of
    Promise Keepers takes no stand on issue like
    this Since different churches and individual
    Christians hold varying views about creation, it
    is one of those things we believe falls under the
    category of secondary doctrines, just as we do
    such things as spiritual gifts, eternal security,
    the rapture, etc
  • Carolyn M. Bearse,
  • assistant to the founder of Promise Keepers

What the world is saying
  • One of the leading anti-creationists in America
    at an atheism conference was asked this
  • What do you do with the bible believing students
    in your class?

What the world is saying
  • I attended the Teaching Evolution seminar
    yesterday led by Eugenie Scott An awful
    negative was suggested to those experiencing
    opposition from students. The teachers were
    advised to suggest to the Bible-believers to
    consult their clergy who would usually assure
    them that belief in evolution is OK!!

What the world is saying
  • It becomes clear now that the whole
    justification of Jesus life and death is
    predicated on the existence of Adam and the
    forbidden fruit he and Eve ate. Without original
    sin, who needs to be redeemed? Without Adams
    fall into a life of constant sin terminated by
    death, what purpose is there to Christianity?
  • G. Richard Bozarth,
  • The meaning of Evolution, American Atheist

What the world is saying
  • If Adam may be held to be no more real a
    personage than Prometheus, and if the story of
    the fall is merely an instructive type,
    comparable to the profound Promethean myths, what
    value has Pauls dialectic.
  • Thomas Huxley,
  • Science and the Hebrew Tradition Essays

What the world is saying
  • I confess I soon lose my way when I try to
    follow those who walk delicately among types
    and allegories. A certain passion for clearness
    forces me to ask, bluntly, whether the writer
    means to say that Jesus did not believe the
    stories in question, or that he did? When Jesus
    spoke, as of a matter of fact, that the Flood
    came and destroyed them all, did he really
    believe the deluge took place, or not?
  • Thomas Huxley,
  • Science and Hebrew Tradition Essays

What the world is saying
  • And what about the authority of the writers of
    the books of the New Testament, who, on this
    theory, have not merely accepted flimsy fictions
    for solid truths, but have built the very
    foundations of Christian dogma upon legendary
    quick sands?
  • Thomas Huxley,
  • Science and Hebrew Tradition Essays

What the world is saying
  • 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 that died for our sins, and this is
    what evolution means, then Christianity is
  • Richard Bozarth,
  • The meaning of evolution, American Atheist

What the world is saying
What the world is saying
What the world is saying
Consequences of rejecting Genesis
  • 9. How did sin arise?
  • (a) The garden of Eden is a myth, i.e. a
    historical tale embodying spiritual truth. From
    the viewpoint of anthropology it is exceedingly
    unlikely that there was a First Man and Woman.
    Yet the myth contains great truths
  • (b) Human beings are the result of evolution, and
    shaped by natural selection.
  • Self-centeredness and aggression were essential
    at every stage of evolution.
  • (c) Human beings natural inherit this
    self-centeredness (original sin) and without it
    babies could not survive.
  • Hugh Monefiore, Confirmation Notebook

Consequences of rejecting Genesis
  • What the cross is not the cross is not the Son
    standing in my place to take the punishment that
    I ought to have. Such a view is immoral. In any
    case, no one person could suffer the whole
    worlds punishment
  • Hugh Monefiore, Confirmation Notebook

How atheists see evolution
  • The day will come when the evidence constantly
    accumulating around the evolutionary theory
    becomes so massively persuasive that even the
    last and most fundamental Christian warriors will
    have to lay down their arms and surrender
    unconditionally. I believe that day will be the
    end of Christianity.
  • Richard Bozarth,
  • The Meaning of Evolution, American Atheist

How atheists see evolution
  • As were many persons from Alabama, I was a born
    again Christian. When I was 15, I entered the
    Southern Baptist Church with great fervour and
    interest in the fundamentalist religion. I left
    at 17 when I got to the University of Alabama and
    heard about evolutionary theory.
  • Dr E. O. Wilson, Harvard Professor
  • (Socio-biology), The Humanist

How atheists see evolution
  • raised a Methodist in Indianapolis and went to
    church regularly as a child and teenager. I
    believed all this God stuff, he said. I was a
    good little boy and all that . . . In school, we
    opened every morning with the Lords Prayer. That
    was big stuff. That changed when he attended
    Purdue University in Indiana. After taking
    physics and chemistry, he began to question the
    veracity of the Bible. In particular, he doubted
    how the entire world could have flooded in the
    days of Noahs Ark. The Bible says it rained for
    40 days and 40 nights, he said. It included
    Mount Everest. Where the . . . did all that water
    come from? Out of the ground?
  • Richard Suhre in suit to remove the Ten
    Commandments from Haywood County, NC, Courthouse

How should we respond?
  • What is the problem?
  • If the foundations be destroyed, what can the
    righteous do?
  • Psalm 113

How should we respond?
How should we respond?
  • What is the solution?
  • Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and
    will raise up the age-old foundations you will
    be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of
    Streets with Dwellings.
  • Isaiah 5812

How should we respond?
Recommended books
  • The Lie Evolution by Ken Ham
  • The (Revised and Expanded) Answers Book edited by
    Dr Don Batten

  • Please be kind!