Saturday, July 31, 2010

Creation of Man - The Christian Worldview

Adam, the first man, was created on the sixth day of dust from the ground (Genesis 2:7). Eve, his helper (Genesis 2:18), was created from one of Adam's ribs (Genesis 2:21). Adam and Eve were the first human beings to walk on this planet. All humans are descendants of Adam; God did not create other humans alongside of Adam and Eve to help them populate the earth. In the book of Acts, the apostle Paul explains to the men of Athens that God made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth (Acts 17:26)

Once again, those who believe God created the world in six symbolic days are faced with a problem. Denying the truthfulness of the historical account found in Genesis 1 affects the very foundations of the gospel. Theistic evolution must deny the historical figures of Adam and Eve and replace them with the first two beings evolved far enough to be deemed human. Not only does this invalidate Scripture's clear description of the creation of Eve, but it also means that there was death before the fall. But according to Scripture, there was no death before the fall, all were vegetarians (Genesis 1:29-30). Death is the penalty for sin.

A symbolic view of the days of creation also contradicts other passages in Scripture. In addition to Paul's explanation that all men are descendants of Adam (Acts 17:26), Paul viewed Adam as just as historical of a figure as Moses (Romans 5:14) and Jesus Christ (Romans 5:15). The evil of sin relates directly to the gospel. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22). Because of Adam, we are all by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Adam is the "first Adam," but Christ is the "second Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45). The genealogies in Scripture trace from Adam's genealogy directly to Christ's (see Luke 3:23-38). Also, the book of Jude leaves no room for a symbolic Adam, stating that Enoch lived in the seventh generation from Adam (Jude 1:14). Jesus Himself quotes from Genesis in Matthew 19, stating that God who created them from the beginning made them male and female (Matthew 19:4).

The fall of Adam affects everyone because all humans are descendants of Adam, thus the gospel is needed. Acceptance of evolutionary philosophies allows for no clear start to humanity, therefore it must alter the reason for the current sinful state of humanity. Even more, it makes Christ and numerous other writers of Scripture liars for referring to the account of creation in "literal terms".

Friday, July 30, 2010

Creation In One Week - The Christian Worldview

Scripture is very clear when it comes to explaining how long God took to create the universe: ...and there was evening and there was morning, one day (Genesis 1:5). ...And there was evening and there was morning, a second day (Genesis 1:8). ...There was evening and there was morning, a third day (Genesis 1:13). ...There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day (Genesis 1:19). ...There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day (Genesis 1:23). ...God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day (Genesis 1:31).

Some would advocate the the days mentioned in Genesis (all of which have both an evening and morning) are symbolic days. However, such an interpretation is faulty. While there is poetry in Scripture (in the Psalms and such), Genesis 1 certainly doesn't meet the qualifications. Moses (the author of Genesis) recorded a divinely inspired historical account. The historical account of creation in Genesis 1 is no more symbolic than the historical account that Methuselah lived 969 literal years (Genesis 5:27).

Rejecting the truth that God created the world in seven days has consequences beyond the first chapters of Genesis. For example, God gave the Israelites the ten commandments. One of these commandments concerned the sabbath. His reasoning for giving such a command was simple: For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy (Exodus 20:11). The reasoning behind this command makes little sense if creation did not occur in seven days.

Scripture also leaves no room for the "Gap Theory". If Genesis' simple seven day timeline is too complicated, Exodus 20:11 is crystal clear. Do not attempt to mesh Christianity with lies which seek to remove God from His role as Creator of the universe. God created the world in seven days. Plain and simple. Billions of years cannot fit into seven days. It would be more honest to reject the Bible's inspiration than to knowingly misinterpret Scripture.

The question everyone should really be asking is this: Why didn't God create the world in six seconds?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Age of the Earth - The Christian Worldview

James Ussher, born in 1581, is famous for calculating the day that God began creating the universe: October 23rd, 4004 BC (that's September 21st on our Gregorian calendar). While it certainly is not heretical to suggest that creation began on October 25th, it is important to realize that Scripture is not silent when it comes to the age of the universe. The Scriptures contain numerous genealogies and other time frames which can be pieced together in order to come up with an estimate creation date.

Scripture does not leave open genealogical gaps. In the earliest and most unknowable periods of history, from Adam to Noah (and Noah to Abraham to Joseph), Scripture traces a continuous genealogy and records when each person was born and when each person died.

After Joesph, Scripture records the number of years the Israelites were in bondage to the Egyptians, which leads into their 40 year wandering and ultimately leads into the book of Judges (which records the different lengths of Israel's captivity and peace). After the time period of the book of Judges, Israel begged God for an earthly king. God granted them their wish and from this point the length of each king's ruling is recorded (By this time period, other writings can be found which record additional historical events, of which, just as the Bible, the date can be known).

Clearly, Scripture is not silent concerning the age of the earth. While believing the earth to be around 6000 years old is not a popular belief today, it must be noted that Scripture is absolutely correct in all that it states. The God who made all of creation and who designed the laws of physics and all the materials in the universe, is surely intelligent enough to know when and how He created the universe.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Christian Worldview

All of the posts on Priceless Eternity address the Christian Worldview, but most of the topical posts on Priceless Eternity are specifically put into the category of The Christian Worldview. Posts in this category cover a wide range of topics, but all are written in order to look at specific topics through the lens of Scripture. A solid Christian worldview can only be established when the truths found in the Bible affect every aspect of thought.

Whether you are a Christian looking for some extra Scriptural insight, a non-Christian looking into a different worldview, or just plain bored, hopefully the posts in The Christian Worldview category will cause you to stop, think, and realize the importance of applying Scripture to every part of life.

For a listing of the posts in this category visit the Topic Index.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How To Read The Bible (Part 2) - The Christian Worldview

The motives for which people read the Bible usually fall into one of two categories: pleasure and knowledge. When it comes to reading Scripture, prior influences concerning the purposes of reading often unknowingly creep in. All too easily, the Bible can be picked up and read primarily to advance in knowledge and enjoyment.

Scripture can be read only for knowledge— so that the reader can impress others with a vast array of facts. Also, it can be read for enjoyment— so that the reader can gain satisfaction and pleasure. But, neither of these should be primary motives for Bible reading (or any other type of reading).

Enjoyment puts the all the emphasis on the reader. Knowledge left to itself produces pride. Scripture describes those who have completely wrong motives; they are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7).

The primary motivation when reading anything, especially Scripture, should be to give glory to God. Increasing in knowledge and enjoyment should occur when reading Scripture, but such pursuits should be motivated by a greater desire: that God's name be greatly exalted. Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
~Psalm 115:1

Saturday, July 10, 2010

How to Read the Bible (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview

There is no doubt that it is essential for Christians to have a thorough knowledge of Scripture. Of all the things worthy to be memorized, the Bible should be at the top of the list. But, a great mistake occurs when the Bible is read and treated like a textbook. Christians have a much greater responsibility— a responsibility deeper than merely obtaining knowledge.

There are many beings who have a great breadth of knowledge. Satan knows and understands the truths found in Scripture. In Matthew 4, when Jesus was tempted the second time, Satan knew the Bible well enough to provide Jesus with twisted Scriptural support. The demons themselves believe God is one, and they tremble (James 2:19). Scripture also makes it clear that all men know of the one true God (Romans 1:18-20). Merely believing and knowing is simply not enough!

At the center of all Bible reading is the condition of the heart. If the truths being read do not affect the heart, something is terribly wrong. When reading of Christ's agonies on the cross awakens no response or worship, Scripture reading becomes nothing more than a legalistic pastime. The pursuit of knowledge is only a worthy endeavor when the end goal is adoration and glorification of God.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Flawless Discernment - Psalm 1:6

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1:6)
The wicked will not stand because the LORD is perfect in His judgment. He is flawless in His discernment. The LORD knows the way of the righteous; He approves of their path. Thus He rejects and disapproves of the way of the wicked.

Through the Son, a path was constructed so that men can return to God. Though the righteous still sin, they repent of their sin, but the wicked refuse repentance. The wicked are of Cain, who refused to humble himself before God, even after he murdered his brother. The wicked will perish because God is just. God commands men to enter through the narrow gate— He has provided a way for men to be saved— through faith alone in Jesus Christ, but few there are that enter.

The way wicked will perish, but the righteous will endure— they will prosper for all eternity because they refused to bow their knee to wickedness. They put their trust those things revealed in the law of the LORD.

Related Posts:
Traverse Not With Wickedness - Psalm 1:1
Delight In The Lord's Instruction - Psalm 1:2
The Prosperous Tree - Psalm 1:3
The Blowing Chaff - Psalm 1:4
Temporal Foundations - Psalm 1:5