Sunday, July 23, 2006

Why Genesis Matters

Today in Sunday School the teacher noted as an aside that the doctrine of creation is under attack in our culture today because it is closely tied to another doctrine - the doctrine of the final judgment. Think about that. If we can manage to escape having a Creator, then we've managed to escape having a final judgment by that creator. In other words, if there is no creator than we have no higher set of morals to which we must subscribe. The study of our origins is not just about where we came from; it's also about where we are going.

But recognizing that we have a Creator is not enough, though it is a start! Even the demons believe in God and tremble (James 2:19). Attempting to follow the laws set forth by our Creator is not enough either. The Pharisees tried that, yet Jesus condemned them. There is another piece of the Genesis puzzle that is missing. Not only must we recognize that we have a Creator and a Law-giver, we must also recognize that we need our Creator and Law-giver to also be our Saviour.

We cannot properly recognize that we need a Saviour without going back to Genesis, for it is in the first chapters of Genesis that we first see a paradise, and man communing with God; and then we witness the fall and corruption. In the fall we learn that we have offended our Creator; we learn that obeying laws is not enough, for we are corrupt to our very core and cannot keep the law. Instead we need someone to save us from the bonds of the law, for only after this are we truly free to follow it, as we are made new creatures in Christ. It is only when we realize that man is not basically good, but utterly sinful, that we are willing to admit that we need a Saviour. That is the message of the first chapters of Genesis; that is why Genesis matters.

There are two ways to deal with our fears about the final judgment. One, as my teacher mentioned today, is to ignore our Creator and deny His existence, for with no Creator, there is no final judgment; this is only a temporary fix, for ignoring our Creator does not mean He ceases to exist. The other way is to recognize that we have a Creator, recognize that He is our Law-Giver, and recognize that we are incapable of keeping His laws until they are written on our hearts as He makes us new creatures. Then, and only then, will our fears of the final judgment be finally and justifiably laid to rest, for if we trust in Christ we will not have to face the Judge of the earth, for Christ will face Him for us!

Yea, it is necessary to know the first Adam, that we may know the second (Rom. v. 12); to believe the fall, and original sin, that we may be stirred up to fly to Christ by faith for holiness by free gift, knowing that we cannot attain it by our own power and free-will (2 Cor. i. 9; Matt. ix. 12, 13; Rom. vii. 24, 25; 2 Cor. iii. 5; Eph. v. 14). There were no need of a new man, or a new creation, if the old were not without strength and life (John iii. 5, 6; Eph. ii. 8).
- Walter Marshall, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification. Direction XIV.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! So true! Anyone interested in this subject (Geneis, Creation, etc.) should visit www.answersingeneis.org. I LOVE AiG, and I also love their new magazine: Answers.

Susan said...

Yes, I highly second the suggestion of AIG. I've been to a number of their seminars over the years, and read several of their books and magazines. They are very committed to Biblical creationism and very academic and professional in their articles and research.

Lydia said...

Excellent post, Susan. You hit the nail on the head for why Genesis matters in the Christian faith and also why so many secular humanists seek to disprove it. They don't want to be accountable to any God for their destiny. They would rather live for themselves. Suppressing the Truth or denying the Truth do not make it untrue, however.
Read Romans 1:16-32.

I also thoroughly enjoy AIG's ministry as well as ICR. My encouragement to others who are unsure would be to investigate both sides thoroughly for yourself without trusting the established academia to do it for you.

Ashley said...

Were you there???

Susan said...

Correct response: No, but I know someone who was.

:-D

Lydia said...

And I have His word. Are you interested?!

Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

Susan said...

:-D

Ashley said...

Hehe

You have to imagine my previous comment said with a deep booming voice. At least that's what I remember about the conference. That's really the only thing I remember about it.

I know someone who was there, too!

Ashley said...

That should have been, I know Someone who was there, too!

Susan said...

You don't remember that he has a really cool-sounding Australian accent????

Sherrin said...

I always enjoy seeing posts on the imporance of believing God's word in Genesis. Thanks for this one, Susan! Answers in Genesis in Australia and many other countries became renamed and formed a new organisation this year - Creation Ministries International. www.creationontheweb.com