Can we trust Genesis 1?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Faith related
According to the Bible God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it in six days. This account is declared illogical and unscientific, by some people. Some theologians, atheists, skeptics and many others tell us: the first chapters in Genesis are just allegories to explain some spiritual truths (as if they knew). We must be consistent in our exegesis of the Bible. If God created the earth, then He can renew it and resurrect our bodies. If He did not, and the first few chapters of Genesis are just some ‘spiritual’ lesson, why is Jesus then not also some ‘spiritual’ lesson? Did He perform miracles, or are they just some mythical stories that the apostles wished were true? Either everything written in the Bible is real, or it is not.
If God did not create the heavens and the earth in six days, there is no way that He can recreate the new, eternal heaven and the earth to be a dwelling place for His children in His presence. Then the picture of new life on the renewed earth is just some allegory, and there is no real sense in believing and following Jesus. Unless we know and trust God to lead us to some tangible, visible place, what is the reason to have faith? Why do we then believe, and go to church, read our Bibles, pray, pay tithes, and become part of the Christian community? If we are people of the Way (Acts 9:2) without a clear destination, on what road are we, and to what destination? If the Bible has only to do with this life, with living a ‘good’ life, what is the sense of a powerful God who created the heavens and the earth and all life in six days?
We are not busy with some mythical, ethereal, invisible, intangible ‘thing’. Why does the world hate Christianity, try to get it out of schools, out of the public eye, and attempt to demonstrate that it is nonsense? There is a reason, and it has to do with destination heaven that an omnipotent God is preparing for His children. What God is preparing for us is a real, physical, visible, eternal earth. (Heaven is often understood as the abode of the saved after they die, until the end of time when the earth will be destroyed by fire, and renewed. Then they will live with God in the new heaven and earth.)
God created a physical earth in six days, therefore we can expect Him to do the same in future: renew the earth, after taking care of sin by ‘sterilizing’ the earth, and taking the origin of the ‘disease,’ the devil, out of the way. We will not wait billions of years for that.