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Must Genesis 1 be literally true?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
There are churches and believers who are puzzled about the opening chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1. What it says is very basic: God created the universe in six 24 hour days. Theologians try to skirt the issue by saying that it does not have a literal meaning. It is a metaphorical message that teaches important lessons. This duplicity of such preachers is one of the reasons that thousands of people are leaving the church. If the Bible does not mean what it says, why waste your time on God and the church?
We do want to make the following comments:
- If supernatural creation out of nothing, as recorded in Genesis 1 is not literally true, then we must accept that Revelation 21 and 22 recording the new heaven and earth cannot be true either.
- It is logical that a God who did not have the power to create the present heavens and earth, does not have the power to renew heaven and earth for eternal glory.
- If there will be no literal, physical, supernatural earth to live on for eternity, what is the use of the Gospel? Is the Gospel not the good news that Jesus came to save people, from eternal punishment for the eternal Kingdom of God?
- If the future planet of peace will not be literal, then neither was Jesus' death on the cross literal, because it would have no meaning. There is then no hope for eternal bliss and happiness in God's presence, because it is all a mere metaphor.
- In addition, if there is no literal connection between Genesis 1 and Revelation 21-22, why would the rest of the Bible be literal? Then Biblical history in the country of Israel and God's nation, the Jews, are not literal either (!).
- By implication we can say that if Genesis 1 is not literal, why would the world wide flood in Noah's time be literal? If the flood did not literally happen (it demonstrated God's judgement on sin), why would the fire of 2 Peter 3:10-13 be literal?1 If there will be no judgment after death, then there is no Gospel. Then we all simply die and there are no consequences. That means that we need not obey God's moral laws, but can live as we like.
- To deny the literal creation of the universe by an omnipotent God, means that the whole message of salvation for a future life with God is destroyed. There cannot be a future renewed earth without a literal first creation.
- With a little knowledge of age determinations, biology and biochemistry, anyone who is not blinded by evolution, can see how impossible it is for a living organism to form over millions of years. Bacteria and cells are so complicated that the random chance initial creation of the 'first' living organism in water is totally impossible.
- As one can see, the goal of evolution is to destroy people's faith in the Bible. It is the best proof that the Bible is the complete truth. We should be on our guard against preachers and teachers who deny the literal creation.
- All we know from a careful reading of the Scriptures is that they are true to the tee. It is wonderful, glorious, liberating, and fantastic to know. Enjoy God's gift to man, Jesus, revealed through Scripture.
1. 2 Peter 3:10-13 '...the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. ...That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.'