RPG Teenz

HOW SHOULD I INTERPRET GENESIS?

JAN 4

Genesis 1-2
Memorise Genesis 1:31
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

There is a huge controversy raging in Christendom today concerning the interpretation of the first eleven chapters of Genesis. There are many who claim to be Bible-believing Christians, yet in the same breath turn around and throw doubt upon God’s Word. Instead of taking God at His word and believing the simple understanding of Scripture to be true, these people have elevated science and human understanding to become their authority. They look at the creation account of Genesis 1 and 2; the account of man’s fall in Genesis 3; long lives of the patriarchs in Genesis 4-5; the accounts of the global flood in Genesis 6-8; and the beginning of races and languages in Genesis 11 and dismiss them all as myth! They say that these are but a collection of legends and stories passed down through the ages, and cannot be understood as a literal historical account of what really happened. The reason why they take such a view is because what they read in the Bible just does not seem to tally with what they learn in the sciences, archaeology, history and anthropology. Scientists postulate that the universe is billions of years old, started with a big bang, and that man evolved from a ‘primordial soup’ of elements. This seems to contradict with the simple truths of Genesis. Thus they decide to reinterpret the Bible with this modernistic godless worldview. God’s Word thus is compromised, ignored, and man’s wisdom becomes
the source of truth.

As Bible-believing Christians, we must simply take God at His Word. The Scriptures clearly state that God created everything in the beginning out of nothing, and that the whole Creation was created in six literal 24 hour days. The line ‘and the evening and the morning’ clearly attests to that fact. The moment we accept the atheistic theories of evolution, we reject the idea that man was created in the image of God, that God’s creation was ‘very good’. Instead the world around us is nothing more than a coincidental accumulation of death, mutation and decay. Sin becomes trivialised also, as it was not man rejecting God in the Garden of Eden, but it is simply man reacting to his carnal animalistic instincts. This cannot be! We know that man was created sinless and perfect, and we have the glorious hope that through Jesus Christ, Eden can be restored, and we can enjoy perfect fellowship with God one day in Heaven. That is our blessed hope!

Thought: Why should Genesis be interpreted differently from any other part of the Bible?
Prayer: May I have the wisdom to accept God’s truth in all things.