in summary fashion. “But yom employed in Genesis 1 always
refers to a normal literal day when used as a singular noun.”
Why is Genesis 1– 11 important?
Skeptics often mock the first 11 chapters of Genesis about
the Creation, Fall, Flood, and the confusion of languages at
Babel. And some in the church think that these are side issues.
So why is a proper understanding of Genesis important? Dr
The most important thing is the revelation of a Sovereign
GOD, who created the whole world in six literal consecutive
24-hour days by just speaking His word, who John reveals to
be our saviour Jesus Christ (John 1:1– 3)! And no human being
was present (cf. Job 38: 4). So all men have had to take His
written word concerning His awesomeness in creating this
world. Man did not evolve but was directly and supernaturally
created by God on Day 6.
Genesis refutes the concept of evolution and tells us that
the earth is a relatively recent creation, and that man is not the
result of millions of years of evolution. Genesis also reveals
that God saw that everything He had created in the six days
was ‘exceedingly good’. There was no physical nor spiritual
death up to this point in history.
Then there was a literal temptation by Satan to destroy
man’s innocence. Adam and Eve ate and disobeyed God’s clear
command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil. There was a literal judgment scene in Genesis
3: 8–19 in which God interrogated Adam (3: 9–12) and then Eve
(3: 13) and pronounced judgment upon Satan (3: 14–15) before
Eve (3: 16) and Adam (3: 17–19).
Indeed, this was the origin of death and suffering, as Paul
affirms in 1 Corinthians 15: 21–22, 45. All views that try to
marry millions of years with the Bible always place both
human and animal death before sin. Further:
In chapters 6–9 God destroys the whole world by a global
Flood. So things have not always been the same (“since the
beginning of creation”) as the scoffers during the last days
assert ( 2 Peter 3: 4–7). Things have only been the same since
the end of the Flood, as Genesis 8: 21–22 reveals.
Dr Schrader points out that even when God pronounced
judgment, He also promised a Redeemer:
In Genesis 3: 15, God gave the promise of the Messiah,
Jesus Christ, the seed of the woman Eve, who would ultimately
defeat Satan at the cross through His death and resurrection.
The contrast between “the first man, Adam”, and “the last
Adam” (Messiah, Jesus Christ) is conveyed in 1 Corinthians
15: 45–49 providing the contrast between “earthy” and “
heavenly” in origin.
Earlier, Paul had explained that the whole reason for Jesus
coming to die physically for our sins, then rise physically from
the dead, comes from the fact that our ancestor Adam sinned
and brought physical death into the world (1 Corinthians
15: 21–22). The long-age views put physical death of both
humans and animals before Adam’s sin. But then if death is
not related to sin, how could Jesus’s death pay for our sin?
B. Sc.(Hons.), Ph. D., F. M.
Dr Sarfati’s Ph.D. in physical chemistry is from Victoria University, Wellington,
NZ. He is the author of some of the world’s best-known creation books. A former
NZ chess champion, he works for Creation Ministries International (in Australia
1996–2010, thereafter in Atlanta, USA). For more:
HERE’S GOOD NEWS
FOR THE WORLD
Creation Ministries International seeks to give glory
and honour to the triune God of the Bible as Creator,
and to affirm the truth of the biblical record of the
real origin and history of the world and mankind.
Part of this real history is the bad news that the rebellion of the first
man, Adam, against God’s command, brought death, suffering, and
separation from God into this world. We see the results all around us.
All of Adam’s descendants are sinful from conception (Psalm 51: 5)
and have themselves entered into this rebellion (sin). They therefore
cannot live with a holy God, but are condemned to separation from
God. The Bible says that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory
of God” (Romans 3: 23) and that all are therefore subject to “everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His
power” ( 2 Thessalonians 1: 9).
But the good news is that God has done something about it. “For God
so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16).
Jesus Christ the Creator, God the Son, though totally sinless, took on
human nature, so He could become our Redeemer. Then He suffered,
on behalf of mankind, the penalty of mankind’s sin, which is death and
separation from God. He did this to satisfy the righteous demands of the
holiness and justice of God, His Father. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice; He
died on a cross, but on the third day, He rose again, conquering death,
so that all who truly believe in Him, repent (repentance = a change of
mind) of their sin and trust in Him (rather than their own merit), are able
to come back to God and live for eternity with their Creator.
Therefore: “He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does
not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the
name of the only-begotten Son of God” (John 3: 18).
What a wonderful Saviour—and what a wonderful salvation in Christ
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