Wednesday, January 28, 2009         No. 0901

                                                                                                                                    

 
 

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Should Christians Divide Over Different
Interpretations of Genesis?

Many Christians think that what we believe about Genesis is not that important, as long as a person believes in the virgin birth and resurrection of Christ Jesus.  They see Genesis only as a “side issue.”  But we need to look at a number of issues here, including “the big picture.”

First of all, the major principle involved is biblical authority.  Does it matter how you read the Word of God?  If the Bible clearly states something, like creation in six days, but we say we do not have to believe that, then we have unlocked a door that can lead to the undermining of biblical authority.  If we do this, what is to stop others from pushing that door open through the rest of Scripture, as many have done in the past, and to deny the bodily resurrection of Christ Jesus?

Second, the foundation of the Gospel and why Christ Jesus came and died for our sins is dependent on Genesis being literal history.  Is this a side issue that we can sweep under the carpet while agreeing to disagree?  I suggest that a non-literal understanding of the historical account given in Genesis can lead to a slippery slope of compromise in other areas of Christian doctrine. 

This being said, I also believe that while we may have differing doctrinal understanding of Scripture that can lead to what we may assume is an incorrect conclusion on the other person's part, it should not be used to divide us, or to believe that the other person is not saved because of his/her differences in the understanding of scripture.  The one essential and common thread for all believers is that Christ Jesus died for our sins as it states in Scripture, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.  In this passage of Scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, rests our salvation, given to us by God free for the asking.  In Him are we saved by His grace through our faith.

We certainly must stay true to God’s Word, and accept it all as written.

 


 
 

Can Speciation Occur Quickly?

If the account of Noah’s Ark in the Bible is true, then two of every kind of land animal (and seven of some) came off Noah’s Ark in the Middle East.  For instance, two members of the dog kind walked off the Ark.  Then, as the number of dogs increased, eventually the population split up and different groups formed.

As the gene pool was split up, different combinations of genes that were inherited from the original dogs ended up in different groups.  Thus, different species were formed, such as wolves, Aussies, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (the favorite of our household), and so on.  This is variation, not macro evolution.

Evolutionists have often insisted that such a process happens slowly, and therefore, the Bible cannot be right when it says that the land animals came off the Ark only about 4,400 years ago.

But in the journal Science, a report stated:

“These examples say that natural selection can cause a population to change very quickly and hint that speciation could [occur] very quickly …”

Once again, true operational science confirms the biblical history.  The account of Noah’s Ark in the Bible fits with real observations, including natural selection and speciation.


 

 
 

Did Adam Have a Belly Button?

A belly button is actually a scar.  It is where you were attached to your mother’s womb through the umbilical cord.  After you were born, the cord was cut, and you were left with this very obvious scar.

In other words, a belly button is proof you were born of a woman!

Now think about this: Adam and Eve were not born this way.  They were the direct acts of creation by God.  Adam was made directly from dust, and Eve was created directly from Adam’s side.  Thus, there is no reason to believe Adam or Eve would have had such a scar.

Even our belly button should remind us that we are children of Adam, the first man who rebelled against his Creator.  As a result we are all sinners in need of salvation.


 
 

 

Evolutionist Quote of the Month

“It becomes clear now that the whole justification of Jesus’ life and death is predicated on the existence of Adam and the forbidden fruit he and Eve ate. Without the original sin, who needs to be redeemed? Without Adam’s fall into a life of constant sin terminated by death, what purpose is there to Christianity? None.”

G. Richard Bozarth, The Meaning of Evolution, American Atheist, p. 30, September 20, 1979.


 
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