>> Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I believe most Christians would answer that question with a firm "NO!" But why? Is the Old Testament meant to be forgotten? Did Jesus do away with the Old Testament? Certainly He came to fulfill the Law and Its requirements, but did He do away with them forever? And another thing, what Law are we talking about?
Let's get this straight. We are talking about the 10 Commandments and the other laws that GOD gave to His people, NOT the doctrines of men!! If you read the New Testament carefully, you will notice that when Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, He was NOT rebuking them for teaching and obeying the Law, but for teaching DOCTRINES OF MEN.
Now that we got that straight, let's get back to our original question. Is Genesis for Today? Or is it something that we should just gloss over when we read it?
My family and I love the Answers in Genesis ministry! We have learned so much in the last few years from them and it has changed our way of looking at things. That's actually called Worldview! They, along with the Holy Spirit, have shown us that to effectively evangelize...you have to go back to Genesis!! Many, many times Jesus quoted Genesis, including the LITERAL SIX Creation days, Adam and Eve, and Noah and the flood. And that was not all. When He quoted Scripture, He quoted the OLD TESTAMENT!!! If you think about it, there was NO New Testament yet!!!! If you read the Gospels, Jesus says many times, "Have you not read...?" And He was speaking of the OT!!! So, if Jesus thought Genesis was important and LITERAL, then I do, too!!!
Speaking of evangelizing, Jesus started at The Beginning and so did Paul and the other apostles. When Paul and the others were evangelizing the Jews, they didn't have to explain the Creator, Creation, and how Sin was "birthed" into this world. The Jews already had that foundation!!! BUT, when they evangelized the Gentiles, they always started with the Creation story and explained how Sin entered the world!!!! That foundation had to be laid for them to understand WHY they needed a Savior!!!
Is it any different today???? When you mention a Savior to an unbeliever, do they really understand what you are talking about?? In this country, the word "sin" is sometimes misunderstood. I think it is even a lost concept. I think people really don't understand what they need to be saved from!!
Well, that's where Genesis chapters 1-11 come in. The Beginning! The Six Day Creation! The First People and the entrance of Sin!!! The Flood, which was the first Judgement! AND the Promise of a SAVIOR!!!!! Jesus was promised to us in the book of GENESIS!!!! How can we forget that?? How can we say that Jesus wanted to do away with that??? If we won't believe the literal History of Genesis, then we are saying that we don't believe the literal History of Jesus!!! If we won't believe the beginning, how can we say we believe the other parts?? And how can we ask unbelievers to believe the New Testament if they shouldn't believe the Old Testament from the very first verse????
I will encourage you to re-think Genesis. What are your beliefs about it? Do you believe the Literal-ness of it, or do you think its just a cute story??
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to listen to a short radio segment from Answers in Genesis. It is just under 2 minutes, so it won't take too much of your time. My prayer is that the Lord will bless you!!!!