>> Saturday, April 30, 2011
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16
Ahh... Creation vs. evolution... Why is it that such a topic brings about so many different emotions in people? I know that for some, it just makes their blood boil. For others, they just cringe and try to ignore it. Then there are those who have the idea that it really doesn't matter, just as long as everyone remains calm and happy.
But is this the way it should be? Should we, who call ourselves Bible believing Christians, sit on our comfy little seats in Church and ignore the fact that there are so many out there that just don't know what to believe? And I'm not just talking about non-believers, either! I'm talking about Christians!!! Those who call themselves born-again, faith-walking, Bible-talking Christians!
Sure, we all can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus died on the Cross and was raised from the dead on the third day... all to save me and to save you from our sins. Praise God!
BUT... What does that mean?? And what does it have to do with Creation vs. evolution... and others, anyway?
I am not ashamed of the gospel...
So, here's a question. When exactly does the Gospel begin? I mean, in the Bible. Does it begin at Matthew 1:1? Mark 1:1? Luke 1:1? John 1:1?
Or, could it possibly begin at Genesis 1:1???
If we don't have a clear picture of how sinful sin is, and an even clearer picture of the holiness of God, we will never truly understand what it is we are being saved from. The word "sin" is used so flippantly in the world today that no one really understands what sin really is and what sin is to God Almighty!!
A little sin here and a little sin there, but God is a God of love, so He will forgive me. Right?
Well, that's not exactly what the Bible says. Yes, God is love, but His Word says that He also hates workers of iniquity! Yep, that's right! He hates people who are workers of iniquity! Look it up...Psalm 5:5. Before I go on, and before you stop reading all together, consider this... Does God's Word lie? Is God the same today, yesterday, and forever? Did God say that, or not? But you say, "God doesn't hate! He can't! God IS love!" Well, yes, but you can't ignore Psalm 5:5! Also consider James 4:4 and Exodus 20:3-6. God says He is a jealous God.
Now, let's look up the word iniquity. Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary defines iniquity as Injustice; unrighteousness; Want of rectitude in principle; a sin or crime; wickedness; Original want of holiness or depravity.
That was me! God actually hated me... before I trusted in Christ to pay a ransom for me and save me from my sins. That was you, too, until you trusted in Christ to save you!
Now, let's look at the Gospel again. When does the Gospel begin exactly? Dare I say that it begins at Genesis 1:1?? The very FIRST verse of the Bible that you and I trust in to be THE WORD OF GOD. That's right. The Gospel of Jesus Christ begins at Genesis 1:1 and remains until He comes back!
This whole thing... argument, debate, or whatever you want to call it, about Creation vs. evolution is not about Creation or evolution. It is... and it isn't.
What its really and ultimately about is the Authority of God and His Word!! The Gospel means nothing until we really understand Who God Is and who we are. And if we are questioning God's Word from the very first verse, then who's to say that the rest of His Word is true? If we question the account of creation from Genesis 1 as being literally six days, then why don't we question the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as a literal account??? Have you ever thought about that? Why is it that we so easily believe the resurrection account, but yet we question creation? Isn't it the same God that raised Jesus from the dead the same God Who says He created the world in 6 literal days? Does God lie?
This is where the problem stems. Questioning God and His Word.
But what, or shall I say, who, does this sound like? Does it not sound familiar to you about questioning God and His Word? Was it not Satan himself who caused Eve to question what God had told them in the Garden? In the Beginning?
See, its the same ol' trick of the enemy. If he can cause us to question the Authority of God and His Word, especially from the very first verse, then certainly he will succeed in getting us to question the rest of His Word. Isn't that his plan? To seek us out, to steal, kill, and destroy our hope and faith in our Living Savior!
You see, the true story of creation is the foundation of our faith!! The very foundation of the Gospel! And if our enemy can make our foundation crumble, then it will be easy for him to ultimately destroy us!!
God is not a liar, our enemy is. If God said He created the world in 6 literal days, then I believe Him. God did not leave any room for anything else. There's no room for millions of years. There's no room for even the so-called "intelligent design." God said HE did it and He told us How He did it!! Plain and simple.
We just have to make the choice if we are going to believe Him or not!
Do you believe Him? Or have you been caught up in the lie of millions of years? Do you even care? Do you think it even matters? If the subject is brought up in your presence, what is your first response? Do you get angry, defensive, or do you ignore it?
Feedback. Tell me your thoughts on the matter. Leave me a comment. I want to know what others are saying and believing on the subject.
So, what do you say, does it matter what we believe??
Part 2 of this series will be coming soon. Have you been "evolutionized"? And how does that affect our everyday thinking?