The Creation Account

Text: Genesis 1:1

Different Theories to Explain Genesis 1

  • The Bible describes the Creation as occurring over six consecutive, literal, 24-hour days — but this does not fit with “science” (cf. 1 Timothy 6:20-21), so man has come up with alternate explanations
  • The gap theory — large gap of time between verses 2 & 3
  • The day-age theory — each day was not 24 hours, but a long period of time (thousands or millions of years)
  • Framework hypothesis — not meant to be literal; ancient text intended to insert theology into the origin of the universe
  • False, myth — this comes from those who believe that God had absolutely nothing to do with the origin of the universe
  • Why is Genesis 1 attacked? … turning it into fiction can erode & eventually destroy one’s faith

The Creation Account is a Foundation

  • The beginning of Genesis is not a collection of expendable stories — it provides a foundation for the rest of the Scriptures (cf. Psalm 11:3)
  • For the Jews, the Sabbath law was based upon God’s work in Creation (Exodus 20:8-11)
  • Jesus, in giving instructions about marriage, cited the law established at the beginning (Mark 10:6)
  • The Creation is a foundation of apologetics (Acts 17:23-31; Romans 1:20)
  • The beginning of Genesis is also where we find the beginnings of the gospel — first prophecy about Christ (Genesis 3:15)

What Happens When We Discredit the Creation Account?

  • Casts doubt on the rest of the Bible — the Bible claims that it is all true (Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16); if we reject Creation, why stop there?
  • Allows one to reject God — either He doesn’t exist or He acted differently than He told us (allowing one to reject His word)
  • Leads to the erosion of moral standards — if God does not exist, or His word is not believable, what standard are we to follow? … Man will follow his own way

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