BASIC TRAINING-WHERE WE ALL CAME FROM
Dear friends in Christ,
It doesn’t take long for a child to start asking questions about where they came from. The questions that young children think about are priceless. A three year old asked his mom, "Was I ever in daddy's belly?" I witnessed the following. A child thought that life was just someone’s dream and we all have parts in it. After he expressed his theory out loud another child pinched him. What did you do that for? The child who did the pinching replied, “If that hurt, then it’s no dream.” I thought that was quick thinking for a young mind.
When a child is young and asks where he came from, a parent can say, “God gave you as a gift to us.” Most often they are satisfied and walk away. When a child gets older he often knows the details before a parent thinks it is appropriate for THE talk. Isn’t it interesting that when a child grows up and goes off to college he learns we all got here as a result of a countless series of coincidences. They are even taught a monkey was part of their family tree. Today as part of our Basic Training we are getting back to our roots and talk about “Where We Really Came From.” We speak to 1) Mr. and Ms Evolutionist; 2) Mr. and Ms. Theistic Evolutionist; 3) To Mr and Ms Creationist.
We start with Mr. and Ms Evolutionist. People trained in secular education are taught there is no God. I am not saying that every student actually denies there is a God. They are taught to believe that matter, anything that takes up space, has always existed. They are taught the universe came into being very violently and has accidentally evolved into what it is now.
Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose from the dead proving he is God, upholds the truth of Scripture. Evolution teaches Scripture is a lie. Evolutionists call Jesus a liar. That causes me to shudder. Jesus quotes the second chapter of the book of Genesis word for word about marriage. Jesus is God. Jesus is not misinformed.
The very first word of Scripture is the Hebrew word “B’reshith.” It means “in the beginning.” Evolutionists teach that there was really no beginning. Matter always existed they say. The Bible says there was a beginning to the heavens and earth. Prior to the beginning there was no up or down or here or there. There was nothing except God himself.
To believe in the creation of the universe an omnipotent and eternal God is unbelievable and illogical and unreasonable to the evolutionist. Yet how believable, logical and reasonable is it to believe that every plant, animal or human came from a common single cell after a great explosion creating DNA, the building block of life? How believable is it to think that some fish evolved and crawled unto land and eventually evolve into human beings while others didn’t? Why did some apes evolve to become human and some did not? It takes more faith to believe what they believe than to believe that God designed and produced it all.
In my opinion the problem is that evolutionists have, and for that part, all people have is a lack of humility to bow down before our majestic God and to understand that he is greater, and smarter and more powerful than we are.
God doesn’t apologize for a creation that seems to be impossible. It is proof that he has to exist. Only he could have done it. “By faithwe understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,” says our God. Logic and reason will not work. Logic and reason do not explain your explanation either, Mr. Evolutionist.
God doesn’t guarantee that we will ever see a “Let-there-be-and-there-is” kind of moment in life like they there was at creation. On the other hand some real miraculous things do happen; someone is healed mysteriously from a disease. Someone survived an accident that leaves everyone scratching their heads saying how did that happen? In other words God leaves evidence of his existence, but it gets overlooked or ignored. Set your stubbornness aside, Mr. Evolutionist. Set it aside!
There is more to that Hebrews passage. “By faithwe understand that the universe was formed at God’s commandso that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” God created all things out of nothing. That rules out evolution too. He didn’t simply rearrange things that were already there. There was nothing there and then there was because he decreed it to be. He created matter. Anything that takes up space is defined as matter. Evolution teaches matter was always there. So Mr. or Ms. Christian, don’t buy into evolution. It contradicts the Bible that Jesus who died on the cross and rose from the dead said is the Word of God. Jesus doesn’t lie.
Don’t buy into a theistic evolution either. What is theistic evolution? When people say that God used evolution to bring everything about. There is no question that God could have used evolution to bring all things into being. He can do whatever he wants. But he didn’t because the Bible says he didn’t. Unfortunately many a Christian and Christian church is buying into that.
People who do so change the first eleven chapters of the Bible into an allegory. They say the seven days of Genesis one represent long periods of time – millions and millions of years.
One basic rule in understanding the Bible is that the Bible interprets itself. The meaning of a word is determined by the usage and context in which it is used.
The sound of a word may have all kinds of different meanings. A professor I had once talked about the word “be.” He said, “For example, the sound of "be" could denote the second letter of the alphabet, or it could stand for a gathering for work, or a contest, or an insect, or it could serve as a verb or as a short form of the name "Beatrice." Yet no one would have any difficulty in understanding the sentence: "Bea and Harold, who is a beekeeper, were engaged after the spelling bee, and because whoever has said 'A' must also say 'B' they will be married after the quilting bee next week." In that sentence, the sound "be" is used with six different meanings. While the sentence doesn’t make much sense, it is clear what “be” meant in each case by context.
Let’s look in verses three to five. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Even though the word “day” is used in different ways in this context there is no question about the exact meaning of the word. We are told that "God divided the light from the darkness; and God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night." It does not take a great deal of scholarship to see that the word "day" in this context denotes a period of light called “day” which is contrasted with a period of darkness called night. Yet when there is the light of day followed by a period of darkness together that is a day also. We don’t have any misunderstanding the two meanings of day in that one sentence – day as in daylight and day as in a twenty four hour day which we understand very clearly.
Additional evidence to support the natural meaning of the word "day" is found in verses 14 to 18, where we read, "And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons, and days and years,and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.” We are told that these two lights, the sun and the moon, divided the day from the night. They were to mark seasons and days and years. If in this series, days are understood to be billions of years, then what is meant by seasons and by years? It is clear from context that God is speaking to us in terms of normal days as we know them. If the days are not long periods of time which they are not from context, theistic evolution is not an option either. Context does not allow it.
God created matter on day one. “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” The earth was formless a shapeless blob of material. It was empty. There was no vegetation; no creatures. God would change that. There was darkness. He would remove that by creating light. The deep was the fluid that covered everything. The scene was like a house that needs to be built. All the wood is stacked along with the brick and block and paint that the builder would use to put it into place. That’s what God did – put it all in place.
- Day one – matter, light and darkness
- Day two - the sky
- Day three – waters divided between sea and land with vegetation bearing fruit after its kind.
- Day four – the sun, moon, stars and planets
- Day five – the flying creatures bearing offspring after its kind and creatures that inhabit the water after its kind.
- Day six – the creatures that move on land with offspring after its kinds and humankind.
To the person who believes that God created the heavens and the earth in six
normal days these words are so meaningful. God is awesome. They give us plenty to think about. God made humans differently than everything else. We are not a chemical accident or a creature that came from the jungle who happen to wear a shirt and pants or a blouse and a skirt. Our purpose is more than to survive as comfortably as we can. We were created. God, the three persons of the Godhead, didn’t merely say, “Let there be” but the Father, Son and Holy Spirit “engaged in solemn deliberation” before God created man. God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness that he may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Knowing we were created in a special way for the purpose of ruling over the creation gives purpose. It is not to merely survive and serve self but to love, honor and obey God. While man lost that image through sin, God’s special heart for humankind has not changed. He sent Jesus to save. He sent Jesus to restore the image through the forgiveness of sins and the change of heart to him we receive by the Holy Spirit.
Our Lord simply doesn’t want us to forget how we got here or where we are going from here.