Genesis Under Attack!
In today’s modern world, evolution is increasingly being accepted as fact, even in the church. This, while the Bible is accepted less and less as factual! In particular, the first eleven chapters of Genesis have been called into question as to their historicity. Instead, the argumentation is put forward that they are only analogous in nature. Let us now seek the truth in this most paramount topic!
In the first eleven chapters of Genesis, we find all the foundational doctrines in the Scriptures. It is the root from which stems all else that we find in the Word of God. If then, we underscore the first chapters, we have, like falling dominos, implicated the remaining Scriptures! We will later observe that all the Scriptures are inextricably tied together!
We have, doctrinally put forward who and what, God is like. We see Him presented as the Creator (Gen. 1:1). Then also, the Law-giver (Gen. 2:16-17). Also as Judge (Gen. 3:14-19). Finally, we see Him as the Merciful Savior (Gen. 3:15, 21).
Even the trinity is put forward in these initial chapters! We note a clear allowance here, “Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26) More specifically, we see that, “The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Gen. 1:2) We have “The LORD God” (Father) announcing the coming of the Savior, “He [the Seed, Jesus Christ] shall bruise your head.” (Gen. 3:14, 15)
Literal Not Analogous
The argument is put forward that these eleven chapters of Genesis are written in an analogous genre and not in a historical sense. However, we have no reason to draw this conclusion. Everything in the writing style suggests a purely historical genre.
We find that we have literal days. These days are marked by “evening and morning” (Gen. 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31). We find throughout the Scriptures that, when a number is used in this sense, that it is always in a literal sense. We also find, literal species, not simple celled organisms! We have “Vegetation…according to their own kinds.” (Gen. 1:12) On day six, we have the creation of “man.” (Gen. 1:26) And this “man” was not made after the image of the subsequent species, but in the “Image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26) Yes, man is made in the image of God, not animals! Not to mention that God made man before woman! A real wrinkle in thinking, for those who say, “God used evolution to create”! Then, we also have mention of literal rivers with names, two of which we still know of today, the “Tigris” and the “Euphrates.” (Gen. 2:14) These are real geographical locations, and not just an analogy!
Then, we also have the literal names of people! We have the mention of Adam in the first chapters, but then we also have his mention in the New Testament! We have him mentioned in the same genealogy as Jesus, David, and Isaac. Are these all only analogous names as well? Certainly not! We also have Paul the apostle make mention of Adam, saying, “For by one man’s [Adam’s] disobedience the many were made sinners.” (Rom. 5:19) Of course, he mentions Adam in many other verses as well! And yes, Eve, Cain, Abel, Noah, and Abraham, are all repeatedly mentioned in the New Testament Scriptures! In fact, there are over 100 references with respect to Genesis 1-11 in the New Testament!1
Death an Enemy
Some would argue for the “gap theory,” in order to permit evolution through the door, but this is in violation of the text! Never did God use death as an agent in creation. The Word of God says, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23) We know when death came on the scene, with Adam’s fall. For we read, “For as by a man [Adam] came death…For as in Adam all die.” (1 Cor. 15:21-22) Death brought about the “falling apart of things,” as we see in the world so readily today, and not the creation of the wonders of the universe!
No, much rather than death being a creator, death is viewed as an enemy. As here seen, “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Cor. 15:26) Indeed, in Genesis 3:15-19, we see the terrible consequences of sin come down on the whole Earth! Then, in Romans 8:22, we see that “The whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” Yes, Peter the apostle speaks of the expectation of, “New heavens and earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Pet. 3:13) Therefore, we further read, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…and death shall be no more.” Again, “No longer will there be anything accursed.” (Rev. 21:1,4, 22:3) Nope, no need for death to help create the “new heavens and earth”! No long eons of time either!
Was the flood global or local, or a mere analogy? If it were local, God’s reputation would be called into question, and He would be called a liar. For He said there would never again be such a flood, and put the rainbow in the sky as a promise to that end! Yet, we know that there have been scores of local floods since, but never a global flood. Again, if it is but an analogy, why do the New Testament writers cite it as real history? Still further, why does Jesus Himself speak of the flood as a fact? Neither does the New Testament speak of it as a local event, but a global one. Let’s look. Jesus says, “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:38-39) Now, listen to Peter the apostle! “For they deliberately overlook this fact, that…by means of these [water] the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” (2 Pet. 3:5-7)
Local? I don’t think so. We read, “And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole earth were covered.” (Gen. 7:19) Neither did it just rain! We read, “On that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.” (Gen. 7:11) Yes, large reservoirs of water were suddenly, and catastrophically, released upon the whole Earth! This type of flood certainly takes into account tectonic plate movement, mountain formation, global sedimentation, and post-flood glaciation!
Also, we know by now that the children’s stories caricature of a little boat with giraffes sticking out their long necks is entirely false! No, the boat was simply enormous, as the given dimensions in the Scriptures attest to! Indeed, it was perfectly designed, not for speed, but for weathering brutal weather conditions! If this was but a local flood, this megalopolis of a boat, would clearly be way “overkill”! No, biblically, we have every reason to believe that the flood was not allegorical or local, but a global judgement on the ungodly of the whole world! Absolutely, a warning to today’s ungodly of the impending judgement of fire that will fall upon the ungodly of this world!
Yes, in the closing portion of chapter eleven, we have mention made of Abraham; at this stage of life, known as Abram. It is here that we have mention that his wife was “barren.” (Gen. 11:30) We also have mention of their leaving “Ur” and settling in “Haran.” Of course, this thought does not stop at the end of chapter eleven, but seamlessly flows into chapter twelve and beyond. We note no genre change at all! Yes, it is through Abraham that the Promised Seed – Jesus Christ was to come – the Messiah!
Yes, the New Testament answers to the historical fall of the human race in Genesis chapter three! As we see here, “For as by one man’s [Adam’s] disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s [Jesus’s] obedience the many will be made righteous.” (Rom. 5:19) Again, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)
Certainly, in Genesis 3:15, God promised, “He [the Savior] shall bruise you head [Satan’s].” From this point on, people were looking forward to the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of the world! Therefore, John the Baptist announced, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
Yes, we have a real-life Jesus, and His truly real and awful crucifixion, that truly answers to the real-life, and horrific fall of mankind in the garden! It was Jesus, on the cross, who died for our sins, as our substitute. It was the Innocent One, dying in place of us guilty ones! This crimson ribbon flows from Genesis to Revelation!
I believe it has been conclusively established that, the Scriptures either stand or fall together as one cohesive whole! To undercut the first eleven chapters of the Bible, is simply to usher in evolution, which is touted as fact but actually is a lie, and is to cast into question the whole of God’s Word! Therefore, Jesus says, “If they do not hear Moses [which includes the first eleven chapters of Genesis] and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone rises from the dead.” (Luke 16:31) Again, the words of Jesus, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:46-47)
We find then, with those who try to water down the words of Genesis’s first eleven chapters, making them merely allegorical, the hiss of the serpent, “Did God actually say…” (Gen. 3:1) Yes, to erode the Words of God in the first chapters, is to erase the redemptive work of Christ in the New Testament! It is to steal the hope people have in the Savior. The hope of the resurrection! The hope of a new heavens and a new earth! The hope of no more death! The hope of our tears being wiped away! In short, it seeks to destroy Christianity! Let us wake up out of our slumber, oh church! Therefore, as Jude wrote, “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3) Therefore, let us not be deceived by the cunning of the serpent, as was Eve, but let us stand upon the solid Rock!
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Victor J Reimer
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- Henry Morris, The Genesis Record, Welwyn: Evangelical Press, 1977, pp.21, 677–682.
*Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyrighted © 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.