Taking first things seriously is no joke

Taking first things seriously is no joke

“Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth,” was the strategy of Nazi Joseph Goebbels. The same strategy seems to be at work when it comes to understanding our origins. Generally speaking, our modern society has bought into the lie that this world isn’t created and that there is definitely no Creator behind what exists. Instead, legions of lemmings willingly accept evolutionary theory as fact, and have been lulled into destructive delusions by this propaganda. Evolution, as presented in education, is just assumed without question, and has now become the ‘default belief’ instead of a theory to be considered.

And God saw everything that he made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31 (ESV)

Taking first things seriously

Instead of looking to God, and His source of truth about the world that He created, masses of people now look to modern science to solely answer the questions of life and origin. Sadly though, modern science is often tainted by a biased and corrupt preconceived worldview that denies God at every turn, and this has been the case for many decades now. Check out this powerful appeal from David Watson, who in 1984 was featured in the ‘Evangelical Review’ challenging Christians to take seriously the foundations of their Biblical worldview in a literal creation.

He writes:

“Non-literalist commentaries on Genesis are the laughing-stock of the world, and no amount of special pleading or re-interpretation is ever going to persuade ordinary people that Moses did not teach a literal six-day creation, a Young Earth, and a universal flood. ‘Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould’, as did the medieval church, as did William Carey’s obstructors, and Hudson Taylor’s. Martin Luther’s challenge of 500 years ago is right up to date: ‘If I profess with the loudest voice every Bible doctrine except that one truth which Satan is attacking today, I am no soldier of Jesus Christ’. You don’t have to be a reader of the Smithsonian to know which Bible truths are under special attack today. Noah’s flood is a ‘fairy tale’, … and six-day creation is a ‘prescientific myth’. That is why God is calling for real disciples who will not ‘amplify distinctions’ or ‘rationalize the claim’ but will stand up and tell the world that He means just what He says in Genesis 1–11. The scientific establishment will never take seriously the Christian doctrine of Last Things until they see that Christians take seriously the Bible doctrine of First Things.”

The greatest joke in history

Why don’t more people take the creation account of Genesis 1-11 seriously? Some Christians are so quick to come up with compromised creation theories that change, mix, or morph the creation account from Genesis, all to make it more palatable to a secular mindset. However, the truth doesn’t need help so it can fit in better at the next dinner party. For as unfashionable as the Genesis account of creation may currently be, it’s only a matter of time for the evolutionary theory to be truly seen for what it is … or isn’t. Malcom Muggeridge boldly asserted that evolutionary theory is one of the greatest jokes of history. He said,

I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it’s been applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has”.

Confidence in common sense

The teaching of evolutionary theory is a dangerous joke because it challenges the common sense reading of the book of Genesis. Why can’t we just take God at His Word? Moses did! He actually gives us our Genesis interpretive lens, for we see this ‘common sense’ hermeneutic used in creation references in his narrative writing (Exodus 20:11 and Exodus 31:17). I say this because God used him in the formation of Genesis, and he is clearly interpreting a literal six days elsewhere other than what is written in the Genesis 1-11 account. So the issue of evolution isn’t really a matter of evidence and apologetic; no, it really boils down to be a matter of authority. Will the people of creation willingly submit to the Creator as the authority that informs their worldview? Author M.P. Scotland says the “destructive nature of evolution on society [has] serious undermining effects on the Bible”. I’ve met many Christians who flirt with the theory of evolution and then lose confidence in the robust nature of Scripture, and they end up asking if God really did mean any of what He said in the Bible. The age old … “Did God really say?”. Hmmm …. I wonder where we get that question from?

Foundational to our faith

If the foundational accounts that establish Christian truth are doubted and dismissed, then everything to do with Christianity will be just as easily dismissed on the same grounds. We can’t afford to be inconsistent here, for cracks in our worldview foundation will eventually mean that the whole building will then need to be condemned and demolished. We don’t get to pick and choose what parts of God’s Revelation we deem to be valid. The Bible is our primary source for truth about God. So in developing a framework for understanding the truth (Biblical worldview) the book of Genesis is critical. It’s where we start to hear the Gospel (Genesis 3:15) and our need for a Savior (Genesis 3). Creation Apologist Ken Ham often declares that “All major biblical doctrines are founded in the first 11 chapters of Genesis,” so Christians can’t afford to have a foundational inconsistent system of belief. The consequences have disastrous outcomes for the gospel and our witness. If we question a ‘literal creation’ then we are setting ourselves up to question a ‘literal salvation’. Evolutionary theory erodes away at the truth about God, and after the waves of evolving delusion have washed away at people there likely isn’t anything left to believe in.

O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you”

– 1 Timothy 6:20

Let’s take the doctrine of ‘First Things’ seriously, and I think you will find it’s actually no joke!

In Christ,
Andrew Edmonds


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