- Where did I come from?
- How did life begin?
- Why is Genesis important?
- Is Creation relevant to my faith today?
- Do I have a purpose?
- Is our world an accident or art? Disorder or design?
- Why does it matter?
Glen Castro says:
I will pray for the expantion of your ministry
Michael G. says:
Why is the book of Genesis important? The book of Genesis is important because it is a record of the events that happened in the begining of time by the one who was there. My biggest problem with modern day evolutionist/athiest is that they can accept the book of Genesis from chapter 11 through chapter 50 because they have written historical proof and archaeological support. Why is it that they can't accept the first 10 chapters? The more and more that evolutionist/athiest try and prove the Bible wrong through science, the more and more they are actually helping to prove the legitimacy of the creation story told in Genesis. My sincere hope is that one day science and religion can get over the debate of how the world began and work together to make this world a better place while we are still here.
Why is Genesis important? This is a great question. Readers of BAR magazine will know that Genesis is considered largely myth by most archaeologists today, at least the scholars used by BAR for their reports. In the fall of 2010, Bible and Spade published an interesting report on trends in Genesis teaching that should be a cause for concern among Bible believing Christians. Here is a note I have on the issue: Bible and Spade published a report on the growing popularity among Christian scholars and Christian colleges to interpret the record of Genesis based
upon comparisons with Ancient Near East (ANE) literature. A good example cited was Genesis 1 and ANE cosmology thinking (e.g. Enuma Elish the cosmology reflected in the 7 tablets of Enuma Elish compared to the 7 days of Genesis 1-2). Such comparisons and method of understanding Genesis undermine Paul’s teaching in II Timothy 3:15-17 concerning inspiration. Two assumptions are usually made when
interpreting Genesis in light of ANE texts by Christian scholars
or secular studies. 1. ANE literature is older than Genesis and 2. The Hebrews borrowed cosmology views from their ANE neighbors and sources when writing the later Old Testament books. The bottom
line to this approach, Genesis 1-11 does not record factual history concerning origins in the Bible so the doctrine of inspiration and inerrancy is overthrown or weakened. “…And this is, I fear, exactly what the ANE scholars have done. In their quest to make Christianity more ‘relevant’ to
modern skeptics, they have redefined the foundational doctrine of inspiration so it no longer resembles what the Bible teaches. In this redefinition the doctrine of inerrancy becomes an indefensible concept, and no eternal truths can be known with certainty.” Ref - Lanser, Jr, R.D., The Influence of the Ancient Near East on the Book of Genesis, Bible and Spade 23(4):95-99, 2010 (Fall 2010)
Sadly, my personal experience is that many churches today do not consider Genesis critical teaching or necessary doctrinal material, especially chapters 1-11. Too much controversy and conflict with modern science doctrine so perhaps best to avoid the subject or gloss over it.
If Genesis can't be trusted, can any of the rest of Scripture be trusted?
It seems to me that Genesis lays the foundation for the rest of Scripture. If I were to compromise on the historical validity of the first book of the Bible, then how can I trust the last book, Revelation?
What about the Gospels? Is the Lord Jesus Christ even a real person? Or is He just another character from a story that teaches good morals?
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Your origins totally matter! Why do you think that God and evolution are the most talked about subjects ever? It is because we want to know why we are here.
@Tracy, we do have more videos on this website. Check out That's A Fact. As for teaching geocentricity, the short answer is no, but there is a great article on the subject at: http://www.icr.org/article/geocentricity-creation/.
Tracy Knoll says:
Nice video, is there more? Also, do you teach geocentricity?