The Beginning in Black and White is now available for sale. The theme seems a little contradictory at first – I mean, after all I am all about the end times – but I am also all about the beginning. Why? Because in the end we will be walking into Eden (Joel 2:3). So, in order to understand the end, you gotta go back to the beginning.
This project was hard. There is so much information on the creation/evolution debate that in order to go real simple, you first have to go real deep. There were times I was surrounded by about 25 books, pulling my hair out because I forgot to write down the page number of a quote I wanted to use.
I have had many people go through this study. Some where Christian evolutionists. Others were Christian creationists. I have had positive feedback from both sides. This study is intended to shed light on just what we as Christians should know about the observable earth around us. It is separated into four weeks. The first takes you through the flood, the second gets into what earth was like pre-flood (giants, long ages, etc), the third goes over the science in very layman’s terms, and then the fourth takes you back to the beginning of the creation account. Seems a little backwards until you do the study. In order to understand the world through a biblical lense, you have to first look at the flood.
Because here is the deal. In the last days, people will deny the flood. It is in scripture. Take a look with me will you?
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts . . .it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed being flooded with water. 2 Peter 3:3,5-6
A lot of what we see in today’s world is explained by the flood. Yet, we don’t hear this because mainstream science does not believe in a global flood. If you don’t, you view the world in a completely different light. This is not intended to be a study to de-bunk evolution. This is a study for Christians who are “conflicted” about the first chapters of Genesis. Where do dinosaurs fit in? What about the caveman? This study is intended to answer those questions and build up your faith.
Here is an excerpt from my study.
When we think of the creation account we probably first think of Adam and Eve. Our minds may then drift to the apple and the fall. Then we might think of the story of Cain and Able and its tragic end. If we let our minds wander even further, we think about Noah and the flood, but here is what we do not do – we don’t think about cavemen.
However, when we take off our religious hats and listen to our college professors, the special on television, read the latest National Geographic, or go to our friendly neighborhood science museum, we nod our heads and look at our ancestors that appeared to be a cross between an ape and a man. Sometimes we think about the dichotomy of the two visuals, but quite often we don’t even think about our religious teachings when compared to the world’s view. Most of us have somehow separated the two entirely.
So, here is the question of the hour. Did cavemen exist? Because if we want to be honest with ourselves, when we look at the creation account there seems to be no room for the caveman does there? If we take the Bible at face value, there is no room for any sub-intelligent human life. Some of you are bristling right now because of your secular worldview, and that is fine. What I want to establish here is just what the Word of God says. Let’s take a look.
In Genesis 1 it says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule . . .’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
So, unless God is an ape, or appears like an ape, it doesn’t seem too likely He created us apes in the beginning. He made us in His own image. Also note the plural pronouns used throughout the creation account. Jesus was with God in the beginning (John 1:1-2). He was there, and He made man in His own likeness. But let’s continue.
God told Adam and Eve to rule over all creation. That doesn’t sound like they were very sub-intelligent. Think about this: Adam was the first man – the first! He was made in the image and glory of God. He was quite possibly one of the smartest men to ever walk the earth!
I mean, can you imagine being taught by God himself? Adam and Eve talked with God! Directly! In Genesis 3:8 it says that: “They heard the sound of Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” They knew the sound of our Lord’s footsteps, meaning, they had walked with Him before. Can you imagine? Adam and Eve weren’t dumb – they were not cavemen – they were of superior intelligence and thought. In Genesis 3:2, the woman spoke to the serpent. She was not grunting around like a caveman – she could speak. After the serpent spoke with her, in Genesis 3:6, she also reasoned. She made a decision – albeit a bad one – so she could reason. Adam and Eve had a spoken language, were able to communicate with that language, and were able to reason just like you and me. So were Cain and Able. If you remember from our discussion starting on page 32, Able made a decision to bring his best, and Cain did not. This is what got Able killed. Cain rationalized Abel’s death.
Cain built a city in Genesis 4:17, Jubal started playing musical instruments in Genesis 4:21, and Tubal-cain started forging iron and bronze in Genesis 4:22.
Our first ancestors were building cities, playing musical instruments, and forging iron and bronze! This implies that there were governments in place, organizations in place, and business in place. There were parties, worship, and dancing. They were mining iron ore and bronze, and turning them into weapons, jewelry, and building materials.
Doesn’t match the caveman visual does it?
I can’t wait for you to do this study. I want our faith to build up. I want it to move mountains.
This study will help you do just that.