All right. Not only do I know have my Revelation in Black and White in book form, I also have the Beginning in Black and White transferred into a 20 Day Adventure. All scripture is written out for you. All you have to do is turn the page for twenty days. I am including the first day in this post. If you are curious about the beginning of our world, this is the book for you. Do we as Christians have to believe in cavemen? What about dinosaurs? The answers are in here. I dare you to take the adventure!
Genesis. Creation. Six Days. Evolution. The Big Bang. Millions of Years. Cavemen. Dinosaurs. Dragons. The Flood. Noah’s Ark. The Ice Age. The Tower of Babel. Does it all fit together somehow? Is science consistent with the Bible? Or is it as the skeptic thinks . . . the Bible is just an outdated book. Can we find the answers? Can everything fit together?
Let me ask you a question. Is there absolute truth?
The answer is yes.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). If Jesus is the truth, He is absolute – yes? I mean, if you are a Christian, I cannot fathom you answering any other way.
But the days we live in are confusing. Scripture even calls them evil (Ephesians 5:16). Is there a way we can make heads or tails out of all the confusion surrounding the beginning of our world? I believe we can.
So fasten your seatbelts and get ready for the ride of your life. It is time to get excited about God’s original creation and original order, because if we are excited about what God originally created and how He designed that creation to function, we will be excited about the end.
“And her wilderness He will make like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord.”
The end is really the beginning after all. Daddy God says that Eden is returning. The question is, what was the beginning? That is what we will look at in this study. So get excited! It is time to discover what the Word says about Eden, the garden of the Lord.
The End = The Beginning = Eden
In the end, we will be walking into the beginning – we will be walking into Eden. In order to understand just what Eden might have possibly looked like, we need to understand just what scripture says. By the end of this study I hope your faith is on fire. I know every time I think about Eden, my heart skips a beat. It will be fabulous, faithful friends. It will be fabulous. Now, let’s get started. Take a look at Genesis 1:1:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In the beginning, there was God. We all need to understand no matter how much we speculate, how many theories we read about, how many times we argue with friends, the fact remains we weren’t there. God was. Let me say that another way: God was the only one there in the beginning. He wrote about that beginning in Genesis. We are arrogant if we believe we can tell God how He created creation. Think about that. If science “disproves” God, then we need to go back to science and ask some questions, reevaluate the assumptions and well, open up the Word. We are finite beings. He is infinite. He knows how it all went down. We need to trust Him.
Before we get too deep, I need to say something. Christians can believe in evolution or any form of evolution and not lose their salvation, so don’t think if you question certain things in this study that I am going to put you in the “doomed to hell” category. What I want you to get out of this study is one thing: I want your faith to increase. That is it. I am after your faith, my fabulous friend. Let’s build it up! Let’s get it to reach to the sky! God wants an army of people who have looked into His Word, examined His Word, and come to a conclusion with His Word. God wants you to understand scripture and be able to look into His world and understand His world with the Word. No matter what you end up believing about dragons and cavemen and millions of years, God wants you to know what the Word says and have an answer for what you believe based on the Word. God’s Word says to always be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). God wants you to look at the Word and see it for what it is – truth.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
“Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.”
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus is the truth, because Jesus is the Word, and the Word is truth. That is our foundation. That is our starting point. That is our faith. So, if we start with this basis, we need to evaluate just what the Word says.
Now let’s see where you fit in. Look at the following table. It is a starting point to see the different points of view. There is only one assumption I make – you believe in God. I don’t see any point in going over the strictest evolutionist or atheist point of view because we are defining ourselves as Christians in this study.
So, here is what I want you to do. I want you to look at the following chart and see if one of these “positions” resonates with you. Please put an X in the box with the one you most identify. You can even mark the line between two views if you are in-between one and another. I want you to be honest with yourself and really think about this. By the end of this book, it will be interesting to look back to see if anything changes.
If you are reading this book with a group and feel comfortable, why don’t you discuss the concerns you have about the Genesis account? Be honest. You will find many others have the same concerns.
|I believe that the earth is billions of years old. I believe God used evolution to create living things and the Genesis account is a summary of what God did but the “days” referred to are untold countless years. Scripture does say, “one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day” (2 Peter 3:8). We came from apes, hence, cavemen did exist. Dinosaurs are millions of years old and never walked with humans. We should understand the Bible in terms of current scientific thought, not the other way around.|
|Modified Evolutionist||I think God created the different species with the process of evolution but I don’t think humans came from apes. Scripture does say we are made in the image of God. I believe in the creation account but I believe there is a gap in the creation account that explains why the earth has been here for millions of years and how evolution could occur. Dinosaurs are one of those things that existed a long time ago, long before man.|
|The Middle Road||I believe the creation account is to declare that God created everything in an orderly manner. I don’t need to know if God took an instant, six days, or a million years to create the earth. I believe in God and I believe in His Word. I think you can get too hung up on science and science is always changing. I don’t necessarily have to know exactly how everything fits together.|
|Modified Creationist||I believe God created the world in six literal days, but the whole dinosaur thing really plays with my head. There is no way those things got on the ark. I don’t believe in any form of human evolution but what about the caveman? That plays with my head, too. I want to believe the Genesis account is true, but I just don’t see how everything fits together.|
|Creationist||I believe God created the world in six literal days. We did not come from apes or through evolution: we are made in the image and glory of God. Because Genesis is true, dinosaurs had to have walked with man. Cavemen (in the sense of sub-intelligent human life) are a figment of the evolutionists’ imagination.|
I wish I could sit down with you over a cup of coffee and discuss just what you believe and what questions you have. My prayer is that this book will clarify a few of those gray areas and help you in your quest for a stronger faith.
That said, let’s dig deep right now and examine a few things written for us in scripture that may be helpful in our search for truth.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
We are not in this camp, but we need to understand the mindset of those who are in this camp. Scripture tells us God is evident in creation and to deny that is to be a fool. Those who deny God deny the truth. Who is the truth? Jesus. Ouch. That is harsh, but it is truth. Those who deny God look to creation for answers and they end up worshiping the creation rather than the Creator. They suppress the truth for a lie.
Let’s see what else scripture says about those of the other camp.
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, 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 3:3-6
In the last days, they will deny the flood. Now isn’t that interesting? Did you know that up until the 1800s most of the church accepted the universal flood as fact?1 Most, if not all evolutionists believe there has been flooding, but they will never admit to a flood of biblical proportions. But the flood was a big deal. Let me say that again. The flood was a really big deal. If you discount the truth of the flood it is about like eating a hamburger without the burger. In other words, you are missing a big piece of the puzzle. Keep this in mind as we continue our study.
Let’s look at few more scriptures. The first one really makes me giggle.
All mankind is stupid, devoid of knowledge.
Who says Daddy God doesn’t have a sense of humor? Ever seen a giraffe? But I digress. Let’s look at our next scripture.
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:20-24
Those who believe in God are wise. The world is not. We can see things that the world cannot see because they discount the Creator.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Good work today, wise one. See you tomorrow.
1 Whitcomb, John C. and Morris, Henry M. The Genesis Flood (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1961), 89-115.