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July 14, 2007 

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Q: Should Christians divide over different interpretations of Genesis?

A: Many Christians think that what we believe about Genesis isn’t that important, as long as a person believes in the virgin birth and resurrection of Christ—they see Genesis only as a “side issue.” But we need to look at a number of issues here, including “the big picture.”

First of all, the major principle involved is biblical authority. Does it matter how you read the Word of God? If the Bible clearly states something, like creation in six days, but we say we don’t have to believe that, then we’ve unlocked a door that undermines biblical authority. And if we do this, what’s to stop others from pushing that door open through the rest of Scripture, as many have done, and to deny the bodily resurrection of Christ?

Second, the foundation of the gospel and why Jesus came and died for our sins is dependent on Genesis being literal history. Is this a side issue that we can sweep under the carpet while agreeing to disagree? We suggest that a non-literal understanding of the historical account given in Genesis leads to a slippery slope of compromise in other areas of Christian doctrine.

We certainly must stay true to God’s Word, and accept it all as written.

For more information, please see What is biblical creation and why is it important?

Recommended resources:

The Lie: Evolution
The Lie: Evolution
Genesis: The “Bottom Strip” of the Christian Faith
Genesis: The “Bottom Strip” of the Christian Faith
Evolution, Creation & the Culture Wars
Evolution, Creation & the Culture Wars
In Six Days
Genesis: The Key to Reclaiming the Culture

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This week on

July 7: News to Note, July 7, 2007
July 9: Monkeying with the Media
July 10: Dinos in the den
July 11: The highly efficient genome
July 12: War of the Worldviews, chapter 10: Can creationists be “real” scientists?
July 13: Feedback: Are scientists really biased by their presuppositions?


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