Why Christians Can’t Reject Genesis

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Some Christians today believe that the Bible is fallible, at least some of it.  A particular book that several Christians think can be rejected is the book of Genesis.  Because modern “science” argues that the Earth is more than six thousand years old and that the world was formed by macro-evolution, some Christians reject the idea of a six-day creation.

I would argue that all scripture is inspired by God and is therefore infallible.  I would also argue that the book of Genesis, especially the first three chapters, is essential to the Christian faith and therefore cannot be rejected by Christians.

Herbert Spencer, a brilliant philosopher and proponent of Evolution of the late 19th/early 20th century, stated that all matter could be divided into five categories: time, force, action, space, matter.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”-Genesis 1:1

In the first verse of Genesis, all elements of reality are introduced.  Time: “In the beginning,” when time was first created.  Force: “God,” the greatest force in the universe.  Action: “created.”  Space: “the heavens,” the cosmos and all they contain, as well as literal space.  Matter: “and the earth,” the first matter discovered by man.  Men have tried but cannot deny what stands obviously before them, truth.

Genesis is a book of origins, and it starts with the origin of the universe.  God spoke everything into existence.  What I do not understand is why people do not want to believe that God created everything in six days.  God is God, and as God, he can do incomprehensible, amazing things that only God can do, like creating the entire cosmos in six literal days.  In six literal days, the universe and all life was created.  First light and night and day, then water in heaven and in the seas, then the land and plants, then the planets and heavenly bodies, then sea creatures and birds, then land creatures and man.  Six days.

Not only does Genesis talk about the origin of creation, but it also talks about the origins of order and complexity, man’s love for beauty, marriage, culture, government, nations, and much more.  Genesis 3, all the way at the beginning of scripture, tells of the origins of evil, judgement, and salvation.

The man and the woman were tempted and succumbed to temptation, doubting God and allowing sin to enter their hearts.  Knowing that they had sinned, they hid from the God with whom they had been able to directly communicate and have a relationship.  Adam and Eve were punished and  sent from the garden, knowing that they were mortal and doomed to death.  However, God spared them from death that day and gave them hope for a savior.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head; and you will strike his heel.”

-Genesis 3:15 

The “he” referred to in this passage is the savior, Jesus Christ, who was not due to come for four thousand years.  This gave Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, hope that someday, their relationship with God would be restored, that the savior would crush sin and death, bringing humanity back to its God.

The reason Genesis is so important is that it gives us the story of where we came from and why things are the way that they are.  In it is the story of a holy but loving God and his relationship with man.  I will not tell the whole story, because the believer must read it for himself.

If the Church tries to fit its faith to the world by twisting it and taking away fundamentals, nothing will be left of Christianity.  Thus, we must hold fast to the word of God, the inerrant scriptures.

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“The Apologist’s Evening Prayer”

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From all my lame defeats and oh! much more 

From all the victories that I seemed to score;

From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf

At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh; 

From all my proofs of Thy divinity, 

Though who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.  

Thoughts are but coins.  Let me not trust, instead

Of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head. 

From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee, 

O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free. 

Lord of the narrow gate and the needle’s eye, 

Take from me all my trumpery lest I die.

-C.S. Lewis  “The Apologist’s Evening Prayer”

This beautiful poem reflects what the apologist should be thinking once all his arguments are wrapped up and he goes back to his home.  Though he has tried to represent God and defend him with the most brilliant of arguments, the apologist should still recognize that because he is human, he will never have all the answers.  God is God, and we are not

We’re All In This Together

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Today I have truly felt the love of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and I do not know what I would do without them.  This past weekend has been difficult for me, my church, and my family, and today I felt very emotionally and physically drained.  This morning, after experiencing the unity of the body of Christ in a Sunday morning worship service, I received hope through the Spirit in a sermon about the characteristics of a disciple of Christ.

Tonight at youthgroup, yes, we had a good message, but I was more encouraged by the people that I talked to afterward.  With one girl, I shared the difficulty of the week and listened to her, and together we recognized how ready we are for heaven.  I also had a good conversation with a friend, a conversation that I had worried about before hand.  My friend was understanding and gracious, which was a blessing to me.  I talked to a few other friends too, but the conversation that really blessed me tonight was one that I had with one of my best friends.

My friend and I often mutually encourage one another, and tonight, I really needed that encouragement.  I poured out my heart and emotions to her, and she listened and explained how she was doing too.  What I remember most was her encouragement, which was straight from scripture, to set my mind “on the things above, not on things on earth.”  After that, we mutually experienced joy in talking about how much we long for Jesus, and learned that we both are memorizing the same passage of scripture.  Our God is amazing!

I am so thankful that God does not let his people walk through life alone, that he created a community that we could find encouragement in.  The community of faith is one of the greatest blessings God has given me.  Without the Church, I do not know how I could get through this life.

I thought I would let all my brothers and sisters in Christ know how thankful I am for them.  I thank God, the father of my Lord, Jesus Christ, when I pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that your love may abound more and more, and that you will not lose heart, but continually grow in Christ, setting your mind on the things of heaven.  May God’s kingdom come in his Church!

Worldview/Church History: 4 Emerging Churches

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This week for my worldview class, my teacher had us watch a couple videos.  One was a Nooma video by Rob Bell, about trusting in God through the storms of life, the other was by Mark Driscoll, where he talked about his views on what he calls the four lanes of Emerging churches.

The Rob Bell video was done well, with a good intro that set a comforting mood, and a positive theme.  It was appealing to me that Bell started his conversation with a story that served as an analogy to a certain aspect of the Christian life.  He talked about him and his son being caught in a storm, and the comfort that he had to give his terrified young son in that time.  This, Bell says, is like what God does to us, comforting us in the hard times and holding us close.

Now, although this was a good message, I would not rely on that instead of going to church.  Bell did not give an application to life or incorporate the gospel into his message very well.  Also, it is important to have a church family to be in fellowship with, so although I think that the video I saw was good, I wouldn’t replace the church experience with it.

Next, I watched the Mark Driscoll’s video on the four different churches, and he mentioned Rob Bell in his lecture.  Driscoll says that there are four types of emerging churches, three of which he thinks stay on the right doctrinal path, whereas the fourth goes off a bit.

The first type church, the Emerging Evangelicals, is pretty much the original evangelical church updated a bit.  This church tries to be more relevant to the culture while still holding to most traditional doctrine.

The second type of church is the House Church of Evangelicals, this type of church, Driscoll says, has good doctrine, but rejects the typical big church with a pastor.  This church thinks it is better to meet in smaller groups.

The third type of church is the Emerging Reformed church.  This type of church holds to reformed theological positions, but wants to be more relevant to the culture.  This church is especially concerned with missions in daily life.  I would say that this is the view that my church holds.

The last type of church, the Emergent Liberal church, is the church that Driscoll says has gone off the road a bit.  They call into question foundational Christian doctrine and dodge the difficult questions.  Some of these churches don’t hold to the whole Bible, says Driscoll, but only take some of it.

If I was to make a church, I would base it on the Bible, making sure that it holds to the infallibility of the scriptures, the doctrines of hell and heaven, the doctrine of salvation, the supremacy of God, the Trinity, etc.  I would probably lean more toward the reformed view, since that is more  what I see from the scriptures.  I would definitely say that my church should be culturally relevant and missions minded, and hold fast to prayer and service.  My church would most likely not be perfect, but what church is?

Too Modest?

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I once asked a few of my girl friends, “Can you be too modest?”  All the girls agreed that yes, one can be too modest.  They thought that one could be too modest by being covered up from head to toe.  This, they explained, was too modest because at that point a girl is drawing attention to herself, at least in American culture, by being so covered up.  However, by drawing attention to herself, is a girl being truly modest? I disagreed with my friends, I believe that one can never be too modest.

Dictionary.com defines modesty as, “the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.”  The definition that I want to focus on is “freedom from vanity.”  True modesty is humility. Typically when people think of modesty, they think about girls who wear full-length, hideous dresses.  This is sad because it distracts from the fact that true modesty is undenyingly beautiful. Modesty is beautiful first in a person’s heart.

The only human being who was truly modest was Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Though no other human beings are perfect, when a Christian is following hard after Christ, he or she can lose herself and be humble. When that Christ-like humility flows out of one’s heart and into one’s words and actions, people notice.  When a boy or girl talks to others in a humble manner, others are attracted to Christ.  Denying oneself for someone else is another expression of that modesty.

Finally, our clothing should be modest.  If a person is truly humble, he or she will want to glorify God in his or her dress.  This means dressing beautifully and modestly.  Do not sell yourself short, but do not purposely dress to impress either.  Think of your brothers and sisters in Christ when you dress, because honoring Christ should be your first thought and honoring your Christian brothers and sisters your second.

There is my opinion on modesty, hope it made you think!

Emma

Time to Talk About Us

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Many Christian girls who write blogs like to list husband requirements or encourage the Christian men they see around them. They say things like, “We need more men like you who devote their whole lives to God,” or “I’m glad there are young men like you for girls like us.” The question is, who is “us?”  Are we the girls whose lives are completely devoted to God?  Are we the ones who just really want to marry godly young men?  What kind of attributes do we have?

In order for “us” to find the young men we are looking for, we have to be godly young women.  We must go above and beyond cultural standards.  We should be asking God to constantly refine us until we reflect Christ and no other.  This process is not going to be easy, in fact, it’s going to be very hard.  To push against the culture takes courage.  To submit to God’s will takes humility.  To get through this life takes perseverance.

Through the teaching I have received in young life, the lessons that I have learned, and the knowledge I have acquired, I hope to encourage young women like me.  Girls who want to love Christ, stand out, and impact others.  I definitely do not have all the answers, only God has those, but I have read the Bible and have many godly women in my life.

In the next weeks, I hope to cover topics which concern Biblical womanhood.  These topics would include attitude, modesty, and character, as well as any other issues which concern young women.

Emma