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.”
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.