How to Approach the Issue of Genesis 1-2 (Part 1)
There is undoubtedly a renewed debate in the church by both layman and scholars alike on how to approach the account of creation outlined in Genesis 1-2. This is truly an era of increasing influence of atheistic dogma to include the New Atheism espoused by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others, most notably in the area of academia but increasingly making its way into the pulpits and books of even the most well respected and notable preachers and theologians. How is the believer to address such issues given the increasingly intense debate on the issue of origins? Should we seemingly acquiesce to the findings of the scientific community? Should we take the approach of those who favor Intelligent Design (ID) by wielding the “wedge of truth” espoused by ID author Philip Johnson? Should believers espouse the views of creationist organizations such as Answers in Genesis (AIG) or the Institute for Creation Research (ICR)? Or finally, should we just ignore the issue altogether and just focus on getting people saved? Despite what some pastors and scholars may proclaim, the issue of origins is vital to the interpretation of the entirety of scriptural truth and thus, we must address how to properly understand what the Bible actually says on this subject. So bear with us as this will be a somewhat lengthy discussion but it will be well worth the effort. In all likelihood, due to the depth of this topic, we will break this topic of discussion into several parts so be sure to check back often.
Let us begin by looking at what Genesis 1:1 says at face value: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (NIV). There are a number of important elements which must be noted in these opening verses to Scripture. Arguably the key items to point out are the phrases “In the beginning” and “God created.” These two phrases give the reader the impression at first glance that creation had a defined starting point with God being the creator of the heavens and the earth, in essence the creator of the entire universe. Continue reading “Michael Boling – How to Approach the Issue of Genesis 1-2 (Part 1)”