The Real Test of Honesty and Consistency: Genesis 1 Separates the Men from the Boys
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Almost everyone is familiar with Genesis 1, the story of Creation.
We have read it since childhood and we were enthralled to hear how God put the universe together. He spoke and things were made. What power! What drama! We recited the words…
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light,”
…over and over again, and each time they sounded better than the last.
What was it like, we wondered, when everything was dark and the earth was like a little seed surrounded by a big ball of water? What was it like when God created the firmament on the Second day and whisked the water away? ‘Where did it go?’ we thought? Is it still there in deep space now?
Then on the Third day God made all the plants and trees. Oh, it must have been absolutely beautiful, much more beautiful than any garden made by man today!
And then on the Fourth day, God made the sun, moon and stars and sent them whirling in space. With our childlike wonder we kept reading it over and over again, getting glimpses of truth each time we read it, and drawing closer to the God who made it all happen.
But somewhere down the road some sophisticated adult with a Ph.D. after his name told us that hardly anything about Genesis was true. It was just a story, no different than Hansel and Gretel or Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Just a fairy tale, they told us.
Besides, they told us, it couldn’t have happened the way Genesis tell us, for after all, how could the sun, moon and stars come on the Fourth day when the Light already appeared on the First Day? And how could the Earth come before the Light? Since, as we were so studiously brainwashed by our school teachers that the Earth revolves around the sun, the sun had to be in place before the Earth could be created. It sounded so logical, didn’t it?
Not knowing any better, we began to lose our childlike faith and our former awe and fascination with Genesis began to wane. Not only was our wonder evaporating, we were directed to consider the next logical question, namely, what else was in the Bible that “just wasn’t so?” Once the proverbial thread was pulled from the sweater, it began to unravel the whole garment.