Many in the Church question whether creation is relevant to the Christian faith or Christian living. Some say, “Don’t worry about Genesis; just believe in Jesus.” Others even call themselves ‘red-letter Christians’, concentrating only on Jesus’ recorded statements which are in red in some Bibles.
However, this position is self-refuting. Even using red letters alone, we can show that Jesus did not subscribe to this view. Jesus said, “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35)—for Him, what Scripture says is what God says. Many times, Jesus said, “It is written …”, then cited Scripture as the final authority. Thus clearly He believed that even the ‘black letters’ were just as much God’s words as His own.1
In particular, since Genesis is part of Scripture, then logically, Jesus implicitly said, “Genesis cannot be broken.” And Jesus explicitly taught that Genesis is God-written real history. In Matthew 19:4–6, He said:
“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
In the above, Jesus cited Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 as real history, and the foundation for marriage as a man and a woman only, by God’s design. So much for the ‘red letter Christians’ who claim that Jesus said nothing against ‘gay marriage’, or that Genesis is irrelevant to Christian living.2 Also, the quotation from Genesis 2:24 was said to be the words of the One who made them, i.e. from God Himself. And note that Jesus started off, “Have you not read …?” insulting these alleged Scripture scholars for their ignorance of its teaching.
The parallel account of Jesus’ teaching in Mark 10:5–9 adds another detail, “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female’.” Note: humans were there right from the beginning—six days away from the beginning is right at the beginning of a ~4,000 year timeline from Creation to Christ. But long-agers believe that humans appeared billions of years after the universe began with a big bang—in fact, almost at the end of the evolutionary timelime.3,4
Furthermore, Jesus taught that the rest of Genesis was accurate history, including the murder of Abel (Luke 11:51), Noah’s Ark and Flood (Matthew 24:37–39; Luke 17:26–27), Abraham’s life (John 8:56–58), the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 10:15), including the stern warning, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17: 28–32). Indeed, Jesus affirmed even the parts of Scripture that skeptics love to mock.5 And He ought to know; since He was both with God and himself fully God from eternity past (John 1:1), and it was by Him all things were made (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16).6
Thus despite the common misapprehensions in the first paragraph, we affirm a historical Genesis because Jesus himself did! And this magazine exists precisely to affirm this view—so no red letters from now on.
In fact, this issue completes 37 years of publication, and we celebrate by interviewing the recently-retired founder, Dr Carl Wieland (p. 37). And over the years, we have interviewed many with the same realization: to honour Jesus is to honour the Scriptures He affirmed; in this issue, it’s a former world-class pole vaulter (p. 18).
Creation magazine has long shown the connection between Genesis and Jesus. In this issue, an award-winning physics professor shows the biblical connection of salvation from Noah’s Flood and salvation from sin (p. 22). The reality of this global flood is amply supported by the geological record, e.g. great escarpments encompassing the continents (p. 46) and remarkable fossils of animals preserved together (p. 38). And a New Testament specialist shows God’s supreme wisdom and love in giving us a book (p. 16). Finally since Jesus is the Designer, we always showcase some of His masterpieces; e.g. some squid turn out to be fliers (p. 12).
As Creation magazine enters its 38th year, we rejoice that it continues to defend Jesus’s view of Scripture in the 100+countries it goes to.
The arguments are very well written article. I like the way the CMI articles are written (even though I don't understand a lot of the articles that deals with advance science). The footnotes, if there are, are painstakingly done. I appreciate the effort at intellectual honesty and integrity. I praise G-d for your ministry as it strengthen my faith, makes me feel excited too as I realized that Bible can be validated / defended by science.
Deon B., South Africa, 3 August 2015
Perhaps I have shared this info before, never the less: Henry Morris in his excellent Defenders Study Bible (KJV) cites 200 (there are more) references in the NT taken directly from Genesis. All books of the NT except Philemon, II & III John contain allusions to Genesis. 7 out of 50 chapters of Genesis are not quoted in the NT. Of the 200 allusions more than 50% are from the first 11 chapters. 63/200 from the first 3 chapters and 14 from the flood chapters (6,7,8). 25 of the references are from Christ Himself—chapters 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,17,18,19,28 and 31. Now if some "‘Christians’ only refer to the ‘red letter’ words of our LORD, they are certainly into Genesis as well.
Theistic evolution is so embarrassing and shameful. Right now there are real people in Heaven who lived out what was written in Genesis. God did not mislead His Son or His people for the past 6,000 years, only so enemies of God can show us what ‘really happened’ in the past, which by the way, they say God isn’t needed. Rather theistic evolutionists mislead themselves by aligning with the enemy. The past requires faith. Why not base your assumptions on the Bible instead of ungodly atheistic assumptions. Shouldn’t you want the Bible to be true?
Bill P., United States, 3 August 2015
Somewhat on the same theme, it is often said ( by skeptics, atheists etc.) that Moses took with him so much of the Egyptian culture (though one would wonder why he would plagiarize their history when he was actually escaping the tyranny of it) that the story of the crucifixion is actually from older Egyptian ‘stories’ about Egyptian gods that died for causes and were then ‘resurrected’. Is there any archaeological evidence or Biblical references that can clearly correlate that this is just a smoke screen from atheists to discredit all of the Bible as ‘just a story’ just as the above explanation of plagues from a naturalistic point of view is also discredited. This apart from the fact that historical Jesus is a lot easier to prove than any Egyptian gods ever representing even fictional accounts of real Egyptians. Thank you.
Also, archaeology is very helpful but it has limitations. E.g. we know from historical records that thousands of people were crucified, but we have archaeological evidence for only one crucifixion victim. See the comprehensive and well illustrated book Evidence for the Bible.
ian B., United Kingdom, 10 August 2015
Hello Jonathan, one thing a Jew will NEVER do is try and read the written scripture without the oral scripture, and this included Jesus as well. This written Torah covered the bullet points and the oral one covered the reasoning behind the words. Jesus would have been taught both and used both in His own understanding AND in His teaching , when He quotes scripture you can be darn sure that He then quotes the oral tradition with it as they were both seen (and still are) as scripture (you can see this with Jesus in the NT as the Jews discuss how Jesus speaks with authority unlike other Rabbis ). Sadly we have rejected this part of Jesus ministry as we dont accept Jesus own position on it that it was as much God's word in the the oral Torah as the written Torah, we have refused to follow Jesus in this matter and have rejected the Talmud and therefore Jesus' receipt of God's word, and by doing this we have done nothing short of rejecting Jesus own understanding and have declared ours to be superior to His.
Those who do read the Talmud alongside the written word gain a unique understanding of the reasonings of God and a much fuller knowledge of Him. previously unintelligible scriptures open up and the patriarchs become real figures wrestling with real issues.
When you quote Jesus acknowledging Genesis in the future are you able to balance it with quotes from the Talmud as well?
Jonathan Sarfati responds
The above is simply not so. Jesus went out of his way to reject the Jewish oral tradition, dismissing it as “the traditions of men”, and saying, “you have heard it said …, but I say unto you …”. The Talmud, a later written codification of the oral law, is very anti-Christian.
In contrast, Jesus said, “It is written …” to settle an argument with Scripture, which He said, “cannot be broken.”
RICHARD G., United Kingdom, 10 August 2015
New Testament Christianity without The Scriptures makes no sense. It’s like having a text book without the reference material.
Jesus stated clearly that he had not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets, and specifically warned against those who would seek to undermine the Commandments of God. For until heaven and earth passes away, not the one iota, nor the least stroke shall pass from The Law until it has all been fulfilled (Matthew 5:17–19).
As far as I can see neither heaven, nor earth has passed away yet.
Some may argue that Jesus has fulfilled The Law and therefore the The Scriptures become unnecessary. But this was not the view of the Apostles, who repeatedly directed the believer to pay diligent attention to The Scriptures and to study of The prophecies for enlightenment concerning the Plan of Salvation and our origins: past; present and future.
For whatever was written beforehand, was written for our learning, so that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
We have a more sure word of Prophecy, which you do well to take heed to as a light that shines in the darkness, until the day dawn and the morning star arises in your hear—For the Scripture is not of any man's private interpretation, neither did it come by the will of man. But holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:19–21)
The time is coming when men will not endure sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:1–5)
Jesus is coming to judge the world with Truth and Righteousness (Psalm 96:11–13), for there will be many false Christs and false prophets abounding (Matthew 24:25–28) and the the love of God will grow cold (Matthew 24:12–14), so much so that Jesus remarked that when He comes again “Will He find Faith in the Earth?” (Luke 18:8)