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Summary: A sermon to end the year on, contemplating the truth of God’s Word

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”

“In spite of the universal prevalence of … pantheistic evolutionary cosmogonies among the nations of antiquity, the inspired account in Genesis does not attempt to refute them or to prove the existence of the true God. The reason for this strange silence is, most likely, the fact that the Genesis account was written before any of these other systems developed. The others were developed later for the very purpose of combating and replacing the true account in Genesis. The latter had been written originally, possibly by God Himself (‘the generations of the heavens and the earth’) soon after the Creation, setting forth in simple narrative form the actual events of Creation Week. At that point in time, there was no need to argue about the reality of God and the Creation, since no one doubted it!” THE GENESIS RECORD, Henry M. Morris, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1976

Men and women much smarter, much more educated, much more focused than I have made their arguments for the literalness and accuracy of the creation account in the book of Genesis.

I do not intend to attempt to match them here or to help them or to develop my own convincing arguments to lay along side theirs.

Today I want to talk about this very first sentence of Scripture and why it is imperative that the sincere student and true believer avoid either in their own thinking or their discourse with others, taking away or attempting to add to the simple truth presented there and in these early chapters of the Bible.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”

IT REFUTES ALL PAGAN BELIEFS

A minute ago I quoted Henry Morris who speculates that perhaps God Himself wrote the creation account. I am not clear on whether Morris means to say that God physically wrote it down and told Adam to safeguard it, or if in His frequent visits with the first couple (Gen 3:8) He told them the details and they recorded the information for future generations.

In any case, and whatever the method was, the details of the creation account could only have come from One who was present before anything else, and therefore could only be the One who accomplished the work.

Ancient tradition supported by some scripture evidence says that Moses is the author of the first five books of the Bible. Nevertheless, he would have to have received this information from sources long before him.

The Biblical record shows that Lamech, Noah’s father, lived for a time in tandem with Adam, and could quite possibly have gotten the information first hand from the first man, then passed it on to his son who carried it into the post flood world with him.

Since Moses’ parents were courageous and faithful people (Heb 11:23) he probably grew up hearing the carefully preserved and reiterated account of creation from them as they had from their parents.

Here’s what I’m getting at. All the pagan beliefs that have sprung up that deny the Genesis record have to have come up long after the original account was widely known and accepted because there was no reason to think otherwise.


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