Genesis Confusion and Salvation

Genesis Confusion and Salvation

Genesis Confusion and Salvation

Richard Hollerman

What must a person know about the origin of man and sin, in order to be saved from sin? Can a person overlook the truth of Genesis 1 in seeking God’s forgiveness? Just how does the truth of Genesis fit in with salvation through Christ, as presented in the New Testament? We realize that this question is a vital one yet it is a difficult one. Let’s tackle it in the following way.

Scripture is clear that human kind was created on the sixth day of creation week (see Genesis 1:26-31). We also can deduct that if Adam had a son by the name of Seth and Adam lived a certain number of years (930 years), then Seth lived a certain number of years (912 years), then his son (Enosh) lived a certain number of years (905 years), and so forth, we can determine the time of Noah and the worldwide flood. Further, if we can determine that date, we can continue to figure the years between the flood and the time of Christ. This is what leads certain Biblical students to conclude that the creation of man (and woman) occurred about 4000 BC, give or take a few years.

We know that in our day, and during the past 200 years, there has been much confusion in regard to origins. The secular world (including TV, movies, books, newspapers, museums, the government, the press, the educational institutions, etc.) tells us that modern man has been here for perhaps the last 10,000 to 100,000 years and the origins of man can be traced back several million of years to a pre-human ancestor, then back a couple billions of years to a single cell swimming in a primordial soup. In all, the earth is supposedly 4.5 billion years old and the universe about 14 billion years old.

For a dozen reasons, we must reject this humanistic, secularistic, and evolutionary scenario. There are numerous reasons why these “facts” are not facts at all but the result of unbelieving theories that reject the time frame of Scripture and rely on a naturalistic scheme. Mankind and all life came through the fiat act of a Creator God, not many thousands of years ago.

Genesis Confusion and Salvation

Sadly, many religious and church people have been influenced by the naturalistic lies. They have been told on TV, in museums, in school books, and elsewhere that modern man descended from pre-human Stone Age men who were “hunters and gatherers” and even lived in trees on the savannahs of Africa. From these “pre-historic” ancestors, homo sapiens developed.  Time-Life books, newspapers, National Geographic Magazine, secular museums, and school science text books all point to an evolutionary and naturalistic origin of man and all life. This has led one well-known writer to title a recent book, The Lie! Indeed, the secular presentation is a lie that contradicts the truth of God’s own Word. (Remember, only God was present when He created all things—Genesis 1:1!)

This has caused much confusion in religious circles. What should we believe? Men and women have seen these evolutionary lies so many times in so many ways that they have come to accept them as true! If they read the Bible, they are confronted with the truth of Genesis then are faced with a dilemma. Should they accept the way that their science teacher or the TV commentator have described early humans and the beginning of the human race? Or should they accept the account found in the Bible? Could it be that the Biblical account is merely a myth, a fable, the expression of religious people in antiquity who try to account for life as they knew it before the time of Christ?

What then happens when a person like this is faced with the fact of his or her sins? Such a person may come to realize that they and all people have fallen short of God’s glory by committing inward and outward sin (Romans 6:23). And they learn something about God who sent His beloved Son to pay the price of this sin (Romans 5:6-11). How does such a person accept Christ and receive God’s forgiveness of sin? Does such a person need to accept the Genesis account of creation—including the creation of humanity?

As you can see, this is a relevant subject since it so much pertains to modern life. Probably most non-religious people in the Americas and Europe have accepted parts or all of the evolutionary lie. They just assume that this is the way it all happened, even when they haven’t personally examined the evidence. But return to the point above: Can such a person be saved from sin and receive eternal life?

We know that the answer is yes. God wants all “to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Jesus gave Himself “as a ransom for all” (v. 6)—and this would include the evolutionist who has been brainwashed by evolutionary deception and lies.

But can a person be saved while believing in evolution and accepting the false idea that Adam didn’t exist?  Can this unsaved person believe that humans evolved from pre-human ape-like creatures, and they came from non-human animals, the whole way back to the single-celled creatures in a primordial early earth?

Genesis Confusion and Salvation

We think that the answer must be No, if we take the Scriptures seriously. Jesus Christ believed in the Genesis account of Adam and Eve and the beginning of humanity (Matthew 19:4-6). (Remember, He was there in the beginning—Colossians 1:16-17!) Paul the apostle did the same (Romans 5:12-14). As Paul explained, “As in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22; cf. vv. 45, 47; cf. 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 Corinthians 11:7-12). The Lord Jesus and all of the Biblical characters believed in God’s creation of man, life, and all things!

The fact that death came into the world, and spread to all people, shows the need for Jesus as Savior from that sin (Romans 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 1:15). In other words, if there were no Adam and Eve and no original sin, then there would be no need for a Savior from sin. We can see that in rejecting Genesis 1 (along with the origin of the human race through Adam and Eve, and the origin of sin), there is no firm basis for the salvation of people today.

We realize that many people don’t see this in our day. Apart from atheists and agnostics, many liberal churches even reject the Biblical account of creation. They reject the truth of Adam and Eve, the truth of humanity’s creation, the origin of sin, and much more. And, of course, they reject the inspiration and authority of God’s written Word. Yet some of them still call themselves “Christians”!

Some missionaries have discovered that they must reach “unreached peoples” of the world by first teaching the truth of Genesis. In other words, they conclude that before talking to people about the birth of Christ, the life of Christ, the death and resurrection of Christ, and the meaning of conversion and salvation, they must go back to the beginning! They must lay a basis or groundwork of Scriptural truth before they can present the “gospel” or good news of Jesus Christ and His salvation.

When Paul spoke to the pagans in Lystra, he presented “a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them” (Acts 14:15). In other words, the apostle presented a God who is creator and maker (vv. 16-17) before he would have been able to present Jesus as the Son of God. In Athens, Paul spoke to the philosophers and religious elite, asserting that God “made the world and all things in it” and He is “Lord of heaven and earth” (Acts 17:24). He went on to show that this Creator God is not like idols but is not far higher and beyond any of us (vv. 25-29). Only then could he say that God declares that everyone must repent, in light of the fact that Jesus Christ, the risen one, would “judge the world in righteousness” (vv. 30-31). As someone pointed out, Paul was giving a two part “sermon” with the first one devoted to God as Creator, and (if he had been given the opportunity) he then would show that Jesus Christ dealt with the sin problem through His death and resurrection. There is no indication that such an opportunity was offered him.

Thus, we must conclude that the evolutionist who denies Genesis 1—along with everything pertaining to creation—needs to learn differently. He needs to examine the evidence for God, for creation (and against evolution), for Genesis, and then go on to examine the evidence for Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who suffered and died for sin and rose again the third day, so that we might be forgiven (1 Corinthians 15:1-22).

Are you in such a condition yourself? If so, we encourage you to read Genesis again (especially Genesis 1-11), be open to viewing God as Creator and maker, and only then will you be prepared to view the good news of Jesus Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We know that there are some people who profess to be “Christians” who believe that they came to Christ when they were evolutionists and denied the truth of Genesis. Are they saved? We can’t see how they possibly could be. If this describes you, we encourage you to get straight on the fact of God’s creation—then you will be prepared to come to Him through Jesus Christ, His beloved Son and our Savior!

Read over the many articles on this website that will inform you more fully. Also examine the many hundreds of articles on the various apologetic websites (found in the “Links” section) that will help you to see the fallacy of evolution and the secular “timeline” that is false. Then you will be better prepared to find the liberating truth of Jesus Christ, the Savior from sin, death and hell!

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