Genesis: real history

Mar 21, 2014 by

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Origins is a topic of tremendous importance. Where did the human race come from? How did we get here? Are we the product of an all-powerful God who designed our amazing bodies and souls and created us for a purpose? Or are we the product of chance combinations of substances over millions of years with no purpose?

In her March 3 column, Jane Yoder-Short wrote about a debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on the topic, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Ham is president of Answers in Genesis. Yoder-Short says, “Ham would have us believe that if we don’t agree with his young-earth, six-day creation view, then our faith is in danger.” If she means by this that Ham says a literal interpretation of Genesis is necessary for salvation, she is incorrect. He has said repeatedly in his books that “holding to a literal Genesis is not necessary for salvation, but it is necessary to maintain a consistent view of the whole of Scripture. And although it may not be a salvation issue as such, it is certainly an authority issue — and a gospel issue.”

Yoder-Short continues, “The Anabaptists read the Bible through the lens of Jesus, not Genesis.” Assuming that is true, how did Jesus view Genesis? Jesus — and all the New Testament writers who refer to it — view Genesis as real history. Therefore it should be taken at face value.

Richard A. Weaver
Highlands Ranch, Colo.


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  • Excellent letter. We need more like it. By the way, Jesus read Genesis through the lens of Jesus too since He was the Author of Genesis. We cannot and dare not use Jesus for purposes of reinterpreting Genesis.

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