Walking In Knowledge of God
1. Any theory or doctrine that contradicts the Bibles teaching on this is wrong and constitutes false doctrine.
1.In spite of this, there are those even in the church who seek to harmonize the theory of evolution (geological ages is the center circle of evolution) with the Genesis account of creation. In doing so they deny that the days of creation are literal, twenty-four days by arguing that the six days of creation are six eons or ages involving millions of years.
1.There is currently a great deal of controversy over this in the brotherhood.
1.An October 30, 2000 E-Mail note shows the attitude of some toward the matter: I am wondering why the earth cant be millions of years old and the scripture still be the same.
1.Therefore the question, does it make any difference?
1.In answer to this we showed that the difference is whether we accept what the Bible says or the theory of Theistic evolution (the idea that God brought all things into being through the process of evolution).
1.The two points covered previously were (see lesson #2):
1.Creation in six geological days denies the POWER OF GOD IN CREATION (Psalms 19:1; the issue at stake is this: How could God claim to be Almighty if He simply created lower forms of life and left them to mature through unaided, chance development?).
1.Creation in six geological days denies THE AUTHORITY OF GOD OVER HIS CREATION (Revelation 4:11, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created).
1.Further consequences of denying that the six days of creation of literal:
· IT DENIES THE ORIGIN OF THE SOUL (Matthew 10:28; Ecclesiastes 12:7).
C.Evolution pictures man as a mere beast.
A.Evolution contradicts the following Scriptures:
4.Zechariah 12:1, The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
5.Matthew 10:28, And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
IVIT DENIES THE ORIGIN OF SIN (Genesis 3:1-7).
A.The book of Genesis pictures man at the highest peak of existence created in Gods image, and shows his decline and fall to the lowest depths (Genesis 1:27; 3:1-4).
A.If the days of Genesis 1 are not literal, then is Satan, Eden, the forbidden fruit, etc. allegorical?
A.How can one be dogmatic about sin and its consequences if man began as a small mass of protoplasmic substance and climbed by chance to the greatest heights?
I.IT DENIES THE WHOLE REDEMPTIVE PLAN OF GOD (Ephesians 1:3-12).
A.In preaching the gospel man must believe in a God of creation (Hebrews 11:3, 6).
6.The six geological days theory says there was no first man, no fall, no sin, no punishment and no redemption.
A.Question: Concerning God: Did He, or did He not plan and execute His purpose for the redemption of sinful man (Ephesians 1:3-4)?
7.What was the prupose of all this if there was no first man, no fall, no sin, etc.? The redemptive effort of God was unnecessary according to the theory. Why did God go to all this trouble for something that was unnecessary? Think about it!
8.What a reflection upon Christ (John 1:3, All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Cf. Colossians 1:12-20).
9.What a reflection upon the Scriptures (Isaiah 44:24, Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself).
10. Would it not be interesting to see those who deny that the Genesis account of creation is literal explain the involvement of Christ?
VIIT DENIES THE NEED FOR A JUDGMENT:
A.The Scriptures teach that the God who created will Judge (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:10-12).
A.If natural causes produced everything, how can one believe that heaven and earth will pass away (2 Peter 3:3-13).
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