In the beginning God…

Posted: January 1, 2010 in Relationship w/ Jesus

During my ordination council meeting I was asked about my view of young earth vs. old earth. In other words do I believe the earth is 10,000-15,000 years old or do I believe the earth is millions and billions of years old. There is quite a bit of debate over the age of the earth even in Christian circles. Some hold to literal creation (exactly as the Bible states in 7, 24 hour days), others may hold to the Gap Theory, which says God started eveything but allowed it to somewhat evolve. The Gap Theory would say that each day of creation represents a million years. There are also many other debates and theories but my point for this blog is not to list and debate creation theories.

My point is to say Genesis 1:1 and all of Genesis 1 is foundational to the rest of Scripture. In this chapter we read of God creating all that we see in the world and even the things that we do not see (heaven). The reason this is so foundational is because we realize that we are accountable to God. We (humans) are the created and as a creation we are accountable to the creator, which also means that we were created for a purpose.

When trying to share Jesus with someone we should help them understand that they were created by God and as a result they are accountable to Him and Him alone. I believe this to be foundational for a person to understand why they would need to place their faith in Jesus. If they do not understand and believe that they will be held accountable for their actions and sins (disobeying God’s commands) then why would they need a savior?

The reason we need Jesus is found in Genesis. In the very beginning we find that Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Gen 3) and ever since mankind has been in need of a savior to remove sin so that we can be reconciled to our creator. Jesus came and died that we may have life because the wages of our sin is death (Rom. 6:23). So my question for you is this, “Do you know that you will be held accountable one day to God your creator? Therefore, have you placed your faith in Jesus and turned away from sin, so that you can stand before God having been made holy and clean by the blood of Jesus?”

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