We live in a day when the world is constantly trying to undermine God’s Word, starting with the book of Genesis. So today we’re looking at the truth behind why Genesis matters, especially in today’s culture.
Does it matter if we have a literal view of Genesis or not? Does it matter if we believe God created the universe in six literal days? And does it matter if we believe in the Bible and evolution?
After all, topics like Creation don’t matter as much as Jesus’ death and Resurrection … right?
God’s Word makes it clear that we’re called to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). And that gospel faith rests firmly on the foundation of the Creation account we find in Genesis.
This doesn’t mean we’re supposed to be contentious. Instead, it means we’re meant to lovingly stand for truth and refuse to cave to secular influences on our faith.
One of the biggest ways secularism has impacted many Christians’ faith is in the realm of Creation and science. Because secular scientists say historical evolution is the key to understanding our world today, many Christians try to fit evolution into the Bible.
The problem is that this undermines the Creation account in Genesis. And yes, Genesis still matters today! Here’s why…
1. Genesis gives God glory as Creator all things.
Genesis begins with the bold proclamation that God created the entire universe. Before anything else existed, God existed. And He created the universe by speaking it into existence. What a powerful, glorious Creator!
Genesis’ historical account of Creation simply doesn’t fit with historical evolution. After all, the theory of evolution states that it took billions of years to create the immense diversity we see today.
But in Genesis, we see that God created the universe, the earth, and everything in it in six literal days (see Genesis 1, Exodus 20:11, and Hebrews 11:3). Because God created everything, all things exist to glorify Him.
The opposite is true in evolution, which elevates the creature above the Creator. (This is exactly what Paul says the ungodly do in Romans 1:18-23).
Rejecting God as Creator in favor of the “god” of evolution not only dishonors the Lord, but it also invites His judgment (Romans 1:24-32).
2. Genesis shows why and how sinful man falls short of God’s glory.
Genesis doesn’t just explain the origins of the earth. It also explains the origins of sin. God created Adam and Eve in His image to bring Him glory. But when they rebelled against Him, they brought sin and death into the world, causing God to curse the earth because of their sin (Genesis 3:17, Romans 8:22).
Believing in evolution requires believing that death and decay existed before Adam and Eve sinned. (After all, death had to happen as species supposedly evolved into higher life forms, including humans.)
Evolution also indicates that creation has been ever improving itself since Creation. And yet, when God finished His work at the end of Creation Week, He called it “very good” (Genesis 1:31, 2:1-2). No evolutionary process could improve upon what God created at the beginning.
He created each life form, each plant and animal, according to its kind. And we see these organisms continue to breed and diversify—within their kind. The microevolution that we see is not transforming species into higher life forms. On the contrary, the death, decay, and harmful mutations we regularly observe point to the truth that creation groans under the curse of sin.
And that curse came because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
3. Genesis foretells Jesus as Messiah, the promised Seed.
When Adam and Eve sinned, God had every right to wipe them out immediately. Yet He chose to extend grace to them in the form of a promise.
Speaking to the serpent that deceived Eve, God said:
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
In the New Testament, we see Jesus fulfill this ancient prophecy when He died on the cross (the serpent bruising His heel) and rising from the dead (bruising the serpent’s head).
God planned for His Son to come and save the world from sin from the very beginning—and Genesis shows us that. The gospel is shown throughout the Scriptures, starting in Genesis.
Furthermore, we also see Jesus as the Agent of creation (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16-27, and Hebrews 1:2). Therefore, to deny the Creator we see in Genesis is to deny Jesus the Savior.
Even Jesus affirmed a historical interpretation of Genesis throughout His ministry on earth. He taught that the doctrine of marriage is founded in Genesis’ Creation account. He made it clear that God created mankind, male and female, “from the beginning of creation” (Mark 10:6).
Belief in evolution would indicate that Jesus was either mistaken or lying. And we know neither of those are true.
Therefore, contending for the gospel and sound doctrine starts with affirming the historical account in Genesis. Will you trust God’s Word over man’s secular theories?
Discover Fascinating Truths in Genesis at Answers.tv
As we talked about in this article, Genesis matters! That’s why we offer numerous video resources about Genesis on Answers.tv.
Start with Ken Ham’s most popular talk on the relevance of Genesis in Genesis: The Key to Reclaiming the Culture. Learn why a belief in a literal Genesis is so important—and not just for the church, but for all of society.
Next, dive into Genesis, Science, and the Culture War with Ken Ham and Dr. Georgia Purdom. Your two favorite Creation teachers discuss cultural issues and the battle of foundations in this fascinating video.