Amazon Review

This review appeared on the Amazon.co.uk entry for a previous edition of this book:

In reviewing a book about the “beginning”, perhaps it is appropriate to commence at the first chapter.

From the outset of this extremely well written and thought provoking study, the reader is immediately provided with the writers own personal interpretations of Scripture, where the entire Bible is described as being the Word of God which is cited as being “authoritative, sufficient, complete and inerrant”.

Concentrating on the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis, the writer proceeds to demonstrate that it is impossible to understand the remainder of the Holy Bible whilst ignoring what is described as a “foundational book”.

The author asserts that, without a belief in the truth of the book of Genesis, there is no basis for our belief in the morality taught by the Bible.

Through both a Biblical and scientific approach, whilst taking Scripture at “face value”, the author demonstrates why he does not personally accept what are described as “pseudo creation theories” such as “progressive creationism”, “day-age theory”, the “gap theory” and “theistic evolution” etc..

Citing the first four words of the Bible, “In the beginning, God….” this excellent study establishes that the truth of the Bible “stands or falls on these first four words” and proceeds to reveal how the Holy Bible is effectively the Book through which we “observe and interpret the World”.

Upon this foundation, the reader is then shown how scientific facts subsequently fall into place.

Each of the “days of creation” are scrutinized in some depth and this analysis extends to include the events before, during and after the Genesis flood, culminating in the “table of nations”, the “tower of Babel” and the implications that such have upon mankind.

The study also explains the pivotal issue of how sin originally emerged into the human race and how God’s provision for our Salvation through Jesus Christ was even embraced at that very time. The entire Gospel message itself is also provided with due reference to God’s eternal purpose so evident in the book of Genesis itself.

Throughout the book, God is shown to be “central to everything” and “before everything”, with everything and everyone having a “beginning”. God Himself (cited as the key subject matter of the universe) being shown to have been there even before that time.

Despite some scientific reference, this work is extremely easy to read and holds your attention from the very first page and I highly recommend this book to everyone, irrespective of their religious or personal beliefs.

It’s profound message needs reading by one and all. Thank you for your time.

Beginnings – Part 5

The final section of chapter 1.

These four words — “In the beginning, God” — demonstrate to us the fact of God’s existence and the futility of believing otherwise. Moreover, they state that God was there “in the beginning,” so He was there before the creation of the world. This takes Him outside nature, and makes Him transcendent, as well as immortal. The four words tell us that everything else, other than God, had a beginning and that God was the Creator of everything else. There was thus a beginning to time itself.

It is difficult to understand a world without time, but clever physicists like Stephen Hawking have tried to get us to do so, so there is no reason for Christians to doubt the beginning of time. However, our beginning is not the beginning of the new physics, as espoused by Hawking and others. They believe that the universe began in a big bang. Thus, the universe was once concentrated into one infinitesimally small dot that exploded. Much thought has gone into the mechanism of what matter might be like in such a big bang. Hawking is well known for his “popular” stylebook, A Brief History of Time, which many have on their bookshelves, but which few have read or even understood. This is a shame, because God wants us to understand the beginning easily. There was no big bang, and no complex equations. What we need to know is, “In the beginning, God. . . .” This is at once a simple and yet profound statement. It is the statement through which the rest of Scripture is to be interpreted.

Beginnings – Part 4

The Bible sets itself against the centuries of Aquinian teaching in these first four powerful words, “In the beginning, God. . . .” The Bible knows nothing of a two-story separation. Such a model is found nowhere in Scripture; it is rather the application of Greek thought to theology which has allowed such thinking to predominate.

There are too many pastors and teachers today who tell us that we just need to trust in Jesus — it doesn’t matter what we believe about Genesis. But the truth of the Bible stands or falls on these first four words. Either we believe God was there in the beginning, or we don’t. The early chapters of Genesis touch on real science. There are those today who believe that science has disproved the Bible. That is because of modern theories which are opposed to what the beginning of the Bible says. But the Bible doesn’t start to argue back. It is rightly said that the Bible is not a scientific textbook. After all, textbooks are re-written frequently. The Bible remains the same, because it is God’s Word to the world. The Bible is not meant to be the book that argues for the existence of God — that’s our job. The Bible is rather the book through which we observe and interpret the world. We are meant to start from the Bible. Once we make this start, we observe that our scientific facts, as we get to learn them, fall into place.

After all, what is the Bible’s great statement about the existence, or otherwise, of God?

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have done abominable works. There is none who does good (Ps. 14:1).

The word translated as “fool” does not carry quite the same meaning as the English. It refers to someone who is morally deficient, as noted by the phrase, “They are corrupt.” There is, therefore, a moral wisdom about believing in God.

That is why the Bible challenges us to believe in God in its first four words. At stake here is our entire belief system. If we don’t believe in the truth of the Book of Genesis, then there is no basis for our belief in the morality taught by the Bible. The Ten Commandments become a waste of time, as does our belief in the resurrection. And without our belief in the Resurrection, then, in Paul’s words, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Cor. 15:19).

Beginnings – part 3

Thomas Aquinas argued a two-story model of the universe. This separation can be more fully expressed in the following example, taken from a work by F.A. Schaeffer. Read the rest of this entry »

Beginnings Part 2

Let’s make a statement, so that those of you scanning the first couple of pages can find what you
want to see. Read the rest of this entry »

Contradictions: An Extra Cainan?

Today’s article on the Answers in Genesis website is actually taken from the New Answers Book 2. However, I based that material on material that I had originally researched for The Six Days of Genesis, which contains an expanded version of the argument.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2009/07/06/contradictions-an-extra-cainan

Beginnings

[This is the first section of chapter 1 of the book.]

Genesis is a Greek word. It means beginnings. Although the Old Testament
was written in Hebrew, there was a Greek translation of the
Old Testament called the Septuagint, translated about 280 to 200 BC. In
this work, the first book is called Genesis.

As a Greek word, elements of Genesis appear in English words, especially
technical words. Thus, genetics is a study of species’ origins. We also
see the word in such English words as generation, and genealogy.
Many people will start to read the Bible from Genesis, because it is
the first book. If we made no consideration of any studies outside the
Bible, we would expect Genesis to lay down the foundations for beliefs,
history, and doctrine in the rest of the Bible. It is my contention that
it is impossible to understand the rest of the Bible while ignoring this
foundational book.

Yet there are many scholars today who attempt to explain away the
Book of Genesis. It is described by many as a myth, as legend, as moral
teaching, as allegory, or as literature or poetry. Indeed, it is probably not
an exaggeration to say that most evangelical scholars have given up on a
literal, six 24-hour period creation of the world less than ten thousand
years ago, in favor of theories that attempt to harmonize millions of years
into the Genesis account. It will be one of the purposes of this study to
challenge such aberrations of biblical interpretation.

I sometimes spend time in Christian bookshops, thumbing through
the initial few pages of books, to see what position on the creation account
is taken by authors. So that there is no confusion, let me set out
my belief on this matter right now. This might not be the scholarly way
of treating an argument. Some of you want me to examine all sides of the
argument first, then tentatively come down off the fence. I believe that
the position I take is inherently sound and have not been afraid to argue
the issues elsewhere in this study. But for now, let’s make a statement, so
that those of you scanning the first couple of pages can find what you
want to see.