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).