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Genesis, Evolutionary Presuppositions, and Needed Correction in Today’s Evangelism

December 25, 2008

GENESIS: THE FOUNDATION
1ST BOOK IN THE BIBLE; WRITTEN BY MOSES AROUND 1500 B.C. (MOSAIC AUTHORSHIP IS SUPPORTED BY OTHER O.T. BOOK REFERENCES, JESUS SAID IT WAS, AND THE DISCIPLES AGREE THAT IT WAS.
MOST ATTACKED BOOK BY LIBERALS, ATHIESTS, ETC.
BOOK OF BEGINNINGS: TEN SECTIONS THAT START WITH “THESE ARE THE GENERATIONS OF…”, EXPLAINS THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE, THE FIRST MAN/WOMAN (MARRIAGE), HOW SIN CAME INTO THE WORLD, GOD’S 1ST STEPS TOWARDS OUR REDEMPTION, GLOBAL JUDGEMENT OF FLOOD, WHERE THE DIFFERENT NATIONS CAME FROM, THE CALL OF ABRAHAM AND THE MAKING OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL
FORESHADOWING OF EVERYTHING ELSE: ABRAHAM OFFERING UP HIS ONLY SON, ABRAHAM AND SARAH BEING DELIVERED OUT OF EGYPT WITH GREAT WEALTH, THE ARK AS A PICTURE OF CHRIST, THE SEED ‘SINGULAR’ IS CHRIST, JUDAH WILL REIGN, JUDGEMENT AND MERCY TOGETHER IN THE EXILE GARDEN SCENE JUST AS AT THE CROSS, GENESIS 3:15 ‘YOU WILL BRUISE HIS HEEL, BUT HE WIL CRUSH YOUR HEAD’, HINTS AT THE TRINITY IN GENESIS 1:26,  SALVATION COMES THROUGH THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD FOR ADAM/EVE, NOTE: ALL THE SACRIFICES THAT PATRIARCHS MADE INCLUDING NOAH

I. Why is it so important?
A. EVERY doctrine finds its basis here. Cf Romans 5 and Rev. 21-22

B. Acts 2 vs. Acts 17 — cf evangelism method, worldviews
Jews-had Genesis foundation    Gentiles-did NOT have Genesis foundation—What does that matter? Creator, Judge, Right over your life, law, sin and its origin and punishment, salvation
Question: Where do you think America is today?

C. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
1) First point of attack of liberals, atheists, etc. Why? If this is not true, than neither is the rest.   AT LEAST THEY UNDERSTAND THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS AND IMPORTANCE THAT THE BIBLE PUTS ON GENESIS. CF AGAIN ROMANS 5 – IF ADAM WASN’T REAL, THEN NEITHER IS SIN, AND NEITHER DID JESUS DIE FOR MY SIN, AND AS A RESULT I DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER FOR MY SIN AND WICKED WAYS!!
2) Church’s compromised stance
a) “The bible is good for faith, but not for history, science, etc.”   What is wrong with this idea?
b) Theistic evolution – Allegation: “The bible was not written to disprove evolution. It wasn’t even thought of at the time that Genesis was written. It was written to counteract the many ‘gods’ story of creation to form Israel’s own unique religion and identity.
Question: What are 2 presuppositions of this position? 1) Script. is Not inspired of God because God didn’t “see” that evolution was going to be a problem in the future. This statement is seeing the bible as purely as a HUMAN document. 2) He has no absolute proof that Moses wrote it to counter the other nations’ gods stories. He didn’t get to interview him before he died nor did Moses write in any book that he was doing this in response to the other gods stories!!

Problem we will see with this position is ****VERY IMPORTANT**** is that you have DEATH BEFORE SIN!!! WHERE DOES THE BIBLE SAY DEATH CAME FROM? FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS ________? DEATH!!

D) Today’s fruit in and by society: abortion, homosexuality, adultery, high, violent crime, living wasted lives, pleasure seekers only, utopianists, war (survival of the fittest-cf. Nazi Germany), welfare system, no hope!

E) Today’s fruit in and by church: supporting politicians who support these ideas, broken marriages, young adults leave church once they go to college and most never return, not much voice left in society, watching 200 years of American history, influence, power go down the drown, sermonette preaching wanted and given, false distinction between secular/sacred, love and live like the world does rather than being an influence, apathy towards spiritual things

FACT: Ideas have consequences!!
Quotes: “What you believe about your beginnings will affect how you live today and what you pursue and hope for tomorrow.”   “Where you start will determine how, when, and if you finish!”

EVOLUTION AND ITS PREMISES, OR BASIC PRESUPPOSITIONS OF EVOLUTIONARY THOUGHT

1)    Life arose by chance by matter?
a)    What is chance? Does it have causal powers?
b)    This still doesn’t explain ultimate origins. Where did the ‘matter’ come from? It can’t be self-existent. HOW DID LIFE ARRIVE FROM NON-LIFE? WHY IS A PERSON ANY DIFFERENT THAN A ROCK, FLOWER, OR DOG?
2)    Thru natural selection (the weak die, the strong survive) AND mutations (information in the genome is abrogated, rearranged, or new information is added), life advanced.
a)    Natural selection – SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. YES, THE WEAK OFTEN DIE BUT NOT ALWAYS. OBSERVE THE ANIMAL KINGDOM. SOMETIMES DEATH IS ‘RANDOM’. CF. LION AND ZEBRA GROUP. BUT STILL, WHAT INTELLIGENCE IS GUIDING THIS ‘NATURAL SELECTION’? WHAT/WHO PUT THIS LAW INTO EFFECT?  cf. macro vs micro —difference within the kind…EX. Beagle, german shepherd, poodle  Yet no dog has ever given birth to an elephant…but in essence this is what evolutionists want you to believe happened…”one species gave rise to another species”
i.    Mutation – ABROGATED, REARRANGED – WHAT DECIDES TO TURN THIS INFO OFF/ON OR THAT IT’S TIME TO CHANGE?
ii.    NEW INFO ADDED? – WHAT IS THE NATURE OF INFORMATION? CAN INFORMATION BE ADDED? THIS AGAIN IS THEIR DESIRE FOR YOU TO BELIEVE IN ‘MAGIC’.
iii.    IRREDUCIBLE COMPLEXITY – CF A MOUSETRAP…ALL PARTS HAVE TO BE PRESENT AT THE SAME TIME AND IN BALANCED/WORKING ORDER OR THE DEVICE WILL NOT WORK. CF. THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS — –cf. wings, fins, gills, eye, teeth, All the necessary parts would have to be there at the same time or it would be a hindrance and lead to their death through natural selection!!
iv.    CF MACRO VS. MICRO EVOLUTION – CF. GALAPAGOS FINCHES’ BEAKS – DURING DROUGHT, DEEPER FLOWERS WITH NECTAR COULD ONLY BE REACHED BY BIRDS WITH LONGER BEAKS. DURING ABUNDANT TIMES OF SEEDS, SHORTER BIRDS ‘MAGICALLY’ REAPPERED. WHAT WAS THIS? EVOLUTION? NO! THE ‘KIND’ WAS STILL IN THE LONGER BEAK BIRDS. CF GENESIS KIND  CF. EVOLUTIONARY STAGING OF PEPPERED MOTHS
v.    MUTATION causes death. MUTATION HAS ALWAYS RESULTED IN DEFORMATION  CF DNA SEQUENCING HAS MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF CODES AND IF ONLY ONE FAILS IN ITS JOB OR EVEN BEING COPIED IT SERVES NO FUNCTION BUT TO DESTROY!!! Illustration: Richard Dawkins couldn’t give one example of how an observed  mutation has helped ANY species, cell, etc. Said “present is not key to the past” but evolutions ASSUME that things have to have been the same millions of years ago as they are today to get the millions of years. CF. 5 LEGGED COW! BIBLICALLY WE EXPLAIN MUTATIONS AS PART OF THE CURSE ON ALL CREATION! CF ROMANS 8
3)    There should be many observable transitional forms in the geological structure.  Even Darwin said if none could be found then his theory would fail!!
a)    Are there any? NONE…Zero…Zilch
b)    What about their claims? They’ve been shown to be either hoaxes (as with the peppered moth and the embryo stage of different animals) or it was later proven to be fully human or fully ape (some were even diseased or the parts were found at different locations), not in between. Hoax of evolution – moved jawbone to different location that what it’s supposed to be for ape and man. Some fossils had disease or the people suffered living in a harsh environment that affected their look. REFERENCE ‘BONES OF CONTENTION’

4)    Present processes (known as uniformitarianism) are the KEY to explaining all of history. The processes include the ‘speed’ of evolution, ½ life of carbon, sedimentary rates, etc
a)    Bible – speaks of catastrophism and intervention by God Himself
i.    Illustr. Evolutionists looks at Grand Canyon: “A little bit of water and whole lot of time did this.” The creationist says “A whole lot of water and a little bit of time did this.” Cf also Mt. St. Helens
ii.    Fossilization requires rapid (instant!) burial. If left out, decay, predators, and weather conditions will consume the potential fossil. Cf. seeing a dead possum on the side of the road  CF. fossil of fish eating another fish has been found!!
iii.    THINK ABOUT IT:– WHAT CAN MOVE LARGE AMOUNTS OF DIRT AND MINERALS TO QUICKLY COVER SOMETIMES EVEN LARGE FOSSILS? HOW ABOUT A SITUATION THAT INVOLVES LOTS OF WATER AKA THE FLOOD IN NOAH’S DAY!

The present is not the key to the past, the One was there and observed it is able to tell us how these things came about!!

Illustration : boy walking at 5 mph, you see his house on top of mtn, and ask how long has it been since you left home, he says 1 hour ago exactly…How far is his house? Five miles, right? Maybe not, what if he ran until he was about to come into view? See, where you start (evolution says present processes are key to past Vs. biblical catastrophism) determines how you arrive at your conclusions!

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