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March 17, 2014 issue

Genesis: real history

By Richard A. Weaver Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Origins is a topic of tremendous importance. Where did the human race come from? How did we get here? Are we the product of an all-powerful God who designed our amazing bodies and souls and created us for a purpose? Or are we the product of chance combinations of substances over millions of years with no purpose?

In her March 3 column, Jane Yoder-Short wrote about a debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on the topic, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Ham is president of Answers in Genesis. Yoder-Short says, “Ham would have us believe that if we don’t agree with his young-earth, six-day creation view, then our faith is in danger.” If she means by this that Ham says a literal interpretation of Genesis is necessary for salvation, she is incorrect. He has said repeatedly in his books that “holding to a literal Genesis is not necessary for salvation, but it is necessary to maintain a consistent view of the whole of Scripture. And although it may not be a salvation issue as such, it is certainly an authority issue — and a gospel issue.”

Yoder-Short continues, “The Anabaptists read the Bible through the lens of Jesus, not Genesis.” Assuming that is true, how did Jesus view Genesis? Jesus — and all the New Testament writers who refer to it — view Genesis as real history. Therefore it should be taken at face value.


  • Jesus read and interpreted Genesis the same as the 6-day, 6,000-year creationists do. In Mark 10:6 He said, But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’.

    I will never forget the aero-space engineer said to me "If you get your creationism right, you get everything else right".

    Therefore I am most highly encouraged that there are a few 6-day, 6,000-year creationists among the MWR readership.

    - whentz40 (mar 17 at 9:16 p.m.)

  • @ whentz40. It is highly unlikely that Jesus or anyone in the Roman era when Jesus lived, had the same perspective on time as we do. Think about it. They didn't even have a calendar to record Jesus' birthday. We don't even know when he was born--or died! They didn't have cell phones that recorded every action to the second. They didn't have clocks but used "sunrise and sundown" as time markers.

    My opinion: Genesis 1 tells us something about God. He is creator. He worked for 6 days, rested on the 7th. We should do the same.

    - David Hiebert (mar 21 at 11:15 a.m.)

  • David Hiebert, you are 100% correct and I thank you for making your post! I wish the remaining readership of MWR were stalwart 6-day Creationists like you are. That right there is at the very crux of all the problems we are seeing amongst the blogs and comments within the MWR.

    - whentz40 (mar 23 at 8:18 p.m.)

  • David, you are correct when you state that it is highly unlikely Jesus had the same perspective on time as we do, because he is eternal, he was there at the creation. If and when he talks about Genesis, he should know from firsthand experience about it.

    - Conrad Marftin (mar 24 at 10:31 a.m.)

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