Genesis: real historyBy 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.
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