“Scripture opens with one very clear unmistakable statement, it is this, Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” That is not an ambiguous statement. That is not an unclear statement. That is frankly not a statement that needs any explanation.” ~John MacArthur
We are heading into our third week of first grade, here in our little homeschool “classroom.” We have spent the past 2 weeks studying the first chapter of Genesis as part of our Bible curriculum. I am so thankful to have a curriculum that clearly articulates (in multiple subjects, not just Bible) a biblically accurate view of this chapter.
And, by that, I mean that it teaches creation, the origin of the world, the universe, and all living creatures from a literal, 6-day perspective.
Why is that so important?
Because, how you view and interpret the first two chapters of Scripture, reveals much about how you view and interpret the rest of Scripture.
It is either the true, inerrant, infallible Word of God…or it isn’t. Either you believe what the Bible says or you don’t.
It really is as simple as that.
Yes, there are people who would call themselves Christians who do not hold to a biblically accurate view of Creation. They find the biblical account difficult to accept as it is written. They believe that it is inadequate, or incomplete, or incompatible with modern science.
“The Genesis account is by all honest consideration simple, plain, clear, perspicuous, uncomplicated, unmistakable, unambiguous. It is what it is and a child can understand its simplicity.” ~John MacArthur
“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:11
“In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world and all things in it both visible and invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.” (The Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689)
Genesis 1 clearly states that God created the world, and everything in it, in 6 days.
“According to the Reformation hermeneutic, the first option is to follow the plain sense of the text. One must do a great deal of hermeneutical gymnastics to escape the plain meaning of Genesis 1-2.” ~R.C. Sproul
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” ~Job 38:4
You weren’t there. I wasn’t there.
God was there. And, His is the only reliable record of what happened.
“…your word is truth.” ~John 17:17
“The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, depends not on the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God its Author (Who is Truth itself). Therefore it is to be received because it is the Word of God.” (The Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689)
“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” ~Psalm 119:160
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.” ~Proverbs 30:5-6
If Genesis 1 and 2 are not true, then why should we believe anything else in the Bible?
“…What we believe about creation, what we believe about Genesis has implications all the way to the end of Scripture, implications with regard to the veracity and truthfulness of Scripture, implications as to the gospel and implications as to the end of human history all wrapped up in how we understand origins in the book of Genesis. The matter of origins then is absolutely critical to all human thinking. It becomes critical to how we conduct our lives as human beings. Without an understanding of origins, without a right understanding of origins, there is no way to comprehend ourselves. There is no way to understand humanity as to the purpose of our existence, and as to our destiny. If we cannot believe what Genesis says about origins, we are lost as to our purpose and our destiny. Whether this world and its life as we know it evolved by chance, without a cause, or was created by God has immense comprehensive implications for all of human life.” ~John MacArthur
This is why I teach my daughter that the creation of the world took place in the span of 6, literal, 24-hour days.