Genesis

I Don’t Need Scholars, I Just Read The Bible!

(Genesis Study Series)

If you’ve been reading along in this series about the opening chapters of Genesis, by now you are probably wondering who came up with all this “new” information about the creation account. Someone might be thinking, “What strange interpretation is this about a ‘functional creation’ and ‘cosmic temple’? I’ve never heard this before and my Bible teachers never mentioned any of this. This is just the result of a bunch of egghead seminary scholars sitting around navel-gazing and coming up with some preposterous theory, or perhaps, heresy!

There is a reluctance on the parts of some Christians to accept anything they’ve never heard about the Bible before. This is especially true if some new idea comes by way of a Bible scholar. A pastor friend of mine has shared with me that it is not unusual among some congregations to require ministers they hire to have a graduate degree from a seminary, yet are skeptical of what their pastor teaches. He has gone to school and had his head filled with strange notions and is now viewed with suspicion because he is “too educated.”

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Blog, Genesis

The Cosmic Temple

Cosmic Temple

(Genesis Study Series)

There are two main concepts in Genesis 1-2 that aren’t on most people’s radar:

  1. Genesis describes the functional origins of the Universe, not necessarily the material origins.
  2. Genesis portrays creation as a cosmic temple.

In the prior articles we have summarized the functional origins of the world. The first six days were leading to the most important day of the creation week: day seven. What makes day seven such a big deal? After all, the Bible simply says God rested, so what makes day seven so important?

“In the traditional view that Genesis 1 is an account of material origins, day seven is mystifying. It appears to be nothing more than an afterthought with theological concerns about Israelites observing the sabbath—an appendix, a postscript, a tack on

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Blog, Creation, Genesis

Fill The Earth And Subdue It

(Genesis Study Series)

We are studying through Genesis chapter one with the help of John H. Walton’s book “The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate.” Previous articles have emphasized the functional perspective of the ancient readers of Genesis. This is a very, very difficult perspective for 21st century AD Westerners to adapt to. Nevertheless, if we respect the authority of the Bible and the context in which it was written, we must read the creation account like an ancient Israelite would have.

On days one through three, God established three great functions of time, weather and food. The remainder of the days will see functionaries and inhabitants installed into these three domains

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Blog, Creation, Genesis

Why Didn’t God Call Light “Light”?

(Genesis Study Series)

How could there be light on day one before the sun was created on day four? Were the days of Genesis 1 ordinary twenty-four hour days, or was each day an eon of time? Was there a gap of possibly millions of years between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2? Was each plant and animal a special act of creation, or did God use evolution to populate the world?

All of these controversies (and others) based on the questions above are a result of attempting to understand Genesis outside of its original context. When we fail to honor the historical and cultural framework within which Moses wrote, we end up with all sorts of irreconcilable theories which twist and distort the message of the creation account. As I noted in previous articles (here and here) Genesis describes the functional origins of the Universe, not necessarily the material origins.

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Blog, Creation, Genesis

Does Genesis Reveal The Age Of The Earth?

(Genesis Study Series)

Christians are divided into two camps when it comes to the Genesis creation account. Both believe God created the world but differ about its age. One group affirms the Earth is billions of years old and the other group concludes Earth is relatively young being only 6,000 – 10,000 years old. Does Genesis address such issues?

The assumption underlying both of these interpretations is that Genesis 1 is an account of the material origins of the Universe. Is Genesis a revelation of creation from a scientific perspective, or is it an account of creation written to accommodate an ancient cosmology describing how God brought order out of chaos?

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Blog, Creation, Genesis