Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Most Controversial Verse in the Bible

In today's world, there is one verse that stands as the most controversial verse in the entire Bible. It's controversial because in this day and age, people take a strong stand either for or against it. The verse......Genesis 1:1. That's right, the very first verse in the Bible is the most controversial scripture. And yet, it hasn't always been that way. But because of the theory of evolution, which is fairly recent, relatively speaking, this verse is highly contested. That's because Genesis 1:1 claims there is a Creator.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1)

It's interesting that the very first verse of the Bible sets the tone. This verse is huge in its importance. For those who believe in a Creator God, this verse is foundational and powerful. For those who believe in a Godless evolution, this verse is nonsense and ignorant. That's why each side is so polarized. Take  your pick. You can't have both. Notice what the verse says. In the beginning, meaning before time, before the physical realm, before matter existed, God existed. Then God decided to create - the heavens and the earth, including all of life's forms, as shown in the following verses of Genesis chapter one. 

"In the beginning GOD CREATED the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1)

Genesis chapter one is diametrically opposed to the philosophy of Godless evolution - that by chance and the combination of the right components, life started in it's tiniest form, then through millions of years, advanced to human life. 

In the beginning God created - or - in the beginning random chance started everything. What's your position?

Oh, then there is the idea of Theistic evolution. That's for those non-confrontational people. They like to have it both ways, so there's no arguing. They say, maybe God used evolution to create. That's not only nonsense, it is a cowardly escape route that conflicts with all the Bible truths that tell otherwise. God is never a God who just starts something and stands back and does nothing. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God always is interactive and intervening. He never abandons us.  The idea of Theistic evolution discounts and diminishes God's immense power and abilities, and downplays them as if to say He is not able or capable of creating the entire universe, including life, by His word, in spontaneous fashion. 

Another way many try to compromise and reconcile creation and evolution is to explain that everything is made by "intelligent design". Sounds nice, but falls short. It's true, God is the Designer, but much more than that. He not only designed, He created - brought everything into existence.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand." (Job 38:4, God speaking).

"In the beginning GOD CREATED." What's your position? A Creator or not? So many are dissuaded from the truth of a Creator by fine sounding arguments - for example, by TV shows that can sound so convincing. All you need is a well-produced show, with amazing graphics, music, and a persuasive commentator along with impressive sounding credentials, and millions are hooked into falling for it.

"It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts." (Isaiah 45:12)

"GOD CREATED." To boil it down even further......God or no God? Do you believe in God or not? If not, then all kinds of physical, God-less explanations must be developed, not only for creation, but for all other Biblical miracles. For if God is not Creator, then He is not sovereign over all existing natural and physical laws. But because God is Creator, He can alter the laws of physics and nature, and, for example, split the seas, or walk on water, or instantly heal the paralyzed, or bring someone back from the dead. 

 "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'” (Psalm 14:1)

In man's attempt to disprove a Creator God, and through human reasoning, explain the unexplainable, namely the origin of matter and the origin of life, all kinds of intricate, outlandish theories are woven. We are bombarded with them. And I'm tired of the propaganda. But don't be persuaded by Godless explanations!

Believe what you may. You know where I stand!

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11)

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