Genesis provides a total cosmology of the Christian worldview, defining the order and structure of God's creation.
Scripture: Genesis 1-11
- Genesis is the book of genealogies or beginnings, and it forms the foundation of all Biblical theology.
- Despite attempts to discredit Genesis, it is part of God’s infallible Word, a record of historical accounts edited by Moses and quoted by Jesus.
- Genesis confronts our idols. Biblical faith confronts idols everywhere through all the ages.
- Genesis provides a total cosmology of the Christian worldview; its cosmogony gives us an order and structure to the world.
- Genesis was not just the story of creation; it provides the foundation of empire, a complete social order.
- Genesis introduces the triune God of scripture, whose being accounts for everything that is: the universe, the order of creation, rationality, truth, beauty, community.
- Rejecting this God, many try to claim rationality while holding to an irrational worldview.
- Genesis is literal history and it is the basis of future allegories. The creation, fall, redemption, re-creation continuum breaks down if we reject Genesis.
- We’re to believe the Bible, not our own minds, about what is true. Though not a scientific account, Genesis provides a historical description of God’s creative acts which are beyond the scrutiny of the scientific method.
- If God is indeed speaking in Genesis then we need to abandon our arrogant preconceptions and submit to God.
- Genesis 1:1 separates Christianity from every religion in the world. God is totally separate and transcendent from the creation.
- God had His recreation in mind when He called the world into existence. God governs the end from the beginning.
- God is our creator before He is our Saviour. Everything is dependent on Him and subject to His total government.
- In man’s attempt to play God he tries to control the creation, looking for God within, worshiping nature, and attributing everything to time and chance.
- God spoke the world into existence through the Son and the Spirit is hovering over the face of the waters.
- God is triune and therefore He is personal. Christians look upward and outward to the personal God who invites us into covenant relationship with Himself.
- God’s creation is for His own pleasure (Rev. 4:11).
- It is by faith that we believe the universe was created by the Word of God (Heb. 11:3).
- God is the ultimate appeal against the moral tyranny of men often expressed in the state. So if we surrender Genesis, we surrender rationality, truth and freedom itself.
- What are the key themes expressed in Psalm 104?
- Why did God choose to create the heavens and earth?
- What is the importance of Genesis 1-11 for the Christian faith and worldview?
- What are the implication of God’s transcendence which set Christianity apart from all other religions?
- What should be our attitude toward God’s Word in entering the study of the book of Genesis?