My father, Charles L. Sanders, has written a book titled Did Jesus Believe Genesis? The Bible as Absolute Truth in a Scientific and Historical World. I’ve just started reading it. It is a weighty tome, filled with many wonderful gems and insights. As I read through it, I’m going to share some of what I’ve been learning and distill down some of the essentials.
In the prologue he made the following startling statement: “Creation is foundational for the Christian church with every major Christian doctrine coming out of events recorded in the first chapters of Genesis.” He then goes on to list eight doctrines. As I list them below, I challenge you to get out your Bible, read Genesis 1-3 for yourself and see how these line up:
The nature of God
The nature of man
The nature and consequences of sin
The nature of marriage
The origin of death as a penalty for sin as well as an enemy
The need for a Savior to redeem man from sin
The origin and meaning of work and the weekly day of rest
The relationship between man and the rest of creation, which has been cursed by sin
After looking at this list, I was struck at the depth and magnitude of what my father was referring to. If you are a Christian — and I’m speaking to Christians here — and you believe in and/or concerned about these major Christian doctrines — what do you base those beliefs on if not on what is written in Genesis 1-3? Do you pick and choose what you believe based on what is currently floating out there in the spiritual ether or do you just accept that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God?
As a Christian, the latter seems the obvious answer to me, but then I’m pretty uncomplicated. I’ve never quite understood why any Christian (again, I’m speaking to Christians here) would think that God would deliberately be confusing, misleading, or coy by having Moses write down an allegorical or mythological version of Creation. God is not an author of confusion. To me it seems so clear that a child could understand it: God said it took 6 days.
It took 6 days.
Charles L. Sanders. Did Jesus Believe Genesis? The Bible as Absolute Truth in a Scientific and Historical World.