This is about implications. Think of it in terms of action and reaction. Or, consider what we believe and don’t believe. A simple question sets up the discussion: Have you thought through the implications of your beliefs?
Implications Of Belief
A post on the ancient Hittites shows the consequences of believing one thing or another. In that post, the scholarly thinkers dismissed the existence of the Hittite nation because there was no proof of them beyond the Bible. Those who wanted to take the Bible at face value were looked down on by the scholarly elite as narrow-minded and ill-informed. What was the problem?
Science was held in such high regard as to be beyond questioning. Science knew nothing of Hittites, therefore ‘they never existed.’ The only source that could be questioned was the Bible. Do people still do that? Yes! But God has a great way of using the simple to confound the ‘wise,’ (see 1 Corinthians 1:27).
As that post documents, science eventually ‘caught up’ with the facts that had always been in the Bible. Science had to change its view but the Bible remained true and unchanged.
What does that have to do with today? Here is a familiar verse to consider:
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned, Romans 5:12.
Do you believe this? Doing so carries some interesting implications. And keeping faith with this single verse will place one at odds with today’s wizards of smart. Maybe you don’t see the potential for a confrontation?
‘Scholarly‘ thinkers have devised many ways to discount God’s Word. Let’s dissect that verse above. First, As through one man… That one man was Adam. The smart folks have proposed Adam was not a singular man but was emblematic of the human race. Genesis says Adam was one person. The Holy Spirit inspired Moses to write it that way. The same Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write Romans. So far, the Holy Spirit is consistent with Himself.
Second, Sin entered the world… Sin is any choice a person makes in disobedience to God’s commands. The ‘scholarly‘ abandoned personal responsibility long ago. Most often, they replaced responsibility with disease. The implications? If someone has a disease the actions associated with it remove responsibility and allow the hapless victim to blame God for the problem.
Third, Death through sin… That means death didn’t exist until there was sin. That was God’s warning to Adam as the Spirit inspired Moses to record it. Paul reaffirms it in Romans. And you are asking, So what?
Today’s ‘scholarly‘ believe in millions of years of death before Adam (if there was an Adam). This escape from personal responsibility before a Holy Creator is called evolution.
We will continue this. But for now, it should be very evident that studying Genesis is essential.That is why I entitled the course, Genesis: The Essential Nature Of The Beginning. It’s just one of the courses available at EquipUs U. That’s just another way EquipUs is Equipping For Life. Enroll today!