Genesis is the first book in the Bible, the word of God. The Bible says that “every word of God is pure.” It proves true, or is flawless. Every word. There are no flaws in the Bible thus there are no flaws in Genesis. It is a record of what the Creator says happened in the beginning.
I believe Genesis gives us the answer to the question of how a loving God could allow evil and all the accompanying suffering in the world. God created the world without evil or suffering. He created man in His own image. Everything was very good. Then the tempter came and Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. This caused what we call the fall of man. Sin, suffering, disease, violence all resulted from that act of disobedience. God could have snuffed man out and destroyed the whole world. Instead, He planned to redeem man. But the reconciling of all things is not yet. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Rom. 8:22). In this fallen world man has choices. What he decides has real consequences. Some of those consequences are horrible. Don’t blame God for what man does.
I believe Genesis gives us the reason there are marine fossils even in the highest mountains of the earth. Genesis speaks of a worldwide flood. “And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered” (Gen. 7:19, 20). There are those who propose a local flood but that contradicts these words. All the high hills under the whole heaven were covered with over twenty feet of water.
I believe Genesis offers a very plausible reason why mastodons are found encased in ice with food still in their mouths. The Bible says the fountains of the deep were broken up. Some believe that when the earth ruptured, water which was under pressure shot thousands of feet into the air and came down as a massive ice storm, encasing those large creatures in a very short time.
I believe Genesis gives a much more reasonable explanation for how fossils would have been formed than what I was taught in elementary school. They would have me believe that a creature died and drifted to the bottom of the ocean where over thousands of years layers of sediment gradually covered it. Over time the pressure built up and then the creature was eventually fossilized. Maybe I misunderstood, but to me that seemed fanciful. How many creatures wait around like that, somehow defying the decaying process and keep in perfect shape while the slow, millennial process enables fossilization? Contrast that with a worldwide flood when volcanoes issued rivers of lava and hot sediments. They flowed so fast that all kinds of creatures were engulfed in what would become a rocky tomb visible all over the earth. Makes more sense to me.
I believe Genesis because Jesus used Genesis as a historic account. When asked about divorce, Jesus appealed to the creation week to defend marriage. “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female?…He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so” (Matt. 19:4, 8). Twice in this passage Jesus referred to the beginning. Man did not come on the scene after some gap where a whole other world of creatures lives and died. No. Jesus said that God made man at the beginning.
(Speaking of gaps, God is not a God of the gaps. He is omniscient. He knows everything. Just because man does not know everything does not necessitate that God had to fill in where man’s knowledge is deficient. He is, however, a God of secrets. “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut.29:29). God’s word has revealed to us what He knew we needed to know.)
Jesus treated the flood as an event in history. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:37-39). There is no hint in Jesus’ references to Genesis that it is anything but a true account of what happened in ancient history.
I believe Genesis because Paul the Apostle wrote of it as a true representation of facts. “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit…The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven” (1 Cor 15:45, 47). Paul declares that Adam was the first man, that he was made a living soul, and that he was earthy. There is an implication here of the fallen nature of man and in the contrast, we see the fulfillment of the protoevangelium of Genesis 3:15. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The second Adam, the Lord from heaven, took on human flesh, bore the sins of Adam and all his offspring to the cross, and bruised the serpent’s head. Jesus died for our sins and defeated the works of the devil.
I believe in Genesis because Peter used it as a measure of how people would view it in the last days. “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Pet. 3:3-6). Peter affirmed that there would be a suppression of the concept of the worldwide flood, fueled by the enemies of truth.
I believe in Genesis because it has the right enemies: Charles Darwin, Bill Mahr, Bill Nye, Richard Dawkins, to name a few. When belief in Genesis becomes a barometer of the rising pressure of modern thought against God, then it is a good idea to take sides with those who defend it. Very few things can raise the temperature of a discussion like proclaiming that Genesis is, in fact, true.
I believe in Genesis because it shows why we need a savior and gives us great hope that the savior would come and defeat the devil. He has come and has defeated the enemy of our souls. Jesus rose on the third day in victory. And He is coming again for those who look for Him. Are you a believer?