Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
How Can I Really Know That The Creation Story Is Factual And Accurate?
Many years ago, cynical co-worker approached me one day with a smirk on his face and said, “If you can convince me that Jonah was swallowed by a whale and really survived after 3 days, then I’ll become a Christian.” My simple reply stunned him when I said, “I can’t.”
As I waited watching his puzzled reaction, I went on to say, “You don’t need to believe in Jonah to become a Christian, just Jesus Christ. Once you open your heart to The Lord and experience His love, grace and the transforming power of God’s Word and Holy Spirit in you, then you’ll have no problem at all accepting or believing by faith any of the other biblical stories because of what God first did in you and your life.”
My friends, there is “A VOICE BEHIND THE WORD” and one can only hear His Voice and follow Him after they’ve been transformed by The Living Christ. (Read the 10th chapter of John). And He’s the one that can truly be trusted.
Now over the years, many have asked, “Do I have to believe that the earth was made in six 24-hor days, that we all have descended from two people named Adam and Eve and that a talking snake made them eat a forbidden apple?”
How Can I really know if the creation story in the Bible is really factual and accurate? Can it be taken literal or is it just a poetic myth?
Whether you believe that information was passed down from Adam as “oral tradition” or directly given unto Moses to record, the absolute truth is that man wasn’t there to witness the creation story when it all happened in Genesis chapter one. The only way we know what took place is that God revealed it to man and it’s been written to inspire us and answer many of our questions regarding how it all began or happened.
In 2nd Timothy 3:16 The Apostle Paul wrote, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
Then in 2nd Peter 1:21 The Apostle Peter wrote, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Whether you’re an atheist, a scientific minded individual, a spirit-filled Christian or a religious pagan, Genesis chapters 1 through 3 presents definite and satisfying answers and details on: “Who we are, How did we get here, What’s wrong with the world, What’s the solution and Where do we go from here?”
Needless to say, it also informs us of God’s eternal existence, supremacy, authority, and His redemption and eternal plan for man.
Now, while the Genesis story does not tell us everything that man wants to know, God has provided us with the details that He wants us to have. And if the few details that He has given us has filled so many minds with criticism, skepticism and doubt, then wouldn’t more information just lead to the very same in an unbelieving and unregenerate heart?
The 40 different men, who lived over a 1600 year period that God used to record His Words, could not have invented such precise details, prophetic declarations and amazing future events regarding the creation story, the birth and sufferings of Christ or the glory that should follow those that believe on His resurrection. All of these various details, which were beyond human knowledge or reasoning, were all revealed and dictated to them to write down as they were “moved by” the very Holy Spirit of God.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!
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