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1 “We have educated ourselves into imbecility” – M. Muggeridge “There is nothing so vulgar left in our experience for which we cannot transport some professor from somewhere to justify it” – George Will

2 I. Creation, Gn.1:1 NT agrees w. Gn.1 Four passages in NT add details – Jn.1:1-3, beginning precedes Gn.1 (Jn.17:5) He was with God (Jn.1:1) He was God (Jn.1:1) He made all things (Jn.1:3)

3 Jn.1, beginning Col.1:15, image of invisible God Firstborn of all creation. Why?  16: For…He created all things in heaven / earth (including angels)  Gn.1 = Jn.1 Hb.1:3, powerful word. 3:4; 11:3 Rv.1, beginning / end of history King of kings, 5-6 Savior, 5 Judge, 7

4 Scripture stands as a unit Cannot reject Gn.1 but believe the rest  Gravity “We paleontologists have said that the history of life [in the fossil record] supports [the story of gradual evolution], all the while knowing that it does not” – N. Eldredge, Evolutionist

5 I. Creation, Gn.1:1 II. Word, Gn.1:2, 6, 9 2 Pt.3:5, obvious ref. to Gn.1 2 Pt.3:10, dissolved

6 Only valid explanation for existence of world: power of God’s word 5: 5: through water the world stood  Water could not have done anything by itself; it simply obeyed the word 6: 6: when God destroyed the world, the same water obeyed the same word, became disastrous flood 7: 7: when God destroys heavens & earth, fire will obey the same word

7 I. Creation, Gn.1:1 II. Word, Gn.1:2, 6, 9 III. Light, Gn.1:3 2 Co.4:6, new creation is as much a work of God’s power as first

8 Paul knew about darkness & light (2 Co.3:18; 4:4) “What about religious atrocities?”  They contradict gospel. 1 Pt.2:21-25  Atheists cannot contradict system “ I freed Germany from the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality… We will train young people before whom the world will tremble. I want young people capable of violence – imperious, relentless and cruel”

9 I. Creation, Gn.1:1 II. Word, Gn.1:2, 6, 9 III. Light, Gn.1:3 IV. Harvest, Gn.1:11-12

10 1 Co.15:38, resurrection by sovereign power of God “As it pleased Him” (ASV); “As He wished” (NASB)  Tomato – seed & body  “I can’t understand resurrection…” 1 Co.15:39 (Gn.1:20, 24)  God gives each creature the flesh that matches its role in creation  Hb.11:35

11 I. Creation, Gn.1:1 II. Word, Gn.1:2, 6, 9 III. Light, Gn.1:3 IV. Harvest, Gn.1:11-12 V. Mankind, Gn.1:26, 28

12 Every man is from one man, Ac.17:…26 Unity of human race Athenians: racially superior Ac.17:29, irony Thought highly of themselves Adopted a view beneath them

13 I. Creation, Gn.1:1 II. Word, Gn.1:2, 6, 9 III. Light, Gn.1:3 IV. Harvest, Gn.1:11-12 V. Mankind, Gn.1:26, 28 VI. Image, Gn.1:26-27

14 Col.3:10, conversion Not simply discarding old clothes but putting on new, not simply individual virtues but new personality (2 Co. 5:17) Gn.1, image…God; Ro.13:14, put on C.  Image of God, possessed at first by Adam, lost thru sin, now restored “To become so possessed of the mind of Christ as in thought, feeling, and action to resemble Him and, as it were, reproduce the life He lived” (Th., 214)

15 I. Creation, Gn.1:1 II. Word, Gn.1:2, 6, 9 III. Light, Gn.1:3 IV. Harvest, Gn.1:11-12 V. Mankind, Gn.1:26, 28 VI. Image, Gn.1:26-27 VII. Marriage, Gn.1:27

16 Mt.19:4 (= Gn.1:27) Mt.19:5 = Gn.2 Mk.10; 1 Co.11:7; 1 T.2:13 Pattern is monogamy, not polygamy

17 Is it a coincidence that moderns who can’t figure out what marriage is are the same ones who don’t believe Gn.1? man is an animal? no resurrection? no light in gospel? evolution? Jesus one way among many…? “If God is dead, everything is justifiable” – Dostoevsky


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