Documentary review: Is Genesis History?

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Over the last several days I have watched a very interesting and well done documentary, Is Genesis History? on Netflix.  If you have Netflix I highly recommend you check it out while it is part of their catalog.  You can also stream it for $4.99 on Amazon.  There is a free downloadable PDF church and family discussion guide at the film’s web site if you would like to use this for a family devotion time, or a small group.  The documentary examines the evidence for a global flood, taking you to various sites with reputable scientists who also happen to be Christians.  It is fascinating to hear the scientific explanations that are offered.  The film also covers the fossil record, species differentiation, and why time matters.

 Here is an explanatory excerpt from the film’s web page:

Is Genesis History? features over a dozen scientists and scholars explaining how the world intersects with the history recorded in Genesis. From rock layers to fossils, from lions to stars, from the Bible to artifacts, this fascinating film will change the way you see the world.

The film’s goal is to provide a reasonable case for Creation in six normal days, a real Adam and Eve, an actual fall, a global flood, and a tower of Babel. Dr. Del Tackett, creator of “The Truth Project,” serves as your guide—hiking through canyons, climbing up mountains, and diving below the sea—in an exploration of two competing views … one compelling truth.

I appreciated that each of the scientists who were interviewed were able to offer critique of the commonly held paradigm, evolution, without belittling or attacking those who hold to that view.  Each interviewee was a calm and level-headed clear thinker.  They were able to point out the problematic aspects of the modern scientific theory of our origins without being rude or dismissive.  In my opinion, it bolstered their credibility.

It has become fashionable for professing Christians to compromise on the Biblical account of creation; compromising what God has said by trying to reconcile it with current scientific thinking.  There are several problems with that.  Anyone who has a cursory knowledge of scientific history knows how often views that were once considered irrefutable have been tossed out when proven wrong.  Not to mention the spiritual implications of holding man’s knowledge and reasoning on par or even above God’s.  

What Christians don’t seem to understand, is that when you do not hold to a literal, six-day creation, treating Genesis as a narrative, you do violence to the Biblical text.  You cannot do away with a literal Adam and Eve, a literal garden, and a literal Creator without unraveling the rest of the Bible.  And that is precisely why people dismiss Genesis.  They do not want to be accountable to a Creator.  Romans 1:18-23 speaks of this: 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools,  and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

If you say that Genesis is poetry, or some other such nonsense, then you are able to say that marriage is a human institution.  No longer are the boundaries instituted by God, but we can define what marriage is.  When you accept evolution, death is no longer a consequence of sin. Or the example of one’s theology being at odds: holding to a literal resurrection and all the promises that rest on that being fact, and yet not taking the creation as a literal event.  You can’t have a real Jesus with a real resurrection, but not have a real Creator who actually created, and an Adam and Eve who truly lived in a garden and yielded to sin. Consider this: Jesus, Peter, and Paul all referred to events in the first eleven chapters of Genesis as historical fact.

Faith believes what it cannot always fully understand.  Real, saving faith says I believe what God has said, even if conventional thinking says it cannot be true.  The correct way, the only way, to properly understand the Earth’s origins is to use the Biblical account in Genesis as a frame work.  When we do that, then we are able to rightly understand the world around us.  If you claim to love God, honor Him by believing what He has said.

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

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