What of Christianity? A recent study(1) revealed that some 42% of Americans believe that God created mankind in essentially its present state sometime during the last 10,000 years. A similar survey (Gallup, conducted in February 2001) revealed that some 48% of American favored creation over evolutionary origins. Perhaps providing some insight into the large scale acceptance of creation in America is the fact that it represents the most populous nation of Christians in the world, with some 70.6% of the population claiming to be Christian.(2) Outside of America’s borders, such views are rare in most cases, and essentially extinct in others.
Sadly, statistics such as these are bound to plummet. Despite their reportedly Christian views, many notable denominations have already been critically infiltrated by those who would impregnate Genesis with the tenets of naturalism, and just as the case has been with other faiths, the inclusion of these notions will most certainly lead to critical interpretive differences. Many even now, including the Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian denominations, have already replaced the authority of God’s word with that of man’s in response to the pressures of secular naturalism, adopting in many cases both evolution and deep-time in an attempt to reconcile their faith with what the mainstream professes as true.
Whereas such acquiescence may originally have been implemented in an effort to adapt the faith to a changing scientific landscape – an effort perhaps to ensure the faith’s survival – it now appears that such only undermines the authority of the Bible as a whole. Forcing believers to question the trustworthiness of God’s Word at its very foundation will inevitably require them to address whether the remainder is trustworthy later. This is made all the more destructive when compounded with secular society’s inexhaustible crusade against Christian beliefs in general.
What does all this mean? Well, all things considered, what we find is that, though Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are all different in their approaches to life, each maintaining their own account of origins and their own interpretations of those accounts, all have in some fashion acquiesced to the word of man. All, to some degree, have replaced faith with what they see as fact, incorporating naturalistic dogma into their worldviews.
While no one could honestly provide a framework to scientifically support the many varied creation accounts of Hindus or the karmic cycles of Buddhists, those origins shared by the Abrahamic religions can in fact be validated, or otherwise supported, by real science and experimentation. The truths revealed in Genesis are but the first link in a chain that carries on beyond the confines of that account, and as the Islamic and Jewish faiths gradually fall away from that chain of truth, one stands alone: Christianity.
As a last stand against the encroaching tide of naturalism, we need to recognize something about Christianity: Whatever else can be said about the faith, it is critical to understand that believers need not acquiesce to naturalism. There is no need to blend conviction and faulty fact. The act of such represents a clear and present threat to the longevity and authority of the faith as a whole. Genesis is true, and the facts support the many details provided by the text.
Many critics have condemned the Genesis account because of the fascinating details that set it apart from all others. They claim that, in regard to the various aspects described, simply too much is provided, too little left to the imagination, thus a literal interpretation cannot and must not be reconciled with what science proclaims is fact. Muslims, in gleeful acknowledgment of this, have in turn rushed to promote the superiority of the Quranic account due to its vagueness, into which the evolution paradigm can be inserted. Yet the vagueness of one cannot truly compare to the completeness of the other.
The absolute unification of elements and themes(3) are what separates the Genesis account from that of the confusion and contradiction of the Hindu creation accounts. The answers and the way in which they address the questions of who we are, why we are here, and where we are headed are what set the Genesis account apart from the blissful ignorance of Buddhism. The details and timing for creation provided in Genesis are the first of several elements that separate the Judeo-Christian account from that of the Islamic Quran. Finally, the body of factual, historic, and testable evidence is what separate the Genesis account from that of naturalism and it’s blind, uncaring god, evolution.
Genesis clearly is unique among creation accounts, and likewise the Bible as a whole is unique among religious scripture.
Notes & References
- Gallup’s Values and Beliefs Survey, May 8-11, 2014
- Pew Research Center, 2014 Religious Landscape Study, June 14th-September 30th, 2014
- Though skeptics frequently mention that the creation account of Genesis 1 is in contradiction to that described in Genesis 2, in reality they are not in contradiction to each other but rather complementary, with Genesis 1 outlining the vast acts of creation and that of Genesis 2 recounting details of both creation in general and the special creation of man and his surroundings in the Garden of Eden; No contradiction exists when read in context
– This was an excerpt from “Remnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” Get your copy here today. God bless! –
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