As you grow up and go to school and college, you will hear that the Book of Genesis is not true history and therefore you can’t believe the account of creation in 6 days. They’ll tell you that if you can’t believe that Genesis is true history, then there is no reason not to believe in millions of years and evolution.
But how do they know Genesis is not true history? Is it because they want to believe it’s not true or do they have proof?
One question I always ask them is, ‘did Jesus and the New Testament writers believe Genesis to be true or not?’
When you read through the New Testament, you will find 60 statements that either quote Genesis or refer to a person, place or event in Genesis.
Jesus quoted Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 when he answered the question about divorce in in Matthew 19:4-6 when He said:
He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
And did you know that when the Pharisees questioned Jesus about paying taxes, Jesus’s response actually was referring to Genesis 1:26-27? Look carefully at Matthew 22:15-22:
Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.
When Jesus answered them, He basically was saying that since the coin bore the resemblance of Caesar that it belongs to Caesar and that because we bear the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) that we belong to God.
Surely Jesus, the Son of God and Creator of the universe, would not have quoted from or referred to Genesis, especially the first chapter, if it wasn’t real and true history. Since the Son of God is incapable of sinning, He could not lie.
In Matthew 11:23-24, Jesus refers to Sodom as being a real place and in John 8:33-41 He refers to being a descendent of Abraham, both references from Genesis. In Luke 17:26-29, Jesus compares the days of Noah and the Flood to the days of the Son of Man.
Matthew opens his Gospel account by listing Christ’s genealogy going back to Abraham and Luke, in chapter 3, lists Christ’s genealogy back to Adam referring to Genesis 1.
If you want to see the full list of all 60 New Testament references to Genesis, please visit: The Use of Genesis in the New Testament and scroll to the bottom of the article.
So if Jesus and the New Testament writers all accepted Genesis as being factual history, then there should be no reason for you not to do also. And since it is real history, then evolution and millions of years can’t be true.
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