I was recently sharing my involvement with Creation Revolution with an old college classmate of mine. We were both science majors at Arizona State University. I majored in wildlife biology and Terry majored in field ecology. Many of our classes included a significant amount of evolution. As far as I know, I was the only non-evolutionist in the science department at the time, although a number of them did profess to be Christian.
In my email conversation with her, the topic of Christmas came up and I related to her how the real meaning of Christmas is tied to a belief in biblical creation and not evolution. She was quite surprised to hear me say that and asked me to explain what I meant. In writing my response to her, I decided to share it with you as today’s Feed Back article so you can have this week before Christmas to share it with others that may want or need to understand the connection.
Like yourself, many Christians have not taken the time to thoroughly study the Christian religion and what it really entails. Most professing Christians believe that all that matters is that you believe that Jesus died on the Cross for your sins and that by believing in Him, we will have eternal life with God in heaven.
Yet do you really know who Jesus is and why He came to earth to die for your sins? Believe it or not, it all goes back to Genesis 1 when God created the earth and universe that surrounds it.
The Bible teaches that God is a triune God; that is one God in three persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It was the triune God that created everything.
Genesis 1:1 says that God created the heavens and earth. Then verse 1:2 tells us the Spirit of God hovered or moved over the face of the waters. This is the first reference to the Holy Spirit.
In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.” Was He speaking just about God the Father and the Holy Spirit? For an answer to that, let’s turn to John 1:1-4 where the apostle John writes about Jesus, God the Son saying,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John identifies Jesus as the Word, who was not only with God (the Father) at the beginning, but it was the Word who made all things; that is, Jesus, God the Son, was the Creator of the earth, universe and all life upon the earth.
When God made man in ‘our’ image, it was actually Jesus that formed Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him. It was Jesus in Genesis 2 that caused Adam to sleep, took one of his ribs, formed Eve from that rib and healed up the wound in Adam’s side. This is actually the first biblical account of Jesus healing anyone and the whole act of Creation was Jesus first miracle recorded in the Bible.
Being a holy, righteous and sinless God, He created a perfect creation, free of any disease or death. Mankind at the very beginning was an immortal being. After God created Adam and Eve, He pronounced all of creation as being very good.
This pronouncement is one of the most important theological doctrines in the Bible, one that many Christians overlook and has a direct bearing on the entire birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Had there been millions of years before Adam, as so many well-meaning Christians believe because of evolution, then death and disease would have been part of the creation that God pronounced as being very good. If Adam saw that death was very good, then why did God use the warning of death to keep him from eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?
When man was created, Christ gave us a free will to make choices of our own. He did this because He didn’t want man to love Him as a simple programmed response, rather He wanted man to love Him because we want to love Him. That free will also allowed Adam to choose to disobey God’s warning and eat of the tree. His actions were responsible for bringing sin into all of creation, as we are told in Romans 8:22, where it says that all of creation groans in the pains childbirth. The Greek term used for ‘creation’ is ‘cosmos,’ the same term used elsewhere to refer to the earth, heavens and the entire universe.
Adam’s sin in the Garden also caused a separation to occur in what once was a perfect relationship with God the Father. The only way to restore that relationship was for someone or something to make a blood sacrifice for the remission of sin. Jesus knew that once sin had entered into His perfect creation, that it was impossible for mankind to make such a blood sacrifice for himself since we were descendants of Adam and all guilty of being sinners. Adam quickly became aware of the futility of this position.
The only sacrifice that could ever be made to cover the sins of the created could only be made by the sinless Creator. God then promised Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15 that He would in time make that ultimate sacrifice of God the Son, the very Creator of mankind for mankind. In order for this to happen, God the Son would have to come to earth in human form and live a pure and sinless life. Then offer up His life as the ultimate sacrifice to pay for the sins of His creation.
All of this was done to lead up to the Cross. In order for Jesus to die, He had to be born. We celebrate Christmas to commemorate God the Father fulfilling His promise to send God the Son to earth in human form.
However, if Genesis 1-3 were not true history, as evolutionists would have you believe, then there was no reason for Jesus to be born and no reason to celebrate Christmas.
If there had been millions of years of death and disease prior to Adam’s sin, then death would not have been a punishment for sin. If death is not a penalty for sin, then why, in 1 Corinthians 15:26, is it referred to as the ‘last enemy.’ And lastly, if death is not a penalty for sin, then why did Jesus have to die on the Cross. If He didn’t have to die on the Cross, then there was no need for Him to be born in human form and we would have no cause to celebrate Christmas.
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