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We also hear from people that visit our site for the first time and have questions about various topics, some of which may have been previously covered.  Today, I am taking the opportunity to respond to one of those e-mails we received from a first time visitor.  Some of the responses I use may have been previously covered, but newer visitors may not be aware of them.  Additionally, the more you hear and read something, the more you will learn from it.  I take that example from men like Martin Luther who would go through Psalms and Proverbs every month, over and over.  Martin Luther wrote that he never tired of God’s Word and always gleaned something new each time he would read through it.  Eventually, he memorized all of Psalms and Proverbs.  Additionally, Jesus Christ frequently taught by repetition because He knew that sinful people need to be reminded over and over of the truth.

From: Jesse L.

I have just stumbled upon your site, so forgive me if my question’s ignorance could be remedied by further reading. First of all I would like to applaud your intellectual approach to Christianity. I am not going to pretend that I am a textbook good Christian…

Response:

Jesse, thank you for contacting us with your comments and questions.  I want to assure you that none of us are textbook Christians.  The more we study and learn Scripture, the more we realize just how wretched and filthy we are in the eyes of a pure and holy God.  I often think of the Apostle Paul when he described himself as being the foremost among sinners in 1 Timothy 1:15.  However, there is always that hope and assurance in Christ Jesus as expressed by Paul in the same passage:

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:12-16

And in Romans 7:24 Paul describes himself as:

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Paul realized that he was anything but a textbook Christian and freely admitted it.

I am uncertain at times about religion, but I respect it and as a combat veteran would like to believe that the brothers I’ve lost are taken care of.

I want to personally thank you for your service as a combat veteran and the sacrifices that you and your brothers made for the sake of freedom.

I believe in evolution, but I don’t believe that it negates creation,

Evolution and biblical creation are diametrically opposed to one another and while so many well meaning Christians claim to believe in both, they fail to realize the contradictions and compromises of doing so.  Here is a list of only a few articles from our website that will help to explain the incompatibilities between evolution and biblical creation;

The Resurrection and Genesis

Why Compromise Doesn’t Work

Creation Worldviews Part 2. Theistic Evolution and Progressive Creation

Creation Compromises – The Gap Theory & Theistic Evolution

10 Dangers of Theistic Evolution

The Relationship Between the Fall, the Curse, and the Gospel, and its Incompatibility with Theistic Evolution

I believe that there is much worth in the words of the bible, but I think it is foolish to trust anything written by man to not be slightly corrupted in its interpretations.

A frequent argument used by many to cast doubt on the Bible’s authority is that it was written by men and thus is cannot be fully tested.  However, the Bible repeatedly claims to be the words of God and God breathed and inspired.  Paul tells us this in 2 Timothy 3:16:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

I have often used the example of a CEO of a large company who has a whole staff of assistants and secretaries.  The CEO dictates various letters to several secretaries and then dictates the plans for different projects to some of his assistants, and so on.  Even though the secretaries and assistants do the actual writing or typing of the letters and instructions, everyone knows that they were really the words of the CEO.  The same is true of God and the authors that He used to write down His words.

Here are several articles that discuss the authority of the Bible and who really authored it.

The Authority of Scripture

The Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority of the Bible

Jesus Christ on the Infallibility of Scripture

I am sure you’ve heard all of this before, so I will get to my question. What was a day to God before he created man? I don’t understand why everyone assumes they can understand God’s work literally… no man can understand God without being God I would assume. If we truly are made in God’s image, than does that mean God, though perfect, has similar tendencies.

What does it mean to be made in the image of God and what does that tell us about God.  Russell Grigg wrote an excellent article on this:

Made in the Image of God

Who’s to say a day to God, or a day to Earth during creation wasn’t thirty billion years. Perhaps day One was infinitely long, as far as man is capable of understanding it and days two through six were collectively less than a moment. What is time to God?

James Stambaugh, formerly with the Institute for Creation Research, wrote an excellent The Days of Creation: A Semantic Approach, on the Hebrew word ‘yom’ and its use in Genesis 1.  I highly recommend you take the time to read it as I would not even attempt to improve on his work.

Another article that deals with day and night is one that I wrote about God having a covenant with day and night to come at their appointed times.  I have had very favorable feedback from this article.  You can read it at;

God’s Covenant With Day And Night

I remember as a Child I would spend hours setting up my G.I. Joe’s, planning, and getting things ready to set them into action… leading up to that point they were all frozen. Once I started the battle it was all over in a matter of minutes. God is everywhere and encompasses every time and place at the same time I thought. Why would he need to take seven human days to build the universe if he could do it in an instant and then set his plan into motion?

Long before Darwin and Origin of the Species, Martin Luther, the sixteenth century theologian who was responsible for the Reformation, found himself defending a literal 6 day biblical creation model against fellow theologians. A number of scholars of the day believed and taught that God created everything in just one day, not six days. In response, Luther wrote:

How Long Did the Work of Creation Take? When Moses writes that God created heaven and earth and whatever is in them in six days, then let this period continue to have been six days, and do not venture to devise any comment according to which six days were one day. But, if you cannot understand how this could have been done in six days, then grant the Holy Spirit the honor of being more learned than you are. For you are to deal with Scripture in such a way that you bear in mind that God Himself says what is written. But since God is speaking, it is not fitting for you wantonly to turn His Word in the direction you wish to go… We must understand that these days were actual days (veros dies), contrary to the opinion of the holy fathers. Whenever we observe that the opinions of the fathers disagree with Scripture, we reverently bear with them and acknowledge them to be our elders. Nevertheless, we do not depart from authority of Scripture for their sake.

We must realize that God was capable of creating everything in an instant, but He didn’t.  He purposefully chose to carry out His creation in six days and then rested on the seventh as a means of demonstrating what our work week should be like as described in the Ten Commandments handed down to Moses in Exodus 20:8-11:

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

The Creation Answers Book has a chapter Did God Really Take Six Days? that also helps address this issue.

I’m sure there are arguments against my point of view involving God and Satan, but again, who’s to say God didn’t plan for that? It just upsets me that men try to say that it is impossible for creation and evolution to exist side by side when God is surely slick enough to make everything work. Perhaps our creation story is one of God’s jokes, like a riddle to test us. He makes two things true that form a paradox, just to test and make sure we can trust in him enough to let them both be true.

Actually it is impossible for God to go against his holy and pure character and to do what you suggest would be to also go against the character of God.  That would mean that God would be purposely lying about one view or both and God cannot lie.  If He did lie on just one thing, how can anyone believe Him on anything else, especially when He talks about Jesus Christ and salvation?  A great book to help understand more about the nature and character of God is:

Fear of God

Saying anything is impossible in a world ruled by God is itself blasphemy isn’t it? (If you post this please paraphrase… I didn’t mean to rant). I would really be interested in your response, I want to be a better Christian.

If you truly desire to be a better Christian, it starts with accepting what Christ taught as being truthful and accurate.  Christ taught that Genesis and creation was true.  He never taught evolution and since He was the Creator (did you know that Creation was Christ’s first miracle here on earth, not the turning water into wine?), He ought to have known which version of origins to teach.

Another good resource for learning how to live a Christian life is:

A Quest for Godliness

Unless God loves the Bible more than he loves man, how can the Bible not be corrupt? God created man, and Man was corrupted. Man created the bible… to assume the bible is completely untainted is prideful. I’m not assuming I know more than anyone else… quite the contrary… I just want to learn.

Jesse, I do not think of you as being prideful or anything else except a soul searching person who wants to know more about his Savior and Lord.  I pray I have provided adequate responses and additional information to address most, if not all of your concerns.

If you truly want to learn more, you need to start with the Bible as the inspired and inerrant Word of God.  Read through it from cover to cover and as you do, look for Christ in all that you read.  One of my professor’s in seminary told us that you will learn more about Jesus in the Old Testament than in the New Testament.  Most of us scoffed at this so our assignment was to read the Old Testament and write down everything we learned about Jesus.  He told us to look for ‘types’ (representations of Christ) such as Adam, Moses and David to name only a few.  We were all amazed at how much did learn about Christ in the Old Testament when we looked for him there.

Additionally, you may want to catch up on and follow our Monday feature article series on the Doctrine of God.  It posts every Monday morning at 10:00am EDT US.

To help people read through the Bible in a year, we also post the Daily Readings that you could follow along.  We also post Martin Luther’s Daily Devotional to help with daily family and personal devotions.

Our prayers will be with you in your growth and walk with Christ.

Fear of God

by Arnold L. Frank

In 1961, A.W. Tozer wrote in The Knowledge of the Holy that the way some Christians think about God is sinful. Dr. Arnold Frank, in The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine confirms that the 21st century church, in the pew as well as the pulpit, continues to regard God as impotent and irrelevantin other words, without godly fear. As such, Dr. Frank, with a theologian’s skill and a pastor’s heart, walks us through the Scriptures, letting the Word of God speak about the fear of God.

In addition to clear, biblical exposition, Dr. Frank also weaves in the wise and timeless counsel of the Puritans to help us see how the fear of God is a most needed and practical doctrine.

Do you approach God with a godly fear? The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine will be a skillful and gracious reminder of how we should regard the holy, sovereign Creator.

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