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Be not deceived...
13 September 2018
I made the decision to put this book down during chapter 6 due to the authors comments on the Bible and evolution.
He mentions that he believes in a process called ‘natural selection’ (the evolution theory) which the vast majority of Christians, including myself, reject and tries to make out that the first chapter of Genesis is not to be taken literally. In other words, the universe was not really created in 6 days, therefore implying, that it could have existed for millions/billions of years, which would fit nicely with what evolutionists believe. He mentions that it doesn’t have to be one or the other and that you can actually be a believer in the Bible as well as someone who believes in evolution.
He gives an example from the book of Judges chapter 4 and 5, and the book of Exodus chapter 14 and 15 where in one chapter it is talking about an historical event that happened, and in the next, a song or poem follows in response to that event. He reasons that Genesis chapter 1 ‘has the earmarks of poetry and is therefore a song about the wonder and meaning of God’s creation.’
It really does baffle me how these apparently ‘well learned and deeply religious’ people can come to such conclusions when the context of Genesis chapter 1 and 2 clearly do not fit that theory.
Firstly, in the books of Judges and Exodus, an event has just taken place in which God has delivered his people and so in the following chapter the people are giving a song of praise to thank God for what he has done. So the ‘song or poem’ proceeds the event, and this is the pattern in the Bible (See 2 Samuel in which King David follows suit). Whereas the author would have you believe that in the very first chapter of the Bible, it breaks straight away ‘into song’ and has no literal meaning and then the literal meaning comes afterwards. This does not follow the pattern of the Bible and does not make sense.
Also if you read the last verse of Genesis chapter 1 and the first couple of verses of chapter 2 it says:
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
To me it’s clearly evident from the context that both chapters are being literal as the beginning of chapter 2 clearly follows on from chapter 1. It is a continuation.
In regards to evolution, the Bible clearly tells us that God created human beings in the same period of time that he created all other creatures of the earth. It does not say for example that God created the beasts/animals of the earth and then, millions of years later, man evolved.
Fellow Christians do not buy into what some of these ‘so called’ Christians out there are presenting. They are evidently blinded and in danger of polluting the minds of people with the things they come out with.
To me it seems they have lost faith in the true teaching of the Bible and have been led astray by ‘Darwinism’ and are now trying to merge the two so that they can believe in both.
I urge people to look up a man by the name of Kent Hovind who is an excellent speaker/debater and has great knowledge on this subject. He has a lot of videos on YouTube and has silenced many evolutionists .