I have often heard Jacob J.Prasch say that the ‘Creation Account’ is more important theologically than most people know or understand.
You have to ask the question. Is the ‘Creation Account’ our story or His?
To understand why it is theologically important in the grand scheme of things the article that I have quote from below examines ‘Christology’. The three things of focus are:
- What is death?
- Why did Jesus have to die?
- What “CV” did He need to fulfil the requirements needed to die for us?
How we look at these three questions and from what angle we use to examine these questions does indeed determine the outcome. There are only two angles we can from. ‘Christology from above’ or ‘Christology from below’. The ‘below’ angle is a liberal approach when it comes to studying the bible. It questions its authority and therefore the accuracy of certain accounts written within the bible itself. Here’s an article about ‘Liberal Theology’ that’s really worth a read if you are unsure about this method of interpretation. The ‘above’ angle is is “more aligned to the evangelical position with its implied acceptance of the Bible as the inspired Word of God…”
It’s important to note that the author of this article uses the term ‘Evangelical’ and is using that word in its original context. Today however, we have ‘so called’ evangelicals that DO NOT accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God and do come from a ‘below’ angle of interpretation as I will point out later in this post.
For now, familiarise yourself with the theological importance of the creation account…
In my article “An Evangelical ‘Litmus Test’” I talked about the watering down of the term “evangelical”. The “litmus test” I suggested as a mark of a true evangelical was an acceptance of a straight reading of Genesis 1–11 since an attack on Genesis 1–11 is basically an attack on the authority of the Bible, and hence God.1
Now many people calling themselves evangelical would dispute such a statement, claiming that the creation-versus-evolution issue is “not relevant” to their faith or that the creation account can be interpreted in different ways. However, I contend that both positions create major theological problems that undermine the gospel at its foundations.
Here, I will not delve into the science of creation versus evolution as this is well covered elsewhere, but rather expand the theological issues surrounding a question left open in my previous article, namely, “Why did Jesus die?” [source]
Because of postmodernism, the word ‘evangelical’ has pretty much been taken away from its original meaning and has been hijacked…The name “Evangelical” is the same, but the average Evangelical Church is no longer based on the Bible, or teaching or preaching the entire Word of God from Genesis to Revelation.
One such person that would consider themself to be ‘evangelical’ is Brian McLaren. He has come to understand the ‘creation account’ and the significance it plays within Christianity, but he comes to it with the ‘below angle’ as he quotes Sister Joan Chittister in one of his posts which is called ‘God and/of Evolution.
[Sister Joan Chittister has attended the Peace Summit along with the Dalai Lama and has said that “we should understand one another and quit trying to convert one another like a Commy for Christ” see HERE for a very interesting youtube]
… Instead, the God of creation becomes the God of ongoing creation, of life intent on its own development, and of life involved in contributing to its own emerging form.
A self-creating universe becomes co-creator with the humble God who shares power and waits for the best from us and provides for what we need to make it happen. We become participants in the process of life and the development of the world that is not so much planned as it is enabled.[source]
You can see very clearly the contrast between the two types of interpretation. One is from ‘above’ and the other is from ‘below’. They are diametrically apposed. One is focused on God, the supernatural and His redemption plan. The other is speaking about man being co-creators with the humble God! One is ‘God focused’, the other is ‘man focused’ and extremely humanitarian in nature. This of course flatters our ego and is pretty much a works based religious system; soon to be an institutionalised religion that umbrellas all of humanity into one holistic generic spirituality. This type of ‘man focused’ spirituality has been mentioned in the bible!
Prophetically speaking, Jesus said…
I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. John 5:43
He is speaking here of the anti-christ who comes in the number of man…
Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six. Revelation 13:18
It seems to me that the beast and his system is manmade. It exalts man. The whole world will want to worship this beast within this system because mankind wants to be like God, we want to be co-creators.
This beast appears as a lamb yet speaks like a dragon. This is very important. The beast is Christ-like yet speaks like Satan!
And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like unto lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Revelation 13:11
You see, its very simple really. If you have your creation account messed up, then your understanding about Christ is going to be messed up too!
Creation is foundational for the Christian church with every major Christian doctrine coming out of the events recorded in the first chapters of Genesis. Among these are: 1) the nature of God, including his power and goodness, 2) the nature of man, created in the image of God but fallen because of his sin, 3) the nature and consequences of sin, 4) the nature of marriage, 5) the origin of death as a penalty for sin, and an enemy, 6) the need for a Saviour to redeem man from sin, 7) the origin and meaning of work and the weekly day of rest, and 8 ) the relationship between man and the rest of creation, which is now cursed because of sin, 9) and much more. [source]
With all of this ‘below angle’ being propagated in the Church, is it a huge surprise that more and more people are questioning the very fundamentals of the faith. Which are:
1. The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8-9).
2. The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27).
3. The Blood Atonement (Acts 20:28; Romans 3:25, 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12-14).
4. The Bodily Resurrection (Luke 24:36-46; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 15:14-15).
5. The inerrancy of the scriptures themselves (Psalms 12:6-7; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20).