12 Things on Genesis 1-11

Sistine Chapel Ceiling

D.A. Carson, basing this question off Francis Schaeffer asks, paraphrased as follows, “What is the least that needs to be believed about Genesis 1-11 in order for it to be coherent and true?” That is the fundamental question of our time. This list is not exhaustive, but is sufficient.

  • God comes first, and is not dependent on anything else.
  • God speaks, (and He dares to relate closely and personally to human beings).
  • God made everything.
  • God is good, and made everything good as a reflection of his nature. (There is not a good principle and an equally bad principle in competition with each other)
  • Because everything was made good, human beings are accountable to God.
  • There are hints, subtle traces, of God’s complexity (1:27, ‘Let us make man in our image’).
  • Humans are made in the image of God.
  • Humans do, and are meant to steward well, over creation.
  • There is purpose and order in God’s structure. God made male and female.
  • This peaceful purpose & ordering is where we want our world to return, from it’s death and decay.
  • God rests. People are meant to work & rest as a reflection of God’s own work & rest.
  • The greatness of creation testifies to God.

We as Christians can fairly discuss and debate the rest of the details, but the above are foundational and essential to the faith.

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