Bible and History
Why It Matters! - From Eden to Calvary
The Bible is under attack by many people from many different groups, but the most dangerous attacks on the Bible are always those that come from within the church. Those who attack the Bible from outside the church are both easy to spot and their attacks are generally easy to counter. It is those from within the church that so often use subterfuge and deceit in their subtle attacks on the accuracy and authority of the Bible. Those within the church who promote compromise usually say something to the effect that it doesn’t matter how God created, only that He did it. I have even talked with some that have said to me that accepting the Biblical account of Creation is limiting God. That I am putting God in a box and that I should be open to any means that they might imagine as to how God created. Compromisers like these either ignore or just don’t realize that what they are doing is not just denying the Creation account in Genesis, they are also denying the authority of Jesus.
Jesus quoted from Genesis more than He did from any other book in the Bible. He used the Creation account when giving a lesson on marriage where He said in Mark 10:6-7 “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;” Not only is Jesus giving a specific commandment regarding marriage, He is making it clear that Adam and Eve were created at the beginning of Creation, not billions of years later. Jesus referenced Genesis several other times including after His resurrection. While Jesus and the two disciples were on the road to Emmaus it says in Luke 24:27 “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning him.”
Most Bible compromisers are not deliberately trying to destroy the authority of the Bible, most in fact think that by harmonizing, as they call it, the Bible and science, meaning evolutionary stories, they are making the Bible more accessible to the public. Of course what really happens is that while at first some people will be more receptive to the Bible, very quickly most people realize that if the Bible can’t be trusted at its beginning then it can’t be trusted anywhere. There is of course no conflict between the Bible and science; there is only a conflict between the Bible and evolutionist story telling.
The practical effect of compromising the Bible with evolutionism is clearly seen in such things as Evolution Sunday. Evolution Sunday has been held in February on the Sunday closest to Darwin’s birthday by a number of churches to “celebrate” their reconciliation of the Bible and evolutionism. What is not at all surprising about all this is that those churches that are involved in Evolution Sunday are also those that support abortion and promote the homosexual agenda. In a sermon given on Evolution Sunday by Mitch Brown of the Evanston Mennonite Church, he states “Put this another way, we only have each other now…..God is not going to help….we are alone.” Compromisers, turn into apostates as we can see at the end of his sermon when he says, “Do we call it God or do we call it nature? Can there be any difference?”
What compromising really does is to turn people into either atheists or as in the case of Mitch Brown a pantheist. What starts out for so many as doubt about the truthfulness and authority of Genesis ends up with them denying Christ and His saving grace. What is abundantly clear is that compromise does not lead to a deeper faith in God.