I prayerfully make an effort to try to be uplifting and encouraging in my writings and postings on this blog. Because of this I rarely denigrate another’s faith, doctrine or denominational slant.
But, there are times when I just have to speak out. And to my readers I apologise in advance for my vent and rant! I recently engaged in a conversation started by a friend which was about Genesis’s dating and times. The main thrust about it was that it didn’t really matter whether God created in a literal 6 day creation or over a period of thousands of years – what was important is that we learn God is the creator.
Clap clap clap….yes yes yes!!!
However someone joined in and spoke how the basis for our faith in Christ has to be based on Genesis and if we can’t believe it on a literal basis, we can’t truly believe in Christ. Now nothing gets me riled up more then to hear this kind of hogwash! Now its true that God can use the creation accounts as a catalyst to bring people to faith. A good mate of mine is a great example….but, it was a pointer for him and is not the crux of faith for him.
Christ is the centrality of the Scriptures. The Gospels stories are the centrality of the Scriptures. My faith in Christ is based on the fact that Christ was born. He lived amongst us. He went to the toilet. He knew pain and what it was to go hungry. He was crucified. He was buried. And he was raised to life again.
Many of the new gentile converts the early church wouldn’t have known the Genesis story. They would never have read Genesis or any of the other OT writings…though its true some would have. But, what caused them to trust in Christ, is the story of Christ himself.
Please I beg you. No matter what your stance on the Genesis creation account is, whether it be a literal 6 day event or a much longer time period. In fact I beg this of you in regards to any of your doctrines… and leanings – Don’t make it the centrality of your faith. Don’t make it THE idol in your life. Rather, make Christ and him crucified the centrality of your faith. For after all, he is the author of you faith.