- Jesus Taught a Recent Creation
- Jesus Taught that Adam and Eve Were Real People
- Jesus’ Sacrifice Only Makes Sense With Creation
- Jesus Was Not Just a Great Moral Teacher
- The Bible Teaches That Jesus is God
Jesus believed that that Genesis was literal history. If a Christian has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Lord’s beliefs should be important to them. Jesus believed in a literal Adam and Eve, not only that, but the Bible says he is descended from Adam and Eve.
Jesus believed that the flood of Noah was an actual historic event that destroyed all life on earth except Noah and his family. Jesus believed the flood of Noah happened when it rained for 40 days and 40 nights and the fountains of the deep burst open.
If there was an actual worldwide flood that covered the entire surface of the earth for over a year, then the plant and animal life that became fossilized because of the flood is not a record of millions of years of evolution.
I will be quoting Jesus from the Gospel, and then I will discuss the passages he is referring to. First, I will show that Jesus believed in a literal Adam and Eve created at the beginning of time:
Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?"
"Haven’t you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Matthew 19:4-6
Here is another place in the Gospel where this same conversation is quoted:
"But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Mark 10:6-9
Jesus is referring to Chapter one of Genesis and he is saying that Adam and Eve were created at the beginning. There is no room for millions of years before the beginning of time.
Now, let me show that Jesus believed that the flood of Noah was an actual, historical event:
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:37-39
Here is another place in the Gospel where this same conversation is quoted:
"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:26-27
In this passage, Jesus is talking about an actual event recorded in Chapter 7 of Genesis:
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month-on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. Every living thing that moved on the earth perished-birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:11-23
Jesus believed that there was a flood over the entire world for over a year and that this flood killed all animals and plants that weren’t on the Ark or could survive in the water. There was a violent flood caused by the "springs of the great deep" bursting forth and the "floodgates of the heavens" pouring down. This was a violent storm that buried all the dead animals and plants in mud and sediment.
Fossilization occurs when living tissue is covered with mud and silt and the soft tissue is replaced by minerals in the mud and sediment. The fossils are a record of a worldwide flood, they are not a record of millions of years.
I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? John 3:12
Logic demands that if someone accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior they must also believe what he says about "earthly things". It is quite obvious that Jesus was a creationist.
A critical problem for Christians is that Adam is in the genealogy of Jesus. Jesus was a descendant of Adam. (See Luke 3:38) If one assumes that Adam is not a real person, created in the beginning by God as the Bible says, how then can we believe that Jesus is who the Bible says? How can we believe that he died for our sins or that he was resurrected? Either we believe that both Adam and Jesus were real people or we must believe that neither of them were real people.
Another problem for a Christian is that if he believes in evolution, he is calling Jesus a liar. Jesus said that in the beginning God created them male and female. Evolution requires millions of years for it to have happened. If people were created "in the beginning" that doesn’t leave room for millions of years before their creation. How then could a man who lied about that be the son of God?
Also, the Bible says that death is the result of sin. Evolution requires millions of years of death before people evolved. If there was already death, then sin isn’t the result of death. Therefore, death cannot atone for sin. Therefore the death of Jesus does not atone for our sins. The creation as described in Genesis is vital to Christianity.
Evolution was originally devised as a way of getting rid of God. It is a very sad compromise for a Christian to believe in evolution, and it is not necessary. There is no
proof that evolution has happened so it is not necessary to add evolution to the Bible’s version of creation. There are many scientific evidences that the earth is very young.
Did God use evolution? No.
Here is a comment that an atheist made about Christianity and evolution:
Bozarth, G. Richard, "The Meaning of Evolution," American Atheist (February 1978), p 30:
Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing!
This atheist understands the situation better than many compromising Christians.
Here is what C.S. Lewis said about that possibility:
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
CS Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book 2, Chapter 3, The Shocking Alternative
Here is an excerpt from chapter one of the book of John:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. There came a man who was sent from God; his name was john. he came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14
In summary: In the beginning was the Word … the Word was God … the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
The Word was God. And, The Word became flesh. Therefore, God became flesh. According to the Bible, Jesus is God.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all God … just as water, ice and steam are all H2O. Existing in three different forms does not change the identity. Jesus is God