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Genesis 1-11 (Detailed Statement)

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Detailed Statement

The following five articles summarize our beliefs about Genesis 1-11:

Article I – Presuppositional Framework

We believe that the account of origins presented within the historical narrative of Genesis 1-11 is a straightforward and factual presentation of actual events, and therefore provides a reliable framework to answer questions about the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth, and the universe. By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record (Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy [1978], Article XII). Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by sinful, fallible people in the present who do not possess all information, and who were not there from the beginning (Jeremiah 17:9; Job 38:4). 

Article II - Creation

We believe the creation days in Genesis 1 do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six consecutive, twenty-four hour days (BCF [1689], Article 4:1), and that man has lived on the earth “from the beginning of creation”, as stated by our Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 10:6; 13:19; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:20). Moreover, we understand that the basis for our seven-day week comes directly from the Fourth Commandment: that God worked for six days and rested for one (Exodus 20:8-11; 31:17). Therefore, we do not endorse theories that attempt to twist the plain meaning of Scripture in order to accommodate extra-biblical views: local flood, gap theory, dayage, literal-day-with-gaps, progressive creation, theistic evolution, framework hypothesis, accommodation theory, revelatory view, and so on. The various original created kinds, and mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God and are not the result of Darwinian descent from a common ancestor (Genesis 1:9-27; 1 Corinthians 15:39). The living descendants of any of the original kinds, apart from man, may represent several varieties or species today, reflecting the potential for tremendous diversity that our wise Creator placed within the original kinds.

Article III - Flood

We believe the Genesis Flood to be an historical event, worldwide (global) in its extent and impact on man, all living creatures, and the earth (Genesis 6:5-7; 7:11-24; Matthew 24:37-39; 2 Peter 3:4-6). The geological record can be readily understood through the interpretive lens of Creation and the Flood, and evidence for the Flood can be clearly seen worldwide through the fossil-bearing geological record. The testimony of the Flood also serves as a continuous reminder that God judges sin, although He may be long-suffering in executing His wrath (2 Peter 3:8-9). It was the re-interpretation of the geological record away from the traditional catastrophic view to an unbiblical and unscientific uniformitarian view that ushered in a wide-sweeping and devastating Darwinian evolutionary compromise among evangelicals beginning in the 19th century, contributing to the secularization of the culture and irrelevance of the Church today.

Article IV - Tower of Babel and Origin of Nations

We believe that within a century or so after the Flood, God saw fit to disperse the human population from Babel (Shinar, Mesopotamia) into all parts of the earth, resulting in the origin of nations and the global distribution of people groups. All humans descend from Noah and further back to Adam. Just as we all inherit our physical nature from Adam, we correspondingly inherit our sinful nature from him, thus necessitating salvation through Jesus Christ, the “last Adam” (Acts 17:26; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22). Consequently, there is only one human race (Adam’s race) but two spiritual races (saved and lost). Thus, the only true “interracial” marriage is a spiritual one, when a child of the last Adam - saved - is “unequally yoked” with a child of the first Adam - unsaved (2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16).

Article V - The Origin of Sin and Death

We believe the special creation of Adam, the first man, and Eve, the first woman, and their subsequent fall into sin, is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind. Physical and spiritual death, as well as bloodshed and disease, entered into this world subsequent to and as a direct consequence of Adam’s sin (1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Romans 5:14-19; 8:20-22). We recognize that man and air-breathing, blood-circulating animals (nephesh chayyah: “soulish” or living creatures; Genesis 1:24, 27; 2:7, 19; 7:15, 22; 9:3-6; Leviticus 17:11) were originally given seed-bearing plants and fruit for their sustenance (Genesis 1:29-30). Human and animal death, as well as spiritual death for man, is a curse and an enemy (Genesis 2:17; 3:14, 19; Romans 5:12-19; 8:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:26; Revelation 21:4). Moreover, God declared his creation “very good” (i.e., in a state of perfection) at the end of the creation week (Genesis 1:31), which would be a contradiction if there had been death, suffering or disease present on the earth.

Further insight can be obtained from prophetic passages. Isaiah 11 describes the restoration of an Edenic state under the Messiahship of Jesus Christ upon His Second Return, wherein there is a literal change in the relations of animals to man and each other. In this state, an animal is coupled with that one which is its natural prey as creation is restored to its pre-Fall innocence (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25). Revelation 21 indicates that death and pain (the enemies) will be no more in the new heavens and earth. These passages indicate how unnatural human and nephesh animal death and carnivory are (Revelation 21:4) and that they are expressly the result of the Fall.

Finally, God’s sacrificing of an animal to provide skin coverings for Adam and Eve’s nakedness in the Garden of Eden would have been devoid of its symbolism as a foreshadowing or “type” of Christ and His atonement if animal death had already been present on the earth. Consequently, the fossil-bearing geological record, which is a record of vast global death, suffering, bloodshed, carnivory, and disease, must have been formed after the Fall (i.e., Genesis Flood: Genesis 6-9; see also Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-27; 2 Peter 3:5-6).