Truth That Matters

"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

Introduction to the basics about how our world is the way it is today

In the second epistle of Peter, we have an interesting passage:-

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:" - 2 Peter 3:3-6

Peter tells us that scoffers will show up in the last days. These people will be -willingly ignorant- on two things:

  1. The creation [an explanation for origins]
  2. The Flood [an explanation for the geologic features that we see today on earth]

All through history, man has had various fanciful myths and legends about creation and how the present state of affairs in the world came to be. However, the last two hundred years have seen the rise of exactly what Peter is talking about. Today, the scientific establishment in the world is permeated with atheism. The Biblical accounts of creation and the flood have been replaced by:-

  1. Evolutionary theory - every organism has evolved, ultimately from inanimate matter
  2. Uniformitarianism - all the prominent geologic features of the earth are due to slow processes that we see today [just what Peter predicted the scoffers would say] 

What are the logical consequences of denying the creation and the flood? If God has not created human beings, there is no morality, accountability or dignity. You can do whatever feels good, including hurting others. The denial of the flood is a denial of God's prerogative to judge the world. Those who deny God's past judgment will also deny his future judgments:-

"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." - 2 Peter 3:7

What should believers do in the light of all this?

"...be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour" - 2 Peter 3:2

In other words, know your Bibles! You cannot have a good understanding of the Bible [and the world around you!] unless you're clear about Genesis!

So that's my purpose here. I intend to summarize Genesis 1-11, putting forth a sequence of events, and explanations of how those events have affected the state of affairs today.

The creation