Faith From The Beginning 4/22/2023

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Only Concerned With The Past

THE RECORD of our origin, as stated previously is brief. A few verses in Genesis 2 tell us how we were created and where we came from. Here is God’s brief record of that incident:

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7.

That is practically the entire story in one verse. There, in twenty-seven simple words, we have all God deems as necessary for us to know concerning our origin. Again, the rest of the Bible is concerned with where we are going.

God wants us to prepare for the future, not to ponder over the distant, musty past. The past and how we were created seems to be unimportant in the estimate of God, especially those things that don’t pertain to His plans for His creation; the future is the all important issue, and God, in His grace does not want us to be ignorant of our future. But sinful, natural man turns this truth completely around. The natural man is intensely concerned about the origin of the earth, but pays little attention to where it is heading as evidenced by his very actions. He searches the heavens with his telescope, digs into the earth with his spade, burrows through the rocks with his drill, examines the earth in the crucible and test tube and splits the atom. As he engages in his frantic search into the realm of astronomy, archaeology, geology, chemistry and physics to try to find out how and when the earth came into being as if that alone can prepare him for anything in the future.

What does he come up with? A thousand foolish theories of evolution; and I reiterate that word, theories. He invents the nebular hypothesis, discards it; invents the primordial cell theory, discards it; then invents the fire-mist theory, and a hundred others. He writes volumes and fills huge libraries full of books and articles on evolution, on the origin of things, on the origin of the species and of the earth, and on the age of the earth. All these things can be and are interesting, but they aren’t important in the eternal scheme of things. All this time the natural, carnal man gives but little thought to the future, makes no preparation for eternity, has no interest in his future abode and refuses to study the one Book which can tell him about these things. Therefore he proceeds forward at breakneck speeds towards an endless and eternal hell.

Sadly, the natural, unregenerate, man has the same reckless concern about the origin of mankind. Instead of searching the Scriptures for God’s plan for his own eternal future, he neglects AND rejects all this and spends his time trying to find out where he came from. What does he come up with this time? Evolution again, and again. He expects us to believe that man began as a little cell; that the cell became a plant; the plant became a fish; the fish began to fly; the bird lost its feathers, grew hair and climbed a tree; the monkey lost his tail and much of his hair; and the result was man.

It reminds me of a humorous story I once heard long ago:

It’s about three monkeys discussing the theory of evolution. Sitting in a tree, one says to the others, “Listen, you two. There’s rumor going around that just can’t be true—that man descended from our noble race. Why, the very idea is a dire disgrace!”

Then, listing things monkeys don’t do, he continued, “You’ll never see a monkey build a fence around a coconut tree and then let all the coconuts go to waste, forbidding all others a taste. Here’s another thing a monkey won’t do: go out at night and get on a violent stew, or use a gun or a knife to take another monkey’s life. Yes, man descended—that ornery cuss. But brothers, he didn’t descend from us!”

I guess for now, all I can add is, ’nuff said!

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Adapted and modified excerpts from Studies in the Life of Abraham by M. R. De Haan (1891-1964)
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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