In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
This opening statement of Scripture is a declaration of divine truth, which is at once both simple in construct and profound in meaning. It boldly pronounces the origin of all things. It censures all worldviews other than its own.
Yet many fail to acknowledge the truthfulness of God’s Word. There are countless souls in this world who have rendered themselves spiritually blind by suppressing this Truth. God’s eternal power, creative genius, and divine attributes are evidenced by the things He has created. Our loving and compassionate Creator has displayed His authority and qualities all around us in a plainly discernible manner. Therefore no defense can be made for withholding the praise and honor that is owed Him.
At this point we warn those who deny Genesis 1:1 that they are in grave danger.
Ironically, the ungrateful souls think of themselves as wise intellectuals. Cerebral giants, they suppose, hide behind a façade of so-called “wisdom;” but in reality they are condemned fools. Fatuous argumentations are employed to suppress, neglect, disregard, and oppose the truth about God. Initially they go about their business unaware they are being judged. That they have become slaves of their degenerate minds has escaped their notice.
These God-deniers eventually become God-haters. The minds and hearts of these reckless idol worshipers are irreversibly corrupt, reaching a point of no return. Cursed with unquenchable yearnings, their bodies are dishonored in the process. Twisted desire consumes them – particularly manifested by perverse sexual sin. They have lost any ability to experience natural affections. God had, at this juncture, “turned them over” to degrading passions. These so-called “intellectuals” are swept into unhealthy lust where they will receive the appointed consequence of sexual perversity. Attempts are made to find consolation in reverence to nature or a devotion to animals.
Inwardly aware of God’s pronouncement that all who practice these perversions are deserving of death, they not only continue in these shameful horrors, but do not hesitate to give their thorough approval to others who do the same thing. Hence, a whole society can swiftly fall under their spell – an entire community damned forever.
The Benighted gave up on God and therefore God gave them up: at the start into the shadows they go. Inch by inch they are prodded farther from the light. But it would seem to some that their lives are in no danger; in fact, they seem to love the Cimmerian shade rather than the warm glow of Truth. Finally – cloaked with wickedness, greed, rottenness, malice, and insolent pride – there are wits plunged into utter darkness. It is too late to go back – the door has been closed!
The Condemned Ones’ tragic journey to eternal damnation began with a denial of Genesis 1:1.
Next, we will see that Genesis 1:1 is a denial of all the false worldviews[i]. It flatly repudiates:
- Atheism with its doctrine of no God—”God created.”
- Pantheism with its doctrine that the world is God and God is the world—”God created the heaven and the earth.” In order to create the universe He had to be outside of it and prior to it.
- Polytheism with its doctrine of many gods—”God created.”
- Materialism with its doctrine of the eternity of matter—”God created.” By the omnipotent word of God all things sprang into existence out of the abyss of nothingness.
- Agnosticism with its doctrine of the unknowability of anything, especially of divine things—”God created.” Divine revelation makes human ignorance inexcusable.
There is one last hope for the Condemned Ones!
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[i] Excerpted from In the Beginning: Studies in Genesis 1-21 by Charles M. Horne, Th.D., Moody Bible Institute.
For further reading / discussion:
Can you be a Christian and actively practice homosexuality? Click on the “Play” icon to listen to Hank Hanegraaff’s response:
Greg Bahnsen (1948-1995) observes from the Bible that “… the thinking of the wicked is committed to an atheistic outlook …” (sorry for the poor video quality — it’s an old clip!)