Jesus the Creator
Jesus clearly believed Genesis as history. For example, He referred to marriage at “the beginning of creation” (Mark 10:6), and to the global flood of Noah (Luke 17:26–27). This is a problem for those who profess to be Christian (to follow Christ) yet do not believe Genesis as Jesus did.
One errant ‘solution’ put forward is that Jesus was mistaken; that He did not have the benefit of modern evolutionary ‘science’ and so was ignorant of the reality that we now ‘know’; that ‘creation’ began billions of years ago and there was never a global Flood. That is, Jesus was just reflecting His limited knowledge of the past events and the cultural ignorance of His day.
This view is sometimes justified by referring to Jesus saying that He did not know when certain future events would happen (only the Father knew; Matthew 24:36). That is, they generalize Jesus’ stated voluntary, specific limitation regarding future events to knowledge of past events that Jesus witnessed.
This deficient view of Jesus often comes with the ‘kenotic heresy’, which teaches that Jesus emptied himself of his divinity, which is clearly wrong.1
The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus was present at creation; that creation happened through/by Him (John 1:1–3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16–17; Hebrews 1:2), so He can hardly have been ignorant of the details, including the timeframe.
Furthermore, in His earthly ministry, Jesus said that He only spoke what the Father told him to speak:
“The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” (John 12:48–50).
So if Jesus only spoke what the Father told him to speak, and if Jesus was mistaken about anything, then so was the Heavenly Father. This reveals the seriousness of this heresy. Note also that these people are rejecting the words of Jesus, but Jesus says in doing this they will be judged on the last day by these same words of His. This is not some little matter.
Creation magazine upholds Jesus as the Creator of all, and upholds His word as trustworthy. Thus, He was correct about the timeframe of Creation and the global Flood of Noah. Stories about how the universe came to be by natural processes are not science because no repeatable experiments are possible (see p. 20 in this issue). Evolution is really atheism’s creation myth, as a geneticist and pediatrician testify (p. 26). There is abundant evidence that living things were created—see the articles on argonauts (p. 34), potters’ hands (p. 56), charged-up spiders (p. 38), and lignin in seaweed (p. 24). There is also plenty of evidence for Noah’s Flood—z-shaped coal seams (p. 51), and out-of-sequence fossils (p. 40), as well as for the following Ice Age (p. 48). We also present evidence that things are much younger than is commonly claimed (e.g., Pluto, p. 12). And more!
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References and notes
- Sarfati, J.D., The Incarnation: Why did God become Man?, Creation 35(1):34–37, 2013; creation.com/god-man. Return to text.
It made me sad to read the words "Kenotic Heresy". I teach the Doctrine of the Trinity and I use the Kenosis in my lesson. I now understand what you mean and you are referring to those who need to make Jesus ignorant to justify long ages and inject evolution into the creation story. You are correct that this is heresy. How I teach this is with an illustration from John 13:3-5 where Jesus removed his outer clothing which gave him comfort and dignity to become a servant and wash his disciples feet. Jesus humbled himself and became their servant just as Philippians explains that Jesus humbled himself to become a man to die for our sins. I teach that he removed his robe of glory for a short while, but not his divinity.
...and so some believe Jesus when He speaks of limitations; i.e. Matthew 24:36, and passages in which He teaches of speaking only what The Father gives Him. And yet they fail to believe that The Father has anointed this One to be His spokesman and only intercessor between God and mankind.
They fail to believe Jesus when He states that "All power is given unto Me in Heaven and earth". Again, The Father chose this One to receive "ALL" power.
And the gravest neglect of all, failing to believe Jesus when He states "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me".
And the many other scriptures that Jesus pronounces concerning His relationship with The Father.
Surely by now they understand that rejecting Jesus is rejecting God The Father.