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Biblical creation isn’t a salvation issue, but it is a Gospel issue

Published: 1 September 2018 (GMT+10)

David M. from Australia wrote in response to the article Where was Eden? Part 2:

Hello, I appreciate the effort that has gone into the article and it was very interesting. However, do we need this sort of information to understand our ‘Salvation’? We just don’t need to know where Eden was, just what it teaches us. Of far greater importance would be articles on the historicity of biblical statements giving details of why we can accept such statements as ‘Truth’. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Lita Cosner, CMI-US, responds:

Thank you for writing in with these thoughts. Of course articles about biblical history are important, and we often publish them. However, our Where was Eden? articles make the point that Genesis was intending to make a historical statement regarding pre-Flood geography. This is important, because some theologians argue that Eden is the biblical equivalent of ‘Neverland’—a mythical place that wasn’t intended to be taken literally. That is precisely why we showed that the statements intend to talk about real places, albeit in a geography that doesn’t exist today, post-Flood.

Having a correct view of the first chapters of Genesis lays the groundwork for the rest of the Bible. If we view Eden as “Neverland” and Adam as Everyman, the first chapters of Genesis become completely archetypal. But how can a historical Jesus fix a problem caused by a mythical Adam? How can we really look forward to a restored creation if Eden was only Neverland?

Of course we need to know what Eden teaches us. But what does it teach us? The answer to that question is different depending on whether you take a historical view of Eden or not. Thus, while we don’t need to know where Eden was as far as its coordinates, we do need to know that it was a place on the real, physical earth where our first parents lived and rebelled against God.

These articles are important because they defend Genesis as history, not as poetry, myth, or allegory. We have seen over and over again how people become more confident in their faith and in witnessing to others when they find they can trust Genesis from the very first verse. Even more amazingly, kids who are taught this in their churches are far more likely to hold onto their faith when they go to college, as shown in our short video Fallout! People also send in comments like the following:

I have used the information in your magazines many time in witnessing. After reading one of your magazines over 17 years ago, I was so pleased that I no longer had to interpret the chapters in Genesis in light of the theory of evolution. Now I just believe what I read. Thanks for all the interesting articles from space to science. I really appreciate your ministry.–Steve M.

I love the articles, they are inspirational and shed such a powerful light and balance into some very spiritually dark corners in the evolutionary and atheistic worlds. Your whole ministry is such a blessing, so a heart felt thank you.—Neil D.

A given article on creation.com may not be your ‘cup of tea’ (even we as writers and staffers at CMI have our favorites). But I hope you can see how these articles contribute to a full defense of Genesis as history, and thus as a foundation for the Gospel.

Helpful Resources

From Creation to Salvation
by Lita Cosner
US $14.00
Soft Cover
The Genesis Account
by Jonathan Sarfati
US $39.00
Hard Cover

Readers’ comments

Andrew B.
In 2017, I decided to survey many people who supported gay marriage, by asking this simple question: "Do you think evolution is true?" They all said, "Yes." Bad foundations = bad results.
Dean R.
There is a huge number of things that we cannot or may not discover scientifically at present, even with technology opening up old debates about this and that.In this sense I agree with David M & CMI. We can know things through the Bible and count on them but also defend the word and its valid place in history and real science.

The reliable narrative of the very good and young creation with no death, the fall, the flood, salvation and redemption and Jesus at the centre is the message of true hope in a lost world going in all kinds of directions.
Paul M.
The Gospel will always challenge our reality; Sin and God's judgement is a threat to any reality that we have carefully constructed around ourselves. Sadly, some alternative realities still persist to draw us away from the truth. A materialistic or non-supernatural view of the universe makes no sense to me at all, but then I believe other lies every day! Thank God for Christ and his sacrifice for my sin, or I would eternally bear the weight of those deceptions.
Garry S.
Could non-belief in the Genesis account have something to do with those who prophesied, etc in Jesus’ name (Matt 7) being rejected from the Kingdom of Heaven? Is it they who are condemned for holding to the form of religion but denying its power?
Lita Cosner
I would hesitate to apply that verse to them, because I believe that there are evolutionists who are true Christians. God saves us even when we're wrong about some things, which we should all be grateful for.
David S.
No, believing in a 6 day creation and a young earth are not REQUIRED for salvation, but we need to take seriously Jesus words that if we don’t believe what Moses wrote, how could we believe Him? I don’t want to over-extend the meaning of this statement, but it also seems appropriate to remind people that the words of Jesus through Moses are as valid as the words of Jesus in the gospels and that to be ashamed of the historicity of Genesis 1 and 2 is a dangerous place to be. Better to suffer the shame of rejection by an unbelieving world than to PERHAPS suffer the fate of those who are ashamed of Jesus and His testimony.
Dale S.
Christian greetings! Excellent article on the defense of Genesis. Eden was a real place that God placed Adam in. I love the Book of Genesis because it is a history of true events of the creation of heaven and earth. The Book of Genesis inspired me to write a book titled, "DAYS OF GENESIS". Thank you for writing this article and others on Genesis.
Sincerely in Christ,
Dale Stuckwish
Wayne O.
"However, do we need this sort of information to understand our ‘Salvation’?" Therein lies a distortion all too prevalent in Christianity today. It is as if the Gospel is all about us - humans and our salvation. The Gospel is about the Glory of God rescuing defiled humanity, giving them new life, justification, sanctification and the enjoyment of Him forever.
It is an error to attribute to Him a false, glory denying testimony of His creative works and His Character in the creative process. It also, therefore, essential to present Him to the world as He has presented Himself in His word written and to not take a horrid shortcut to make it all about us in a manner not too dissimilar to Adam pursuing his own interest above God's interest.

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