The book of Genesis is the source for the Christian belief system and the basis for a biblical worldview. For no other reason than that, everyone who has an influential position among others ought to study, comprehend, and engage the message of this book of beginnings. Genesis tells us that God rules over His creation. What then is man’s role? And how does this impact our worship?
As far as Genesis is concerned, the heart of the issue is authority. Is the Bible trustworthy or not? More importantly, is the Author of the Bible—God—trustworthy or not? If so, then God is supremely and exclusively authoritative on all matters about which He writes. If God is the Author of all truth and no untruth, then the very text of Scripture is purposefully and supernaturally inspired and trustworthy, even on matters of science.
The Scriptures are consistent.
God verifies, augments, describes, and cites His creative power without alteration throughout the Bible. Anyone who reads the record of Genesis understands what is written. The words and phrases are not at all complex to grasp, but they do require belief—for those words describe and present a Being whose power is limitless and whose knowledge is all-encompassing.
Neither you nor I can experience such a condition, and therefore we must either accept (believe) that there is an all-powerful and all-knowing God, transcendent to the universe, who is the First Cause of all things, or we must reject the existence of such a Being and retreat into our own experience and intelligence. Mankind, when confronted with that truth, must decide whether he will submit to the Author of that truth or reject both that truth and the Source of that truth—the Creator-God. There is no logical middle ground.
The bottom line, of course, is who rules? God? Or man?
If God—the One who could speak the universe into existence with a command—is indeed the Creator, then He is the Owner of all that exists. Man is, therefore, a steward (rather than an owner) and is ultimately accountable to the Owner for all that is done with life and resources.
Question: Do you truly believe God rules over His creation? How does this change your worship? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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