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  • Of Genesis 3 - by Mike Emslie
    that this sinful condition is passed on to every other human being that ever lives after that Implications of the truth of Genesis 3 If we believe Genesis 3 then the biggest problem this world has and we all know there are serious problems is not The breakdown of the family Substance abuse Financial problems Global economic problems Consumerism Crime Corrupt politicians Bad leadership Lack of education Natural disasters War Religious terrorism Religious intolerance Pollution Global warming Poverty Human trafficking Abuse of women and children Pornography What we eat Disease Etc etc etc As terrible as all these things are none of them individually or a combination of them or even all of them together because they are all happening is the big issue facing us as people on this planet The biggest issue of which all those things are purely symptoms is what happened in Genesis 3 And then actually the biggest problem facing this world is a God problem When mankind eyes were opened to good and evil through an evil act of rebellion against God mankind changed Adam Eve and every other person after that became sinners who naturally and willingly sinned And this transformed the world into the mess we now know it as Mention Genesis 4 But that s only half the story because Genesis 3 makes it clear and you see this worked out in the rest of the Bible in ways that freaks out 21 st century people that God in judgement on sinners makes sure that the consequences of sin will be experienced in this world and through death in eternity for eternity God response to sin is one of wrath and judgement There is no greater issue than that Now of course that is not all to know about God s character and even in Genesis 3 there is an indication that God is willing to show mercy 3 21 And there is an indication that God is willing to provide a God solution to the God problem a way out of this horror 3 15 we know where that is going But Genesis 3 tells us we have a God problem And then ironically it is not Politics Business Education The military The police Medicine Service provision Disaster management The green movement Activism Academia Etc That have the most important role to play in this world but the church doesn t seem to me that the world thinks like that Religion in general and the church specifically is seen to be an optional thing or not to do with reality But according to Genesis 3 the world have got everything upside down then and now And the God problem that we have because of sin has certain other implications for us and our thinking If Genesis 3 is true Then the popular idea that we are all born innocent and later become infected by the evil of the world is not true According to Genesis 3 and how it works

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  • Of Genesis 1 - by Mike Emslie
    there is no God only matter which was once highly concentrated and then exploded with a big bang formed itself into life and keeps expanding That is not true There is an invisible all powerful creator God who made everything Set everything in place Set everything in motion Gave it life It all belongs to Him brings glory to Him and is under His control If God created everything in the way described in Genesis 1 then evolution is not true Then evolution the idea that all the complexity of life on this earth and beyond happened by chance with no intelligence creating it or guiding it over millions and millions of years is not true Then theistic evolution the idea that there is a God but He was not directly involved in the origin of life He may have created the building blocks He may have created the natural laws He may even have created these things with the eventual emergence of life in mind but at some point early on He stepped back and let His creation take over He let it do what it does whatever that is and life eventually emerged from non living material That cannot be true according to our passage Then also the other version of theistic evolution that God oversaw and managed the process of evolution can also not be true Because in our passage we saw that God created everything including complex life with an established purpose that we can see has not changed from then till now and He did all of that right at the beginning And He did all of that according to our passage in six 24 hour days And although the Hebrew word for day yom can mean more than 24 hours usually the context will determine how it should be taken In Genesis when the phrase morning and evening is linked with day it probably means a 24 hour day And the Gap Theory is just not there in the way people try to make out it is see 1 1 2 explain Maybe a gap but not filled with evolution Satan falling etc It s just not there You have to imagine it there By the way Jesus believed in the Genesis 1 version of Creation I believe you can show from the NT and links to the OT that Jesus believed in it including a 24 hour day creation with people right at the beginning of creation Why is that important Because He is Jesus the God man Because according to Colossian 1 He was there He created And here again is my main point If Genesis 1 is true then any other version of these events is not and to hold any of these other versions of events is to not take God at His Word and to continue down such a path is to eventually open the gate of your mind have your faith escape and eventually see it mauled not

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  • Of Genesis 1 - by Mike Emslie
    only matter which was once highly concentrated and then exploded with a big bang formed itself into life and keeps expanding That is not true There is an invisible all powerful creator God who made everything Set everything in place Set everything in motion Gave it life It all belongs to Him brings glory to Him and is under His control If God created everything in the way described in Genesis 1 then evolution is not true Then evolution the idea that all the complexity of life on this earth and beyond happened by chance with no intelligence creating it or guiding it over millions and millions of years is not true Then theistic evolution the idea that there is a God but He was not directly involved in the origin of life He may have created the building blocks He may have created the natural laws He may even have created these things with the eventual emergence of life in mind but at some point early on He stepped back and let His creation take over He let it do what it does whatever that is and life eventually emerged from non living material That cannot be true according to our passage Then also the other version of theistic evolution that God oversaw and managed the process of evolution can also not be true Because in our passage we saw that God created everything including complex life with an established purpose that we can see has not changed from then till now and He did all of that right at the beginning And He did all of that according to our passage in six 24 hour days And although the Hebrew word for day yom can mean more than 24 hours usually the context will determine how it should be taken In Genesis when the phrase morning and evening is linked with day it probably means a 24 hour day And the Gap Theory is just not there in the way people try to make out it is see 1 1 2 explain Maybe a gap but not filled with evolution Satan falling etc It s just not there You have to imagine it there By the way Jesus believed in the Genesis 1 version of Creation I believe you can show from the NT and links to the OT that Jesus believed in it including a 24 hour day creation with people right at the beginning of creation Why is that important Because He is Jesus the God man Because according to Colossian 1 He was there He created And here again is my main point If Genesis 1 is true then any other version of these events is not and to hold any of these other versions of events is to not take God at His Word and to continue down such a path is to eventually open the gate of your mind have your faith escape and eventually see it mauled not only by these other

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  • Gary Bates
    volunteer MEMBERSHIP Learn more about St Matthews and how to become a member HOME GROUPS Find a Home Group in your area UP COMING EVENTS May 28 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast May 28 9 30 14 30 Women s Convention Jun 25 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Jul 23 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Aug 27 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast

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