Comment on The Sabbath’s relevance to the debate about origins by Ron Stone M.D..
Genesis 1 clearly states that God created the universe in six ordinary length days.While the word â€œdayâ€ has a variety of possible meanings, the meaning intended by an author is always specified by the context.The context in Genesis 1 is â€œevening and morning, one day.â€The author clearly intended the word to mean an ordinary-length day.The Ten Commandments, which God wrote down with His own finger in stone, confirm this conclusion.The Fourth Commandment says that the Israelites were to observe the Sabbath as a memorial to the fact that God created the universe in six days.Jesus was totally committed to the authority of the Scriptures, particularly the writings of Moses (which begin with Genesis), and He said that we must do so too.Jesus said that if we do not believe what Moses wrote we could not believe what He said, because Moses wrote about Him.Jesus claimed to be the God whom Moses wrote about, and He claimed that the writings of Moses provided the foundation for His incarnation, atonement and resurrection.Jesus made it a condition of Christian discipleship that we believe what He says.The honor and glory of God as Creator are revealed in His work of creation.God defines himself throughout the Bible as the Creator.His honor and glory are shown forth in His work of creation, so it is logically absurd for Christians to worship God as Creator, but then to refuse to believe what He says on the subject of creation.
Jim, I don’t know where you live, but out here in California, we have some who have different views on what Genesis says. Liberals claim to have some different “interpretations” of those so-called “real,24 hour days.”
This is called postmodern “present truth” for all those SDA’s that believe in Ellen White and all those other old fashioned backwaters from the 19th century.
So Jesus said He believed in the literal Genesis story? He was simply, as Paul, Moses, and the rest of those old fogies, just a product of His paternalistic Jewish culture. Or, as some say, He didn’t want to “upset the apple cart” and tell us the “real story” because we were too dumb to understand.
And, as far as God “defining Himself” through the Bible? Well, there are many other ways He “defines” himself, including “feelings” “worldly culture” and humanistic philosophy. And these may “trump” all that biblical stuff, mainly because it’s more “relevant” to us today.
Can you see why we have the current situation at LSU?!
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Permit me to take this one step further. Consider this:We were discussing the LSU/Evolution problem in SS this past Sabbath. One of the class members stated that Evolutionism is every bit a religion just as Christianity, Buddhism, Satanism or any other belief system is. When one looks at it this way it is easier to understand why they will not give up their belief system. However a person cannot be true to more than one â€œreligionâ€ at any given time. So, those at LSU who are teaching and believers of Darwinian Evolution are not, in the truest sense of the word Adventists, no matter what they say. When they attempt to deceive anyone by putting up a front they are Adventists, good or otherwise, and just making use of academic freedom, are not true to either belief system.Something to think about,Bill
You’re absolutely correct, Bill. Evolution is a “worldview” just as emotionally held as Christianity or other religions. The choice between choosing God’s Truth over humanistic philosophy is a choice we all have to make.
LSU, by definition is an institution of higher learning.Where else is it more important than to have all theories present and accounted for…
Dave, As Sean has already begun to state, your personal “interpretation” of history is not very accurate. Would you please tell us who espouses such a theory of the Sabbath at LLU? I could guess, but I won’t, since it might be censored.
Praise the Lord for the courageous brorhers who are upholding the banner of truth in these last days. But there is something that I cannot really understand: Is la Sierra University an Adventist Institution, funded by Church money? Or is it an independant Institution financially and academivally. The Church authority should take appropriate disciplinary steps against all teachers of heresy.
Cuniah, We have been asking those in “authority” (LSU Board, which has the authority) ) to take some “steps” but so far the only steps they have taken is to step home without doing anything!
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Does that mean to “fire” or to “force their resignation? Seems like it does.