Genesis 1:1

Marilyn Laszlo once said that there is sufficient information within the book of Genesis to lead a person to salvation. A professor of mine once suggested a zero base theology. What he meant was to take everything you have been taught about theology and forget it. Go back to scripture and build your theology from scripture under the leading of the Holy Spirit.

So how much of a true theology can be built from the book of Genesis alone? To my mind it is impossible to examine something without my perception of it being colored by other information that I already know. Is it possible to start from the book of Genesis and build your theology from scripture, without that little voice in the back of your head constantly reminding you of what you have been taught is true? The reason this concerns me is taken from Mark 7:6-13.

And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’ “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” He was also saying to them,

***You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.***

“For Moses said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER'; and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH'; but you say, ‘If a man says to {his} father or {his} mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given {to God),} you no longer permit him to do anything for {his} father or {his} mother;

***{thus} invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down;***

and you do many things such as that.”

How accuratly does this describe the church today. How many traditions have been handed down that twist and invalidate the word of God? How far are we, at this point in history, from where the Pharisees were at the time of Christ or where the Catholic Church was at the time of the reformation?

Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

So the first point of theology in all of scripture is that God exists. And the second is that He created the physical plane that we exist in. Sounds like He is someone I might want to get to know.

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One Response to “Genesis 1:1”

  1. LaDonna Says:

    I love this:

    “”So the first point of theology in all of scripture is that God exists. And the second is that He created the physical plane that we exist in. Sounds like He is someone I might want to get to know.””

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