“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. . . .So God created man in His own image.” Genesis 1:1 and 27 (KJV) For most of my life, I was caught in a squeeze play between what misrepresented itself as genuine science and what misrepresented itself as genuine theology.
The key which unlocked the door and loosed me from the crunch was Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary. I found that the word “create” in Genesis 1:1 and 27 is translated from the Hebrew word “bara” (baw-raw’) and means to produce something not previously existing through a formative process.
The primary question open to debate is whether intelligent design and an intelligent Designer were involved. For those who accept the biblical account, there is no debate, and there is no question. But for the secular scientist, there is a question open to debate which is more about arithmetic than about theology. Which of two formulae is most believable?
God plus nothing equal everything, or nobody plus nothing equal everything. There simply is no third option open to discussion.
But there is a different question open to debate for the New Testament Christian. Has the genuine theology of God’s Word changed from one form into another without compromising God’s holiness and authority?
Deuteronomy 6:5 says: “Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (KJV)
And Luke 10:27 says: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.” (KJV)
Under the Law, man obeyed blindly and without thought. But under Grace, the mind, directed by the Holy Spirit, came into play. It was the introduction of the Holy Spirit and His authority over man’s mind which makes the difference between the Law and Grace. Hence, it was the coming of Jesus Christ which brought the human intellect into the picture of obedience to God and His Word.