"IN THE BEGINNING"
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1
When someone asks me where they should begin their study of the scriptures, I have learned from experience to tell them: " In the beginning of the Book; at Genesis 1:1." The reason I emphasize "from experience" is because I have learned that any person who is unwilling to acknowledge God as an all-wise and sovereign Creator will have little success with the rest of the Book. They may as well close it and stop there if they are unwilling to believe the first verse of His book.
Because of its vital role in the heart and actions of the believer, the Devil has bent all his power and energy, in every age, to raise a question of doubt concerning God as Creator. It is like the farmer with the watermelon patch who couldn't keep the kids from stealing them at night. So one evening he put up a sign in his patch which read, "There is one poison watermelon in this patch." To his dismay, he returned the next morning to check on his precious melons only to find a second sign which read, "Now, there are two poison watermelons in this patch." The Devil knows that if he can cast a shadow of a doubt upon the first declaration of God in the Bible, the rest of the book will be read with a skeptical eye.
Today, parents and children alike, are bombarded with the theory of evolution, verses, Godly creation, on every hand. Schools, papers, magazines, and television continue to challenge Genesis 1:1. But realistically, it takes more faith to believe that man evolved from an amoeba than to believe he was created by God. For me to look around this universe, and behold the beauty and splendor of it, to see the complexity of every creature, and believe that all of this just evolved would take faith more than I can fathom. But to simply believe God for His word, that He created all things, is not only easier to believe , but equally logical. After all, this is faith in its most basic element: Just take God at His word. The Lord willing, the next week, we will continue with, "In the beginning". Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115.
Neil Phelan, Jr. Pastor.