One year ago, I started this blog following an inspiring trip to the Creation Museum. Now, as the blog has amassed over 11,000 views from over 70 countries, and I have spoken in front of churches and state legislators, I write my 100th post. When I visited the museum I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had certain opinions about the Old Testament, but I wasn’t sure how it all tied together, or how to properly defend it, or if there was even a good defense. The museum took me on a walk through the history in the Bible; by get this – starting at the beginning! What a radical place to start, right? I quickly realized that when you start from the beginning, and accept each new part, the next part makes sense, and then the next, and the next, and finally it all ties to Christ. Now I understood how the Old Testament was not only relevant but necessary for Christ’s salvation to even make sense. For this special blog post I want to attempt to give you a basic outline of what the museum calls The 7 C’s Of History. Although I will do it little justice in comparison to the museum itself, this is a crash course on what the museum has to offer:
Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
First one must realize that God did not create a world full of suffering, disease, and death (as an evolutionary worldview would make you believe). Biblically, He created a perfect world as only He could. He sat back on day 7 and declared it all “very good” (He would not call cancer “very good” – cancer is found in the fossil record before man “evolved”). The landscape, people and animals were created in an instant as adults (built-in age), and commanded to only eat fruits and vegetables (no killing, no death). If all land animals were created on day six, then humans and dinosaurs did co-exist (plus land animals come after birds [day5] which is incompatible with evolution as well)!
Genesis 3:4 – “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.”
The perfect creation was marred by sin. The serpent told the same lie he’s been telling everyone ever since. God lies! You don’t have to trust Him! The first couple chose to disobey God and were separated from Him. God cursed the ground and the land. The process of death and decay were introduced (technically de-evolution, going from a “perfect” state to less perfect over time). Since that time we not inherit a sinful nature.
Genesis 6:7 – “So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth–men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air–for I am grieved that I have made them.”
About 1500 years later, sin covers the world and deeply grieves the creator to the point of wiping the creation out by means of a global flood (a local flood is completely inconsistent with the text, and would completely make the gathering of animals useless). This section intrigued me the most! How could Noah fit all the animals on the Ark? The museum used an incredible animatronic Noah to answer this and many other popular questions. The answer: he didn’t need to take representative of EVERY species, only those of the original created “kinds”, who could then later get off the Ark and through variation (micro-evolution) branch out into all the various species we have today (plus many of them may have been juvenile to cut down on space!) In fact the flood is very important as it gives us an explanation and answer towards the fossil record and geologic strata all over the world that evolutionists often use to cite as evidence of common decent.
Genesis 11:7 – “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Several years after the flood, the people come together to see if they can outwit God at the Tower of Babel. God confuses their languages amongst them, leading them to scatter about the world as He originally commanded after the flood. As they did this, the various people groups of the world arose.
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
About 2500 years after the flood, God sets up a new covenant (testament) with His people. He becomes a man and lives amongst us, performing amazing miracles, and challenging the current religious system.
Romans 14:9 – “For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”
The entire message of the Bible and these 7 C’s is centered around the cross. Without the cross the entire message is meaningless. It all leads to Christ’s self-sacrifice and subsequent rise from the dead.
2 Corinthians 4:14 – “because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.”
The final stage of the good news is how we look forward and prepare for Christ to return for us to take us to live with Him forever in Heaven.
for more info: www.creationmuseum.org