The Foremost Commandment and The Early History of the Universe
church minister categorizes doctrines. This is done for various reasons: to
teach and preach first things first; to attain unity in core beliefs within a
congregation; allow for diversity of opinions in secondary matters; or, to
facilitate cross-denominational relationships.
purpose of this article is to help the servants of the Lord to see that the
classical doctrines of a recent creation, the Fall and the global Flood of Noah
are essential Christian doctrines. The acceptance of early biblical history
is essential to Christendom because unless we accept it we cannot fully follow
the Foremost Commandment of the Lord.
A study of the Word of God clearly demonstrates this truth.
the first, the foremost things that God wants from us? They were summarized
by our Lord Jesus:
answered him, The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel
amazing to see how many people start reciting the Foremost Commandment with
you shall love the LORD your God .... (Mark 12:30) In doing so, they omit a
crucial part of the Commandment, the part which commands us to hear.
With the words Hear, O Israel we are charged first of all to pay
special attention to the declaration that follows. This command to hear
implies that we are to hear every word of God.
God speaks to us primarily through the Scriptures. In order to
hear everything God wants us to hear, we must believe that His Scriptures are
inerrant. Would you want to believe the Bible if you thought it contained
errors? Would you want to believe the Bible if you thought it contained even
one error? We would not. In our opinion, either the Bible is true from cover
to cover, or it holds no merit whatsoever.
An unbiased and
straightforward reading of the Bible plainly reveals that the earth and
universe were created perfect, whole and complete about 6,000 years ago in six
literal 24-hour days. After the creation week, Adam and Eve, the first
human beings, disobeyed God; and, as a consequence of human sin, God introduced
death and The Curse into the universe. In the days of Noah, 1,656 years
after creation, God completely destroyed and reworked the surface of the
world using a global Flood to accomplish the task.
We are fully
persuaded that the first 11 Chapters of the Book of Genesis must be understood
in no other way. These chapters are history, not allegory.
version of early earth history generally held by secular society, and
unfortunately even by many Christians, is dramatically different.
According to the evolutionists/theistic evolutionists version of history: the
earth and universe are supposedly billions of years old; Adam and Eve are
fictional characters, or smart apes; and, death has always been common.
Accordingly, death was not the consequence of human sin and has been present in
the universe since the first living organism came into existence. For them, a
global flood is mythological; instead, according to them, there were merely
multiple local floods throughout earths long history.
Obviously, these two
histories cannot both be true at the same time. One of them is
false, fundamentally flawed. Any and all attempts to stitch them together will
never stand up to close scrutiny.
It should not escape
anyones attention that the very existence of any alternative evolutionary
histories provokes the people of God to consider them. In addition, these alternative
scenarios are presumably backed up with scientific arguments, which may
appear on the surface to be well-grounded and compelling. Thus, many
Christians feel that they must consider, and even endorse, one of these various
alternative evolutionary theories as acceptable within a biblical context.
What have many
Christians done when faced with what they believe is a necessity to choose
between the biblical view of earth history and the evolutionary view of earth
Although ill advised, they have decided
that the Bible cannot be fully trusted and that they may determine for
themselves where the Bible is right and where it is wrong. This is not what the
Bible means when we are told to hear God. Such positions usurp Gods Word and
replace it with human reasoning. They believe that human beings are able to
determine what God really meant rather than accept what He really said. Such
positions are idolatrous because instead of worshipping the one true and living
God they chose instead to worship human reasoning.
These are people who
claim to be believers of the Holy Scriptures, but have been deceived into
finding nonexistent, imaginary, supposed millions and billions of years
in the Bible. This is not hearing God. Using this kind of methodology anyone
could find anything they wanted to find in the Scriptures, from little green
people to King David being a homosexual. In fact, there is a Biblical
definition for this method of interpreting the Scriptures. It is described as
being used by those: which corrupt the word of God. (2 Corinthians 2:17, KJV)
Some people have even
turned away from the acceptance of the Christian faith because they found it
intellectually impossible to believe a Book which, in their reworked opinion,
had started off with fables. Many others have had their faith in the Bible
seriously hindered by a similar thought process.
In general, we assert
that while God calls His people to hear Him; the acceptance of evolutionary
teaching has made them dull of hearing, or even completely deaf to His Word.
The issue of early
earth history must not be avoided in churches. The evolutionary version of
history effectively destroys the ability of people to hear God. It is the
sacred duty of His shepherds to protect their flock:
Your servant used to keep his fathers sheep, and when
a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and
struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth, ... (1 Samuel 17:34-35)
Part II. Appreciating
the Glory of God
Jesus answered him,
The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the
LORD is one. (Mark 12:29)
After the words
Hear, O Israel a gem of truth about God is revealed: The LORD is one.
Many people have
thought that this statement concerned only the triune nature of God; a
theological, academic, dry truth that, although being of utter importance,
would not particularly stir anyones heart. This statement, however, is the
first and foremost statement about God being like no one else: He is the
one and only, there is no one like Him!
God invites everyone
to try to grasp just how awesome He is and who He is in totality. The more we
understand Gods greatness and His heart the more our minds and lives will be
fashioned in the correct way. We are not to function simply by the knowledge of
His correct principles for us, but also by a thorough knowledge of Gods heart.
The concept of God
being One, that is the One and only, is to be found directly within one of
His names. This is not readily seen by most people because in most translations
of the Bible His name is substituted with the reverential term LORD. The word
LORD stands for the original Hebrew YHWH, and is also known as the
Tetragrammaton. YHWH is most often said to mean I am Who I am.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow He is the I AM. He is outside of time; He is
above all problems and obstacles.
God demonstrated to
His people what His name, YHWH, actually meant while they were in a desperate
situation in Egypt. In Egypt their life had not been easy; but, because their
need was greater than ever before, God showed them a greater picture of
In ancient Eastern
cultures names did not simply identify persons or places; they often
conveyed specific prophetic information about the bearers of those names. The
same is true of God. God revealed Himself to us using many names; each one of
them conveyed a certain truth about Gods character, attributes, emotions and
pattern, and at the time of His peoples most bitter and terrible opposition,
God revealed to them the meaning of His name YHWH. He did this to assure them
that He was greater than all their oppressors and their oppressors so-called
Gods name, YHWH, became His guarantee that He was able to do what
He had promised them. Gods power was revealed in Egypt to assure His people
that He was and is and always will be the all-powerful God, the God above all
others, the unchanging God, in other words, that He is YHWH:
Therefore say to the children of Israel: I am the LORD; I will
bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from
their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great
judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall
know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of
the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the
LORD. (Exodus 6:6-8)
As an experiment to demonstrate a spiritual truth; insert Gods
real name instead of the substitute word LORD in Mark 12:29 and it would
read: Hear, O Israel, YHWH our God, YHWH is one
This statement is heavily laden with Gods glory! The name
YHWH speaks of His indescribable greatness, majesty and glory. It is powerfully
reinforced by the solemn claim that God is one, that He is like no other! Thus
we may see that the Lord longs for us to grow in the knowledge and appreciation
of His greatness.
On the other hand, evolutionary teaching works against such
growth. For example, theistic evolutionists within the Church claim that
God did not create the universe in six literal 24-hour days, but instead took
billions of supposed years to complete the task. If you were to believe in an
old creation, would this construct increase your appreciation of Gods power or
facilitate your amazement of His abilities? In other words, would it help you
see and appreciate His glory more? Hardly! Quite the opposite would be
As an illustration, consider paralleling the Genesis account of
creation with runners racing around a track. We praise the runner who wins the
race. The one who runs the fastest around the track receives the prize and
glory. In the same way, the God who creates things quickly is more glorious
than a god who creates slowly over imaginary billions of years.
When Dr. McMurtry stopped believing in evolution and concluded
that creation in six literal 24-hour days was biblically and scientifically
true; people would counter with: How can you believe that God could create so
quickly, in only six days? After over 37 years of studying the Bible and the
science supporting a recent creation; he has come to the point where now he
asks the question: Why did He take so long?
of the Bible did not need to take six days to create the earth and universe. He
could easily have created the earth and universe in only a fraction of a
microsecond. God created everything in six days to give us a pattern that we
are to follow: work six days and rest one day. Let us restate the obvious: the
God who creates in six days is far more glorious than a god who would spend
billions of years to do the same job.
beliefs deprive God of His glory, which is an intolerable offence
I am the
LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another
will not hear, and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory to My name,
Says the LORD of hosts, I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your
blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not take it to
heart. (Malachi 2:2)
and worship teams are a common feature of many contemporary local churches. Creation-science
ministries are also praise and worship teams, because the teaching of
creation from both a biblical and a scientific basis helps people to see Gods
glory shining brightly throughout the universe, and therefore ascribe to God
the glory that He deserves.
Creation Worldview Ministries we help people to see what they are looking at:
heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! (Isaiah 6:3)
Part III. Loving God with all your mind
And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the
first commandment. (Mark12:30)
have fellowship with God we can experience a wide variety of emotions, but loving
God is not simply having an emotional experience. If we love God then we
will attempt to align every aspect of our life with Gods commandments, laws
and ordinances: He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves
Me. (John 14:21)
To love the Lord with all our mind means to
align our thoughts with Gods thoughts as revealed to us in the Bible. All our
starting assumptions, thinking processes, conclusions, decisions, etc., should
be subject to the supreme authority of His written Word. No area of our
intellectual life may be an exception to this general rule, including our
Unfortunately, a large percentage of Gods people have had their
minds shaped and trained to think independently from the Word of God. Many
people did not grow up in believing families, and therefore they have inherited
a non-biblical way of thinking. This is the case for the vast majority of
Christian believers in the countries of the former Soviet Union. There are also
those who have accepted the basic truths of the Gospel and have been saved, but
they have never truly conformed their minds to the whole counsel of God.
Whatever their exact thought processes may be, what they need
is help to get through a process of re-training and re-generating their minds.
They need teachers in order to learn and accept the truth of which they have
been previously deprived of; and, they need help in order to learn how to
operate strictly within the framework of the Word of God.
It is crucially important to understand that science, as
any other area of intellectual activity, should be subject to the Word of
God. To be more precise, if scientific observations allow for a number of
possible interpretations, those interpretations that clearly contradict some
obvious Biblical truth should be rejected out of hand. This is called The
Berean Method of proof. (Acts 17:11)
For example: all scientists observe that there are sequences of
layers of sedimentary rocks in the earths crust. They also observe that some
of these rock layers contain various fossil organisms. Historically such
sequences of fossil bearing rocks have been interpreted in one of several ways:
either, as the result of a recent creation followed by a global flood; or, the
result of any type of theistic evolution; or, the result of a progressive
creation; or, the result of long term naturalistic evolution. Any of the
various forms of theistic evolution, progressive creation or naturalistic
evolution are flatly contradicted by the Biblical account of a recent creation
as recorded in the Book of Genesis; therefore, these three interpretations
must automatically be ruled out.
As another example: from time to time evolutionary
believing anthropologists find the bones of what they think appear to be
human-like organisms. Then, these evolutionists will claim that those bones
probably, maybe, might have, belonged to some pre-human, sub-human ancestors of
The Holy Scriptures reveal that the
entire human population of the earth started from a single couple named Adam
and Eve. According to Genesis and other passages of the Bible, Adam was not
born from a woman but he was hand-assembled by God from the dirt that God had
previously spoken into existence. Eve was made from living material that God
had removed from inside of Adam. Therefore, on the grounds of Biblical
revelation about the origin of human beings, the interpretations that use
bones to support the various ape-like-creatures-to-people hypotheses should be
discarded. Some people may think that such a position is not intellectually
acceptable; nonetheless it appears to us to be the right approach to the
Historically, the rejection of the
authority of Gods Word has led to the development of secular science in which
there is no higher authority than what our eyes see, what our hands touch and
what our intellect thinks. Over time this materialistic view of science has
grown and enjoyed hearty acceptance. It has matured and become the major
support for furthering the rejection of the Word of God.
Yet, the existence of the
evolutionary materialistic form of science is not the worst evil being
propagated in society. What is worse is that some Christians have been charmed into believing that science should
not be subject to the authority of the Holy Scriptures. This false concept is sold inside of various
wrappings. For example: some people say that the Bible and science
simply talk about different spheres and that they do not overlap; or, that the
Bible allegedly talks about purely supernatural truths, while science talks about purely natural truths.
These ideas are espoused by those who believe in a dual revelation of
Scripture rather than a single revelation.
In spite of the diversity of such arguments, they all
have the underlying assumption that human intellect is able to determine what
is true and what is not true without any help from above. This assumption is
wrong. This is the same fallacy that led Adam and Eve to the first human
sin. As a result of the original sin, the entire universe is suffering
degeneration and death. Just think: you are going to die physically (should the
Lord tarry) because of this fallacy!
It is not always easy for the people of God to get
over this hurdle in their thinking; that science is not an independent or
self-sufficient way of determining the truth. What happens when science is
wrongly elevated among Christians to become equal to, and even as authoritative
as, the Bible?
In modern times, secular materialistic science has
become much more than just a sophisticated method used to improve the quality
of life. Today, it is claimed to be able to provide answers to the
fundamental questions of life. These answers would include: where did
people come from; where are they going; why are they here; and, how should they
behave while they are here. If secular science alone is believed to be the
self-sufficient means of determining the truth about origins, the people of God
are going to be severely tempted to compromise the revelations of God with a
patchwork of purely human ideas.
The correct determination of the history of the
universe is important and this is why there are fierce attacks by materialists,
atheists and other -ists at the truthfulness of the creation account found in
The Book of Genesis. There are few other areas of human endeavor where the
contradictions between the Bible and materialistic evolutionary science are so
strong and so evident.
If anyone gives mental consent to the abandonment of
an inerrant interpretation of the creation account, that God created everything in six literal 24-hours
days, then they will enormously devalue the Bible and erroneously exalt
If Gods Word is devalued either individually or
corporately, Christians will turn to secular science instead of toward the
Bible to find the answers to the many important questions of life; and, they
will lock their minds up in a prison of fallible human thoughts. If there is
mental assent that the Bible is wrong in such fundamental matters as the
origins of the universe, life and man; Christian leaders and teachers will
fail in their role to demonstrate why everyone should base all their thinking
upon Biblical revelation.
Today there is ample excellent science to demonstrate
that the inerrant creation account found in Genesis makes much more sense
scientifically than any of the evolutionary scenarios. We believe that an
excellent way to help Christians to line up their opinions with Gods opinions
would be to study the early history of the universe in churches, from both
biblical and scientific perspectives. Creation Worldview Ministries exists
to do just that. CWM helps believers in Christ to overcome the allegations of
secular materialistic science that contradict the Scriptures. CWM helps them to
love the Lord with not a part, but with all their mind.
Part IV. Loving Your Neighbor
... and the second, like it, is this: You shall love
your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:31)
If Christians really have love for non-Christian
people, then they should make every effort to help them to commit their lives
to the Lord Jesus. While some people come to believe the Gospel easily, others
are hindered by various obstacles to their acceptance of the Gospel. At the
top of the list of obstacles to faith in the Gospel is the acceptance of
evolution. What should we do about this hindrance? We have to remove it.
Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up
the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples! (Isaiah
It is not enough for us to merely lift up a banner. A highway must be built and the stones must be
removed. It is not always sufficient for someone to merely hear the Gospel in
order to come to faith. What is often required is for Christians to remove
the obstacles to faith, the stones that would otherwise cause people to
Charles Darwin did not invent the many existing theories of
evolution. Various theories of evolution had been conceived and debated for
thousands of years prior to Darwin. The Christian Church has had to deal with
the scientific aspects of an evolutionary worldview for two thousand years. The
people of God will have to continue to fight the evolutionary worldview until
Each generation of believers is instructed to live and serve Him
as if He is coming back within their lifetime. Yet, He might tarry, just as He
has done until now. We are told to actively occupy until the Lords return. If
we do nothing to train and equip new generations of Bible believing disciples,
scientists and educators, who understand that the foundation of Christianity is
the Doctrine of Creation, then evolutionists will continue to enforce their
false worldview upon the global society.
many members within the Body of Christ confine their vision to only the here
and now. They are unwilling to invest their time, effort and money into
something that will not bring them immediate results. Even when people are
willing to take the long view, they consider science as something irrelevant to
their mission of bringing the nations to the obedience of Christ. Nothing
could be further from the truth. The correct position is that science is an
essential tool in bringing the Nations to Christ.
they will declare My glory among the nations. Isaiah 66:19 ((NAS95)
of God is seen within the world He created. Using science, coupled with an
inerrant Bible, we
may clearly demonstrate the glory of the Creator-God. When we neglect science,
we are in danger of hiding the glory of Christ from the nations instead of
Loving Your Children
Jesus answered the question about the foremost commandment, He referred to a
passage from Deuteronomy Chapter Six. In the same Chapter right after the words
Jesus quoted there is another instruction of ultimate importance:
words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall
teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in
your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise
up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NAS95) [Emphasis added]
Although these words are not directly included within the Foremost
Commandment their inclusion is implied. The children of Christians have an
advantage of growing up in a family of believers. Therefore, it is possible for
them to correctly form their worldview from their earliest years. Christian
parents have the responsibility and opportunity to teach their children the
truth of the Bible and Creation Science, showing them that the former and
the latter are perfectly harmonized because they have the same Author.
If Christian parents properly fulfill their role in doing this,
their children will not only be protected against falling away from the faith
because of materialistic supposedly scientific counter-evangelism. They will
also be prepared to fulfill within their lives the Foremost Commandment!
As an illustration of the truth of this reasoning, let me [Ilya]
share a personal experience that made me become very serious about
protecting my children.
three children. My then two and a half year old son, Lev, and I once played in
a nearby church playground. A boy came with a beautiful leather soccer ball.
Lev had never seen one like it. A chance to play with a real leather soccer
ball made him utterly happy; his eyes were sparkling; and, his mouth was open
Lev and I
enjoyed playing with the terrific ball for a while, but then suddenly it
bounced from my foot directly under a rocking swing with two boys sitting on
it. The metal swing must have weighed 40 to 50 pounds.
thing that happened was one of the worst moments in my life. Lev
stretched out his little hands
toward the marvelous ball and rushed toward the swing about 10 feet away.
Normally he obeys me when I tell him to stop. Chasing him as fast as I could, I
yelled to him, No, Lev, stop!!! To my horror, he did not stop. He was
so captivated with the ball that he wouldnt stop. He was already at the ball
when the swing came down and hit him on the head.
flashed through my mind that this accident might have killed him. The momentum
of the swing caused Lev to be tossed up into the air. He fell under the swing
and began screaming. Within a second I had plucked him up from under the swing
and laid my hands on his head. I fired off a very short prayer: Oh, Lord, in the name of Jesus! Then I tore
off his cap to see what had happened to his head - and saw nothing wrong: no
blood, no goose-egg, not even a bruise.
and her parents are medical workers. We knew what symptoms to look for to
determine if Lev had suffered any skull or brain damage. It was not possible to
take him to a hospital right away, so we decided to watch his condition closely
and to call the hospital to send an ambulance only if it were necessary. Lev
continued to behave normally, as if nothing had happened. At home he played,
had lunch, went to bed and slept for three hours. When he woke up, I decided to
carefully examine his head to see if there were any lingering effects from the
blow; but, the only effect of the accident was a very small bruise behind his
I have no
explanation to the fact that he survived this accident except that either the
Lord Himself, or one of His angels, put a hand between Levs head and the swing
in the instant that he received that terrible blow. I praise the Lord for
having manifested His glory and grace towards our family! Nevertheless, it was
three days later when I started recovering from the shock.
incident caused me to think about why it had happened. On the surface, the
reason was quite obvious: it was my fault, because I was the one who had let
him play near the rocking swing. However, I came to the realization that the
true reason was far more subtle. My primary problem was a false assumption:
I had thought that since Lev was the child of believing parents, nothing like
this could happen to him. I had wrongly assumed that God would take care of
Levs safety even if I was negligent about it. I realized that it was because
of this incorrect assumption that Lev was playing next to the swing.
I came to
realize how wrong I had been. It is true that God in His grace
can and often does make up for our mistakes even though we may not realize it
at the time. We are not allowed, however, to presumptuously neglect our God
given responsibilities. One of our responsibilities is to take loving and
watchful care of our children. In fact, we, as parents, are the very
instruments that God chose to keep our children safe! So, to hope that God
will somehow do a job that He commanded us to do is to hope in vain.
continued to catalog the additional lessons that I would learn from this event.
It did not take long before I understood that there were lots of rocking
swings that our families face every day. Therefore, I need to warn my
children about the hazards that they pose and to teach them so that they would
not be injured by any of them.
the dangerous rocking swings that they will encounter in their lives are the
various theories of evolution. Evolution kills! Just as a swing can hit
the outside of the head and kill physically, evolutionary teachings can hit
the inside of the head and kill spiritually. If I were negligent about
keeping my children safe from the theories of evolution; believing that they
would never depart from the Christian faith by accepting evolution, that God
would not allow it; then I would be putting my children in the gravest of
truth applies to pastors, teachers and other ministers within the Church, too.
There are many rocking swings out there! The shepherds of the Lords flock
are not to have a gullible hope that Christians, especially recent converts,
children or youths would somehow automatically be safe. The acceptance of
evolutions false philosophy takes its deadly toll daily. Every day
evolutionary philosophy reaps its harvest of souls, those that were unprepared
for combat. Those souls that have not been instructed in their local
churches concerning the true early history of the universe, from both a
biblical and scientific point of view, are in mortal danger of their eternal
you thought that the message of the first eleven chapters of the Bible,
unfolding before us the history of the world from the point of its creation, is
of secondary importance. Maybe you thought that science is not the Churchs
business. We hope that we have helped you to see that without a belief in,
and a proper understanding of, those first key chapters it is impossible to
fully obey the First Foremost Commandment that Jesus declared to everyone in