Jesus' View of Origins

February 01, 2019 0 Comments

NOTE: This is the third in a series of articles on why I believe Jesus was NOT as "Liberal", as so many are trying to assert today. So far, we have looked at Jesus' View of Sin, and Jesus' View of the Scriptures (in both cases He was more conservative than liberal). Today I want to talk about Jesus' View of Origins.
Those who deny the authority of the Bible do so with the very first verse: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). While not every liberal is an evolutionist, the majority of those who subscribe to Darwinian theory tend to be quite liberal in their religious and political affiliations. Therefore, it is appropriate to ask, as we attempt to answer whether or not Jesus could be classified as a “liberal”, what was His view on origins? As we shall see in this study, to accept Jesus is to accept His teaching that the world and mankind were created by God.
Do you know why Jesus was a creationist, not an evolutionist? Because He Himself was the Creator! If anybody ought to know about the origin of the species, it would be Jesus, not Charles Darwin. He was there in the beginning. The Gospel of John says: “In the beginning was the Word (a reference to Christ) and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1-3). Jesus’ first miracle—the turning of water into wine—was proof of His power as the Creator. There are those (and I have met some of them) who say they are Christians but don’t really believe in creation. It is my firm assertion that it is impossible to deny Genesis chapter one, or John chapter one, and claim to be a Christian. The doctrine of creation is the foundation upon which all other Christian doctrines are built. If there is no creation, there is no accountability to a Creator, there is no such thing as sin, and therefore no need for a Savior. You cannot deny Jesus as your Creator and somehow accept Him as your Savior. If you take Jesus, you have to take all of Jesus.
It is this matter of accountability to God that lies at the heart of the creation/evolution debate. If the human race originated as the result of a special creation by God, that means, therefore, that we are all accountable to God. If He made us, He owns us. He has the right to tell us what is right and wrong. But if the human race originated by some evolutionary process, then we are all merely biological accidents, and there is no real accountability to God. As a matter of fact, God is left out of the equation altogether. That is why those who are liberal in their thinking resent being told that certain things are morally wrong, against God’s Word. They live according to their own standards (or lack thereof), not according to God’s standards. They refuse to be bound to any moral restraints.
In short, there are no real moral absolutes to a person who adheres to secular humanist evolutionary philosophy. This affects their views on the sanctity of life, the traditional definition of marriage, the definition of sin, the reality of eternal judgment, the way to heaven as being exclusively through Christ, and many other Christian teachings. Again, I say, one’s view of origins is foundational for everything else they believe.
One of the reasons why I am so proud to be an American is that our country was founded by men who believed in a Creator. They may not have all been Christians, but they all accepted the view that God was the Creator, and that this nation was born by the decree of this gracious God. Take time to read the documents of our founding fathers, and be impressed with their conviction that God is our Creator, and that our rights are derived from God, not from the government. “We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights”. No wonder God’s hand of blessing rested upon the birth of this great nation. “In God we trust” is still our motto, though I fear it won’t be for much longer because of the liberal, secular, anti-Christian direction we are headed. Our founding fathers would roll over in their graves if they could see the direction our nation has taken in recent years.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.