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Is God's creation story confirmed in the New Testament?

Cain slays his brother Abel
Cain slays his brother Abel
LaVista church of Christ

Some inquire as to whether or not the Genesis account of creation is accurate and if so, do the writers of the New Testament verify the account?

The answer is of course, they do indeed. Many people become confused over the two testaments which should be straightened out once and for all. The Old Testament contains:

1. The creation story in detail found in the first few verses of Genesis. Written through inspiration from God by Moses some 2500 years after the fact. Inspiration from God means that Moses wrote the things given to him by God, giving it 100% accuracy.

2. History of the early world with its growing population, The Patriarchal dispensation when God ruled by verbally informing the heads of households, or clans, of their duties and obligations towards Him.

3. The history of the second dispensation, after God had promised Abraham that his seed be chosen to furnish the lineage to the coming messiah and through which all the world would be blessed. Through Abraham, his son Isaac, and Isaac's son Jacob, would be a great nation and from them would come the savior of the world. These would be known as the children of Israel (Jacob's name was changed to Israel) and later become known as the Jews or Jewish nation.

4. These people became great and, under the leadership of Moses, were given a special law, to them only, which would set them apart from the remainder of the world and furnish the lineage leading to Jesus Christ. The remainder of the Old Testament contains their law in detail and their possessing the promised Canaan land. Their tumultuous history in Canaan and into final subjection where they remained until Jesus' birth.

These people successfully brought to the earth, the savior, Jesus Christ, yet their majority failed to accept him as the Son of God. Their law was ended by Jesus who (nailed it to his cross)

When Jesus came and proclaimed his plan of salvation for mankind, chose apostles to open the doors to his kingdom after his death, burial, resurrection and ultimately his ascension back into heaven.

Even though the Old Testament Law was abolished upon the death of Jesus, he and his writers who succeeded him, frequently quoted Old Testament scriptures, proving their validity, and their value to our understanding of the coming of the messiah. Here are some references made by Jesus and also his inspired writers:

"But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh." (Mark 10:6-8 KJV) Spoken by Jesus.

"And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:" (Acts 4:24 KJV) Spoken by Early Christians.

“And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: ” (Acts 14:15 KJV) Spoken by Paul and Barnabas to a group who were trying to worship them.

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." (Hebrews 11:3 KJV)

There is no question that the Old Testament was, and remains, the inspired word of God for those who followed God from the beginning until the ascension of Jesus back into heaven. The laws contained therein were superceded by the "perfect law of liberty" given to all mankind by Jesus Christ without whose blood shed, no one's sins could ever have been forgiven. But the Old Testament Law served as a schoolmaster to "bring us to Christ". (Galatians 3:24-25 KJV)

The Old Testament remains profitable to us in that we can understand more about the God of Heaven, His demeanor, patience, fury, and justice. Its laws, however, were never intended for the Christian dispensation. And those who place their trust in those commands are making the death of Christ of none effect. (Romans 4:14)

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