Pamphlet #6200 Genesis KC 1-1
There are two major points to keep in mind before we begin this adventure into the beginning.
First, it is important to keep an open mind and consider carefully that which is being discussed.
I have often said that "if you do not know something, then you do not know that you don't know it."
That is the very essence of deception, i.e., if a person
they don't know they are deceived, they believe they have truth.
The reason this is so important
is that most Christians
with whom I come in contact believe that they already "know" what happened in the beginning,
in the garden of Eden, at the flood of Noah, etc.
However, the manuscripts declare that which is mostly contrary to the "traditions of men".
For example, the word "apple" is not to be found anywhere
in the entire Book of Genesis,
but is contained throughout the literature used in Sunday Schools to teach our children.
A minor point you say?
We shall see.
This brings us to the second major concept to keep in
"Do not take man's word as being God's Word."
When studying the Bible, in depth, you will often be confronted
with a choice,
"Am I to believe what I just read in God's Word,
or should I discard it and continue to believe that which I grew up believing?"
The choice is yours.
The apostle Paul gave us instruction as to how to handle "listening to man":
1 Thes. 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
For if your attitude and mine is to believe our Father's
regardless of man's traditions,
then we will eventually, through growth, harmonize in unity of thought.
If you can't document it, you may be harboring a tradition,
which could well be a lie, disguised as truth.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Also before we begin,
it should be noted that volumes of preface and introduction to Genesis could be written.
However, it is not our intent in this series of studies
to convert the non-believer,
nor to convince him or her that God created the heaven and earth and all living beings.
Many of them still search in darkness for missing links
that cannot be found to support theories which have no foundation.
For to admit that God exists would be to admit that there
is an authority greater than oneself
and therefore that Authority might have something to say about how one conducts his or her affairs.
It kind of reminds you of those Indiana Jones types,
who run around searching for the "Ark of the Covenant"
when it is clear from God's Word that they will not find it.
The last verse of chapter 11 of the Book of Revelation will "reveal" where it is located.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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