Is Genesis Relevant Today?

One argument commonly given over to Genesis is why God would allow an “imperfection” within His creation. Why would this be considered an imperfection? We all have a nose and because we smell unpleasant odors, is our nose imperfect because it doesn’t automatically filter these out? My case is you can easily go out of the way to find reasons to not consider the story of Genesis as valid. It’s certainly unpopular to take a position all mankind is doomed to a sin nature because Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s instruction to not eat from the tree of knowledge. Dismissing the story of creation results in missing comprehensible answers that have been protected within these ancient writings for centuries.

The argument a perfect God would not construct an imperfect model that imperfectly disobeyed Him resulting in an imperfect sin nature is weak. It is weak because the argument assumes we know His plans for the very world He created or what His long term motives might be. I believe God knew exactly what He was doing in our creation, as in all of His creation, because removing our ability to make the decision for ourselves to know Him or not removes the very free will He designed within us. God made each of us unique with mental and physical complexities that could only have originated with a creator of some form.

John Piper’s book, “Desiring God”, includes a chapter title, “Is the Bible a Reliable Source for Lasting Joy?” I can’t think of a better title or one liner to sum up the the common dissensions over biblical authority. What person does not want a life of lasting joy? Do you know anyone that prefers going in and out of feelings of joy and contentment to feelings of restlessness or despair? We all have these to some degree and we all share the same ones categorically.

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The below commentary written by Dr. Ron Lyles, pastor of South Main Baptist in Pasedena, Texas points directly to the false narrative often directed to the “He will rule over you” verse.

Genesis 3:16 in part says “…. Your desire will be for your husband and He will rule over you. ” What is the nature of this “desire” the woman will have for her husband? This is one of only three times this rare word occurs in the Hebrew Bible. In the Song of Solomon, the beloved declares that her lover (the husband) has a desire for her (7:10). That would be a positive or passionate desire to want his beloved. The other verse containing this word is in Genesis 4. It seems best to understand what the word means in Genesis 3 from what it means in chapter four.

God told Cain that sin “desires to have you, but you must master it” (4:7). Obviously, sin wanted to control Cain, and Cain must respond by mastering or controlling the impulses of sin. The woman, likewise, will desire to control or hold mastery over her husband. Their initial unity has become a fight for control or authority. While the woman desires to control, the man seeks to “rule” over the woman (3:16). This word often describes the establishing of a harsh exploitative subjection. The man will also seek to control the relationship. The original unity has disintegrated into a struggle for control and domination.

It seems to me that this verse is not a prescription of what God wants; rather, it is a description of the way sin has changed everything. This mutual struggle for control is not normative to the will of God. It is a consequence of disobeying God. It is rather puzzling to me that some students of the Scripture use this verse to support permanent roles for the respective genders, resulting in the established subordination of women generally, and wives specifically. Instead of using Genesis 3:16 as the basis for establishing God’s design for the male-female relationship, wouldn’t it be more logical to look to verses prior to the entry of sin that distorted everything? From Premium Commentary. Power & Purpose: God Unveils the Universe (Genesis 1-11)—Lesson Six. Copyright © 2017 BAPTISTWAY PRESS®. A ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas

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