The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’
Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV)
Read: Genesis 2
Consider: I recently read an article written by an atheist in which I found a rather interesting criticism of Christians. The writer was very critical of Christians reinterpreting the Bible in the light of the cultural norms of the time. This was interesting because here was a person who didn’t believe in God, being critical of those who said they believed in God, yet weren’t prepared to take the Bible seriously. His view was that surely if the Bible said something, we shouldn’t change it just because society thinks otherwise.
Of course we know it depends upon what is meant by ‘Christian’. To this atheistic writer anyone speaking about Christianity must be a Christian. For those of us who have accepted Christ as Saviour, we know that there is a big difference between those who believe and those who are religious. Just because a person can speak about Christianity does not mean that they have accepted God’s free gift of forgiveness in Christ.
We are told in Genesis 3:1 that when sin entered the world, Satan questioned what God had told Adam about not eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He did this firstly by putting a doubt into the mind of Eve regarding God’s command. His words were ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ Once the doubt had taken root Satan then openly contradicted God by saying ‘You will not surely die’ (Genesis 3:2).
What we find today is a willingness in some parts of the church to question what God says in the Bible, often coming up with plausible explanations of how our enlightened minds should see Scripture in a new light. This has happened with regards to the definition of marriage and is now happening with regard to the discussion on gender. What is concerning is how quickly some parts of the church have accepted these ‘new’ interpretations.
What we must be careful of today is those who seek to put doubt into the mind of believers, before openly contradicting God. The answer for us must be that we can only refute error by knowing what God actually says in the Bible. So the question for you and me is ‘How well do we know the Bible?’
Pray: Father, may we be strong in the face of doubt. We pray for your church, that all parts of it would take the Bible seriously and not seek to reinterpret it in the light of society’s values. Give us a real desire to know your Word better. Amen