Ephesians 1:18-19a (NIV) I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe…
Most Christians today do not believe the Genesis creation accounts (Genesis 1&2), thanks to the ravages of both scholasticism and darwinianism.
Scholasticism’s insistence on confining the ineffable God within the walls of theoretical innovations have not only instigated our current denominational divisions, but also paved the way for darwinian philosophy to take over wherever skepticism has triumphed over Apostolic Faith.
The reason why the creation accounts in Genesis are misunderstood is simply because most scholastic exegetes overlook the key to understanding what Moses was trying to convey. The reason for this is because they approach the text of Scripture with purely materialistic eyes. Let me explain-
Genesis tells us that at the moment Adam and Eve ate of the prohibited fruit, that their eyes were opened. The result was that they recognized that they were naked.
Genesis 3:7- Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
It is obvious that Adam and Eve’s physical eyes were open beforehand since they were able to “see” that the prohibited fruit was “pleasant to the eyes” (Gen. 3:6). So when the following verse says that their eyes “opened,” it is clear that there is more than meets the proverbial eye.
Although Adam and Eve could perceive the material world, their primary focus was on the spiritual aspect of their environment and most importantly, their relationship with God. When they ate of the prohibited fruit, their ability to perceive the greater truths of the spiritual realm was incapacitated, and thus, allowing for their physical senses to take a primary role.
Since their perception changed from being primarily spiritual to physical, their focus transferred from seeking to please God, to pleasing themselves- which is why our primordial parents rushed to make coverings out of fig leaves for their naked bodies.
John 9:39- Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
The key to understanding the Genesis creation accounts is found in Genesis 2:4.
“This is the history (generations) of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens…”
It is interesting to note the order in which the heavens and the earth are given. At first, the “heavens” take precedence over the earth but immediately afterwards, the earth takes precedence over the heavens.
The reasons for this are two-fold:
- The doctrine of The Imago Dei. Whenever you look at yourself in a mirror, you’re seeing an opposite image of yourself. In this world, every reflection is in opposite order to its original object. In other words, the material world is a sort of reflection of the spiritual realm. This “reflection” in the material world exists due to God’s creative power through sound vibrations or words that transcend human understanding.
- Dualistic Perspectives. In Genesis chapter 1, the account is reflecting the creation of the Universe and its manifold parts and parcels within the Divine Mind. Notice that when God begins to “create” the Universe that surrounds the Earth, that the primordial Earth already existed in substance within the realm of the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:2) The Bible is clear that the earth existed “without form.” In other words, the first account of the creation story begins with God acting as a divine architect in the spirit realm- where there is no physical substance. (This does not mean ethereal, but rather a substance that transcends our physical realities and limits).
While Genesis chapter 1 gives us a creation account from God’s perspective, Genesis 2 gives us a creation account from the perspective of our primordial parents. In these accounts we also read the shift of human perception from the spiritual realm to the physical.
2Corinthians 4:18- So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
The primary reason why humans cannot readily perceive God nor foster an intimate relationship with Him is because their lives and focus are placed on the passing things of this physical platform (world, flesh, and sense gratification) rather than on entering the process of becoming God-conscious.
John 14:8-9 tells of an interesting exchange between a disciple called Philip and Lord Jesus:
“Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?'”
The Gospel of Jesus Christ leads the willing out of a skewed perception and experience (due to our fallen state) to sharing in God’s own divine life and perspectives.
2 Peter 1:4 (NIV)- Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
But divine perception requires more than a change of interpretive lenses. In order to perceive the universe from God’s perspective, we must first undergo a full transformation that transcends the original status of our primordial parents.
In the same way that God created the Universe from the spiritual realm to the physical- we must also be transformed, beginning from the inner core of man to the externalities of our bodies. This transformation is what allows man to experience communion and eternal friendship with God- which is the purpose of our human existence.
When man strips himself of the layers of human sophistry and looks into the eyes of the resurrected Christ, then not only does he see God the Father; He sees his true self and divine purpose- which is to love God in such a way that it pleases us above all things to be vehicles of God’s own pleasure.
The Genesis creation accounts are not fascimiles to be believed in blind, materialistic faith; they are “historical” similes of God’s creative praxis in the heart of every believer and the transformation that they experience when they place their faith in Jesus Christ.
Christ is the New Creation- and this reality is available to all who cling to Him in Faith and call on His Name. (2Cor. 5:17)