The greatest Bible teacher of all time was the Lord Jesus Christ, and when He wanted to teach His friends about Himself and His great plan for the world, He began by teaching them the book of Genesis. That is one reason why we at the Institute for Creation Research have placed so much emphasis on this particular book, especially its early chapters with their record of creation, the Fall, and the Flood.
A section of our monthly Acts & Facts is appropriately called Back to Genesis. We have urged people to get back to Genesis as the foundation of their Christian faith and life ever since we started ICR way back in 1970. In fact, long before that! My first book stressed the wonderful truth of creation and the harmful fallacy of evolution in much the same way that ICR speakers and writers are doing today. This is a timeless message, needed increasingly as time goes on.
In that first book, I said that “evolution is not so much a science as it is a philosophy or an attitude of mind—and since no one was present to watch the supposed great evolutionary changes of the past, it is manifestly impossible to prove scientifically that they actually did take place.”1 Then, with respect to the Genesis record of creation, I stressed that “the account in Genesis can by no stretch of the imagination be made to agree with the supposed development of life as presented to us by evolutionary geologists.”2 I pointed out that “the Bible says that death entered the world as a result of the sin of the first man and woman.” By the evolutionary-age scenario, however, “the bones of dead millions of God’s creatures were in the ground long before man was even on the scene.”3
I was not the first writer to point out these truths, for they have long been self-evident to anyone who really believed the Bible to be God’s infallible and clearly understandable Word. Many others before me also have noted the grave dangers to family life, church integrity, and national survival if the evolutionary system should ever truly prevail in the hearts and minds of most people.
ICR’s publications show that the literal Genesis record of supernatural creation is the foundation of the true gospel, the true doctrine of Christ, true evangelism, genuine saving faith, and of all the key aspects of biblical Christianity. True science, true education, the true institution of marriage and family—and even our original American government—also were based on Genesis creationism.
All truth in every area of life finds its beginning in the Genesis record of creation and the other events of primeval history. That is why God placed it first in the Bible. One vital goal here at ICR has always been to urge Christians—and then others—to get back to Genesis as the foundation of foundations, to be inaugurated, as God proposed, in every realm of our lives.
But that is not all. Genesis is the foundation, but the foundation is not the complete structure. The Lord Jesus Christ is our Creator, but He has also become our Redeemer and will one day be acknowledged by the entire world as King of kings and Lord of lords. That must be our ultimate goal—to win the world and all its systems back to God, in Christ. We must diligently try not only to win the lost to Christ but also to bring the world itself back to God. We must try not only to win individual scientists and educators to Christ, but also to win science itself, and education itself, to Christ.
No single organization could accomplish such a task, and it will never be really completed until Christ Himself returns. However, we should at least be intelligently and fervently working toward this end with this great challenge as our goal, doing what we can.
God has greatly blessed this message in the lives of multiplied thousands and in many nations. We trust that our faithful readers, who have supported it all by their prayers and gifts, will continue to pray, and give as they are able, to keep it going until Christ returns.
- Morris, H. M. 1946. That You Might Believe. Chicago: Good Books, Inc., 26-27.
- Ibid, 27.
- Ibid, 28.
Adapted from Dr. Morris’ article “Beginning at Genesis” in the February 1994 edition of Acts & Facts.
* Dr. Morris (1918-2006) was Founder of the Institute for Creation Research.