There are Bible teachers who say that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are two different accounts of creation. Some even say that there is a long period of time between these chapters which allows for the standard evolutionary time frame.
However, there is a much simpler explanation which fits better with the text. Genesis 1 is a sequential, step-by-step account of creation. Genesis 2 is a complementary summary account, which also gives additional details. Continue reading →
After creating light on the first day, God focuses His attention on completing the Earth.
Genesis 1:6-8 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
The Hebrew word translated “firmament” means “expanse” or “spreading out”. It refers to the space above the surface of the Earth, which is why it is also called “heaven” in this verse. The Hebrews thought of it as being where the birds fly or the “first heaven”. We would call it our atmosphere or sky. Continue reading →
Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
In this passage, Christians (i.e. those who are “risen with Christ”) are told to keep their focus on heaven and not Earth. Then we read something rather strange. Paul writes, “For ye are dead…” Huh? I thought we were made “alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11) What does it mean that we are dead!
When we read the word “dead” in the Scriptures, it needs to be understood as “separated”. Death is always a separation. Physical death is a separation of our spiritual part from our physical body. Spiritual death is the separation of a person from God. We are told in Romans 6:2 that believers are “dead to sin”, which in context means separated from its penalty, and by extension, its power. When one is dead to something, the thing in question has no power.
So in the passage above, believers are dead to the things of this world. Therefore, the things of the world should not be our focus. The life of the believer is “hid with Christ in God.” It is “hid” in the sense that it cannot be found on the Earth. It is where Christ is, and that is in heaven. Christian need to keep looking to Him.
This is a loaded question. The answer can start a firestorm of outrage over one’s intolerance and close-mindedness. Let me say that I am not intolerant or close-minded, at least not in the traditional sense. However, I do believe in absolute truth. Also, I do believe in logic. Finally, I believe that the Bible is true and, as a result, that Jesus Christ is the perfect incarnation of God. That said, let’s answer the question, “Do only Christians go to heaven?”. Continue reading →