When you think of Genesis 1, what do you think of?
Do you think Genesis 1 is a scientifically accurate account of how God created the world in six twenty-four hour periods?
Or maybe you think Genesis is a terribly misguided and backward myth from thousands of years ago which has been completely debunked by modern science, so that anyone who believes in what Genesis 1 says is like those who still believe the earth is flat?
If you hold one of those views, this Theology.fm show is for you, in which Greg Boyd shows us a third option.
Genesis 1 and Creation
You may not know this, but I have a podcast of my own. It is the One Verse Podcast. In it, I teach through Scripture one verse at a time. In the opening episodes of the One Verse Podcast, I take a careful look at Genesis 1, and show how it is impossible to read this chapter with a scientific mindset.
When Moses wrote Genesis 1, he was not thinking about science, and so if we try to read it scientifically, we are reading it in a way that Moses, the inspired author of this text, never intended it to be read! To try to read Genesis 1 scientifically is to read Genesis 1 incorrectly. A scientific reading of Genesis 1 is not a literal reading of Genesis 1, nor is the best reading, or even the correct reading.
So I was thrilled to hear this message by Greg Boyd where he argues the exact same thing. In this sermon on Genesis 1, Greg Boyd argues that the real point of Genesis 1 is not how God made everything.
No, the point is that God made everything, and in Genesis 1, Moses uses beautiful poetic, literary theology to make this point.
So listen to this podcast episode to see how Greg Boyd explains how we can read Genesis 1 the way Moses intended.
Most people think that the only two options regarding Genesis 1 are to believe that it teaches evolution, or to reject it as hopelessly untrue.
Greg Boyd presents a good alternative to these two options, and while there is much research to back what he says, this message on Genesis 1 is a good introduction. In his next sermon in the series, he goes on to explain more about what it means to be made in the image of God. You can get that sermon by subscribing to Greg Boyd’s podcast on iTunes.
If this sort of explanation of Genesis 1 intrigues you and you want to learn more, I invite you to subscribe to my own podcast on iTunes. Just search for the One Verse Podcast with Jeremy Myers. I am taking a careful and detailed look at each and every verse of Genesis 1, showing how it cannot be read scientifically, and should instead be read poetically and theologically to teach us some amazing truths about God, His creation, and ourselves.