by Richard Peachey
What view of origins was held by Jesus Christ? Here is the key Scripture text:
—Matthew 19:4-6, New International Version (compare Mark 10:6-9)
1. Since Jesus here refers to "the Creator," he is clearly some sort of creationist.
2. Furthermore, since Jesus quotes prooftexts from Scripture, he is clearly a Biblical creationist. (Unlike some of today's "Intelligent Design" advocates, Jesus is willing to identify exactly who the Creator is: the God of the Bible.)
3. In addition, since Jesus refers to Genesis as if it were the historical, authoritative Word of God, he is clearly a Genesis literalist. In fact, his two quotations (spoken virtually within the same breath) are taken from each of the first two chapters of Genesis — those chapters which are claimed by unbelieving scholars to contradict each other!
4. Besides that, since Jesus states that the creation of humans took place "at the beginning" (compare Mark 10:6, "at the beginning of creation"), he is clearly a young-Earth creationist! (In the evolutionary scenario, humans don't arrive until almost the end of the history of the universe.)
Note: When considering this issue, three other points must be kept in mind:
1. For Christians, there can be no higher authority than the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ. (See Mark 9:7; John 7:16; 13:13; Matthew 11:27-29; 23:8,10; 28:18-20; Colossians 2:3; Acts 3:21-23.)
2. The Son of God (who took on human flesh to be born as the baby Jesus) was in fact the Agent of creation — that is, he himself accomplished the divine work of creating! (See John 1:1-3,14; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:15,16; Hebrews 1:1-3.)
3. Christ had an extremely high view of Scripture in general, and he plainly regarded the early chapters of Genesis as historical. (See John 10:34f.; 17:17; Matthew 4:4,7,10; 5:17-19; 12:3-7; 22:29-32; 23:35; 24:37-39; Luke 16:17; 17:26,27; 24:25-27,44.)
Are you a professed Christian but not a creationist? It is urgent that you rethink your position! Jesus said, "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)
For further reading:
"Christ's View of the Bible" <http://www.creationbc.org/index.php/christs-view-of-the-bible/>
"If Jesus Was Wrong: The Implications" <http://www.creationbc.org/index.php/if-jesus-was-wrong-the-implications/>
Carl Wieland, "Jesus on the age of the earth." Creation 34(2):51–54, April 2012 <http://creation.com/jesus-age-earth>