O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge” which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. 1 Timothy 1-6:20
The news story regarding the “Genetic Adam and Eve” is revitalized again. Reportedly new data regarding when these people lived has been found. I know that using the names is an attention draw. However, I would appreciate all parties involved leaving my grand parents’ name out of it. They are not talking about the biblical Adam and Eve.
I personally do believe in a biblical, historical, first man and woman created by God as the predecessors of all mankind. I realize many scientists, and others, do not hold my beliefs. I also completely understand why some Christian scientists, and others, are attempting to support biblical scripture by the argument about DNA. However adding more to the crowd noise doesn’t help the situation.
In his letter to Timothy the Apostle Paul wrote about this very thing. It does little but detract from the real purpose of the whole Bible.
Other than the book of Genesis only one other raises as much discontent—the book of Revelation. I find it amazing how the first and last books of the Bible draw so much away from the ones in between them. Particularly as the events in them remain hidden in time. They can never be proven unless we either go back in time (which is not likely), or reach the last day (at which point it won’t matter). Until then the majority of debates based around them are moot.
As a Crime Scene Investigator I know certain criteria must be documented to prove the value of evidence in a case regardless of findings:
1. The location and time of collection.
2. The method of collection used.
3. How it was processed.
4. Who had custody of it through the entirety of the process.
If these qualifiers are not met, the evidence is invalid. It will not be accepted into court and its collection pointless. The debates and arguments about the scripture of Genesis and Revelation all fail in one of these areas. Without them one side will never be able to convince the other side they are right.
Light was created in the beginning by God. God will be the light which removes the need of the sun and moon in the end of time. God came to the cross for us all somewhere in the middle of these times. A cross lit from front and back casts shadows to the front and the back. Our only hope of salvation is presented in both books but merely as shadows from the center. The heart of the Bible is the cross.
By all means read and study Genesis and Revelation. These are vital parts of the whole. You will be blessed by them. And, yes, be a defender of your faith in God, through Jesus Christ. There is a definite need for apologetics in our world. Nonetheless do it as the Apostle Peter adjured. Not through endless debate but by giving an account based on the center of “the hope that is in you” .