Entry Level Theological Truth [4]

The creation account in Genesis 1 reveals that God makes distinctions. That flies somewhat counter to modern sensibilities. The contemporary mindset tends to downplay differences of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic differences, and other forms of distinction among mankind. Not all of this is bad, of course, and much of it is reactionary against unbiblical sexism and racism.

Yet radical feminism, homosexuality, and extreme environmentalism all confuse categories where the Creator specifically made distinctions. These philosophies mix up proper gender roles, true sexual morality, and the vast gulf between the animal and human worlds.

Vital Differences

In chapter one alone the Lord distinguishes between chaos and order (Genesis 1:2), light and darkness (Genesis 1:4), day and night (Genesis 1:5), sky and water (Genesis 1:6-7), sea and land (Genesis 1:9-10), different types of horticultural specimens (Genesis 1:11-13), various types of celestial bodies (Genesis 1:14-18), sea creatures and birds (Genesis 1:20-22), and different land animals (Genesis 1:24-25.)

Most notably, He distinguishes between animal creatures and the capstone of His creation, mankind (Genesis 1:26-28.) Within humankind He differentiates between male and female – although no inequality is meant, for man and woman collectively form mankind (Genesis 1:27.) Genesis 2 will reveal that they have different roles (i.e. differences of function, rather than of value. Cf. 1 Corinthians 11:2-15.)

The rest of the Bible builds upon these fundamental differences by outlining men’s and women’s roles in service (1 Corinthians 11, 14; 1 Timothy 2; etc.), and mankind’s hegemony over creation and their necessary stewardship (e.g. Romans 8; Hebrews 2.) The Lord further distinguishes between times and seasons, this age and the one to come, as well as the fates of the nations (Matthew 24-25.)

Perhaps the most important distinction is saved and lost. Membership in each of these groups is determined by each person’s response to Jesus Christ. If one repents of their sins and believes in the Lord Jesus who died to save them and rose again to give eternal life then he belongs to the saved category. If one does not have faith in Christ, he is doomed to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire (Jn. 5:24; Rev. 20.)

Two Roads, Two Destinies

So we see that distinctions are absolutely vital in this life and in the next. Rather than float along with the shifting currents of world opinion, we must build our doctrines, worldviews, and personal behavior on the changeless Word of God. Divine differences must be observed and obeyed. Indistinct thinking on these matters leads to aimless living and a lost eternity.

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