Mainstream Christian orthodoxy regarded the opening chapters of Genesis as just as real and reliable as the rest of the Bible until 150-200 years ago. This downgrading of the early chapters of Genesis has coincided with the rise of uniformitarian philosophy as the cornerstone of modern geology and of evolution as the core of modern biology.Christians have been ignorant of the process that has gradually changed their whole approach to the Bible.The Bible never claims to be a textbook on history or science, but if God is who He claims to be, then He has all knowledge and power, and never makes mistakes.Therefore, if the Bible is the Word of God, then it must be truthful, even when it touches upon matters of history and science. The very character of God requires the first eleven chapters of Genesis to be a trustworthy record.The Apostle Peter's Prophecy Peter spent three years traveling in the company of Jesus Christ Himself.Then Peter was a witness to Jesus' death and the bodily resurrection.
For example, Jesus referred to Genesis -27 when He said in Mark 10:6, "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female." Man was created male and female "from the beginning of the creation," not after millions of years.A choice has to be made between Scripture, which is authored by God, and modern science, authored by men.Liberal Christian scholars insist that Genesis was written perhaps as late as the post-Babylonian exile.In the very next verse, Jesus quotes directly from Genesis when He said, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh." Five times Jesus refers to Noah and/or the destructive global Flood as real history.If He, as the Creator, was actually a witness to the events of Genesis 1-11, then we have no alternative but to regard these opening chapters of the Bible as reliable history.Genesis as Reliable History Yet the conflict still rages.What makes it more intense is that in the ranks of those Christians who have not compromised the historicity of Genesis are many scientists with doctoral degrees from the modern education system.The subsequent pages of Genesis recount the early history of the nation of Israel, beginning with Abraham.Few conservative Christian scholars would deny the historicity of these later chapters in Genesis.In 2 Peter 3:5-6, the apostle Peter prophesied that there would be scoffers who would come in the last days choosing to be ignorant of the fact that God created the heaven and the earth, and that God later destroyed everything on the surface of the earth by a global watery cataclysm.Peter stated in 2 Peter 3:3, "knowing this first." This denotes Peter placed first priority on this prophecy, which is about those who would reject the account of creation and the global Flood in Genesis 1-11 as real history.