Some Christian denominations are obsessed with creationism, and others aren’t. You all know about the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution.
According to Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, all of those evolutionist denominations are destined for the Lake of Fire, because they don’t see things the way he does — and his way is The Truth™.
We get a good explanation of ol’ Hambo’s viewpoint in his latest post at the website of his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG). It’s titled Genesis — the Foundation of Christianity. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
When you build a house, you build from the foundation up — not the roof down. You need the right foundation for everything else to be built upon. The Bible is, in essence, similar in that the first book, Genesis, is the foundation for the rest of the Bible.
Okay. Then he says:
All biblical doctrines are founded directly or indirectly in Genesis. … Here is a partial list of foundational doctrines:
Okay, dear reader, here are Hambo’s foundational doctrines. The bold font in this list is his:
• The doctrine of marriage, defined as one man for one woman, is founded in the history of Genesis.
That’s interesting. The Wikipedia article on Monogamy says that the one-man, one-woman marriage was common in the Middle East, but so was polygamy — especially among the ruling class. Their article on Polygamy in Christianity says:
Polygamy is explicitly not forbidden in the Old Testament. The Torah includes a few specific regulations on the practice of polygamy, such [various examples]. Over 40 important figures had more than one wife, Esau [scripture references] Elkanah [scripture references,] and Solomon [scripture references].
Hambo’s list continues:
• The origin of clothing is in Genesis. Because of sin God gave clothes when He made the first blood sacrifice as a covering for sin. This was a foreshadowing of what was to come in Christ’s perfect sacrifice.
We didn’t know that clothing was an issue in the Crucifixion. Let’s read on:
• Genesis records God’s plan for gender. God made humans male and female from the beginning, as recorded in the Bible’s first book.
You know what that’s all about. This is Hambo’s last doctrine:
• The gospel is founded in Genesis. We need a Savior because Adam (the father/head of the human race) sinned and brought literal death into creation [scripture reference]. That’s why Jesus had to come and literally die a physical death to take our place.
Ah yes, no Adam & Eve, no Jesus. Okay, that’s the list. Here’s one more excerpt:
The historical account in Genesis is attacked vehemently because those who oppose Christianity know it’s the foundation of all doctrine. Even more important, it is the very Word of God itself! When Christians compromise Genesis with evolution and millions of years, it’s like undermining the foundation of a house. Without a foundation, the house will fall.
There you have it, dear reader. Without Genesis, we’d all be running around nude, engaged in all kinds of complicated multi-gender marriages, and Jesus would have had no message for any of us. Now you see why Hambo insists that creationism is so vitally important.
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