The vision of OriginalChristianity.Net is to look at the beliefs and practices of the the original Christians. The reason why this is important is that over the millennium Christianity has developed numerous factions that all claim that that they are the true continuation of original Christianity. I heard exactly that when I visited a Greek Orthodox Church, I have read it in Roman Catholic literature, it is in the bulletin of a local non-denominational church in my area. They make these claims despite the fact that they have disagreed, even violently at times. For other articles on this topic, see A Major Objection to the Restoration Movement Is That Christianity Has Not Changed Substantially Over Time, and Another Claim of Original Christianity in Practice Today,
Throughout this website are numerous articles written on the numerous divisions in the Church that we have today, how a lot of these doctrines developed that are behind all these divisions, and some key points on how original Christianity differed from today. It is important to look at all these things because they are part of Christianity now and play a big part, perhaps more as obstacles, in the faith of the individual believer.
But the key point of this website is to be able to envision what original Christianity, and in particular the time of Jesus and the apostles and disciples that he touched was really like. There was an incredible spirituality. With the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, and afterward the sending of the Holy Spirit we see the most incredible movement of God on earth since creation.
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This was a time of power, miracles, healing, and deliverance, not only by Jesus, but by those he touched, his apostles and disciples. People saw God in action through these men. They saw the word of God living, because they lived it together. There was incredible community and sharing. There was incredible believing. There was great faith.
It was a time of simple doctrine. There were no official doctrines on infant baptism or believer’s baptism. There was no doctrine that prophecy and the other gifts and manifestations of the spirit had ceased. There were baptisms being carried out, and the last supper repeated as a memorial, but there were no “sacraments”, somehow mysteriously conveying grace by ritualistic practices. There were no autonomous churches disputing which form of church government was doctrinally correct, which end times theology was correct, or arguments over whether or not there was eternal security.
There was no argument over the status of the Bible, because there was no Bible. Jesus had referenced the law and the prophets, including the Psalms, as the word of God. And only those books with the addition of the words of Jesus were considered the word of God. There were no written Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. There were no epistles of Peter, Paul, Hebrews, John, and Jude. So there was no argument over doctrines derived from them like eternal security, justification by grace, predestination, or even the Trinity.
Philosophy was rejected as an unwise practice of the Greeks that actually tore down faith more than it built, so discussion of faith wasn’t an analytical exercise in the nuances of the meanings of words, but rather simple directives, and powerful stories and analogies that emphasize the important meanings to be focused on while ignoring the myriad details that can lead people astray.
What existed was the good news that Jesus the Messiah had come, that he had fulfilled the law, had sent the Holy Spirit, and now many believers were walking in great faith and power. What existed was great praise, great faith, and great love of God.
All of this is not to say that this was an easy time. There were persecutions, challenges, and trials, as both the Jews and the Romans saw this burgeoning Christianity as a threat. But this just served to bring the Christians closer together, and more united in their faith.
Original Christianity was a time of great unity, simple doctrine, great believing, with many believers walking in the love of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
So as you read these articles that discuss all of the divisions, and developments, both good and bad throughout the millennia of history of Christianity, it is important to maintain the focus of the simple vision of original Christianity. Pray, praise the Lord, walk in the power of the spirit, love God and love your neighbor, and rejoice in what Christ has done. Join together with any Christian who is doing the same. And in the process perhaps we can bring some of what made original Christianity so great back to life.
© copyright 2012 Mark W Smith, all rights reserved.
It appears that universally, in the church, we Christians marvel at both at Jesus’ miracles and the wisdom in his parables. We especially are in awe of his life, his incredible birth, his short but incredibly powerful ministry, his passion, death, and resurrection. We love him for those. We are also moved by the depth of the wisdom and inspiration of books like the Psalms and Proverbs. Almost universally, although most would say all true Christians, acknowledge him as Lord, and strive to follow his leadership as we walk in a dark world filled with daily challenges, including overcoming evil.
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In fact, there are some universal, and some almost universal, elements in Christianity. Universally held elements of Christianity include this deep awe of Christ, and likewise, for the bible. The bible, or at least for some, sections of the bible, such as the parables of Christ in the gospels, the powerful poetry of the Psalms, and the wisdom in Proverbs are universally held in the deepest regard. Almost universally held elements include the belief in Christ as the only begotten son of the Father, physically born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, who died for out sins, and was raised from the dead and is presently seated at the right hand of God. Christians look forward to spending eternity with the Lord. Even more, there is common ground as churches promote worship, baptism, and communion with some similarity.
But beyond some basics like these, there is far less agreement on the tenets of Christianity. In fact, there is an elephant in the Church, an elephant of disagreement resulting in tens of thousands of sects, disagreeing on many doctrines.
The disagreements have been legion, often bloody, and always confusing. Christians have killed other Christians for defying the rule of infant baptism and proclaiming “believer’s baptism”. Many Christians have declared other Christians apostate because of their view of the Bible, whether it is inerrant, infallible, or at least partially of human origin.
And even if they agree on the status of the Bible, they don’t agree on what it says on these issues. For example, there is disagreement over basic principles of interpretation like whether the overriding principle is based on the covenants of God versus which dispensation we are in.
There are Christians that call other Christians apostate (traitorous) because they believe that the gifts of the spirit, i.e., prophecy and speaking in tongues, etc. still exist, and vice versa. These days there are sharp divides over homosexuality, abortion, the Word of Faith movement, the emergent Church movement, and the role of women in the church.
Even if Christians don’t call others apostate, they still disagree to the point of not fellowshipping over issues like: dietary laws (whether they need to be followed), drinking alcohol, end times (Eschatology), eternal security, evolution vs. literal seven days of creation, giving vs. tithing, predestination, psychology: the acceptability of Christian counseling, sacraments as conveyers of grace or not, the “in the name of Jesus” debate, and pacifism vs. the concept of a just war, and other issues.
Then there is the ecumenical concept of Christian “orthodoxy” that suggests that none of the issues so far discussed really matter even there are huge divisions over them. The only issue that really matters in “orthodoxy” is whether one accepts the doctrine of the Trinity, that Jesus the man is really God and a person in a triune godhead with two other persons, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. This doctrine is promoted as the absolutely most important concept in Christianity even though this emphasis is totally missing for the first centuries of the church.
And let alone that the very doctrine of the Trinity has been disputed over the centuries with more Christians killing other Christians over this issue than any other. It appears that for some that as long as a church accepts the doctrine of the Trinity it doesn’t matter if it teaches that homosexuality is normal or apostate, and/or abortion is choice or murder, and/or baptism should be infant baptism or believer’s baptism, and/or there are two “ordinances” or seven sacraments, and so forth, and so on.
This mess is a huge blemish on the body of Christ. Some of these issues may be legitimate, but to have so many “orthodox” churches teaching so many disparate doctrines flies right in the face of Paul’s charge for believers to have the same mind:
Now I exhort you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you all say the same thing, and there be no divisions among you, but you be united in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10 LITV)
If, as Paul teaches, we corporately are the body of Christ, then does the current collective body of competing Christian theologies accurately reflect the mind of Christ. Certainly, no one can think so.
But, before the present time with our tens of thousands of Christian denominations, and before the Reformation that shifted the focus of Christianity from the decisions of church councils and the Pope to the Bible as the principle source of guidance, and before the great schism about a thousand years ago, even before there were arguments over the nature of Christ, the Trinity and whether Mary was the mother of God in the beginning of the age of Christendom (fourth century), even before there was a Catholic church (110 A.D.) there was original primitive Christianity.
While some of the focus of Christianity remains, much has changed over the millennia. The question is whether all or even any of the different traditions that have developed are correct, or the original believers were the ones that actually got it the most right. The place to start is by looking at the beliefs and practices of original, primitive Christianity, and seriously consider embracing them again even though some of them may be radically different from what you or I hold today.
In the days of original, primitive Christianity:
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Elements usually still held today:
Elements still held today by some:
- The receiving and leading of the holy spirit, including the manifestations, was paramount. Many displayed the manifestations of the Spirit including prophecy, however, false prophecy was to be recognized and rejected. (Matt 7:15-19,2Pet 2:1)
- Believers did more than go to church together, they often worked, ate and lived together, bonded together in fellowship by faith.
- Followers were thrilled by the growth of the word of God (Jesus Christ) as signs, miracles and wonders followed the preaching by the disciples.(Acts 2:43,4:30, 5:12,8:6,14:3,15:12)
- Any kind of sin including sexual sin (any kind of sex outside of the marriage of a man and a woman) was taken as following the flesh instead of the spirit, therefore, there was no acceptance of adultery, fornication, and homosexuality.
- Ministers were allowed to be married as raising a family was considered valuable training in learning to lead a flock of believers.(1 Tim 3:2-4)
- There was no rigid literal interpretation of many sections taken by some to be literal today. For example, the existing references by the early church fathers to the days in Genesis chapter one use the reference “for a day is to the Lord as a thousand years” showing their understanding of that section to be symbolic and not literal.
Elements held today by few, if any believers:
- Jesus proclaimed only the law and the prophets as the word of God, and no more.
- Other than the words of Jesus, and the law and the prophets, no writings were considered the word of God. Regarding the Old Testament there is no writing that shows that books outside of the law and the prophets (which include the psalms written by David, a prophet) were considered the word of God. As far as the Christian authors go, Clement and other early church writers did not identify the New Testament as scripture, except for the words of Christ. These writers uniquely identified the words of Christ as such (essentially equating the Lord’s words as scripture), and made no reference to Scripture in referring to what was later called New Testament verses and concepts. On the other hand, they did call references to the law and the prophets scripture.
- The Gospels were called memoirs and were the written witness accounts of some of the Apostles and their close disciples.
- People with the gift ministries (apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists) were the spiritual leaders of the Church (as opposed to Bishops.) (Acts 13:1, 15:32)
Elements that are divisive today but didn’t appear to exist then:
- Bishops had not replaced apostles and prophets as arbiters of Christian doctrine. There was no Catholic Church under a central hierarchy of bishops with supreme authority. Disciples went to remote lands and started independent churches. (See The Leading of Original Christianity Was Done By Apostles and Other Gift Ministries through the Spirit, Not by Bishops As We Have Now.) Ignatius in 110 A.D. first wrote about a Catholic church with Bishops in total authority over all believers setting church laws that all must follow.
- Neither the deity of Christ, neither the Trinity, nor the belief of Mary as the Mother of God were taught or promoted.
- There were no divisive disputes over issues like the mode of baptism, number of ordinances or sacraments, pacifism, requirement of tithing, role of women in the church, dietary laws, predestination, eternal security, end times theology, and many of the dividing doctrinal issues over the centuries.
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I have been watching Frontline, the episode titled The Untouchables. It is the story of the investigation into the banking industry concerning the meltdown was caused by bank industry practices of selling and reselling bad mortgages. These practices made a lot of bankers rich, but it almost caused a worldwide economic meltdown. It certainly caused a national economic catastrophe. And, amazingly, as the show points out and despite efforts by Senate investigators as well as the New York State Atty. Gen.’s office, none of these “fat cats” went to jail. This is the opposite of what happened after the S&L crisis in the 80s where thousands of bankers went to jail.
One of the things that becomes apparent when you look at this debacle is that the scale of the thing. This was no isolated incident at any level. There were loads of people buying mortgages that had no business getting them. There were numbers of bank workers at every level that were aware that a lot of these mortgages were being secured by people without the resources to pay them off. To their credit, there were a number of people who tried to point the problems out to people that were higher than them but they were ignored. And there were the mortgage companies, and the banks whose only concern was profitability, and more specifically, that if it was okay on Wall Street and the moneymakers were making money, then it was not only a business that was okay, it was a business to pursue. In the words of the chief executive of Countrywide Mortgage, the motto was “fund em”, that no matter what people’s circumstances were, there was a way to fund them, whether they had jobs, or assets, or not. The big banks made lots of money with this strategy.
However, this caused a big economic bubble, which crashed. It other times in history when this kind of reckless behavior was discovered people went to jail. Not this time. The rich got richer. The poor have became poorer. (That is called “oppression” in the Bible)
What does that say about the society in which this kind of behavior thrives?
Jesus made an interesting comment after he was asked by some Pharisees for a sign:
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (Matthew 12:39-45 KJV)
Jesus called the generation a “wicked and adulterous” one. Wicked is just another word for evil. It means sinful, or unrighteous, or simply put, not living as God intends for us to live. Adulterous brings up the image of a person who is unfaithful to their spouse, but in this case it is an analogous term that refers to God’s people being unfaithful to him.
When God talks about a generation being evil he doesn’t mean everyone in the generation, just that it’s so prevalent that it’s something that marks the generation. One of the biggest things that marked the current generation is this Wall Street banking scandal of the early 21st century.
The Wall Street banking scandal clearly illustrates practices that are not what God would want. God believes in fair practices, a good day’s work for a good day’s pay, and a good price for a fair amount of product.
“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 25:13-16 ESV)
This sets a standard that says when somebody trades something that is so much weight it needs to be accurate. If you’re buying a pound of wheat or rice or gold, it needs to be measured accurately in order for the appropriate value to be determined. There is no leeway in the above standard.
The banking industry clearly did not hold that standard. They sold bundles of mortgages that were supposedly good while they knew they were not. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein not only admitted as such, but he presented the practice as part of “market making”. In his statements to Congress he was unapologetic and his arguments focused on what have become the standard business practices of the day, which includes taking both “long and short” positions on sales, that is selling things while taking a position in the market that the item being sold will fail.
Everybody else would call that selling a product that they know is not good, or fraud. The focus of the Frontline piece centers around citizens, Senators, attorney generals all calling this fraud while Blankfein and his cronies call it standard business practices.
According to Wikipedia Blankfein regularly earns in excess of $50 million a year, and in 2011 was listed by Forbes as the 43rd most powerful person in the world.
It certainly looks suspicious that the Obama administration has failed to indict any of these leaders especially considering that Blankfein is a known democratic supporter. Again, according to Wikipedia, in 2008 Blankfein’s Goldman Sachs’ employees and relatives helped raise almost $1 million for Barack Obama, making it the company from which Obama received the most help getting elected.
One of the questions asked in the Frontline piece was not only why didn’t anyone hold the American banking system to account but why hasn’t anyone held the American Justice system to account for not holding the Banking System to account?
All of this has happened while the person on the street has suffered, losing income and buying power steadily throughout this fiasco. Unemployment is still high and the economy is still shaky.
The whole scenario is what the Bible calls “a wicked and adulterous generation” because these things didn’t happen in a vacuum. There has been a widespread culture change in our country that has allowed this to happen.
So what would the Bible message be in response to this? It would be “Repent”, of course! People, we have a choice. Greed may not be illegal, but it is evil. Don’t be a part of it. Don’t be a part of any business practice that isn’t right. And while finances and the economy are important, it is very important that we first of all act righteously in our own affairs. And second, that we do business with people and elect political leaders that will help make us a generation known for righteousness rather than evil.
This is not always simple. It means we may have to clean up our work practices. Sometimes it may mean changing jobs and/or the people that we do business with.
Remember, just because it is currently acceptable in our culture doesn’t make it righteous.
But, if we are truly believers, then the question that we must always ask ourselves, down to a moment by moment basis, is, “Is what we are doing serving the Lord?
And to the mighty in the land there is this charge:
“Thus says the Lord GOD: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord GOD.” Eze 45:9
Its time to make America great again for the common man. We need to do our part by both living righteously and demanding the same from business and political leaders.
©copyright 2013 Mark W. Smith, all rights reserved.
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly is a PBS program that explores current news items that have a connection to religious and ethical practices. As the title implies, the program takes a diverse religious approach as the it explores all religions as well as modern cultural ethical philosophies around the world. Recent programs have featured Baha’i, Hindu, Islamic, Hebrew, and atheist perspectives besides various Christian denominational viewpoints. The November 2, 2013 program entitled Predicting Violence; Reza Aslan’s Zealot features a story on how the brains of violent offenders differ greatly from people who do not display such violent behavior. The implication is that religions that penalize people whose brains are programmed to so commit violent acts are themselves immoral.
Professor Adrian Raine, who teaches neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania and wrote a book entitled The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime, argues that there is a brain basis for violent behavior thus making judgments against such offenders immoral. This flies not only in the face of Christianity, but many major religions such as Judaism, Islam, etc. all condemn violent behavior as sin.
The study for this research included having individuals respond to questionnaires as they were asked how they would respond to critical situations where the decision might be to have to kill one person to save five.
Paul Wolpe (Emory Center for Ethics) responded to Raine’s work as being very significant and worthy of further study but warns that jumping to judgement and implementing policy changes at this point could lead to seriously wrong decisions.
The work of Raine continues the progression of scientific recommendations that change the viewpoint on many behaviors from being the result of decisions and being the result of pure biology.
Wolpe makes an extremely important point that people with the same lesions exhibit different behavior paths. In fact, Raine himself has a brain scan similar to some serial killers yet he chose to study neuroscience while other chose to commit multiple murders.
In my opinion, that alone is an excellent reason to reject the validity of brain scans to override the behavior choices that people make.
See PBS, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for more information about the program.
The Genesis Code[i] is a Christian movie that tackles the question of how the “days” in Genesis chapter one could possible reconcile with the millions of years that scientists teach that it took to get the earth to where it is today.
This is spoiler on the movie so if you want to see it first now is the time to stop reading.
It is obviously a problem calculating what a day is just from Genesis chapter one because our days are based on the time it takes the earth to spin one time as it revolves around the sun and the sun isn’t in the sky on at least the first “day” of Genesis chapter one.
Basically, the explanation is that God’s vantage point and ours are different. What God sees as a day and what we see are radically different the further back in time we go and the closer we get to the moment of creation.
A scientific principle stated in the movie that is important to understanding these concepts is that as an object moves closer to the speed of light time moves more slowly. This comes from Einstein’s theory of relativity. This is called “time dilation”.
Google “time dilation” to understand more or look at the Wikipedia entry which says in part:
“An accurate clock at rest with respect to one observer may be measured to tick at a different rate when compared to a second observer’s own equally accurate clocks. This effect arises neither from technical aspects of the clocks nor from the fact that signals need time to propagate, but from the nature of spacetime itself.”
The point is that that when we think about the days of creation they can’t be the same as what we call a day today because as I said earlier the earth wasn’t in orbit around the sun in the beginning. And it wasn’t moving at the stable speeds we know today. Everything was moving at incredible speeds. Our perception of that time then is radically different than of today.
Another important scientific concept that the movie discusses is the concept of a “singularity.” A singularity is a place where gravity is infinite compared to our gravity here on earth. This place is often called a “black hole.” What creates a black hole is the implosion of a star. For example, in the movie, they talk of a star whose mass is a couple million times more than our sun who implodes upon itself to the point where the star becomes a little dot like a grain of sand. However small this dot is, it has the mass of that star that imploded so its gravity is so powerful that even light is absorbed by its gravity. Anything approaching this singularity speeds up to the point where it starts traveling near the speed of light.
A person in a spaceship going near that black hole could start traveling so fast that their perception of speed would be different than the station that they embarked from. In theory, a person then leaving that space station, let’s say, and traveling near the speed of light would “slow down” and not age as fast as the people at the station they came from. The person in the ship would have a different vantage point than a person on the station.
If station personnel on the station could see into the ship as it was traveling at these incredibly accelerating speeds towards the singularity, the crew would appear to be moving slower and slower as the ship accelerated. These station personnel would literally see how time was moving slower for these people in the ship.
And, here’s the kicker, this ship that was on a simple one-hour mission would come back to find out that that thousands of years had passed for the people on the station.
That’s time dilation. Increased gravity slows the passage of time. If the scientific model is correct, i.e., there was a big bang, then this miniscule point of creation that exploded had to have been a place of unimaginable gravity with this corresponding time frame that would be nothing like what we experience time as today.
Complicating this is that the stretching of space itself also affects the rate at which time is experienced. Space, science teaches us, expands and contracts.
The point the movie makes is that the days talked about in Genesis chapter 1 are from God’s vantage point while science’s time calculations are from man’s perspective today. So we see God’s actions through a time dilated window and have to understand that his time is moving different than ours today.
Genesis is seen through God’s frame of reference or “clock”. God’s clock isn’t based on the sun. As it says in Genesis, God’s calculation of time is based on light. Here is the one of the keys to understanding the movie’s explanation of how science and Genesis chapter can reconcile: this light upon which God’s clock is based is not the light of our sun, it didn’t even exist on day one, but rather the light of Genesis one is something called cosmic background radiation or CBR. Scientists say that the presence of CBR confirms the big bang theory: it is that significant and that related to the topic at hand. CBR fills all space today as it did at the moment of creation or the big bang.
The original frequency of the CBR at the time of the big bang was approximately three trillion cycles per second. Today, CBR wavelength is about three cycles per second. The passage of time at the time of the big bang occurred at a rate that was trillion times faster than today.
Trying to conceive of time in the beginning of creation makes no sense when we try to use clocks today. It only makes sense if we understand what God’s clock is.
Next the movie gets into how it directly relates this discussion of time dilation in the theory relativity to the verses in chapter 1 of Genesis. Basically, the premise is to divide the time between the moment of creation and today into six periods. Period one would be about 8 billion years. Period Two would be about 4 billion years. Period Three would be about 2 billion years. Period Four would be about 1 billion years, and so fourth. Each period gets progressively smaller because time is moving faster as the universe expands.
Adding up the six periods or “days” would result in about 15,750,000 years. This corresponds to what some scientists say is the age of the universe.
To us it is 15,750,000 years, to the cosmic clock is six periods or “days”.
The movie next goes on to show that what Genesis says happened in each day corresponds to what scientists say happened in each of the time periods or “days” of the cosmic clock. The pastor in the movie matches the meaning of the words in Genesis to show that it corresponds scientifically. A scientist explains that the term “big bang” is actually a misnomer as it implies what we think of as an explosion with all of the light that’s generated in something we might see on TV. And the scientist explains that initially the “explosion” was of a ball of plasma that was so dense that initially light could not escape. However, after a point, the process had slowed down to the point that light could escape, and suddenly, in that first time period, there was light. Ergo, “let there be light.”
The movie gives an explanation that shows that all of the days in Genesis can correspond to what happened in the many periods that scientists have proclaimed as existing in the development of the earth and the universe.
Side note: If this analogy holds, that would mean that we’re in the seventh “day”. That should last about 125,000 years. Wouldn’t it be interesting if that corresponded to some event in God’s plan for man?
The Genesis code is definitely a movie that puts a new slant on unifying science and God’s word.
As far as to why this explanation is not actually in God’s word a lot of the things that have been discussed in this article would only have been known in the last century or two. Besides, Gods word is not written just for the technically savvy person who has an interest in science. It’s written for all people, and that means children as well as adults. The explanation in Genesis is what so many people can understand, especially the young and/or less intellectually, scientifically inclined of us.
It just goes to show you that the “six days” of creation as presented in the book of Genesis are not as scientifically preposterous as some would lead you to believe. And to the Christian it offers an explanation that corresponds the creation time table in Genesis to science. Instead of putting science and faith at loggerheads it offers hope that there is a lot that people of science and people of faith have in common.
The movie didn’t win awards that I know of, so the reason to watch is to be uplifted by seeing a positive resolution to some of life’s hard questions for a lot of us. But that makes it worth it. The first part of the movie is a story that shows the problems that some people have believing Genesis, and it is a little slow. But the explanation at the end really is a fascinating presentation. I recommend it.
[i] The Genesis Code, Directed by C. Thomas Howell, Genesis Productions, CK Pictures, 2010 (available for streaming on Netflix as of the writing of this article)