“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:”
There are some pastors and teachers who tell me that it does not matter what we believe about Genesis. It does not matter if there were really six 24-hour days, or millions of years. It does not matter if there was death before Adam’s sin. It does not matter if Adam were not a real person, but an allegory.
These are often people who tell me that they believe the Bible to be true. But, somehow, my literalist “interpretation” offends them – even though I do not give an interpretation of Genesis; I simply read what it says and believe it.
The same pastors will not have the same problem with the New Heavens and the New Earth that God will one day provide. Whatever your eschatology, few people expect the New Heavens and New Earth to emerge after millions of years of evolution. They expect that God will make these places probably in an instant.
They believe that the idea of a world without death in Genesis is a myth. Yet, they quote Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more death. How can they expect a new place with literally no death if the deathless paradise at the beginning of time were just a myth.
Revelation 22:3 tells us that in the world to come there will be no more curse. These pastors expect this to be literally true, yet they do not believe in an earthly paradise in Genesis 1 in which there was no curse until Adam sinned.
But all these issues fall into place when we choose to believe God’s word.
Prayer: Lord God, we look forward to the world to come where there will be no more tears, no more death, and no more curse, because the effects of Adam’s sin will be undone. We praise Your name for that hope. Amen.
Ref: Taylor, P.F. (2007), The Six Days of Genesis Chapter 1. Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.