Genesis or Revelation?

Popular interest suggests Revelation is the most important book in the Bible, but only Genesis serves as a foundation for a proper Christian worldview.

by Ken Ham on October 23, 2021
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Which is more important: Genesis or Revelation? Okay, now I’m sure that got your attention.

First of all, every word of Scripture is important, as this is the inspired, infallible Word of God we are talking about: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). And as the Apostle Paul stated in 1 Thessalonians 2:13:

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

Now when it comes to the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the last book, Revelation, they are both important. But they serve different functions. Sadly, in this era, many in the church have rejected or not understood the critical function the book of Genesis has. Because of the teaching of millions of years and Darwin’s evolutionary ideas, beginning in the 1800s to the present, many church leaders compromised the clear teaching of Genesis 1–11 with evolutionary ideas, undermining its vital function.

Now when it comes to the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the last book, Revelation, they are both important. But they serve different functions.

I have found that many churches are more concerned that Christians have a specific understanding of Revelation, but they adhere to a more general approach to Genesis. For instance, many will claim that as long as one believes God created, the details of Genesis don’t matter and can be interpreted to fit with millions of years and other evolutionary beliefs. However, Genesis 1–11 is the foundation of all biblical doctrine, the rest of the Bible, and a truly Christian worldview. Because much of the church has neglected to teach Genesis as it should have been taught, many in the church don’t have a true Christian worldview. They don’t know how to defend the Christian faith and are not bold in standing against many moral evils of our day. This has also contributed greatly to why most in the younger generations have now left the church. The church no longer has a major impact on the culture from a worldview and gospel perspective. To deal with issues like gender, marriage, abortion, racism, and euthanasia, Christians must build their worldview on Genesis 1–11, which gives us the biblical foundation for understanding or defining these moral issues.

Today, many Christians are more interested in the book of Revelation than Genesis. Not teaching Genesis as it should be taught is a major reason why there’s been a massive generational exodus from the church and why so much of the church is lukewarm. Revelation is not the foundation of all doctrine—Genesis is. Revelation is not the foundation for the rest of the Bible—Genesis is. Revelation is not the foundation for a truly Christian worldview—Genesis is. Yes, all of God’s Word is important. But the church, by and large, has lost an understanding of the vital foundational importance of the first book, Genesis. Jesus said,

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:46–47).

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