Genesis: Truth for Understanding Our World (Part 2) – Genesis 1:3-19; 2:1-3September 20, 2015
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Speaker: Jerry Cisar
In 1992, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the decision for Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case which ended up protecting the liberty to terminate the life of a child in the womb regardless of what a state rules, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”
Yes, that statement is as absurd as it sounds. That we define meaning ourselves. For that matter, personhood. Most of us, like it or not, know deep down that if I define meaning my-self, then there is no meaning. Even if we aren’t familiar with the insanity of Kennedy’s statement, it only reflects the teaching of our culture at large. No wonder one of the best-selling books of our time is Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Life, which asks the question on the cover: What on earth am I here for? That is a good question.
In order to know the answer to that question, I suggest there is a more fundamental question: What on earth is the earth here for? When we find the answer to that question, we will have made significant progress in knowing why we are here. Genesis 1:1 – 2:3, is given to us to answer that question. Why did God create the earth and everything in it…including us?