To Understand the Beginning of the End, You Must Understand the End of the Beginning

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth. And it was perfect until temptation and sin crept in. In the last 24 hours, left-wing articles have attacked Christianity, accused God of raping Mary, and denied there is a deity at all. They have no understanding of either the theology or history of Christmas.

For sane people, to understand what this is all about, we need to go back to near the very beginning.

The God of all creation tells the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers.” (Gen. 3:15). This is a real and historic event. There was a real Adam and a real Eve — a real first man and first woman.

It is important to note that God tells the serpent that enmity will be between its offspring and the woman’s offspring, not the man’s offspring. In Genesis 5, we get a hint of why. “When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.” (Gen 5:1) But when Adam had a son, “he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image.” (Gen 5:3) God’s creation was in his image. Man’s creation was in man’s own image. It is a hint of something to come.

In Genesis 9, God establishes his covenant with Noah and sets the sign as a rainbow. The bow, the weapon of that age, points up toward Heaven — God makes his covenant with Noah and the sign he places on it is one of beauty but also metaphorically a tool of destruction that he points away from man and toward himself.

And then we get to Abraham. God establishes his covenant with Abraham and God takes the oath to fulfill the covenant on himself. He tells Abraham

“a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.… Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.… So shall your offspring be.”

Abraham then took a cow, a goat, a ram, a dove, and a pigeon. He slaughtered them, cutting them in half. This was a traditional way of entering a covenant. The party agreeing to the covenant walked between the pieces to symbolically say if he violates the covenant, he will be slaughtered just like …read more    

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