Richard Dawkins once famously said that “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called Religion”. Mark Twain asserted that “The Bible has noble poetry in it… and some good morals… and upwards of a thousand lies” while Ronald Reagan sat on completely the other end of the spectrum when he insisted that “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”
All three are bold claims, and whether you side with Dawkins and Twain, Reagan, or find yourself somewhere in the grey area of indecision regarding the Bible, there can be no doubt that it’s been one of the most influential and impactful books ever written.
I want to focus on just one core aspect of the Bible’s message: The Genesis account, the crucial issues it raises regarding free will and God’s right to make the rules, and why the rest of the Bible is absolutely dependent on them.