For nine years now, I have witnessed preterists essentially denying the
validity and applicability of Genesis to New Testament discussions of
the Old Covenant.
Yes, preterists recognized that AD 70 brought
an end to Adam's sin and that Adam's death was some undefined
"spiritual" death. But that has been the extent of it.
preterist community in general, the Old Covenant started at Sinai and
Genesis had little or nothing to say. Genesis was to the Old Covenant
what Tolkien's Silmarillion was to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Few
care about it.
In the fall of 2006, I coined the term Covenant
Creation. The spark for the idea was paring down some ideas by Mike
Sullivan and Ward Finley, removing the part that Tim Martin had
demonstrated was unworkable in the often misquoted appendix of his 2005
booklet, Beyond Creation Science. At the time, Tim told me I was off the
deep end and I told Tim that this was all he had left.
A year later, this is the view of Genesis that went to press in the 3rd edition of Beyond Creation Science.
date, no one has attempted to refute Tim's 2005 claims about Genesis 1.
All that has emerged is an attempt to refute Covenant Creation based on
the assumption that Tim's 2005 claims are valid.
years, what is the situation today? There are Covenant Creationists and
there are people who deny the validity and applicability of Genesis to
the New Testament discussions of the Old Covenant. Not one critic of
Covenant Creation has bothered to develop a positive case for Genesis as
non-covenantal, that addresses these New Testament issues.
1. An end to sin.
2. Paul's continued reference to Adam in his discussion of the resurrection.
3. The crushing of the serpents head.
4. An actual definition of Adam's death.
5. How Abel, Noah, Abraham, Judah, and even Moses knew The Law (Ex. 18) before The Law was given to Israel in Ex. 21ff.
6. How sin can't be imputed without a law, yet the punishment of sin, death, can be imputed. Rom. 5:13-14
7. How Abel could have faith in a covenant that wouldn't even be made for another 2600 years.
8. How The Law could be added, when there is nothing to add it to.
9. How Heavens and Earth can pass away.
10. How Jesus can claim something was from the beginning, yet claim it will not exist in the resurrection?
could go on, but this should be enough for an honest person to conclude
that Genesis, from the very beginning of the book, is critical to the
Old Covenant development. Christ did not put an end to the sin of
transgressing the Law from Sinai, He put an end to Adam's sin. Adam's
sin was the result of violating his covenant/law with God.
It is a major tenet of preterism, that a covenant can not end until all promises in that covenant are fulfilled. When was Gen. 3:15
fulfilled? Yes, there will be covenant deniers. "Gen. 3:15
isn't part of any covenant." Who's going to take them seriously.I take a lot of heat for
Covenant Creation. But where is the alternative? So far, material
creation ignores the issues numbered above. Material creation has no
answers. Those who insist on material creation have not even tried. I
will not ignore these issues as my opponents do. Neither will any of the others who have adopted Covenant Creation.
years from now, there will be Covenant Creation and it's critics. But
will there be an alternative to Covenant Creation? Will one of my
critics step up and do the work? Either Covenant Creation is right or it
will win by default because no one has an alternative.
my critics claim I will never change my mind, that I have too much
invested in Covenant Creation. Try me. Put together an alternative. Our
critics have produced nothing and as long as they have nothing, there is
nothing to change to.
The Old Covenant, the first Heaven and
first Earth, passed away in it's entirety with the destruction of the
temple. The first Heaven and first Earth was/were created in Genesis 1.
The entity that was created in Genesis 1 has ceased to exist. It has
been replaced by the New Creation, the New Heaven and New Earth, the New
If you don't like it, then suggest an alternative that
starts in Genesis with Adam, instead of pretending Genesis is not part
of the covenant history.