When I was offered the opportunity to review The Genesis Code , I was intrigued. A movie about how evolution and the Biblical account of creation collide. I wondered, how is THAT going to play out?
So I decided to do the review, and I walked away with mixed feelings.
For those who have never heard of The Genesis Code, here’s a brief synopsis:
Kerry Wells (Kelsey Sanders), a college journalist and committed Christian with an effervescent personality, has been assigned to do a story on Blake Truman (Logan Bartholomew) the college’s newest and very popular hockey superstar. As a relationship between them begins to develop Kerry finds that Blake, who hides behind a tough and independent façade, is actually struggling through a difficult personal crisis and that he bears the cross of a secret he has kept hidden for years. Blake rebuffs Kerry’s suggestion that prayer might help ease his burden; he is convinced that modern science completely disproves the Bible, especially the opening verses of Genesis. Kerry — who is herself suddenly confronted with a challenge to her faith on another front — sets out to prove that science and Genesis are not in conflict and her quest leads to a startling revelation. Could it be that what science teaches us about creation and the Story as told in Genesis are both true!
Sounds like a good story, right?
This is my take. First, the good.
The Genesis Code is a very family friendly movie, as far as language, violence, and other off-putting subjects are concerned. The language was clean, and there was no violence. There was a party scene where a guy chugs a pitcher of beer, but it wasn’t too bad.
Sensitive subject were brought up, such as female circumcision and taking a dying person off life support. With that in mind, this probably isn’t a movie for very young children.
I thought the actors were good. Logan Bartholomew and Kelsey Sanders played the leads well. I enjoyed the appearance of Fred Thompson, too.
And I thought The Genesis Code did a good job highlighting a subject that is often a struggle for Christians: how to reconcile science with creation.
But (and here comes the bad), I didn’t like that the movie seemed to push that in order for science and creation to coexist, we must change how we read the Bible, specifically the six day creation account.
I believe in a six day creation, and like Kerry, the lead Christian in the movie, I believe that “one day science will catch up to scripture.” I cheered when that line was said in the movie.
But that’s not what happened in The Genesis Code. Spoiler ahead.
At the end of the movie, science and creation are reconciled by embracing the idea that six days from God’s perspective could have been thousands of years from man’s perspective.
That doesn’t sit right with me. Time is mentioned many times in the Bible. Jesus was in the desert for 40 days. King David reigned for 40 years. Jesus was resurrected on the 3rd day.
If what is proposed in The Genesis Code is true, do we then need to call into question all of the timelines of the Bible?
If I truly believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, that it is His message to His people, then I believe God to be clear in what is written in the Bible. If the Bible says the earth was created in 6 days, then I’m going to believe it was created in 6 twenty-four hour days. If the Bible says that God breathed life into Adam, then I’m going to believe that was a literal first breath.
And that is my problem with The Genesis Code. It implies that a six day creation could never have occurred in six literal days.
The bottom line is The Genesis Code is a good family friendly movie. It will likely provoke much discussion on an important topic. But if you’re a literal six day creationist, don’t expect to love the outcome of the movie.
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