Genesis is one of the most attacked books of the Bible. Everyone is faced with the three big questions of life: 1) Where did I come from? 2) What is my purpose in life? 3) What will happen when I die? The answer they provide for the first question will form the foundation for answering the next two. The Bible has a meta-narrative, or overarching story, which gives context and meaning to each event that is recorded and answers the three big life questions. The meta-narrative anticipates a Restoration at the end of time.
The question of ethics is inevitable; no one can escape it since we are communal creatures. By definition, ethics concerns how I live with others. All of us were created for and are born into a family and a society. Cultivating holiness in community is the real challenge. Two extremes we as Christians need to avoid in our approach to God's law are anti-nomianism and legalism.
Marriage is used throughout Scripture as a picture of the relationship between God and His people, Christ and the Church, and even a picture of the relationships within the Trinity. In marriage, there is a deep unity possible between a man and a woman which is so radical and profound that what results is described as a new creation. This deep unity requires self-abandonment and submission.