BiblicalView of Creation
BiblicalView of Creation
What have you always believed about the origins and sustenance of the universe and what has been your source of that belief system?
Asa Christian, I have always believed that the universe was created byGod, who continues to sustain it and all that is in it, through Hisdivine powers. The creation doctrine is the starting point of theBible and also of the Christian faith, reiterate throughout theentire scripture. Being a Christian and ardent follower and believerin the biblical teachings has been the source of my belief system.
What have you discovered that the bible has to say on this theme?
Thekey and simplest Biblical scripture that tells of God’s creation ofthe universe is the statement by Moses in Genesis 1: 1. This is theverse that welcomes us to the Bible with the words “Inthe beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”.The verse shows that God created the universe for His Glory, withoutthe need for already existing raw materials or additional causes(Ps.33: 6, 9). With his own powerful words, the entire visible andinvisible universe was brought into existence instantaneously (Gen.1:1 John 1: 1). The crowning achievement in the process of creationwas that of humanity, which was made in God’s image. The scripturessay that when God created man, he stopped a number f times to admirewhat he had made, and He liked it. At the end, he looked and said “Itis good”, breathed into him and gave him authority over allcreations that He had made (Gen. 2: 7).
Itis crucial to realize that the Bible strives to focus attention onthe Creator himself as opposed to the creative activity of God. Fromthe onset (Genesis 1:1- 2:3), His presence and activities have beenthe points of focus. It is written that “God said”, “Godcreated”, “God called/ named”, God placed” and “God rested”among others. These statements lead the reader to understand thecommitment and deliberations that the creator had while carrying outthe creation.
TheBible teaches that the creation process was a done in cooperationwith the trinity. The Old Testament, in addition to naming God as thecreator, tells us that God’s spirit was hovering over the waters(Gen. 1:2 Psalm 33: 6-7). Later in the New Testament, we learn thatChrist was the active agent during creation. Colossians 1: 16 iswritten that “Forin Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth”.Further readings to confirm this is John 1: 3 which states that“Throughhim [Jesus, the Word] all things were made without him nothing wasmade that has been made” (Mackey,2006).
Explain the effects on your life if you accepted the biblical perspectives on creation
Therelational nature of the Creator is seen in His fellowship with thefirst human pair and His expectations of all His human creatures. Thecreation story shows that man is the zenith of God’s creation,depicted in the manner in which particular and bountiful attentionwas lavished on his creation. To start with, he was created in God’sown image after consultation with the trinity. Man is therefore arational and free being that is capable of expressing himself andappreciating himself, not to forget created for the purpose offellowship with God, as well as fellow man. Putting this intoperspective, it makes me change my view on self worth and valuationof other persons. More often than not, it is easy to feel dejectedand worthless but this should change when I think of God’s purposefor creating me. In addition, it changes the manner in which Ievaluate other people because often, we judge others based on theirworldly achievements like wealth, education background, social statusand physical appearance. However, appreciating that every human beingwas created in God’s image after careful thought and precision, itbecomes easier to appreciate and accept other human beingsirrespective of their worldly attributes.
Mackey,J.P. (2006). Christianity and Creation: The Essence of the ChristianFaith and its Future among Religions. A& C Black
Erickson,M.J. & Hustad, L (2006). Introducing Christian Doctrine. BakerAcademic