Creation, Why This Doctrine Is Important

We have already looked at how God made the world, as well as why He did so, but now, let us turn our attention to a question that is often raised when Creationism and its implications are discussed. I have the privilege of lecturing a group of biology students on this subject each year and the question is often raised. The question is usually phrased like this:

“I understand what you saying, but why can’t we (if the asker is a believer) focus on the core issues like Jesus dying on the cross, or (if they are not a believer) surely I can believe in evolution and that God exist, that he made the place then let evolution happen?”

Basically, they see no particular importance to the doctrine of God creating the world. But I would like to content that this doctrine, while not a central salvific doctrine, is nevertheless very much a key cornerstone of the Christian faith.

  1. Roots of the FaithIf the bible is inaccurate in the beginning, we have no real reason to trust the rest of it. This may sound a bit extreme but the fact is, it is the reality. Lets look at an example: the day. Now many people would claim that the wordday (Hb: yom) in Genesis isn’t in fact a 24 hour day, but rather a long period of time, but as I already showed in my how post, this is not possible, shown both from Hebrew grammar rules, and authorial intent, as well as common sense which says that if God had meant millions of years He would have said so.Here is the rub, the bible makes a time frame claim about other events. Jesus was in the tomb 3 million years days. Jonah in the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights, or was it 3 unknowable periods of time. Or did the Israelite wonder the desert for 40 billion years? No they did not, it was 40 years. This is my point, nobody when reading the bible assumes that the word day means anything other that what it clearly means. Except Genesis 1 for some reason.We believe that God inspired the writing of the bible (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Tim 3:16), and that His inspiration covers the whole bible. The whole of it is therefore inspired, infallible, inerrant and sufficient. Is it possible that the bible is accurate in every respect except… about how it begins?And this is my point: If the bible is untrustworthy in the beginning, how then can it be trustworthy in the middle or end. How do we know that the atonement, Christ’s life and sacrifice, and everything else the bible talks about (but especially salvation) is accurate and true? If Genesis is inaccurate, then you have completely undermined the roots of the rest of the bible. I assert that the bible is accurate in the middle and end. It is also accurate in the beginning from the first verse.
  2. Doctrines of ScriptureThe atonement and other central doctrines stem straight from creation. Lets work through this backwards. Why is Christ returning? To rule and reign, and to judge all those not saved by Him on the cross. Why did He need to die on the cross? Because people sinned. Why do people sin? Genesis 3. The book of Genesis is the foundations of every major doctrine found throughout the bible. Some examples:
    -Doctrine of sin: Genesis 3:6
    -Doctrine of the curse: Genesis 3:17-19
    -Doctrine of Salvation: Genesis 3:15
    -Doctrine of Divine Judgement: Genesis 6:5-7 et al
    -Doctrine of Substitutionary Atonement by blood: Genesis 3:21; Genesis 4:3-5
    -Doctrine of Sovereignty & God’s Power: Genesis 1; Genesis 2
    -The order of the universe, of days, months, years etc.: Genesis 1
    -The order of creation – man being higher than animals: Genesis 1:27I think my point is clear, especially in terms of sin, and judgement which originate here. We wouldn’t have half the understand sin and its consequences if we didn’t see what happened when sin began. And we would miss out of the first great promise of salvation, the Messiah to come who would crush Satan’s head. (Gen 3:15)
  3. Trust in GodIt is a matter of trust. My last point is this, in these modern times with so many alternate theories to how the world came into existence, we have an opportunity to trust God. He understands the pressures on us to believe what the popular culture believes, but He says to us, in His word, how He did it. That He spoke the world into existence, how He created, ordered and placed the stars, how He created the plants, animals and finally people. He would know, He was there. He gives us an eye witness account as it were. We can choose to trust Him, that He knows what He is talking about, or we can trust the scientists, most of whom hate God and wish to get rid of Him entirely. We can trust the bible, or we can trust man. I trust the scriptures.

So in conclusion, you have the option either of undermining and destroying the roots of your faith, or else to trust God. He made the world; He tells us how He did it. Its for us to believe His word.

Bearded gentleman, Christ follower, Christian and theologian blogger. Owner of Havelock the cat. Reader of Tolkien lore

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