The Importance of Creation
The subject of origins has become topical once again as people celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist. The devil is aware of how vital this subject is to the progress of the gospel and so he seeks to confuse many through the teaching of evolution. Christians have an opportunity at the present time to witness to the world but do we have a clear view on origins ourselves? Do we believe in creation?
Creation is a foundation of our faith because so much rests upon it. Without it the concepts of sin and salvation have little meaning. If creation is not true then there is no Creator whose law is supreme and to whom we must give an account. It is no surprise to see the ungodly finding fault with a doctrine which magnifies the Lord; what is sad is that there are many in the church who think creation unimportant. In fact our beliefs concerning origins will have a major impact on our lives for time and eternity.
The Bible opens with this majestic statement: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen.1:1). Creation means that “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb.11:3). Whatever is visible to us, whether to our naked eye or through a telescope or microscope, was made out of nothing and not from material already existing. In the beginning there was no universe, no planets, no earth, no rocks, no minerals, no molecules, no atoms – only God.
How was everything created? It was by the word of God. By a sovereign command, representing His effectual, invincible will, God brought all things into being. “For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast” (Psa.33:9). The Lord Jesus Christ, whose name is the Word, was central in the work of creation. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).
When was everything created? It was over a period of six days. On the first day the earth was “without form, and void” (Gen.1:2) but by the sixth day God had produced the variety and complexity of landscapes and living things. He created the light, sky, seas, sun, moon and stars. Finally He made man, male and female and “in his own image” (Gen.1:27). In God’s eyes it was all “very good” (Gen.1:31), there being no disease or death.
Why was everything created? It was for God’s glory and praise. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev.4:11). It was also to our benefit, for “the earth hath he given to the children of men” (Psa.115:16). God fitted out this world as a dwelling place for man as one would fit out a house in order that it might be lived in.
Do we not see a marvellous order and beauty in our universe? A mighty intelligence is involved. Chance could not produce even a simple organism, however long it might be given. In fact there is no such thing as a ‘simple’ organism; the single cell is a vastly complex and intricate structure.
Despite every effort our origins can never be discovered by science. God has revealed the truth to us. We receive the doctrine of creation by faith in the same Scriptures which speak of the fall, the curse and the cross of Christ.
Do you believe that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psa.139:14)? Then bow down before your Maker, confess your sin to Him and trust in His dear Son as your precious and only Redeemer.