My View of Creation
God created the earth during an unknown period of time, but in six literal days, God prepared the earth for the culmination of His creation on the sixth day: mankind. “In the beginning,” marks the starting point of creation. Where there was nothing, there is now something, but humans, let alone Christians cannot agree among the six most widely held views of how the earth and its inhabitants came to be.
As a science major and a biblical scholar, this writer believes science and faith are two sides to the same coin and this article, “What Are the Various Views on Creation?” Driscoll only proves how important it is to understand the complexity behind this widely held debate. Driscoll points out, “there is no conflict between science and Christian faith. However, there is a conflict between Christianity and atheistic naturalism which refuses to follow the truth wherever it leads expressly because it leads to a belief in God.”
Science should always attempt to go wherever the truth and facts may lead, but when they lead to God, many scientists throw out their hypothesis and start over believing there must be some other explanation. Historic creationism “does not connote any specific length of time, nor does it necessarily mean that the next thing stated followed immediately,” therefore, this writer supports historic creationism with a twist of micro-evolution.
God could have easily created everything and everyone in a day, but He did not. While historic creationism focuses on God “preparing the uninhabitable land for the habitation of mankind” it does not try to specify an exact time or date in which God created different life forms; that is why it is the most valid theory.
Genesis Chapter One through Three: Literal or Figurative?
The precipice of intelligent design versus evolution rests on the interpretation of the Genesis account, but it is amazing to me how the Bible simply does not state an exact age and if the Bible leaves something out, it is often of little importance. However, the timeline of creation is of great importance when you are trying to prove the existence of a God and creator.
Driscoll states, “Admittedly, God speaks of creation by including poetry in the creation account of Genesis one and two. Still, even when the Bible uses figurative and poetic language, it does so to communicate a literal truth.” I believe Genesis chapters one thru two are supposed to be interpreted in their proper context. When the Bible is written so that it is obviously to be taken literally, I take it literally, however when the Bible is written so that it is obviously to be taken figuratively, I take it figuratively. Wisdom, the Holy Spirit and research should be the tools to decide which to use.
What Is Your View of the Age of the Universe?
The age of the Universe is rooted in the laws of thermodynamics, relativity and physics, but this writer’s foundational belief is that God is not limited by those very laws. He set them in motion for His intelligent design to thrive just like He literally created the heavens and earth in six days and then rested on the seventh day, much like the sacred Sabbath. Creation was our beginning and was the first major event mentioned in the Book of Genesis, so it is very important to understand God’s role in the creation process. Our omnipotent God is the ultimate source of energy and while our laws say: energy can neither be created nor destroyed it can be transferred; that is what God did in and thru His creation.
The Bible supports an old earth view where the earth is a billion years old or more and one in which man is somewhere between six and ten thousand years old. “Adding up the genealogies in Genesis puts the age of the earth at about six thousand years.” Defending the age of the earth for many has been a hill worth dying on, but science will only continue to prove the existence of God even in their endeavor to disprove Him and His creation.
Can God Use An Evolutionary Process?
Driscoll proposes, “While there is great debate about the age of the earth, there is much more agreement between the Biblical and scientific data on the age of the first true Homo sapiens.” Most agree mankind is between six and ten thousand years old. What many disagree on is how we got here. In college, students are force-fed Charles Darwin and his Origin of Species. Professors twisted his evolutionary theory to explain the origin of life apart from God, but even Darwin never disbelieved in the existence of a God or a creator. “As Christians, we are free to accept the seemingly self-evident fact of micro-evolution—that species can and do adapt to their environments.” The key disagreement here is that we as Christians are not free to believe in atheistic macro-evolution where one species has the ability to evolve into another. Yet, the theory of evolution has continued to be taught with the assumption at some point evidence would present itself to back the original hypothesis of our macro-evolution, but none has presented itself and it continues to be taught.
The burden of proof lies with those attempting to disclaim not only the existence of God, but also His intelligent design regardless of how long it took to come into existence. The sooner scientists and Christians get onboard and begin working together, the sooner we will be able to see even more sides to our Creator we never knew existed. God can use anyone and anything to bring about His plan, so even those who set out to end the belief in God and a Creator will only affirm His divine existence and plan.
Driscoll, Mark. “What Are the Various Christian Views of Creation?” 89-104. Accessed August 18, 2014. http://learn.liberty.edu on creation.pdf.