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October 30, 2007 / Daniel

Creation

Here’s the section in my doctrinal statement on creation.

I believe that God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing for His own good pleasure (John 1:3; Heb. 11:3: Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11). Each member of the Trinity participated in the creating work (Gen. 1-2; John 1:1-4). According to Genesis, God said that His creation of the material world was good. As God’s creation, the cosmos is completely dependent upon God’s continual sustenance and provision (Matt. 6:25-33; Col. 1:17). Since the universe has been designed by wise loving Creator, I reject the notion that the world’s origin can be explained by mere random unguided naturalistic processes. While some minor evolutionary changes may take place within species, this do not mean that macro-evolution is possible (Gen. 1:24-25).

While Genesis does give us some valuable information about the scientific origins of the world, the author of Genesis did not primarily intend his narrative to be read as a scientific textbook. Since Genesis was written to address the polytheistic ancient world, we should not demand the text to provide a direct response to the scientific concerns of a post-Enlightenment world. While the old earth position is not unfeasible, I hold the young earth position since it seems to be more consistent with a face value reading of Scripture.

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  1. Matthew C / Oct 31 2007 8:56 am

    When do you think angels were created?

  2. Daniel / Nov 1 2007 2:45 pm

    I don’t know if the Bible makes that clear explicitly. I would guess that was prior to the creation of our cosmos.

  3. Matthew C / Nov 1 2007 8:04 pm

    Before the creation week, then?

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