What is Creation? – Men’s T2 Book Study

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That God created the universe and from him he gave life to man offers the Christian a juxtaposition of the enormity of creation and the intimacy of creation.  Creation is enormous.  God made everything.  Creation is intimate.  God made man.

Creation and Science:

In regards to the various theories of creation the Christian must not accept scientific theory over and above what the Scriptures state.  Grudem helpfully asserts, “Scientific theories that do not see God as the Creator fail to give us the dignity that is given by the biblical account.”  That dignity also compels us to treat our fellow man with respect.  All people are image bearers of God.  Because people have not always rightly interpreted the Scriptures we are therefore encouraged to…

“exercise care, then, in speaking to issues that the Bible does not clearly speak to. And when our observations of the natural world seem to conflict with our understanding of Scripture, we should look again at both, seeking to find where our limited understanding and imperfect knowledge of either could be wrong. Ultimately, a proper understanding of science and a proper understanding of Scripture will not be in conflict.”

Creation and Worship:

If you pause to reflect on the enormity of creation and the wisdom and power required to accomplish creation you will respond with adoration and worship of the Creator.  If you were to create, where would you begin?  All of our creative expressions take shape by using what God has already created.  Order and beauty reflect the order and beauty of God.  They are not abstract ideas with no origination.  God is The Creator.

Because God is The Creator all that he has created is unworthy to be worshiped.  Creation should lead us to worship The Creator.  Sadly creatures exchange truth for a lie and worship the creature instead of the Creator (Romans 1:25).

Creation is Good:

I found Grudem’s statement that, “[e]ven though the creation doesn’t always function as it is supposed to because of sin, we should also consider the material creation good.”  He quotes 1 Timothy 4:4 for support:  “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,”  Christians are therefore encouraged to enjoy the good of God’s creative work all to God’s glory and to his praise.  Will you?

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  1. Adam Skwirsk
    Adam Skwirsk says:

    1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong an, runs its course with joy. 6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. Psalms 19:1-6

    God reveals his existence through his creation and makes Himself known to be worshipped. I have always loved these verses. It reminds me where ever I am that I only have to look around to see what God has given me that is good and see Him through His creation.

    Question:
    Are things we “create,” which is the manipulation of what has already been created by God, to be considered under the “For everything created by God is good…” (Timothy 4:4) verse. Is everything we “create” through God’s creation considered good? I know if we try hard enough we can play a “word game” and bring everything back to God, but is that what is really being said in this verse? Or is this verse very much talking about the natural?

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    • shaunbwalker
      shaunbwalker says:

      I understand 1 Timothy 4:4 stating what God, himself created is good. We see what that looks like in the Genesis account where God said it was “good.” Sadly, in a sin broken world, filled with broken sinners we see perversions of what God created. The short answer to your question is, “No. Everything humans create is not good.” Yet, whenever we create something that resonates to be beautiful (not in a sin perverted sense) it is beautiful in as much as it reflects the beauty that originates from God. Everything God creates is good. Therefore we have much to look forward to in the new heaven and new earth!

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