Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Necessity of Creation

Today I want to talk about Creation.  I am not going to make a case for creation, I will leave that to Christian scientists who are much better qualified than I to make that case.  There is much evidence that points towards creation and against evolution, but you would never know that were you to listen to most scientists today.  In all honesty, it is not even that important to me because I believe in God and I believe the Bible to be His Word.  I take that in faith, and so if the Bible says we are created, then we were created.  What I want to talk about today is why it is essential to believe that we were created. 

Just as an aside, I never liked the phrase Intelligent Design.  I understand it is a Trojan Horse to try to sneak Creation into school, but that sort of defeats the purpose.  Jesus does not sneak.  If schools reject Creation, and they do, it is not our place to try and sneak it in.  We need to be bold in our belief that we were created, not hide behind phrases that are not even accurate.  We were not "designed" by some "intelligence", we were Created by the Living God.  God created us in His likeness.  God created the world to minister to our needs. 

The first reason it is essential to believe that we were created is because the Bible says we were:
IN the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1 NKJV
The Bible is the Word of God and is therefore inerrant.  If we were not created, the Bible is wrong.  If the Bible is wrong, it is not the Word of God.  If it is not the Word of God, where does our hope of salvation come from? If we can call creation into question, we can call everything into question.  Therefore, it is essential to believe in creation just for the fact that the Bible declares it.

It is also important to believe in creation because we were created in God's image.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV
Evolution teaches that we were not made at all and that we are merely at some point in the evolution of our species.  We are not special at all either.  The Bible teaches that humans are special.  It teaches that man was created separate from the animals   The basis of our special relationship with God is that we were created in His likeness.  We have a soul.  No other animal has a soul.  Did God just sit back and wait for monkeys to get advanced enough and give them souls?  Of course not.  God created us in His likeness in order to have a relationship with us.  That is not possible with evolution.  A foundational belief for our relationship with God is the belief that we were created by God and in His image.

If we do not believe we were created by God, we also redefine who God is.  If everything happened as science propaganda would have us believe from Big Bang to mankind, and we are ultimately the result of billions of years of genetic mistakes until we get to what we have today, what does that say about God?  Did God just happen upon us already evolved and decide to give us souls or did He set the Big Bang in motion and wait for us to form by evolution?  If any of those are true it says our God is distant and unconcerned.  It says He is not really involved in our lives but watches from a distance, sometimes acting if He feels it is necessary.  There is no intimacy as a Father to a child or a Creator to His creation.  Our God is a God who is intimately involved in the affairs of this world and in our individual lives. 
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.  Psalm 139:13-16 NKJV
Not only do we refine who He is, but we also negate His rightful authority if we believe Him to not be the Creator.  As Creator, He is the rightful Lord of what He made.  If He did not create us, then He is an undeserving dictator forcing his authority upon is by His strength.  He goes from a loving Father to a brutal tyrant.  God will judge us because it is His right as Creator.  God rules in our lives because He created us.  Without creation, it is no longer a free act of love to surrender ourselves to God, but a necessary tribute to a conquering ruler.  It may sound cold, but He created us so He has every right to make the rules.  He has the right to define sin and set standards for our lives.  He does this in love, because He knows what is best for us and what is best for us is a relationship with Him.  When we could not meet those standards, He sent His son to die to pay the penalty for our failures and restore that relationship He created us for. 

Finally, and most importantly, creation is essential to the plan of salvation.  Without the fall there could be no salvation.  Adam and Eve were created in perfection. They were without sin and living in a paradise created by God just for them.  Eventually, they rebelled and sin entered the world.  As their descendants, that sinful rebellious nature remains in us all.  God gave Adam and Eve free will with the desire that they would follow Him.  They used that free will to seek after sin and so it has been ever since, thus the necessity for our Savior to restore the relationship God intended for us.  Without creation, Adam and Eve evolved from imperfection and thus imperfect themselves.  They would have been spiritually dead and therefore unable to have a relationship with God.  If there was no relationship, there could be no fall and no relationship to restore and therefore no Jesus.  Conversely, if God was able to have a relationship with them in their spiritually dead state, Jesus would not have had to come either.  Besides, if we exist to be in a relationship with God, why would He choose a means that makes that impossible even from the start? 

So now we need to ask ourselves why God went through all the trouble.  Why God chose to create us.  Why go through all the pain and watching man bring sin into His creation thereby adding filth to perfect beauty? Why watch as His people continually reject Him?  Why go through a process by which He knew would end in His Son dying on the cross?  Let's start with some Scripture:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17 NKJV
and again:
IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. ...  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-3, 14 NKJV
and finally:
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Romans 8:29-30 NKJV
The simple answer, God went through it all so you can have a relationship with Him.  I do not mean the general you, I mean specifically, YOU!  I mean Ben, or Robin, or Tara, or Bill, or Jen, or anyone just put your name in there.  We were created by, though, and for Jesus who knew us before we were created, before anything was created.  He knew us before the foundations of the earth predetermining our relationship with Him.   And everything from "Let there be light" until now has happened so Jesus can have a relationship with you.  Think about that, think of how important you are to God.  I truly believe that if that random list of names was short by just one name, God would have done things differently but as difficult this way was, it was the only way for God to have a relationship with all who were chosen.  Why did God choose you?  He knew you would choose Him.  Why did you choose Him?  Because he first chose you. If you wan to know if God chose you, then choose Him.   A mystery for sure! But while the things of God are above my understanding, I will marvel in the fact that God chose me!  Marvel in that, be amazed, be humbled, and above all, rejoice!  You are a created chosen child of the Living God!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV

1 comment:

  1. I am humbled and amazed at His work! Thank you for sharing this word! HIS love astounds me!