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Bible Doctrine of Creation: Its Significance and Importance

The Bible Doctrine of Creation:
How Essential Is It to the Faith of a Christian?

The significance of the Bible doctrine of creation as evidence for the nature of God and the Bible as God's word. May a Christian believe theistic or organic evolution?

How important is the doctrine of creation to the Christian faith? May a believer accept theistic or organic evolution? Is the Genesis account of creation literal history and fact, or is it figurative myth and legend? May we believe the days of creation were long ages, or must we accept them as literal days? How does creation relate to the wisdom, power, Deity, and eternal nature of God? How fundamental is creation as evidence for the existence of the one true God and for the Bible as God's word?

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Introduction:

Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The Bible clearly and repeatedly claims that God made the heavens and the earth and everything in nature.

Some doubt the significance of this doctrine to the faith of a Christian.

Some teach that the days of creation may be long ages of thousands or millions of years, or that such long ages may have occurred between the days of Genesis 1. In attempting to defend such folks, other people have said that we should tolerate such beliefs, because creation is not a fundamental doctrine anyway. Some see significance in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection and our baptism and imitation of Him. They say the creation account is not so essential, so it should not be viewed as fundamental to our faith.

The purpose of this study is to consider the significance and importance of the doctrine of Creation to Christianity.

Is it really essential to believe it? Why or why not?

We will see that understanding and accepting creation is fundamental to our faith that God exists and the Bible is His will.

These issues must be resolved before we even consider the significance of Jesus' death. If we do not believe in God and the Bible, why would we even consider believing in Jesus' sacrifice?

New Testament teachers sometimes dealt with idol worshippers, who did not believe in the true God. Before they ever discussed Jesus' death, they began by giving evidence that such folks should believe in God (Acts 14 & 17). This evidence included the doctrine of creation. Creation is definitely fundamental to a Christians' faith.

Any belief that undermines, belittles, or weakens the Bible doctrine of creation thereby undermines, belittles, or weakens faith in the existence and nature of God and the Bible as God's word.

This is true, not just of evolution, but of any view that weakens the doctrine of creation.

Consider the Bible evidence for the importance of the doctrine of creation to our faith in God and His word.


I. Creation Demonstrates the Position of Man


Before examining what the doctrine of creation proves about God, consider what it proves about man.

A. Man Was Created in the Image of God, a Little Lower than the Angels.

The teaching of creation

Genesis 1:26,27 - Man was created by God in the likeness and image of God.

Psalm 8:3-5 - God made man a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor.

Failure to appreciate this leads to mistreatment of other people.

Genesis 9:5,6 - Murder of humans is forbidden, because humans were made in the image of God.

James 3:9,10 - Cursing man is wrong, because men were made in the likeness of God.

The reason is it wrong to mistreat another human is because they are in the image of God. They are just as important to God as we are. To mistreat them is to mistreat one who is like God.

This is why Jesus often said that how we treat other people is how we treat Him (Matt. 25:31-46).

Failure to understand this leads to practicing such evolutionary concepts as "survival of the fittest," so "might makes right." People believe if they are able to overpower others, then they have the right to do so: they are more "fit." Extreme manifestations of this were the holocaust and Communist massacres: eliminate those who are "unfit"!

When we understand the Bible doctrine of creation, we learn why it is wrong to mistreat other humans. We did not make them. They don't belong to us. They belong to God - the same God who made us and to whom we belong. In many ways they partake of His nature, so we must not mistreat them.

[Malachi 2:10; Job 31:13-15; Prov. 14:31; 17:5; 22:2]

B. Man Was Created to Have Authority over the Animals and the Earth.

The teaching of creation

Genesis 2:7 - Contrary to evolution, man was not made from the animals. We are fundamentally different from animals. We were made directly from the earth in the image of God.

Genesis 1:26,28 - God created man to have dominion over all other living things and to subdue the earth.

Psalm 8:6-8 - God made man to have dominion over the things God made. All livings things are under our feet (subject to us).

Psalm 115:14-16 - The God who made heaven and earth then gave the earth to man. That is, it is subject to our control to use for our purposes. God had the right to give us this control, because He made both us and the earth.

Failure to understand this leads to devaluing people and overvaluing animals and the earth.

Evolutionists, animal rights groups, the New Age Movement, and pagans all fail to see the proper dominion of man over animals and the earth.

Some view the earth as a living thing, a goddess named Gaia, so we must try to please it and take care of it. Some even worship the earth.

Others view killing animals as morally similar to killing people, so we should not eat meat or wear fur clothing, etc. An Internet student recently said his wife objects to his hunting, because she doesn't want him to kill animals. She wants to buy meat at the store!

Genesis 9:2-6 - Animals are given into our hand (control) and can be used for food. Animals were not made in God's image, but people were.

1 Timothy 4:3,4 - Some people forbid eating meats, but God created them to be received with thanksgiving.

Killing an animal is not the moral equivalent of killing a man. Why? Because of the doctrine of creation! Animals and the earth were made by God to be subject to our control. This does not justify cruelty or waste or other forms of poor stewardship, but it does justify using them for our good.

Failure to understand and believe the Bible doctrine of creation leads to failure to understand our own position in the universe. What could be more basic than that?!


II. Creation Proves the Power of God's Word.


A. Creation Was Accomplished by God's Spoken Word.

Genesis 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26 - God created by simply speaking. He said what should be created, and it was so!

Psalm 33:6-9 - The heavens were made by the word of God, by the breath of His mouth. So also regarding the earth and its inhabitants: He spoke and commanded, and it was done.

Psalm 148:3-5 - God commanded and heavenly hosts were created.

Hebrews 11:3 - By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.

God did other miracles by speaking. In this way God proves the power/authority of His word. Note: Matthew 8:5-13; 2 Peter 3:5-7. See Psalm 105:31,34; 106:9; John 11:39-44; 5:28,29.

Creation is an incredible proof of the power of God's word.

B. Likewise, Salvation Is Revealed in the Gospel by the Power of God's Word.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 - The message ("word" - NKJV footnote) of the cross is foolishness to the world, but to us it is the power of God. We preach Christ crucified, which is the power and wisdom of God.

Hebrews 4:12 - His word is active and powerful like a two-edged sword.

Romans 1:16 - The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to those who believe.

What reason do we have to believe the gospel can save us? What evidence is there that we should believe it and commit our lives to obeying it in hope that in the end we will receive eternal life?

The reason we should believe the gospel is that it is the word of God. The same power of the word of God that spoke the Universe into existence is the same power that works in the written word. The purpose of all miracles is to confirm who God is and to validate His message to be true. If God did not make us by the power of His word, then why should we trust the power of His word in the gospel? (Mark 16:20; Acts 2:22; 14:3; 2 Corinthians 12:11,12; Hebrews 2:3,4).

It follows that any view that belittles or undermines the doctrine of creation likewise belittles or undermines faith in the power of the Bible, including faith in the power of the gospel to save us from our sins! What could be more basic than that? How can that not be essential to our salvation?

[2 Cor. 4:6; Isaiah 55:6-11; Revelation 1:16; 1 Peter 1:22-25;


III. Creation Proves God Is the Living Source of All Life.


A. God Gave Life to All Living Creatures.

Genesis 1:11,12,20,21,24-27; 2:7,21-23 - God made all forms of life at the beginning: plants, birds, fish, land animals, and people. All life came from God.

Isaiah 42:5 - God created the heavens and spread forth the earth. He gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk on it.

1 Timothy 6:13 - God gives life to all things.

Every passage that says God created man would likewise confirm that God is the giver of life. The doctrine of creation affirms that all life comes from God. Without God, there would be no life.

[Job 33:4; Psalm 100:3; 139:13-16; Prov. 22:2; Isaiah 64:8; Jer. 27:5; Heb. 12:9; 1 Cor. 8:6]

B. This Proves God Is the Living God.

Our life comes from His life. We have life, because He is eternally alive (see next point) and He gave us life.

Genesis 1:26,27 - We were created in God's image. Whatever else is involved in being in the image of God, surely it requires that He is alive. [9:6]

Acts 14:15 - Paul taught idol worshipers to turn from these useless things (idols) to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them. If God made life, then God must have life. He is the living God. Idols cannot qualify.

Acts 17:24-29 - Again idol worshipers were taught that God made the world, and He gives to all life, breath, and all things. In Him we live and move and have being. We are His offspring, so we should not think of God as something dead like gold, silver, or stone.

Revelation 10:6 - The God who lives forever and ever created heaven and earth and the sea and the things that are in them.

How could life come from a non-living source? The sun, ocean, mountains, etc., cannot be God. Neither can statues made of metal or stone or wood. They are not alive. If we are the offspring of God, who gave us life, then He must have life. This is why so many passages refer to God as "the living God."

Creation proves God must be alive.

[Job 33:4; Matt. 16:16 1 Thess. 1:9; 2 Cor. 6:16]

C. God Likewise Is the Source of Spiritual and Eternal Life.

Having given men life at creation, God warned that sin would lead to death, both physical and spiritual. When Adam and Eve sinned, they brought upon mankind physical death. They were also spiritually separated from God (spiritual death), and the same happens to all people when they sin. (Gen. 2:16,17; 3:1-19; Rom. 5:14-21; Eph. 2:1-19)

So God gave man life, but man brought death upon himself. Now only God can give man life again.

Jesus is the way to spiritual life (fellowship with God)

John 1:1-4 - The Word (Jesus) was in the beginning, and all things were made through Him. In Him was life. He possessed life and is the source of life - not just physical life but also spiritual life.

John 14:6 - I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Having been alienated from God by sin, no one can come back into fellowship with God except through Jesus, the Giver of life.

Romans 6:4 - After baptism we walk in newness of life. This is called being born again. It makes us a spiritual child of God. Who could give this new life except the Giver of life? (See 2 Cor. 5:17; John 1:12,13; 3:1-7; 1 Peter 1:22-25; Galatians 3:26,27).

Jesus is the Giver of eternal life.

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Those who are faithful to the Lord will live with God forever in eternal life. God is the Giver of this life.

John 6:63,68 - Jesus' words are spirit and life. They give eternal life. Since Jesus is the Giver of eternal life, the only way to know how to receive eternal life is through His teachings.

Matthew 25:46 - At judgment the wicked will receive everlasting punishment, but the righteous will receive eternal life.

If God did not create us, why should we view Him as the source of life? Why should we trust Him as the One to give us life after death or eternal life? Shouldn't we instead find the One who did give us life to begin with and trust Him as the source of future life?

Every view that belittles or undermines the Bible doctrine of creation thereby undermines our faith in God as the Giver of life. This undermines our confidence that He is the source of spiritual life, resurrection, and eternal life. How can that not be fundamental to Christians?

[Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10; 1 Tim. 4:10; John 11:25; 1 John 5:11,12,20; John 3:16]


IV. Creation Proves God's Eternal Existence.


A. God Existed in Eternity before the Creation.

John 1:1-3 - The Word (Jesus - v14) was in the beginning with God and was God. All things were made through Him.

Colossians 1:16,17 - All things were made by Him (Jesus), and He is before all things. Obviously if God made all things, He must have existed before the things He made.

Isaiah 40:28 - The everlasting God is the Creator of the ends of the earth. (See also Psa. 90:2 below.)

The fact God created everything else would imply that He is Himself eternal. Otherwise, it would be reasonable to ask who made Him. The doctrine of creation states that He is the eternal, uncreated Creator.

B. God Will Live Eternally after Creation Is Destroyed.

Psalm 102:25-27 (Hebrews 1:10-12) - Of old God laid the foundations of the earth. They are the work of His hands. They will perish, but He endures. His years have no end.

Physical things come and go. They have a beginning and an end. But God is eternal in the future, as well as in the past.

Psalms 90:2 - Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Revelation 10:6 - He who lives forever and ever, is the One who created heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.

The Bible doctrine of creation is inherently bound to our faith that God is eternal. Any view that belittles or undermines our faith in creation likewise belittles or undermines our faith that God is eternal.

[Jer. 10:11,12]


V. Creation Proves God's Unlimited Wisdom.


A. Creation Shows the Wisdom of God.

Psalm 136:5-9 - By wisdom God made the heavens and the heavenly bodies.

Jeremiah 51:15 - He has established the world by His wisdom, and stretched out the heaven by His understanding. [10:12]

Proverbs 8:22-31 - Wisdom speaks, saying she was with God before the world was made and was there when God made the universe.

Clearly great wisdom would be required to make the universe: heavenly bodies, earth, plants, animals, and man. How could it be done by anyone without incredible wisdom?

[Prov. 3:19; Psalm 104:24]

B. This Wisdom Is Beyond Man's Ability to Comprehend.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 - As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything.

Isaiah 40:28 - The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

Romans 11:33-36 - All things are of Him and through Him (i.e., created by Him) and unto Him. His ways and judgments are unsearchable and past finding out. Who can know His mind or give Him counsel?

By observing the universe we can know that its Maker had to be very wise. But further, we can know that His wisdom must be infinitely beyond our own. As men study the creation, there are still many things about it that we cannot even understand how they function, let alone, could we have planned it and created it to begin with!

The universe shows the supreme wisdom of God.

[Job 38]

C. As God's Creatures, We Must Turn to Him as the Ultimate Source of Wisdom.

Psalms 119:73 - Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. When we realize that we were made by God, then we recognize His wisdom. We should then turn to Him as the source of wisdom for how to live our lives.

Proverbs 3:19-26 - God founded the earth by wisdom and established the heavens by understanding. So we should keep wisdom and discretion. They will help us walk safely and live without fear of going astray.

Proverbs 8:30-36 - When we realize that God made the world in wisdom, then we should listen to God's wisdom. Hear instruction and be wise, do not disdain it. Wisdom leads to life and favor with God. To reject wisdom is to love death.

So why should we believe in the power of God's wisdom? Why should we trust God's wisdom to lead our lives? Because of the evidence of His wisdom in the great works He has done, especially in the creation. When you see the evidence of God's great wisdom in the creation, Whom else would you want to guide your life? Why would you ever trust instead your own wisdom or that of any man? [Prov. 1:7]

Psalm 19:7; 2 Timothy 3:15-17 - But remember, His wisdom to guide our lives is revealed in the Scriptures.

If God did not make us, then why should we trust His wisdom? Why should we follow the instructions in His word? Shouldn't we instead find out who did make us and put our trust in His wisdom?

So again, any view that belittles or undermines the doctrine of creation, thereby belittles and undermines our faith in the wisdom of God. This is turn undermines our reasons for following the Bible as the revelation of God's wisdom. How can that not be fundamental and basic to the faith of Christians?


VI. Creation Proves God's Unlimited Power.


A. Creation Demonstrates God's Great Power.

Psalm 89:11-13 - God founded the world. He has a mighty arm and a strong hand. [Psalm 65:6; 86:8-10]

Jeremiah 10:12 - He has made the earth by His power. [51:15]

Jeremiah 27:5 - I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm.

Romans 1:20 - For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

Anyone who observes the universe must wonder where it came from. There is no sensible explanation except that it was made by a wise and powerful Supreme Being. This clearly required great power, so that anyone who does not believe in this God and His power is without excuse.

B. Such Power Is Vastly Superior to Human Strength.

Job 9:8-10 - God made heaven and the constellations. He does great things past finding out, wonders without number.

Jeremiah 32:17 - Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Job 26:7-14 - Describing various works God has done in the universe, Job said, "the thunder of His power, who can understand?"

Not only was great power required to make the universe, but it had to be power much greater than any that people have. We could never make such a universe. We cannot even make a single thing and make it come alive! We cannot possibly comprehend such supreme power, let alone could we ever duplicate it.

[Psalm 33:6-9]

C. As God's Creatures, We Should Trust His Strength to Care for Us and Save Us.

Psalms 121:2 - My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. [124:8; 145:5,6]

Isaiah 40:28-31 - God is the Creator. He never faints or is weary. He gives power to the weak.

Why should we trust in the power of God? Why should we believe He can keep His promise to give us eternal life if we are faithful? Because He has proved His power in the miracles He has done, especially in the creation. When you see the evidence of His power in creation, why would you ever doubt His power? What other power could be greater?

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 - God's weakness is greater than man's power. Through Christ (the Creator - John 1:1-3) is the power to save. The same power that created the world is the power to save us and give us eternal life. [Acts 4:12; Rom. 1:16; Heb. 7:25]

Whoever made us must be the greatest power in the universe. If the God of the Bible did not make us, then why should we trust in His power to care for us and save us? Shouldn't we instead find out who did make us and put our faith in His power?

Any view that belittles or undermines the doctrine of creation likewise undermines our faith in the power of God. That in turn undermines our faith in God's power to save us and give us eternal life! Don't tell me that such matters are not of first importance to Christians! What could possibly be more important?


VII. Creation Proves God's Right to Control the Universe.


Since God made the universe, He has the right and power to control it and do what He chooses with it.

A. The Universe Belongs to God, Because He Made It.

Psalm 24:1,2 - Earth and all who dwell on it belong to God, because He founded and established it.

Psalms 89:11,12 - The heavens and earth and all its fullness are Yours, because You founded and created them.

Since God made the universe and it belongs to Him, it follows that His power should control it.

[Psalm 95:5; 74:16,17; 100:3]

B. Since He Made It, He Rules as Lord over It.

Isaiah 29:16 - The clay has no right to criticize how the potter made it. So we have no right to deny or criticize our Maker. He made us, so He had the right to make us to be whatever He wants us to be. We must submit to the will of the maker. [45:9,10; 64:8; Rom. 9:20-24]

Acts 17:24 - God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord (Ruler) of heaven and earth. He rules because He created.

Colossians 1:15-17 - Just as Jesus made the church and is preeminent over it (v18), so He is preeminent over His creation. It was made by Him (by His power) and for Him (to serve His purposes). [Heb. 2:10]

1 Peter 4:19 - We commit our souls to Him in doing good, because He is the Creator.

Romans 1:25 - It is a fundamental error to "serve" the creature rather than the Creator. Serve here means to obey Him as God (see vv20-25 and the context).

Why should we fear God and keep His commands (Ecc. 12:13)? Because He made us for that purpose. As our Maker, He has every right to expect our service. As His creatures, we are obligated to give whatever service He requires. Until we understand creation, we have no understanding even of our purpose or reason for existing!

[Deut. 32:5,6; Rom. 11:36; 1 Chron. 16:26,36; Psalm 96:2-10; 100:2,3; Jer. 27:5; 5:22; Ex. 4:11; 20:9-11; 31:16,17; Num. 16:22; Isaiah 51:12,13]

C. He Has the Power to Punish or Reward Us, Depending on Whether or Not We Please Him.

Genesis 6:6,7; 7:4 - God determined to destroy man, because he had so corrupted himself that God was sorry He had made man. Since God made man, when man failed to serve the purpose for which he was made, God had the right to destroy what He had made.

Isaiah 27:11 - Some had become so corrupt that God who made them decided He would not have mercy on them; He who formed them would show them no favor. God is the maker. Whether He shows mercy and favor to us or not is up to Him.

Many people deny God has the right to punish or destroy mankind for sin. "I can't believe in a God who would do that." Frankly, if you do or don't believe it, will that change the reality of it? If God really did make us, He has the power to do with us what He wills, regardless of what we want or what we believe.

Creation is a simple fact of history. It follows that, since God made us, He has the right and the power to reward us or to destroy us. If He was a tyrant, there would not be a thing in the world we could do about it. We ought to glorify Him every day that He is not just our Maker, but He is a God of mercy and patience!

If the God of the Bible did not make us, then why would He have the right to control us? Why shouldn't we instead find out who did make us and do what He says?

Any view that belittles or undermines the doctrine of creation, thereby undermines our faith in God's power to rule in our lives. It weakens or destroys our understanding of our obligation to serve Him.

Understanding the doctrine of creation is fundamental even to understanding the very purpose for our existence. Who can say that is not of first importance to Christians?


VIII. Creation Proves God's Right to Be Worshipped.


A. God Deserves Man's Worship Because He Made Us.

The fact that He created us demonstrates power and wisdom so great that we ought to worship Him, not anyone else (such as idols, etc.).

Deuteronomy 32:15-18 - People are rebuked because they forsook the God who made them. They served other gods and forgot the God who fathered them.

Psalm 86:8-10 - All nations should worship and glorify God, because He made them. He alone is God. No other gods are great like Him, because they cannot do works like His works (including creation).

Psalm 149:1,2 - People should praise the Lord and rejoice in their Maker.

The thing which has been made ought to give glory to its maker. God's power to create proves unquestionably that He deserves our worship. No one else made us; therefore no one else should be worshipped.

[Psalm 139:13,14; 8:3-9]

B. God Deserves Our Worship Because of the Greatness of All He Has Made.

Psalm 95:1-7 - Come let us worship before our Maker, for He is God. His hands formed the dry land.

Psalm 148:1-6 - Heavenly hosts should praise the name of the Lord, because He commanded and they were created.

Romans 1:25 - Since God's power and Deity are clear from the things he made, people are without excuse (v20) when they worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator.

Note carefully that this truth is absolutely fundamental to all Christians: anything which was created does not deserve to be worshipped. Only the Creator should be worshipped, for only He has ultimate power.

Romans 11:36 - For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Why does glory belong to God? Because all things are of Him and through Him - i.e., He is the Creator. That of itself is reason enough that we should give Him glory forever!

Revelation 4:11 - God is to receive glory and honor and power. Why? Because He created all things. By His will they exist and were created.

Revelation 14:6,7 - The everlasting gospel says that people of every nation, tribe, and tongue should worship Him who made heaven and earth.

Note carefully that we do not worship and serve God just because Jesus died on the cross to offer us eternal life. Mankind owed worship to God long before that event happened, and we still owe God our worship because he made us.

If the God of the Bible had not made the Universe, why should we worship Him? Shouldn't we instead find out who did make the heavens and the earth, and then worship Him?

Any view that belittles or undermines the Bible doctrine of creation, thereby also undermines our very reasons for worshipping God. It undermines our faith in the right of God to be worshipped!

[Neh. 9:6; 1 Chron. 16:25-29; Psalm 96:2-9; 33:6-9; 19:1; 103:22; Ecc. 12:1; Isaiah 43:7,21; 1 Cor. 8:5,6]


IX. In Short, Creation Proves that God Is God!


The conclusion of the foregoing evidence is that creation is the defining proof that the God of the Bible is the true God. This is why we recognize Him as God, and this is why it would be wrong to recognize anything or anyone else as God.

These conclusions follow from all we have already learned. They are also stated or implied in the following passages:

A. Old Testament Passages

2 Kings 19:15 - Hezekiah prayed that God alone is God. He made heaven and earth. [Isaiah 37:16]

Psalm 86:8-10 - He alone is God. There is none like Him among the gods. All nations should worship Him, because he made them.

Psalm 95:1-7 - The Lord is the great God and King above all gods. He made the sea and His hands formed the dry land. Worship the Lord our Maker, for He is God.

Isaiah 45:18 - For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it: "I am the Lord, and there is no other."

Jeremiah 10:11,12 - "Gods" that did not make heaven and earth will perish! If the God of the Bible did not make the Universe, then He is a false God! He will perish. Why should we then serve Him as God?

See conclusion below for 1 Chron. 16:25-35 and Psalm 96:2-10.

The Old Testament clearly teaches that God is clearly proved to be God because He made heaven and earth. Nothing and no one else can be God, because they did not make heaven and earth. Creation is a defining characteristic of Who is God!

The issue is: Who is or is not God? Surely that is not a matter of Old Testament teaching that could change in the New Testament. Commands about how we serve God have changed, but not who is God nor how we know He is God (Heb. 13:8). How can that not be fundamental to our faith?

[Neh. 9:6; Psalm 100:3; 8:3-9; Isaiah 17:7; 40:25,26; 42:5-9; Jeremiah 14:22; 51:15-19]

B. New Testament Passages

Acts 4:24 - Disciples raised their voices to God and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them."

Acts 14:15 - People who worship idols should be taught to turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them.

Acts 17:24-29 - Again idol worshippers were taught they should not worship idols of gold or silver. The true God who rules heaven and earth is the one who made the world and gives us life. We are His offspring. So we should seek Him, for He is not far from us.

Romans 1:20 - The things that have been made by God clearly reveal, not just His power, but also His Godhead. They prove that He is God, and those who fail to recognize Him as God are without excuse. Those who reject these truths will fall deeper and deeper into error and will absolutely be rejected by God (see vv18-32).

In the New Testament, as in the Old, the creation is the proof of who is the true God. The true God is the one who created heaven and earth. Nothing and no one else can be God because they did not make heaven and earth.

If the God of the Bible did not make heaven and earth and mankind, then why should we recognize Him as God? If He did not make the Universe, then He is not God! He would be a false god, and we should turn from him and instead find and serve the one who did make us.

Any view that belittles or undermines the Bible doctrine of creation, thereby undermines our whole ability to even recognize who God is! How then can the doctrine of creation not be a fundamental part of the gospel?

Conclusion

1 Chronicles 16:25-36 (also Psalm 96:1-10) - How do we know we should praise God, fear Him, worship Him, recognize that He reigns, call on Him to save us, and believe that He will judge us? Why not trust ourselves, or something in nature, or some idol? Because God made the heavens and established the earth. That's why!

We may argue that other miracles prove God's power, and they do confirm it. But all other miracles are just additional or further demonstrations of the power God showed at creation. What other miracle shows greater power and greater wisdom than were demonstrated by creation?

Jeremiah 32:17 - Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. If God can create the Universe, He can do anything. No other miracle can possibly prove greater power than did creation.

Other miracles simply demonstrate the power of God to control that which He made to begin with. Even the resurrection is just giving life again to someone who already had it. How is that a greater or more difficult miracle than creating all kinds of life to begin with?

If the Bible doctrine of creation as taught in Genesis 1 is not fundamental to a Christians' faith, then why should we oppose theistic evolution? Why wouldn't belief in evolution be acceptable, so long as one still believed God directed it? Why should Christians oppose such a view, if creation is not essential to our faith?

In fact, the Bible doctrine of creation is fundamental to the gospel, because it is absolutely fundamental to the issues of whether or not the Bible is the word of God and whether or not the God of the Bible is the true God! How can that not be fundamental doctrine to Christians?

To teach that the doctrine of creation is not fundamental to Christians is to deny basic gospel truths. Such views constitute preaching "another gospel" and failing to abide in the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:8,9; 2 John 9).

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