Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Catechism #10

Question: What is Creation?
Answer: Creation is God’s making everything out of nothing by His powerful word in six days—and all very good.

No person has every created anything.

You might be thinking, “I made a model airplane,” or “I sew my children’s clothes.” But we must remember that making something and creating something are different.

When you assemble a kit you begin with the parts in a box, and when you fashion clothes you grab thread and a needle. Creating means to start with nothing and end up with something.

The Bible begins by saying, “In the beginning God created [started with nothing] the heavens and the earth.” There were no particles, no atoms, no cells with which to work; God said, “Let there be,” and everything we see came into existence.

Some teach that the universe created itself, possibly through the Big Bang. There are many flaws with that theory, not the least of which is the origin of the subatomic particles that exploded. The Big Bang is a theory from chaos—a belief that disorder created order. The universe is governed by laws, such as physics and gravity; there is no reason to believe that a collision would create a law abiding system.

It is also important to believe that God created the universe in six days. Some argue that each day represented a thousand or a million years, but the Bible says, “the evening and the morning were the first day (and the second day, and the third day…).”

If you think that each day represented a long period of time, then notice the order in the days of creation: on Day 3 God created plant life, and on Day 4 He created the sun. How could the plants live for thousands of years with no sun?

Believing in the biblical creation account is important, because if God got the first page wrong then we can throw out everything else. The Bible teaches that God created everything we see out of nothing, and that He did so in six literal days, and He rested on the seventh day. 

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