By: Scott Shifferd, Jr.
All Christians are creationists meaning that they believe God created the universe (Heb 11:3). However, some have differing beliefs about creation. Many believe in God and yet perceive that the earth is billions of years old.
Along with billions of years, some believers accept the assumption of a “singularity” as a very dense starting point of the expansion of the universe. They also perceive that God created the universe via the expansion from this singularity and then the earth formed 9 billion years later. The obvious conflict with this idea is that Genesis 1:1 declares, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (ESV). The text does not say that God created the heavens in the beginning, and then thousands of millennia later God formed the earth through natural processes.
Attempts to reconcile secular theories of science with biblical perspectives of science have many difficulties. Secular scientists do not consider God. Reasoning and research without recognizing God is scientifically flawed. Such atheistic “science” ignores the first cause of the universe and of life.
Genesis reveals that God created all life and human life within days of “in the beginning” and within an actual six days (Exod 20:11). Jesus attested, “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’” (Mark 10:6). Jesus and His apostles taught that God created humans “from the beginning of creation” (Rom 1:20). God’s creation of a mature heavens and earth explains any perception of age, and the Flood accounts for rock layers laid down by water all over the earth. Believers do not need to accept billions of years. Without faith in God’s great miracle of creation, one has little reason to accept Jesus’s miracles especially His resurrection.
Without the Bible, those who believe God and macroevolution undermine the Bible as a moral corrective for the value, rights, and morals of humanity. Genesis teaches great human value as God made humanity in His likeness — His image (Gen 1:26–27). Historically, applied science without the value of human life is dismissive if not harmful and destructive of human life. Furthermore, science without the Bible cannot distinguish the value of human life apart from animal life. Atheistic moral values come from either self, society, or survival instinct. Such standards are not necessarily respective of other societies and nationalities. Without the Genesis account, believers have no standard to respect marriage as God created man and woman for each other (Gen 2:24). Therefore, values are often sexually permission without an objective moral standard for sexuality.
The Genesis account of creation is essential to the Christian faith, human value, marriage, and understanding the cause and order of the universe. Those who trust Christ should trust His words attesting to God’s creation of all things “from the beginning of creation.”