20130218 Why study creation

By Shari Abbott, Reasons for Hope* Jesus

Simple answer — because the world we live in and how it was created is important.  Plus…it’s interesting! 

Creation is a mighty work of our God that reveals Him to us in a very tangible way.  He has been gracious in sharing through His Word how He created the world and everything in it.  We should take time not only to  enjoy His creation but also to understand how the world we live in reveals our Creator.

With the recent debates between Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis) and Bill Nye, and the February 16th debate Juan Valdes and Iowa State’s Hector Avalos,  a great deal of interest has been generated in debating the origin of the world.  Genesis records in great detail an historical account of creation by the Creator Himself.  In the Bible we find all the answers that we need to understand how our world was created; however, we must also remember that we cannot expect a non-Christian to understand God’s truths.  The Bible clearly tells us that the Holy Spirit is the one who teaches us the wisdom and ways of God (John 14:26, 16:13).  So for those who do not know the Lord, they can never fully understand. 

1 Corinthians 2:12-14  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The best that we can do as Christians is to educate ourselves regarding what God says about the origin of the earth and man.  It’s important that we know the answers and then share them with those who do not believe.  While they may not understand or embrace what we say, if we are knowledgable they will be much more willing to listen and engage in discussions with us.   

We are promised that as we read God’s Word and pray He will give us understanding regarding such matters.  We are clearly told that it is the Person of the Holy Spirit who reveals truth to us.  The Bible tells us that He will reveal the deep things. 

I Corinthians 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Through God’s Word we can hear His voice, and by the power of the Holy Spirit’s teaching we can trust in what God tells us.  We can believe every word in Genesis — from the literal six days of creation to the dating of how long ago it was when God created, and all the details that He has given us.

Read and study so that you have answers, then use the information to open conversations with non-believers.  They are just as eager as we are to defend their position.  So we must know and understand what the Bible says in order to defend God’s truth.

As we talk with non-believers, we should be ready always to give an answer, but remember always to do so with kindness.

1 Peter 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 

Be watching and listening for opportunities to turn the conversation from a historical and scientific conversation to one of spiritual matters.  We must never forget that until a non-believer comes to know the Creator they can never fully comprehend His creation.  And until someone comes to know Jesus as Saviour, they will never be able to know him as Creator.  Only through the power of the Holy Spirit’s teaching can we come to understand and believe all of the truth found in the Bible.

Always remember: 

We know that God’s Word is true.  He was there in the beginning — He is “from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).  He is Faithful and True — so we can trust what He has told us.  He is not only our Saviour, He is also our Creator.

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Isaiah 45:12  I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

Colossians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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