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    Statement on Creation

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    Post by JesSDA on August 17th 2012, 11:01 am

    The doctrine of God’s Creation is foundational in Scripture. Nothing was before
    Him, and nothing will be after Him. Nothing is greater than He, who is the Cause and
    Sustainer of all reality (Rev 4:11; Col 1:16, 17). Although the reference to Creation has
    at times been used in the Old Testament to express ideas of salvation (Isa 65:17, cf. Rev
    21:1), Creation remains in the Bible an independent, foundational concept, and a
    historical event that precedes and stands apart from the experience of salvation.

    Moreover, Creation is doxological, serving as the basis of worship and spirituality
    by exalting the power, greatness, goodness, and love of God. The Creator is worthy of
    worship because He acts through the power of His spoken word, not through unguided
    natural life cycle processes over long ages (Ps 33:6). Death is antithetical to God’s
    creative power. “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and
    power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were
    created” (Rev 4:11); “Worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and
    springs of waters” (Rev 14:7, NASB).

    Modern understandings of the Hebrew worldview often misrepresent the ancient
    Hebrew cosmology. Richard Davidson and Randall Younker indicate that the Hebrews
    did not consider the heavens to be an upside-down metal bowl resting on a flat Earth, but,
    rather, that such a notion is an invention of the nineteenth century.

    In addition, recent biblical scholarship shows that, far from being contradictory, Gen 1 and 2 form
    complementary accounts of Creation.

    We believe that the doctrine of Creation fits into an overarching Creation
    worldview formulated by the Bible that informs other interrelated doctrines such as, but
    not limited to, the Sabbath, the Fall, salvation, the Flood, eschatology, and ethics. Above
    all, and as noted below, a proper understanding of origins preserves the integrity of
    Scripture, safeguards the loving character of God, and establishes the reality of
    redemption and the hope of a new Creation. These reasons show why a biblical Creation
    worldview matters.

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