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Is the biblical description of the creation of the earth true?
Thank you for asking us a question regarding the creation of the earth. It is our hope that, as you continue to search for answers, your needs will be met and satisfied, and that through an understanding of God you will begin to see the world in all its beauty.
As Christians we believe the bible to be the word of God, spoken to people who have then written it down. The bible was written over 1500 years by 40 different authors and in three languages. This makes it unique among holy books in that it was not written by one man over a period of their life, but is something that was compiled over time. The bible tells us of the importance of the bible itself, saying that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). From this, we learn that the entire bible, including the creation story found in Genesis 1, is inspired by God.
Even from the perspective of the Big Bang theory, the creation process held by many people, we see a world that is created in an order; things did not just suddenly appear, but became at a particular point and in a certain order. For example, both the bible and the big bang theorists say that plants came before animals, and that humans came along later; both also say that out of initial chaos, order is established. The argument is over the question of if we are designed by a loving and caring creator or if we have evolved over time and through a potential cosmic accident.
The bible talks about the creation that is around us, declaring that God can be seen throughout it. 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 (Romans 1:20). It is from the wonder of creation that we see a creator: whether we are looking at the stars in the sky, the things on the earth or in the depths of the seas - we see God and evidence that he has been involved with and in creation.
One important fact to remember is that as Christians, we believe we have direct access to the author of both the bible and of creation: God himself. Through prayer, we can talk to him and believe that he can answer us, allowing us to understand the mysteries of the universe. We also believe that you too can pray to God and that he can answer your questions regarding the creation of the earth. I encourage you to pray and spend some time in prayer and waiting for God to respond to you.
We also believe that the bible is accurate in the matter of the foundation of the world because the bible has proven itself to us to be true on many other occasions. Through putting into action its teachings and principles, many millions of people around the world have seen positive changes to their life. With so many people on so many occasions being changed through so many matters, it has been demonstrated to us that the whole of the bible, not just parts of it, are true.
Also, the story of creation doesn’t just explain to us the foundations of the world, but also gives us powerful principles regarding our lives. For example, God rested one day of the week, and so too is it important for us to rest regularly, otherwise we can wear ourselves out. We also find the principle of doing things in stages and with careful planning. Surely God, being of infinite power and strength, could have created everything in an instant, but instead we read in the bible that he took time, creating things over a number of days. Perhaps too we should enact this principle in our life: of spending time on a task rather than rushing. Through the biblical creation, we also see the explanation of how sin entered the world, how it began as good, but has ended up being bad.
When it comes to our lives, it is sensible to look back and wonder 'where have we come from?' However, we believe it is also important as to know 'where we are going'. It is a human fact that at some point, our earthly lives will end.
As Christians, we believe that God wants us to be with him when we die, but because of the wrong things we have done in our life, which the Bible calls sin, this creates a separation between ourselves and God.
However, because Jesus came to earth and lived a sinless life, dying on a cross for our sin and rising from the dead to show his power over death. By asking for forgiveness for our sins, we can have access to God and be accepted into heaven when we die. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video
In summary, we believe that the explanation of the creation of the world found in the bible is true. We believe this because there are many matches between the scientific explanation and the biblical account of creation. As Christians we also have access to the creator, that through prayer we are able to ask him many questions and to gain answers. We can learn many principles of life through the biblical account of creation. Ultimately however, the biblical account shows that although things began good, they have become bad through the entering of sin. However, this sin is able to become over powered and eradicated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; the Saviour of the world.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Genesis 1-3
- Exodus 20:11
- Revelation 4:11
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*Taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
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