Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Doctrine of Creation - Some interesting theological points


 Here are some classical views of creation, which most protestant evangelicals and many other Christians hold to (taken from Alister McGrath, 'Christian Theology'):


* 'Creation takes place ex nihilo [out of nothing] by a free act of will. There is no necessary reason for anything other than God existing. Creation depends on God's decision to create; God could have decided not to create anything' (: 289).
* 'God has the power to do anything that God wills to do, provided that a logical contradiction is not involved (e.g. God cannot create a square triangle) (: 289).
* 'God stands outside time, and is not involved in the temporal order. It is therefore inappropriate to think of God "changing" or being affected by any involvement in or experience of the world.' (: 289).


Thanks Alister, you get us thinking about creation and this 'Doctrine of Creation'. We must admit how difficult it is to prove to an unbeliever that, 'God created the heavens and the earth'. Personally, when someone asks I become void of any intellectual arguments or theories that help prove the nature of God, and creation, and merely find myself saying, 'You just need to have faith'. Maybe it is this simple? Maybe FAITH is the one key that is stopping the atheist and the agnostic believe in a creator God? 

Romans (1:20) says, 'Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made' (GNB). This verse implies that people just need to have 'awareness' that there is a God. Stop a minute, look around, be aware; this didn't happen by accident! Faith proceeds awareness. We must not stop at a mere awareness of the qualities of God, but enter into a faith relationship with God's Son. Romans 1:17 states, 'The person who is put right with God through faith shall live'.
 
My prayer is that unbelievers would find themselves in awe of the creation of God, and choose to have faith in God's Son, Jesus Christ.

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