Creationism states that the world, including all life, was created supernaturally about 6,000 years ago in six literal days by an infinitely wise and powerful triune God—Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit—, exactly as it is revealed to us in the Bible, which is the infallible Word of God. Creationists believe in the Biblical record of creation, the Fall, the Flood, redemption and early human history.
The world, space and time have not always existed, but had a beginning. They were created simultaneously by an omnipotent Creator God who alone has always been in existence. God is the Creator of all existences but Himself.
God is manifested in three consubstantial, coeternal and coequal persons: Father, Son (the Word, Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit. All three persons took part in creation. God created all things, both visible and invisible, by the power of His Word and Spirit. At an appointed time after creation and the Fall, the Word “was made flesh”—God became man in the person of Jesus Christ—, dwelt on earth, lived a perfectly sinless life, died as a full substitute for all our sins, descended into hell, rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended up to heaven from where He will come to judge the world and establish His eternal kingdom. Jesus Christ is now both fully divine and fully human.
The Bible is infallible and divinely-inspired. It is God’s revelation to man about Himself and His will; the past, the present and the future of mankind and the world. All theories of man, including scientific ones, are fallible, full of errors and are frequently overturned. The same is true of Darwin’s theory.
All we know for sure about the creation of the world can be found in the Bible. The first book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, records creation, the fall of man, the judgment of God and the promise of redemption. Genesis is the foundation of all the Scriptures. Creation is referred to in many other books of the Bible.
The Initial Perfect Creation
The almighty God created the world in six literal days and called the different things into existence exactly in the order recorded in Genesis (Gen. 1:1–2:3).5 Using Biblical genealogies, we find that creation took place approximately 6,000 years ago. Therefore all theories invented by man that involve long ages and evolution are false.
Life did not develop by natural processes from non-living matter but was supernaturally created by God.
All the kinds of living things were created functionally complete by God in the beginning, they did not evolve from other organisms.
God created the human race in the person of Adam. He formed Adam, the first man, then created Eve, the first woman, out of Adam, thus the whole human race comes from one man.7 Humans did not evolve from animals.
Beside the visible, material things, God also created invisible, incorporeal spiritual things: the immortal souls of men and the angels (the creation of angels is perhaps included in the creation of heaven).
Creation Becomes Corrupted Due to Man’s Fall
God created a perfect world without sin, suffering or death (all creatures ate plants). He created man in His own image: righteous and holy. But Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan and rebelled against God. Their fall caused disease, suffering and death (both physical and spiritual in the case of men) to enter the world. The world is now in bondage of corruption and running down. (See What Does the Bible Teach About Death and Resurrection? for more)
A few thousand years ago, God punished the wicked world by a worldwide flood, saving only Noah, his family and representatives of land animals and birds on a large ark (Gen. 6:1–8:22). The larger portion of sea animals probably survived the flood in the water. The fossils and sedimentary strata bear witness to this global cataclysmic event in the past.
God Takes Care of His Creation
God’s providence sustains and governs all things in the universe including men.9 God set everything in motion and established the rules, but He does intervene in the normal course of the world set by himself when He deems is necessary. This happens mostly to show men that He is in control, and to turn them away from their wicked ways leading to hell.
A New Creation is Necessary
Spiritual restoration. After the Fall, God’s image in men became corrupted, but it is restored in believers through faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, who is called the Second Adam. This is a regeneration of men’s souls. Believers are restored to fellowship with God, receiving forgiveness and eternal life, and escaping hell.
Final restoration: the new creation. On the day of the Lord, the heavens and the earth and all elements will be burnt, and God will create new heavens and a new earth, “wherein dwelleth righteousness”.
God created different kinds of organisms which reproduce “after their kinds”. All biological changes that have occurred since Creation are only changes within the original created kinds.
The Biblical kinds—the true species—were created with a vast amount of genetic information so they could adapt to the different environments they migrated to. These kinds were probably larger than today’s species, at the level of family or genera in the man-made classification system, and they may have been the ancestors of several present-day species.
Natural selection may have caused the original kinds to subdivide. Creationists proposed the “splitting under selection” from the original kinds, explaining for example wolves, coyotes, dingoes and other wild dogs from one pair on Noah’s Ark. Speciation within the kind involves sorting and loss of genetic information, rather than gaining new information.
Creationists believe that mutations cause change but they degrade genetic information.
Creationists have never disputed that organisms change over time, but while evolutionists claim the changes are upward through gain of new information, creationists say these changes (speciation and mutations) involve sorting or loss of already existing (created) genetic information.
Creationism teaches that increases in information will never arise without the intervention of intelligence.
The Creation model predicts the presence of many kinds of creatures with no intermediate forms denoting common ancestry. The fossil record therefore supports the concept of special creation.
Here is a good summary written by Jonathan Sarfati, a speaker for Answers in Genesis, a creationist organization:
“We don’t speak for all advocates of intelligent design. For instance, we don’t advocate just any ‘designer’ who may or may not be capricious. Rather, we identify the Designer with the faithful Triune God of the Bible. So we base our science on the Biblical framework of history, which provides much information about when and how the Designer performed special acts of design. That is, during Creation Week about 6,000 years ago, He created distinct kinds of creatures. Shortly after that, Adam sinned and brought death and mutations into the world. About 1,500 years later, God judged the world by a global Flood that produced most of the world’s fossils. But two of every kind of land vertebrate (seven of the few ‘clean’ ones and birds) were rescued on an ocean-liner–sized Ark. After they landed on the mountains of Ararat, the Ark animals migrated and diversified, adapting to different environments—including some speciation events. Mankind disobeyed God’s command to fill the Earth, and migrated only when God confused the languages at Babel about 100 years later. This is why human fossils are higher in the post-Flood fossil record than other mammals.”