Biblical Creation

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 Main Teachings of Creationism
Teachings of the BibleFundamental Teachings

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”.

Teachings of Creationist Organizations and Scientists Supported by the Bible
Everything God created was perfect, including man, therefore any vertical changes in complexity are downward, meaning loss of information. The result is devolution and not evolution.

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.”

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References
Bible Quotes
1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1:1)
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. (Jer. 51:15)
Thus saith the LORD… 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. (Is. 45:11–12)
See Gen. 1:1–2:25 and Job 38:1–39:30 for a detailed description of creation.
2. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… (Gen. 1:26)
3. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1–3)
…God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: (Eph. 3:9)
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev. 4:11)
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Heb. 11:3)
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. (Ps. 33:6)
4. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Tim. 3:16)
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Pet. 1:20–21)
5. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day… (Ex. 20:11)
6. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Gen. 1:11–12)
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Gen. 1:21)
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Gen. 1:24–25)
7. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Gen. 1:26–27)
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Gen. 2:7)
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Gen. 2:21–22)
8. 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: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Col. 1:16–17)
Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein. (Is. 42:5)
…saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. (Zech. 12:1)
9. For in him we live, and move, and have our being… (Acts 17:28)
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. (Psalms 147:7–9)
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (Matt. 6:26)
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psalms 127:3)
10. Some interventions recorded in the Bible: the translation of Enoch and Elijah to heaven, the Flood, the confusion of languages at Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the wonders performed by God when He delivered the Israelites out of Egypt and led them forty years in the wilderness, Jesus Christ’s miracles such as raising the dead, healing the sick, casting out demons, walking on water, turning water into wine, creating food out of nothing, etc.
11. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. (1 Cor. 15:45)
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (Col. 3:10)
12. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up… Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (2 Peter 3:10 13)
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (Is. 65:17)
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea…. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (Revelation 21:1 5)

 

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