What Does The Bible Teach About Creation?
The Bible teaches that the eternal God brought the universe into existence in six literal 24-hour days, in which the history of man started on the sixth day. The story of creation is recorded in the first two chapters of Genesis and should be read as literal history and not as an ancient myth. From a literal understanding of creation, we can know our beginnings and better understand God’s will for us.
The God Of Creation
- “In the beginning God…” already existed. Before anything was ever created, the eternal God was, is, and will always be. Everything has a beginning, but God existed before everything. Our starting point then is supernatural, not natural.
- “In the beginning God created…” The Bible names God as the Creator. He is the source from which everything was created.
The Seven Days Of Creation
- On day 1 God created the heaven, the earth, and light. He created outer space and the material He would use to form the earth (land and water), but on this day it was without form, empty and dark. The Holy Spirit was moving upon the waters. God then created light by speaking it into existence. He divided the light, which He called “day” from the darkness, which He called “night.”
- On day 2 God made the sky. He made a firmament in the midst of the waters, dividing the waters, calling it “Heaven.” Therefore, there was a canopy of water above and water below (water on earth) with the sky in the middle. This also divided outer space from the Earth’s atmosphere.
- On day 3 God formed the dry land and the waters, filling the now formed Earth with vegetation. He gathered waters under the sky into one place calling it “Seas” and caused the dry land to appear calling it “Earth.” Then God caused the Earth to bring forth vegetation (grass, herbs, and trees) after its own kind with the ability to reproduce through its seeds.
- On day 4 God made the sun, the moon, and the stars setting them in outer space. He made two great lights, one great light to rule the day and a lesser light to rule the night, plus the stars. He set them in the firmament of the Heaven. These lights would give light upon the Earth, divide the light from the darkness, and help mankind track time (signs, seasons, days, years).
- On day 5 God created all aquatic and flying animals to fill the seas and sky. He created each after its own kind and blessed them telling them to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the water and earth after their own kind.
- On day 6 God made the terrestrial animals and humans. He created the terrestrial animals (cattle, creeping things, and the beasts of the earth) after their own kind. Then God created man in His own image. He formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. He created woman from the rib of man. Mankind is the last thing that God would create and is the only creation made in the image of God. God blessed man and gave him many mandates: family, stewardship, dominion, work, food, and law.
Genesis 1:24-31; 2:4-7
- Family, Stewardship, Dominion: God created mankind with two genders — male and female. He told us to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth. Then He told us to subdue the earth. This means we have the right to use the earth’s resources in creative ways to benefit ourselves (science, art, technology, etc.). He gave us dominion over all the aquatic, flying, and terrestrial animals. We are to rule over and care for them.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-19, 20-25; Matthew 19:4–6
- Work, Food, Law: God makes a garden, called Eden, and put man into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. He created man to work. He gave man and animals the vegetation to eat as food (at this time all mankind and animals were vegetarians). Man could eat of any of the trees in the Garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he was told not to eat. If he did he would die.
Genesis 1:29–30; 2:8-17
- On day 7 God ended His work and rested. He blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. He didn’t rest because He was tired, but to set a pattern to be used later on as a week.
Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8–11
- God is good. Six times God looked at what he had made and said it was good and on the final day, He look at everything that He had made and said it was very good. God did not create anything that was bad, evil, or sinful.
Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31
Creation And Scientific Theory
- Science does not contradict with the Bible’s account of creation. If science is knowledge gained through observable, measurable, and repeatable experiments, then no such experiment has contradicted God’s Word. Science can contradict God’s Word if it is based on assumptions or educated guesses, not facts. When the assumption is based in the past, then there is no way to accurately prove the assumption.
- Evolution is a scientific theory that is contrary to the Bible’s account of creation. If evolution is true, then there is no Creator God, no first man, and thus no original sin, which leads to Jesus’ death being in vain. Believers place their faith in the Historical record of the Bible, not in the assumptions of evolutionary theory.
- In the beginning what or who already existed?
- The Bible names who as the source of everything?
- What did God create on each day of creation?
- What are the mandates given to man by God?
- Does science and the Bible contradict each other? Why or why not?