Friday, January 2, 2009

Created Very Good

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Genesis 1:31

earth & sun God does good work. At every point in the first chapter of Genesis as the text details the creative work of God in the universe, it states that "it was good". God made nothing that was not good. He made no design failures. He created no dead ends. He made no mistakes. That is what the text reveals about the character of God's work. As a person who does not buy into the “faith view” of evolutionism, I cannot see God experimenting with the universe through a blind process that results in species playing genetic bingo. There is another explanation for things like mutation, and even the students of biology today will tell you that genetic mutation GENERALLY results in death, illness, or a "bad thing".

Creation, however, is declared to be a good thing, which means that God created working systems when He created the universe. He did not set loose random events and look away. He designed a universe that we are still trying to figure out! And it works perfectly, right down to the fine-tuning of everything planet earth needs to sustain us.

I know that the dominant intellectual worldview clashes with this biblical model. I get the Science Channel and Discovery on my cable connection. And the observation that science makes about the current state of the universe can be useful observation. Speculation about how it all got here takes faith, just like any other philosophy of origins, since no one was there at the Big Bang to observe how it happened or how it got here. Sure, physicists have equations (just another kind of written text to believe in), but no one has a record of how it got here. They have interpretation of observation. Period.

Personally, having spent my entire life in the investigation of spiritual truth as revealed in the Bible, I have found the texts of both the Old and New Testaments to be remarkably reliable, and eerily accurate in describing the human condition. I can trust the miraculous AND the creation accounts these texts contain by faith because of the rest of the supporting evidence for the veracity of the Bible. For me it is no different than someone choosing to accept the "text" of a physics equation that they cannot understand. Well... let me rephrase that. It is a little different. The physics equation does not claim to come from God. It has a human origin. Scripture claims an origin higher than the human hands that penned it.

I live in an earth, though it has had its share of "problems" created by fallen human beings, that is the direct creation of God. I live in a universe that God made so that He could pursue relationships with beings created in His own image. And He has revealed Himself as God and Creator to all on this planet through His Word and the witness of the universe itself. And God thinks that all this work of His in its original form is "very good". His work on the moral state of humanity since the fall of Adam and Eve has been to restore that. And He has revealed what that will look like again through His Word and His prophets.

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