Just a few weeks ago I heard a song that raises questions you may have considered. The song goes:
Did I know you once, in another life?
Are we here just once, or a billion times?
Well I wish I knew, but it doesn’t matter
‘Cause you’re here right now, and I know what I feel.
And on the song goes.
I could give hundreds of examples from around our world today that raise questions regarding our creation, our purpose, and our destiny. But there is something about these lyrics here in 2018 that seem different.
Fifty years ago, the debates about these questions went on at length. Today? Not as much. We live in a world where these types of questions have become secondary to the here and now the existence of our daily lives. Notice the singer acknowledging that she wishes she knew these things, but that it ultimately doesn’t matter. This is an expression of our post-modern/post-Christian culture’s response to the debates around creation. Yeah, we wish we knew. But does it really matter? Does it affect our here and now? Is it going to change the way we feel or act?
Actually, a right view of creation does matter. It does affect our here and now. And it does change the way that we should feel and act. So today’s blog is about Village Presbyterian Church’s 100% belief about creation, and we want to briefly affirm three major things. Of course, there is much more than can and needs to be said about creation. But these three truths are the starting point for establishing how the one living and true God masterfully brought all things into being through His special work of creation.
First, the Triune God created everything ex nihilo, that is, “out of nothing”. Before God determined to create all that is around us, there was nothing. God does not create like we create. We are actually not creative in the fullest sense of the term. We are, to be exact, re-creative. That is to say that we take what already exists and we re-form it into something else – like using materials to build a house or using words to form a song. But God is not like that. God is the one who spoke everything into being. In other words, God is truly creative because what He created – the Heavens, the Earth, and all that is in them – did not come from anything that previously existed. He created everything from nothing.
Second, we know that the crown of creation is mankind. The mountains and the oceans are truly awesome. The inner workings of plants and trees are complex and amazing. The animals that roam the air, the land, and the waters are breathtaking. But there is only one part of creation that has the image of God Himself placed on it. And that is mankind. We were created in the image of God. Male and female He created us all in His glorious image. Our ultimate design is to bear the image of our designer – God Himself. And as such, we are the crown of all creation. How incredible a fact to consider when we think about how we got here and what our purpose is.
Finally, God specially created just one man from whom the rest of humanity has all descended. Clearly, there is not enough space in this blog to spell out all the implications of this truth. But suffice it to say that this is the way that the Bible presents the account of God’s creation of mankind. And as such, this is our 100% certain belief. In fact, if we ever lost this belief then we would also lose the entire message of the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Romans 5). To deny that all of humanity descends from Adam would be to deny that Jesus can be the Savior of sinners. That much rests upon what we have to say about creation.
These three truths are just a starting point to life’s greatest questions. But these three truths are the starting point to life’s greatest questions. Any worldview that deviates from these three facts is destined to fail because it is based upon a falsehood. What we believe about creation is of paramount importance, and it does truly affect every part of who we are. How could it not? It addresses how we came to exist, where we fall within the scope of the universe, and what our purpose is here on earth. It does matter. It matters a lot!
We need not say “we wish we knew” because it is freely available for us in the Scriptures. And may we never say that “it doesn’t matter” because it does. It is the foundation for the rest of the story of God’s work with us!
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1