I know there are people I would otherwise agree with who don’t think that the biblical account of creation is accurate. They may be good, moral people. Many are even Christians. However, I think to dismiss God’s account of His creation establishes a shaky foundation for the rest of your faith.
Among many other things, when you study creation you learn:
- Who God Is
- Who Man Is
Who God Is
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
—Romans 14:7, 8
The philosophy of the world says that there is no authority over us. We live to ourselves. We die to ourselves (Romans 14:7, 8). The world does not like the thought of being answerable to a higher authority. If you believe in creation as told in the Bible, then you create a conflict between yourself and the philosophy of the world.
Who Man Is
Man is subject to the authority of God. But when you read the creation account in Genesis 1-3, you see that man did not want to recognize God’s authority. I remember when I was younger, thinking that I should not be punished because of the choices of Adam. If I had been put in a perfect environment and had a physical, personal relationship with God, there is no way I would have made the same choice that Adam and Eve did. But the truth is that even after being a Christian for 30 years and having the Holy Spirit indwelling me, I still struggle with sin. Romans 6 teaches me that I am no longer under the control of sin, yet I choose to obey the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Because of Adam’s sin, the creation of God has been cursed (Romans 5:12). Even evolutionists should be able to see the results of the curse. Throughout recorded history and the nature of the curse on creation, we observe that things tend toward chaos and disorder (or more properly stated, toward energy dispersal). However, in the one single area of biological evolution, the second law of thermodynamics is ignored. In observable (real) science, things never evolve from a poorer state to a better state. They always devolve from a better state to a poorer state.
The philosophy of the world does not want to recognize that man is a fallen creature because of his sin. This is the basis of many religions. And I agree that Christianity is a belief system that can be seen as just another religion. However, a Christian belief in creation and the origin of sin is not at all contradictory with the rest of what we read in the Bible. Nor is it contradictory with observable science.
Why Is Biblical Creation Important?
If you say you believe God and the Bible, but you choose to say that the first 6 chapters of the Bible aren’t accurate, then how can you believe the rest of the book? You may not see it as all that critical to your personal faith, but what about your children? Will they see your faith as contradictory? You teach them that the Bible is true and complete. Yet, in this one area, you say that it is OK to not have to believe what God told about His own creation.
Either the Bible is completely true, or you can’t trust the accuracy of it in anything it says. You would then have to start questioning other parts of the Bible. You become your own authority over what God claims is truth. That is exactly why we have so many religions in the world today.
If you need some encouragement as to why this is such an important topic, I suggest you read Ken Ham’s book, The Lie. There are many other books by him and the folks at Answers in Genesis that will be a help as you study this important topic.