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Why The Creation Matters: Day 1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…        
Genesis 1:1

“I don’t think it is important how God created everything, what processes He used or how long it might have taken. All I need to believe is that God did it.” These were the words of a friend, an individual both devout and wise. Maybe you feel the same way.

Or maybe you are like me and during your years of formal education you made a sincere effort to avoid every math and science class that wasn’t required. I know what I would like to believe, but everywhere I turn, there are conflicting viewpoints on the origin of things, with lots of really smart people supporting each side. I don’t have the background in upper level math or science to discern the solid reasoning behind one argument or the holes in another.

It isn’t as easy as picking a team, either. From many pulpits you will hear that the “creation myth” of Genesis 1 and 2 is simply the way a primitive people explained things they couldn’t understand. But for anyone who has taken time to really read the magnificent narrative of Genesis 1 or the tender, intimate story of God’s special creation of man in Genesis 2—it is hard to see such words and thoughts originating from a bunch of cavemen swapping stories around a campfire.

In the past months our little home Bible study has homed in on the first chapters of Genesis. The speed of our study is glacial and we laugh about that. But there is something to be said for a snail’s pace when studying Scripture. If we believe that its words are God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16) and inhabited by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), then we don’t study the Bible to obtain information, but to get to know a Person. And, as we all know, relationships take time.

What I want to share with you has nothing to do with missing links, carbon dating or the Big Bang theory. Yet I think you will find that where we stand on Creation is central to how we understand ourselves, our lives and our God.

Nancy Shirah

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