According to the Apostolic Creed, God is the Creator of the heaven and the earth. The first verse of the Bible expresses this simply and clearly: ”In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).
The heaven and the earth here refer to the whole universe. The universe contains nothing that exists independently of God. All things visible and invisible, animals, and people are part of the totality of God’s creation. God decreed a beginning for the universe, and he will also decree its end.
God is the power behind all things
God himself has existed since the beginning of all things and will exist for ever. Everything else has been created by him. According to Christian faith, the existence of God and his work of creation cannot be explained by reason. For a child of God they are matters of faith: “I believe in God, Father Almighty, Creator of the heaven and the earth.”
Science tries to solve the mystery of the earth’s origin and the development of nature and man. But it has never been able to give an exhaustive explanation of the origin and purpose of life. Faith, on the other hand, assumes that there is an almighty God, a heavenly Father, behind all things.
Even the regularities that prevail in nature, which we call laws of nature and which seem unchanging to us, were created by God. Based on our belief in creation, we can presume and understand that God may allow exceptions to these regularities, which are perceived as miracles by us.
God created everything with his word
The Bible’s description of creation shows that God created everything out of nothing with his word. The assumptions of initial chaos and the theory of the Big Bang are based on human rationalization, not the Bible.
The description given in the Bible about God’s creation and the origin of the universe is quite brief. The Bible is not a textbook of science, and it does not even aim to give a detailed account of the origin and history of creation. The main topic of the Bible is God’s relationship with man.
The Bible emphasizes that God’s creation is good. When God created the world, he saw everything to be good. But all things that God created carry the heavy burden of the consequences of the fall: God’s work is corrupted by sin and evil of all kinds.
Salvation in Jesus
God is a Father who loves his creation. He has created everything, and he has therefore also prepared salvation for fallen man in his Son, Jesus Christ.
God created man to be an eternal being. As a consequence of the fall man became mortal (Rom. 5:12). Through faith in Christ, however, man can inherit eternal life in heaven. God calls all people to possess this life.
Text: Pentti Saulio
Published: Siionin Lähetyslehti 2/2001
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