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Doctrine of God 0004 - Lesson 2

  1. THE WORKS OF GOD (Continued)
    1. Creation (Continued)
      1. Scientific importance of creation
        1. If creation is the purposeful work of the Creator instead of a random chain of unplanned events, then we can expect to see certain qualities in the universe (Romans 1:20):
          1. Order and purpose in creation.
          2. Evidences of design and intelligence.
          3. Examples of beauty that would be the result of a creative genius.
        2. This being the case, those who study creation would expect to see evidences of the Creator in it.
        3. Modern science was greatly influenced by a belief in biblical creation. The early scientists of the modern era (before Darwin) were almost without exception believers in God and in supernatural creation.
          1. This includes men like Johann Kepler (1571-1630), Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Robert Boyle (1627-1691), Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Michael Faraday (1791-1867), Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) and William Kelvin (1824-1907).
          2. Although modern media and the scientific establishment treat those who believe in creation as great hinderers of modern science, it was exactly this belief that initiated the push for modern science and brought so much good from it.
          3. In 1934, in the English journal, Mind, M. B. Foster stated that the elements of modern science that make it so peculiar to the Greek philosophy of science had one major cause: “The Christian doctrine of creation.”
        4. As the bulk of scientific endeavor has rejected the Creator and His connection to creation, several trends have emerged.
          1. The scientific community is politically charged to keep creationists from having any validity in intellectual circles.
          2. Scientific endeavors strive more and more to do away with the Creator by putting undue emphasis on evolution and extraterrestrial life.
      2. Theological importance of creation
        1. Creation gives purpose to the universe (Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11).
        2. Creation gives glory to the Creator (Psalm 8:1-4).
        3. The Creator should be worshipped by the creation (Acts 17:24-27).
        4. Creation should not worship creation; to do so is idolatry (Romans 1:21-25).
        5. Created beings have certain responsibilities to the Creator.
          1. They should not deny the Creator (Isaiah 29:16).
          2. They should not rebel against the Creator (Isaiah 45:9).
          3. They should not question the actions of the Creator (Romans 9:20).
      3. Spiritual importance of creation
        1. Creation endows humans with dignity
          1. Argument against murder (Genesis 9:6)
          2. Argument against cursing (James 3:9)
        2. Creation gives meaning to morality. If we are nothing more than the result of random events, then upon what basis can we declare anything right or wrong?
        3. Creation sanctifies marriage (Matthew 19:3-6)
        4. Creation equalizes all men before God (Acts 17:26-29)
        5. Creation makes sense of the Fall of Man and paves the way for Salvation. Therefore, without creation, there is no salvation. How could anything be lost, if we have been evolving upward? What is there to save, if there has been nothing lost? Without creation, men are nothing more than the beasts of the field (Ecclesiastes 3:18-19).
      4. The problem of evil
        1. Why God and evil existing in the same universe is a problem.
          1. If God is all-knowing, then He knew that the universe He created would be filled with evil.  But He created the universe anyway.
          2. If God is all-powerful, then He could destroy evil. But He does not.
          3. If God is all-loving, then He should destroy evil. But He does not.
          4. As can be seen, the problem comes down to why both God and evil exist in the same universe. However, the problem of evil consists of several different problems to be discussed below. Much is taken from Norman Geisler’s Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.
        2. The origin of evil
          1. The problem stated
            1. God is absolutely perfect.
            2. God cannot create anything imperfect.
            3. But perfect creatures cannot do evil.
            4. Therefore, neither God nor His perfect creatures can produce evil.
          2. The error in this line of thought is a misunderstanding of the nature of God’s creation. Here is a better approach to this problem:
            1. God is absolutely perfect.
            2. God created absolutely perfect creatures.
            3. One of the perfections God gave some of His creatures was the power of free choice.
            4. Some of God’s creatures freely chose to do evil.
            5. Therefore, a perfect creature caused evil.
          3. The origin of evil in Satan
            1. Satan was created perfect in every way (Ezekiel 28:15)
              1. He had a covering of precious stones (Ezekiel 28:13)
              2. He had the pipes and tabrets in him that made him able to make special music of praise to God (Ezekiel 28:13)
              3. He was the “anointed cherub that covereth” (Ezekiel 28:14)
              4. Since he is more powerful than Michael the archangel (Jude 1:9), he must have been the most powerful of God's creation.
              5. As Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12), he was the light-bearer.
              6. Since in his rebellion he determined to exalt his throne (Isaiah 14:13), it figures that he must have had a throne given to him by God.
              7. In Luke 4:5-6, Satan claimed that the kingdoms of the world had been given to him and Jesus did not dispute the fact. So, not only was Satan a special instrument of praise directed toward the Almighty, he must have been given a special position of trust and importance in the heavenly hierarchy.
            2. Satan turned against God and sinned of his own free will.
              1. His fall into sin and rebellion came because of his own pride. Timothy is warned against placing a man into the office of bishop who is a novice, "lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil" (1 Timothy 3:6).
              2. Satan determined to lift his throne above the stars of God and brought condemnation on himself (Isaiah 14:12-15).
              3. In the form of the serpent, Satan tempted Eve to sin and brought evil into this world (Genesis 3:1-6, 13-19).
              4. This put the entire universe under a curse with even the lower creatures suffering from its effects (Romans 8:19-22).
              5. The curse will not be fully removed until Satan is cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10) and God creates new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Peter 3:12-13; Revelation 21:1; Revelation 22:3).
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 16:16

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!