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Article 3: Creation

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Intro:

AG:
TS: Where we have been so far:
God Is- Father, Son and Holy Spirit are 3 in one. He is the supreme ruler of all
God spoke in HIS word
He inspired it, He illuminates it.
It is the inerrant word of God and teaches all we need to believe and how we need to live.
Remember, although the Bible’s purpose is to reveal God and the story of salvation, everything the Bible says is true.
Tonight, we begin looking at God Does.
Article 3 is titled creation. It explores several themes in the natural universe.
Creation
Angels
Humanity
Marriage
RS: This is where the beliefs we have start to directly impact the choices we make.
III. Creation
A. The World–God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (; ; , ; ).
B. The Angels–God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels. Holy angels worship God and execute His will; while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purposes (; , ; , : ; ).
C. Man—As the crowning work of His creation, God created humankind (male and female) in His own image (; ; ). Consequently, every person from conception is of inherent dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons (; ; ; ; ).
D. Marriage—God created marriage (; ). Jesus Christ declared the Creator’s intention for marriage to be the inseparable and exclusive union between a male and female (i.e. a natural man and a natural woman) (; ; ). Marriage testifies of the union between Christ and the church ().

The World

A. The World–God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (; ; , ; ).
God Created the heavens and the earth
Genesis 1 ESV
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. 20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Creation:
Here we see the origin of the universe. The ultimate question is how did we get here?”. God begins the Bible by telling us.
It began in the mind of God and was spoken into existence.
“Let there be”
Creation account records 6 Days
This is also the first big debate of the Bible
Three views:
a. Those who reject the inerrancy and infallibility of GOD’s word see this is a fable, a creation myth.
Big Bang and evolution are their answer.
Big Bang- there was an extremely dense particle of matter that contained all of the matter in the universe.
Suddenly, BANG, it blew up and began the chaos we see as the universe.
Evolution
life happened somehow
small adaptations over time caused that first primitive life to mutate and evolve into the complex and diverse array of life we see today.
It is an ongoing process
It takes extremely long periods of time.
They begin with the assumption, “There is no God.”
They develop theories and hunt down evidence to explain all they can find to back that assumption.
Though they claim the intellectual high ground, what does say about the reality of their condition?
Psalm 14:1–3 ESV
1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
b. Theistic evolutionists
Those who accept evolution as God’s mechanism in creation.
They try to accept the fruit of the rotten tree discussed above.
They see the “evidence” of evolution, and take it over the word of God.
They interpret the phrase, “let there be” to mean God directed the changes which took millions of years to carry out in minute increments.
c. Biblical Creationists
Take the word of God at face value
God spoke and BANG the universe was made.
Why does it matter?
1st and foremost, God said it!
https://answersingenesis.org/why-does-creation-matter/
2nd the evidence:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit were all involved in creation and continue to hold the universe together.
Revelation 4:11 ESV
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
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John 1:2–3 ESV
2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
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Colossians 1:16 ESV
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
I. The Universe and the Solar System Were Suddenly Created.
The First Law of Thermodynamics states that the total quantity of matter and energy in the universe is constant.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that matter and energy always tend to change from complex and ordered states to disordered states.
Therefore the universe could not have created itself, but could not have existed forever, or it would have run down long ago. Thus the universe, including matter and energy, apparently must have been created.
II. Life Was Suddenly Created.
Life appears abruptly and in complex forms in the fossil record,2 and gaps appear systematically in the fossil record between various living kinds.3 These facts indicate that basic kinds of plants and animals were created.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that things tend to go from order to disorder (entropy tends to increase) unless added energy is directed by a conversion mechanism (such as photosynthesis), whether a system is open or closed. Thus simple molecules and complex protein, DNA, and RNA molecules seemingly could not have evolved spontaneously and naturalistically into a living cell;4 such cells apparently were created.
III. All Present Living Kinds of Animals and Plants Have Remained Fixed Since Creation, Other than Extinctions, and Genetic Variation in Originally Created Kinds Has Only Occurred within Narrow Limits.
Systematic gaps occur between kinds in the fossil record.6 None of the intermediate fossils that would be expected on the basis of the evolution model have been found between single celled organisms and invertebrates, between invertebrates and vertebrates, between fish and amphibians, between amphibians and reptiles, between reptiles and birds or mammals, or between "lower" mammals and primates.7
While evolutionists might assume that these intermediate forms existed at one time, none of the hundreds of millions of fossils found so far provide the missing links.
IV. The Earth's Geologic Features Were Fashioned Largely by Rapid, Catastrophic Processes that Affected the Earth on a Global and Regional Scale (Catastrophism).
Catastrophic events have characterized the earth's history. Huge floods, massive asteroid collisions, large volcanic eruptions, devastating landslides, and intense earthquakes have left their marks on the earth.
Catastrophic events appear to explain the formation of mountain ranges, deposition of thick sequences of sedimentary rocks with fossils, initiation of the glacial age, and extinction of dinosaurs and other animals. Catastrophism (catastrophic changes), rather than uniformitarianism (gradual changes), appears to be the best interpretation of a major portion of the earth's geology. Geologic data reflect catastrophic flooding. Evidences of rapid catastrophic water deposition include fossilized tree trunks that penetrate numerous sedimentary layers (such as at Joggins, Nova Scotia), widespread pebble and boulder layers (such as the Shinarump Conglomerate of the southwestern United States), fossilized logs in a single layer covering extensive areas (such as Petrified Forest National Park), and whole closed clams that were buried alive in mass graveyards in extensive sedimentary layers (such as at Glen Rose, Texas). Uniform processes such as normal river sedimentation, small volcanoes, slow erosion, and small earthquakes appear insufficient to explain large portions of the geologic record. Even the conventional uniformitarian geologists are beginning to yield to evidences of rapid and catastrophic processes.19
V. The Inception of the Earth and of Living Kinds May Have Been Relatively Recent.
Radiometric dating methods (such as the uranium-lead and potassium-argon methods) depend on three assumptions:
(a) that no decay product (lead or argon) was present initially or that the initial quantities can be accurately estimated,
(b) that the decay system was closed through the years (so that radioactive material or product did not move in or out of the rock), and
(c) that the decay rate was constant over time.20
Each of these assumptions may be questionable:
(a) some nonradiogenic lead or argon was perhaps present initially;21
(b) the radioactive isotope (uranium or potassium isotopes) can perhaps migrate out of, and the decay product (lead or argon) can migrate into, many rocks over the years;22 and
(c) the decay rate can perhaps change by neutrino bombardment and other causes.23 Numerous radiometric estimates have been hundreds of millions of years in excess of the true age. Thus ages estimated by the radiometric dating methods may very well be grossly in error. Alternate dating methods suggest much younger ages for the earth and life.
Estimating by the rate of addition of helium to the atmosphere from radioactive decay, the age of the earth appears to be about 10,000 years, even allowing for moderate helium escape. Based on the present rate of the earth's cooling, the time required for the earth to have reached its present thermal structure seems to be only several tens of millions of years, even assuming that the earth was initially molten.24 Extrapolating the observed rate of apparently exponential decay of the earth's magnetic field, the age of the earth or life seemingly could not exceed 20,000 years.25 Thus the inception of the earth and the inception of life may have been relatively recent when all the evidence is considered.26

The Angels

B. The Angels–God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels. Holy angels worship God and execute His will; while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purposes (; , ; , : ; ).
Holy angels worship God and execute His will;
Colossians 1:16 ESV
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Luke 20:35–36 ESV
35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
Luke 20:35 ESV
35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage,
Lk 20:35-36
Matthew 22:29–30 ESV
29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Psalm 103:20 ESV
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purposes ; ).
Psalm 103:20 ESV
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
Jude 6 ESV
6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

Man

C. Man—As the crowning work of His creation, God created humankind (male and female) in His own image (; ; ). Consequently, every person from conception is of inherent dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons (; ; ; ; ).
Psalm 8 ESV
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. 1 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Genesis 1:27 ESV
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
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Genesis 2:7 ESV
7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Consequently, every person from conception is of inherent dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons (; ; ; ; ).
Psalm 51:5 ESV
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psalm 139:13–16 ESV
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Genesis 9:6 ESV
6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
Matthew 10:28–31 ESV
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
James 3:9 ESV
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

Marriage

D. Marriage—God created marriage (; ). Jesus Christ declared the Creator’s intention for marriage to be the inseparable and exclusive union between a male and female (i.e. a natural man and a natural woman) (; ; ). Marriage testifies of the union between Christ and the church ().
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