Genesis 1:1-2 "In the beginning by the Firstborn God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." ■ From this, we can see that Jesus was involved in creation ■ Keep in mind is that the Bible is not a scientific textbook What are the Various Christian Views of Creation? View #1 – Historic Creationism In this view, Genesis 1:1 records the making of all creation by God out of nothing, or “ex nihilo. This view leaves open the possibility of both an old earth and six literal days of creation. View #2 – Young Earth Creationism In this view, God created the entire universe, including Adam and Eve, in six literal twenty-‐four-‐ hour days. This view is almost always accompanied with a belief in a young earth as it seeks to be faithful to the biblical text while not giving much credence to the scientific claims of such things as an old earth. View #3 – Gap Theory In this view, Genesis 1:1 explains a first creation that happened perhaps billions of years ago. Then, a catastrophic event, likely the fall of Satan from heaven, left the earth in the destroyed condition of Genesis 1:2. God responded to this disaster by recreating the earth in six literal days. View #4 – Literary Framework View In this view, Genesis 1–2 is intended to be read as a figurative framework explaining creation in a topical, not sequential, order, and is interpreted metaphorically and not as literal twenty-‐four-‐ hour days. ■ Read Exodus 20:11 (literal days) View #5 – Day-‐Age View In this view, God created the universe, including Adam and Eve, in six sequential periods of time that are not literal twenty-‐four-‐hour days. The problem with this view is that the six days of creation seem to clearly be literal days. View #6 – Theistic Evolution In this view, God essentially began creation and then pulled back from working directly in creation to instead work through the process of evolution. The only exception would be God involving himself directly again in the making of human life. For the most part, this view accepts the hypothesis of evolution but seeks to insert God as the creator of matter and overseer of the evolutionary process. This view also believes that species evolved over a long period of time, which requires an old earth. Discussion vs. Division in the Church Our goal is to discuss the different views, but not split over them. The church is in agreement that God created everything. That God created everything is the non-‐negotiable, but how creation happened is an open issue. What does Creation Reveal about God? Based on Genesis, creation reflects something of God. 1. God is eternally uncaused and exists before creation 2. God is living and life comes from God 3. God is independent and creation is dependant on Him ■ What else does Creation reveal about the character of God? ■ What does knowing that God is our Creator do for your relation to God in your walk? How does this knowledge help you love Our Savior and Creator more?