Monday, October 13, 2008

Of Creation

Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 4- Of Creation
1. It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, in the beginning, to create or make of nothing the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.
2. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female, with reasonable and immortal souls, endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness after his own image, having the law of God written in their hearts, and power to fulfill it; and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change. Besides this law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; which while they kept were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.
(from Creeds of the Church, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
With the rise of evolution there has been much controversy over the subject of creation. Especially in the past hundred years or so. It must be said that the physical sciences has their place, but the Scriptures are our most trusted and reliable source. True science never disagrees with God. With that said, it is important to keep in mind, that it is possible to interpret the scriptures wrongly, just as it is also possible to interpret science incorrectly. Science is reliable when it is used toward its proper end. For example, the Roman Catholic Church persecuted Galileo, and what was the truth? The Catholic Church was wrong and Galileo was right. Another example, whereby science has gone completely off the deep end is the "theory" of evolution. The reality of evolution is that it is wicked and devilish. Man is NOT getting better or heading toward
greatness, on the contrary, history would prove just the opposite.
This part of the confession makes great reference to the trinity in creation. This is proper and fitting in order to be an accurate handler of the Word of God. All through the Scriptures the triune God is seen being actively involved in creation. Notice the twenty sixth verse of Genesis One, "Let us make man in our image."
What was the reason for which God brought all things into being? God brought all things into being for the manifestation of His glory, power, and goodness. All things exist to please Him, and to make much of Him. Our great God did not create out of some need in Himself, for He is complete and perfect in every way. He never lacked anything so as to bring forth a need to create, on the contrary, because of His greatness and majesty, He created us to make much of Him and to praise His glory.
Mankind is the glory and crown of God's creation. Man was created in the image of God, in His likeness. Adam had the Law of God written on his heart yet he also had the freedom to either fall or obey.

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