Mister Richardson's
Bible Doctrine Class

CLASS NOTES


Chapter 7: Creation


"Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee." - Nehemiah 9:6

A. God created the universe out of nothing.

  1. Bible evidence for creation out of nothing (ex nihilo) - Genesis 1:1; Psalm 33:6; Hebrews 11:3; Acts 17:24; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 90:2.
  2. Creation of the Spiritual Universe - Nehemiah 9:6; Colossians 1:16.
  3. The direct creation of Adam and Eve - Genesis 2:7,23; 1 Corinthians 11:8,9.
  4. The creation of time.
  5. The work of the Son and the Holy Spirit in creation - John 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16.

B. Creation is distinct from God yet always dependent on God.

  1. God is transcendent - greater than His creation - Ephesians 4:6.
  2. God is immanent - remaining in His creation - Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3.
  3. Wrong beliefs

C. God created the universe to show His glory.

D. The universe God created was "very good."

E. The relationship between Scripture and the findings of modern science.

  1. When all the facts are rightly understood, there will be "no final conflict" between Scripture and natural science. (see Schaeffer's No Final Conflict)
  2. Some theories about creation seem clearly inconsistent with the teachings of Scripture.
  3. The age of the earth.
  4. Other Theories

F. Application

CATECHISM
Q7. What are the decrees of God?
A7. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass.

Q8. How doth God execute his decrees?
A8. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.

Q9. What is the work of creation?
A9. The work of creation is, God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.

REVIEW QUESTIONS
1. How does the Bible's description of creation give special significance to the creation of man?
2. Why did God create the universe? Was it necessary that He do so?
3. Why is the theory of theistic evolution inconsistent with Scripture's teaching on creation?
4. List four scientific arguments against the theory of evolution.

TERMS
Asceticism, creation, deism, dualism, ex nihilo, immanent, intelligent design, macro-evolution, materialism, micro-evolution, natural selection, old earth theory, pantheism, random mutation, theistic evolution, transcendent, transitional types, young earth theory.

LINKS
Answers In Genesis
Hodge's Systematic Theology: The Decrees of God, Creation - dabar.org
Creationism - Wikipedia

RECOMMENDED READING
God and Cosmos: A Christian View of Time, Space, and the Universe - John Byl
Green Eye of the Storm - John Rendle-Short
Darwin on Trial - Phillip E. Johnson
Creation and Change - Douglas Kelly


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