The Ordering of Creation

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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.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 1:1–25). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

In the present era, people think of “faith” as believing in that which cannot be proven.

But that is not what it means to have faith as a Christian. Our faith can be proven from the ordering of nature to the affects of faith in our lives to the call of Christ we hear in the quiet to the historic facts of the resurrection itself.

We put our faith in things once seen by others that we know to be true by their testimony, the effects of which we can see in our lives.

Science and religion are not incompatible, but we need not struggle to force their cohesion into a common tautology. We know Genesis 1 is true because the Bible tells us it is true. Our Risen Lord tells us it is true. Science itself has never been able to undermine it, but we need not cast our faith aside because of science.

God said let their be light. Science tells us there was a Big Bang. Our faith tells us God caused it. Science can explain God’s creation, but God explains himself to us and how he created us in ways neither incompatible with nor premised on theories of the modern age.

Our faith is not believing that which we do not know, but that which those of us who have eyes to see and ears to hear can see and hear for ourselves. And we trust in what is to come. Science has a finiteness to it. But our God is infinite and timeless. Long after the next theory of creation comes and goes from scientific fad, God remains as does Genesis 1.

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Erick Erickson
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