“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16, NKJV).
Key Thought: The doctrine of Creation, a literal six-day Creation, is foundational to all that we believe.
It’s hard to imagine two more diverse views of origins than the biblical model of creation and the atheistic evolutionary model. The first presents a creation that was planned, thought through, calculated, with nothing left to chance. Nothing. In contrast, the evolutionary model is all chance. Second, in the biblical account, everything was created for a purpose; God had an end goal, what the Greeks call a telos, a purpose for what He created. In contrast, evolution works on the premise that there is no final goal, no purpose-driven force motivating what’s created. Random mutation and natural selection (products of chance) work together blindly, keeping what functions and discarding what doesn’t. Finally, the biblical account teaches that humans were made in the image of God. Evolution teaches that they are made in the image of whatever primate just happened to precede homo sapiens.This week, we’ll look at the biblical doctrine of Creation and see how it forms the foundation of all the biblical truth that follows. If we get creation wrong, we’re all but certain to get a lot else wrong. That’s how crucial the teaching is to what we believe as Seventh-day Adventist Christians.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, January 14.