By: Dr. Steven C. Riser
Introduction: Why Is the Question of Creation So Important?
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
There’s a battle raging in our society on the subject of biblical creationism versus atheistic evolution. This battle started with Charles Darwin in 1909 and the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 and it has been raging for the last 100 years. There has been too much money spent on this battle for it to be unimportant. You may be familiar with the 60,000 sq. ft. Creation Museum which opened in Northern, Kentucky on Memorial Day 2007, at a cost of 27 million dollars. For the first several months, it has been averaging 100,000 visits per month! This illustrates how interested people are in this controversy!
But why is this battle so important? If I were the Devil and I could successfully refute the first five words of the Bible, “in the beginning God created” (Gen.1:1), the rest of the Bible would be irrelevant!
Creation is concerned not only with how but also for what purpose the world was created and it’s foundational to any and every worldview. Understanding the purpose of creation can help us understand the purpose of our lives. There’s a clear difference between the world originating by accident or design. There’s a clear difference between being an ancestor of an ape and being created in “the image of God.”
Everyone wants to know their: 1) origin, 2) identity, 3) purpose, 4) destiny – and they’re all tied together!
If the biblical account of creation is not true then there is no Adam and Eve. If there is no Adam and Eve, there is no Fall into sin. If there is no Fall into sin, then there is certainly no need for a Savior from sin.
If the biblical account of creation is true then Adam and Eve truly existed and fell into sin, then all of us need a Savior from sin, and one day we will all have to give account of ourselves before a holy and just God.