Introduction: Last week I wrote that you were not a Christian if you
did not believe in the Trinity. By that I meant a Christian must
believe that Jesus is fully God. This week we study another central
teaching of the Bible – that God spoke the world into existence. The
world did not evolve, and God did not “supervise” chance and natural
selection. In what ways does a belief in the Creation matter? Let’s
plunge into our Bibles and find out!

  1. God’s Account of Beginnings

    1. Read Genesis 1:1-5. Who does the Bible say created “the
      heavens and earth?” (God!)

      1. God’s main message is that He is the Creator. But,
        He has a secondary message about His creative work.
        What is that? (He didn’t need any help. He started
        from “formless and void” and merely spoke the
        universe into existence. He did not need to “lift a

    2. Look again at Genesis 1:5. How long did it take God to do
      this? (The Bible says a day. In case we were inclined to
      interpret this “day” as a much longer period of time, God
      describes the day in terms we all understand from

      1. Why does God call “evening” and “morning” a day?
        Isn’t that half a day? (In Leviticus 23:32 we find
        that sunset to sunset is the measure of a day. The
        problem disappears if you say “evening” is the night
        and “morning” is the day. That is a complete day
        using the sun as the familiar time-keeper.)

      2. What about the fact that the sun was not in
        existence then, but was created later (Genesis
        1:16)? (God uses this standard time measure during
        the week both before and after the creation of the
        sun. God must have created an artificial sun – not a
        problem for someone who can create the real sun!)

  2. Why Creation Matters to God

    1. Many people quote Job 13:15 to say that Job would have
      been faithful to God even if God killed him. If you read
      the entire chapter (Job 13) what Job is really saying is
      “I would like to sue God in a heavenly court. God will
      have to bring charges against me and I will had the
      opportunity to defend myself. If I get a fair trial, I
      will win. If I don’t win, then I’ll be quiet and die.”
      That is the reason why the second part of Job 13:15 says,
      “I will surely defend my ways to His face.” Job is
      challenging God. Read Job 38:1-3. How does God answer
      Job’s challenge? (He says, “I’ll give you a trial! You
      ignorant human, I’ll have you answer a few questions.”)

      1. Read Job 38:4-6. What are the answers to God’s
        questions? (Job was not a witness.)

        1. What question is God really asking? (Who are
          you to challenge the Creator?)

    2. Skim over the entire chapter of Job 38. What is God’s
      point? (That He is all powerful and He has all knowledge.
      The Creation runs by rules and God created the rules.)

      1. How important is the Creation to God’s claim to be
        our God? (This goes to the heart of the issue. In
        the Bible God repeatedly cites His Creation as the
        basis for His claim of authority over Job (and
        everyone else). The creation vs. evolution debate
        is about God’s power and authority. God proclaims “I
        am so powerful that I merely had to speak and it was
        done.” Evolution, of course, claims that God needed
        a lot of help and a lot of time.)

    3. Read Genesis 1:26-27. How does this account conflict with
      the evolutionary theory? (We were made according to
      design. God designed that humans should be created in His
      image and likeness. God designed that humans should rule
      over the animals.)

      1. Why is this important to God? (God has a special
        relationship with humans. He did not stumble upon
        us when He was out walking.)

      2. Think a moment about what the Bible says about the
        relationship between humans and animals and tell me
        whether that conflicts with the evolutionary theory?
        (Evolution says that humans not only had their
        origin in the animals, but that natural selection
        was largely a result of interaction with animals.
        (Meaning that we either outran or outsmarted the
        animals or we died.) The Bible says in sharp
        contrast that we “ruled” the animals.)

    4. Read Deuteronomy 30:19-20. Under the theory of evolution,
      who is the true designer of humans? (Death. We were
      designed by death. If death is our designer, then God
      lied to us about the most fundamental choice that He sets
      before us.)

    5. Read Genesis 3:1-4. This text and the text we just read
      in Deuteronomy nudge us down a very important line of
      logic. What is the overall “story” that God tells us
      about Him and us? (That He created us perfect. We
      distrusted, disbelieved and disobeyed Him, with the
      result that we became subject to weakness, sickness and
      eternal death.)

      1. What is the overall story that the theory of
        evolution teaches us? (That we went from weakness to
        strength to become the dominant animal – thus
        entitled to the very best life!)

      2. Are these two “stories” compatible?

      3. Can you fit grace and works into this logical
        thought process? (Yes! The Bible says both our
        creation and redemption came by God’s unmerited
        grace and power. Evolution is a “works” approach to
        salvation and life. We improve due to our own

    6. Can you see, friend, that evolution strips God of His
      main credential and subverts His story?

  3. Why Creation Matters to Humans

    1. Perhaps the most important reason why Creation matters to
      humans is that it says we came from the hand of God. But
      many of our basic views of life are tied directly to the
      Creation account. Read Genesis 2:20-23. One argument for
      “God supervised evolution” is that the Bible writers
      could not very well describe the mechanics of evolution,
      so they told a story that would convey an idea similar to
      evolution. Does that argument fit with the text of the
      Bible? (No! God is quite detailed. The detail He gives is
      completely and utterly in conflict with the idea of
      chance and natural selection.)

      1. What does this account tell us about the
        relationship between men and women? (That they were
        created to be equals. Eve was taken from a rib, not
        the head or the foot of Adam.)

        1. What does evolution teach us about the
          relationship between men and women? (That
          whoever can dominate should do so.)

    2. Read Genesis 2:24. How are marriage and creation tied
      together? (If evolution is a correct explanation of human
      origin, then the “one flesh” marriage between a man and a
      woman is nonsense.)

      1. Read Ephesians 5:28-31. What does “one flesh” teach
        us about how women should be treated in marriage?

    3. Read again Genesis 3:2-4. The “rule of law” is essential
      to a free society. Humans should be ruled by laws, not
      by the arbitrary whim of the ruler. What does the
      creation vs. evolution debate teach about the rule of
      law? (God created us to be ruled by law. He believes (and
      died for) the rule of law. Evolution argues for the idea
      that the strongest person makes the law.)

    4. Read Genesis 2:2-3. How is the Sabbath related to the
      Creation account? (It is a celebration and weekly
      reminder of a literal six day creation. Like marriage,
      the underpinnings of the Sabbath are removed by the
      theory of evolution.)

    5. Read Romans 5:12-15. How does Paul explain the gospel?
      (That Adam plunged us into sin and Jesus saved us from
      it. Jesus triumphed where Adam failed.)

      1. What if there never really was an Adam? What would
        that do to our view of salvation?

    6. Read 1 Corinthians 15:23-26. Is this message a critical
      part of the gospel? (Yes. That Jesus triumphs over sin
      and He saves us from death.)

      1. Notice that death is “the last enemy,” and it is
        destroyed by Jesus. How important is death to the
        theory of evolution? (It is critical. Natural
        selection picks winners and losers as a result of

    7. Read Revelation 21:1-4. If you disbelieve God’s account
      of the original creation, why would you believe His
      account of the new creation?

      1. If we believe that the creation account is an
        analogy describing evolution, what does that teach
        us about our new heavenly home? (Notice verse 4 –
        that the things ended in heaven are essential to
        evolution, the survival of the fittest and the death
        of the less fit! The evolutionary theory is
        completely incompatible with the gospel.)

    8. Today, we have only touched on the problems with
      evolution as an explanation of origins. Friend, if you
      have accepted the theory of evolution as a possible
      account for the origin of humans, will you discard that
      thought and place your faith in God’s statement of
      origins and His gospel plan?

  4. Next week: God as Redeemer.