God and Creation
Creation & Environment
God reveals to us not only how creation came into existence, but how we are to interact with it. This section focuses on a wide range of issues - from how God created the world, to the way we should treat it, to things we can learn from it.
Our sin has affected all of creation. Because of this, the world is wearing out - and will one day be replaced by a new earth. Even so, we will be held accountable for the way we treat creation, the world around us, for it reflects our attitude toward its maker.
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For every truth, the world tries to invent a counterfeit. One such counterfeit goes by the name of "evolution" - a philosophical viewpoint about things in the past, based on speculation and assumptions that cannot be verified by genuine science (which God created). The world wants us to blindly accept evolution as true. Those who question its lack of genuine scientific evidence are normally attacked and accused of trying to "promote religion" - when in reality they are often trying to do nothing more than promote truthfulness and integrity.
The idea that the Bible and "science" are incompatible, or that one belongs to the realm of "speculation" and the other to the sphere of "facts," is an invention of the human mind - a mind corrupted by sin. Scripture denies any such myth. The God who gave us the Bible created science (and by implication commands its practice, in Genesis 1:28).
Modern-day "environmentalism" often tends to be another counterfeit. Any form of "environmentalism" that places greater emphasis on creation, than on the Creator, or who values plants, rocks and animals more than they value human life, is a form of idolatry - a counterfeit "environmentalism."
God has ultimate control over creation, and uses it to accomplish his purposes. (This is the concept of "providence.") Under normal conditions, he works with the "laws of nature" (which he created). But he has, at times, accomplished his purposes by overruling the "laws of nature" - and he has the right to do so. [See the section, "Miracles and the Laws of Nature" for more about this.]
Dennis Hinks © 2004-2011