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Neglecting the Creator and the doctrine of Creation

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The doctrine of Creation is often neglected by Christians today, thinking it holds only a secondary importance. We know Christianity is about salvation through Jesus Christ, His atoning work at Calvary, and His resurrection to make His work complete (I Corinthians 15:1-4).

Sadly, many churches still either by choice or neglect, fail to connect the unique foundational authority and power of the Creator with the vicarious act of the Saviour. The atonement is taught and the resurrection is celebrated, but His miraculous ability as Creator to effect salvation is often mysteriously encapsulated in the love of God. This glossing over the doctrine of Creation fails to point to the reason why salvation could ever occur! God does not take this critical point lightly! The Lordship of the Creator is not just an interesting doctrine, it is critical to our worship and our relationship with our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ! The appropriate response to the doctrine of Creation is to worship God both in attitude and behavior.

Paul, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, while on Mars Hill in Athens, Greece addressed the philosophers (scholars) and scoffers about the One who "made the world and all things therein" is also "Lord of heaven and earth" (Acts 17:24). "I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me" (Isaiah 45:5). "I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded" (Isaiah 45:12). "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens: God himself formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:18). "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:22). Paul gave them the good news of God's provision through the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ, that requires an awareness of God as Creator, Lord, and Judge of all the earth.

The doctrine of Creation is not a secondary doctrine which can be discarded or ignored. It is not a doctrine which we can set aside because it is controversial. It is an essential component of Christian theology which has significant impact. It shows us that God is sovereign over mankind and the whole creation. It shows us mankind's place in the world. Creation is the foundation for the worldview of Christianity. If we can so easily abandon or neglect the doctrine of Creation, the basis for the other doctrines of the Bible,which of the other doctrines are we prepared to ignore or neglect.

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:11)(KJV).

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