The importance of the doctrine of a recent abrupt creation
Many people question the importance of the doctrine of a recent abrupt creation. They would promote the idea, so well formulated by Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along here?" Perhaps there is a middle ground, they would argue. Perhaps we can compromise the Bible with the ever changing whims of a nebulous thing called "science." Perhaps, the Bible allows for the long time frames necessary for evolution to have occurred. So, just how important is the doctrine of creation to Christianity?
Well, let us just see how important this doctrine was to the founder and initial caretakers of our faith. After all, The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:12-18:
"Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned - for until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of Adams offense, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one (Adam) who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one (Adam), death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men."
Paul made many other creation related statements, but none more significant than in Romans 8:20-23:
"For the creation was subjected to futility (degradation), not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body."
Paul is very specific, he says that death came only after sin and that the sin of man and woman has degraded every thing to the farthest atom in the universe, the whole of creation. To believe that plants and animals died over millions and billions of supposed years prior to Adam is to say that the Bible is in error. If death came before sin, then death is simply common to all, and the death of one man on a cross is meaningless. If, on the other hand, death entered the universe only after sin, then the death of one sinless Man on a cross can atone for the sins of the world.
If you want a perfect example of how to handle a particular situation, then certainly you would want to use as your example Jesus, if possible; or if such an example did not exist, then one of the original apostles.
In John 5:10, Jesus starts to dialog with leaders of the nation. In verses 45-47, He states His opinion of the importance of creation as a foundational truth.
"Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
Jesus used an ancient form of argument that day. What He said was - if you do not believe in creation, then you have no need for Christ!
If you believe that you are the result of random chance actions occurring over billions of supposed years; that when you die, you simply cease to exist, then you are not accountable to a higher authority. If you believe that you came from a Creator God, that when you die biologically the essence which is you will continue on into an eternity future, that in this lifetime you can determine where you will spend that eternity future - then the decision which you make in this lifetime will have eternal ramifications.
Paul, in his "Letter to the Evolutionists" (contained in Romans 1:16-32) says that the invisible God is known because of the visible things which He has made. When you see the Brooklyn Bridge, you know that there was a bridge builder, even if you will never meet him. Paul continues on to show that even though men know that there is a God, they are knowingly unwilling to admit it to themselves or anyone else. He says that they exchange "the truth of God for a lie, and worship and served the creature rather than the Creator."
Later, Paul would write to Timothy and admonish him in 1 Timothy 6:20-21:
"Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly empty chatter, the opposing arguments of what is falsely called science - which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith."
Paul calls evolution, pseudo-science. He says that those who believe in pseudo-science will worship and serve the creature rather the Creator.
Not to be bypassed, the Apostle Peter has a few things to say about evolutionists as well. In 2 Peter 3:3-7, he speaks about how evolutionists deny the truth of the Flood of Noah and the ample evidence for it which is clearly seen on the surface of the earth. Peter also wrote about the right relationship between a Christian and his Creator in 1 Peter 4:19:
"Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right."
Finally, the very Gospel is tied directly and for evermore to the doctrine of creation. In Revelation 14:6-7, the Apostle John records for us a statement concerning the eternal Gospel:
"And I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the springs of waters."
The angel said that the eternal Gospel is worship Him who made all things. Therefore, the entire eternal Gospel may be summarized in just three words, "Worship the Creator!" We have a creature-Creator relationship with God. He made us, and He made us with a purpose.
What is our purpose? Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:9:
"God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
Our purpose is to have fellowship with Him. Fellowship is not a one way street; it is a two way street. When we come to realize that the Creator of the universe exists, we come to talk with Him, to love Him and to hug on Him. People, who reject their purpose, instead go off into man made philosophies called corporately - evolution.
There is nothing in the New Testament which cannot be found in the Old Testament. The Prophet Isaiah, in 43:1 and 7, records the words of the Lord:
"But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! . . . Every one who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed even whom I have made."
Is the doctrine of recent abrupt creation important? Is it important to God? Should it be important to us? Yes, on all counts!
Let us all then - "Worship the Creator!"