Creation Worldview

I. Assumptions

A. Your Knowledge of the two Worldviews

1. Naturalism

a. Evolutionism – Humanism – Secularism

2. Theism

b. Creationism – Recent, Complete

B. Your awareness of “Faith” in either

1. The study of origins is not science

2. Empirical science supports creation

II. Matthew 7:13-14 – Two Spiritual Gates to Eternity

A. The “Broad” way

1. Leading to destruction

a. “Many” go into (eternity) by this way

B. The “Narrow” way

1. Leading to eternal life

2. “Few” find this way

C. Jesus claims to be the Narrow Gate

1. John 14:6; John 10:7-9: John 11:25-26

D. Narrow Gate Problems

1. We need God’s help to find it.

a. John 6:44 – no man comes . . .
b. Acts 26:17-17 – to open their eyes . . .

2. Only Christ’s teachings reveal it.

a. John 5:24 – he that heareth my word . .
b. John 8:32 – the Truth shall make you free

3. Human intellect can not “see” it.

a. Proverbs 14:12 – the way that seems right

b. 1 Corinthians 2:14 – the natural man . . .

III. The Problem with Origins

A. Ultimate “Source” cannot be “proven”

1. Science requires observation

2. Science requires testability

3. Science requires repeatability

4. Science demands fasifiability

B. Neither Creation nor Evolution can meet these criteria about origins.

1. Both can “model” and “predict” about “expectations”

2. Both require “faith” – “presupposition”

IV. Two Ultimate “Faith” Answers:

A. We come from inanimate mass/energy.

1. Nothing is supernatural

a. All can be understood through natural phenomena
b. “Matter” has always been here
c. It is constantly changing

2. Secular “Faith” – Nature is the source of Truth

a. It is Accurate
1) That which is “seen” or “explained” is Truth.
b. It is Authoritative
1) That which is “natural” is the source of Truth.
c. It is Absolute
1) That which is gained from Nature is “Science” and is the only Truth. 
2) Nothing exists outside of our tangible Universe.

B. We were directly created by an omnipotent and omniscient Being.

1. All “reality” created and maintained by God

a. Creator’s design and purpose implicit in creation

2. Conservation & preservation is present operative force

3. Christian “Faith” – The Bible is God’s revealed Truth

a. It is Accurate

1) If God lied to us . . . We have a real problem.

b. It is Authoritative

1)If it is God’s word, then His “orders” are to be obeyed.

c. It is Absolute

1) If God revealed Truth to us, then we do not have the authority to change it.

V. Biblical Faith in Creation

A. Faith is not “science.”

1. 2 Timothy 1:12

B. Faith is not subject to a “scientific method”

1. Hebrews 6:17-19

C. Faith is not subject to man’s “test”

1. Ephesians 2:8-10

D. Faith does not base its hope in the present

1. Romans 8:24-25

E. Faith is not dependent on human explanations or understanding.

1. Isaiah 55:6-11

F. Faith is both reasonable and defensible

1. It is based on the “assurance” and “conviction” that God is the Creator.

2. It is based on the “hope” and “unseen” fact that God does exist and that he “rewards” those who are “diligently” seeking Him.

G. Faith “reads” the eternal power of the Godhead

1. Faith reads from the “things that are made” and “understands” that the worlds were made from “things that do not appear.”

H. Faith “hears” the preached word and “believes with the heart.”

1. Faith will not listen to “enticing words of man’s wisdom,” but rests in the “power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).

I. The Faith “Test” – Hebrews 11:1-3

1. “Faith is …substance (of hope)…evidence (of the unseen)”

2. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…”

3. Faith is . . . .

a. The substance of things hoped for (forward looking)

b. Hupostasis = under support – standing under

1) NIV – “being sure”
2) ASV – “assurance “

c. The evidence of things not seen (present evaluation)

d. Elegchos = proof, conviction: - evidence, reproof.

1) NIV – “certainty”
2) ASV – “conviction“

J. The Must of faith is . . .

1. God exists – John 6:44 (the Father draws those that “seek”)

2. God rewards – Ephesians 2:8 – faith is the “gift of God”

K. Faith “comes by” – hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17)

L. Faith gives us the power to:

1. “live” (Galatians 2:20) and

2. “walk” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

M. Faith is the power that “keeps us” – (1 Peter 1:5)

VI. Basic Truths

A. Basic Truth # 1

1. God is not the author of evil.

a. Creation “very good”
b. God has “no pleasure in wickedness”
c. God does not “tempt’ with evil.
d. Genesis 1:31; John 8:44; Genesis 3:17; Romans 5:12; 1 Timothy 2:14; Psalm 5:4; James 1:13; Psalm 45:7

B. Basic Truth # 2

1. Because God is love, God allows the possibility of evil.

a. Love, omnipotence, holiness appear to be in conflict.
b. “If God loves the world and is all powerful, why would He allow ‘this’ to happen?”

2. God wills love; love requires choice; choice allows evil.

a. 1 John 4:7-8; Exodus 34:6-7; Isaiah 5:16; 1 John 1:5-6; Revelation 15:3-4; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 13:17; John 17:26; Matthew 19:16; Zephaniah 3:17; John 17:26; Matthew 6:24; John 14:21-23; Romans 1:20-32

C. Basic Truth # 3

1. Continuous evil choices produce consciously evil people.

a. God’s love is exercised toward all men.
b. God’s salvation is sufficient for everyone.
c. BUT – when knowledgeable men consciously choose against God, they become evil both in action and in desire.
d. Titus 2:11; 1 John 2:2; Romans 1:20; John 12:23; 1 Timothy 2:4; Romans 1:21-32; Proverbs 14:14; Jeremiah 17:9; Galatians 6:7-8; Hebrews 3:12

D. Basic Truth # 4

1. Evil people hate God and God’s people.

a. Once a conscious choice is made --
1) To reject God’s Truth
2) To reject God’s Love
b. Those people begin to hate God and all that He embraces.
c. Romans 1:28-32; Psalm 139:19-22; Psalm 119:53, 136, 158; Psalm 34:21; Proverbs 29:10, John 15:18-19

E. Basic Truth # 5

1. Hatred for God and God’s people, drive people to commit evil.

a. Those who love evil, hate righteousness.
1) Petty selfishness is often stroked and invoked
2) Justifies a host of social evils
3) Sin burden overlays human behavior
b. An evil heart produces evil deeds and drives toward atrocities.
c. John 3:19-21; 1 John 3:12-13; James 4:1-4; 1 John 2:16-17; Mark 7:20-23; 2 Timothy 3:1-9

F. Basic Truth #6

1. Global conflicts center around God’s plan for His people.

a. The foundation is Genesis 12:2-3
1) “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and you will be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse you: and through you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
b. The “Children of the bondwoman” will always be against the “Children of the promise” – Galatians 4:28-31

G. Basic Truth # 7

1. Global activities are driven by Worldview Belief Systems.

a. In the broadest sense there are only two worldviews:
1) Theism
2) Naturalism
b. Only the “civilized world” is arrogant enough to consciously exclude the supernatural from its thinking.

VII. Contrasting “Faith Systems” Vying for Man’s Mind

A. Evolution’s Worldview

1. Eternal matter

2. Big Bang

3. Universe

4. Earth

5. Life

6. Man

7. Random forces

8. Natural selection

9. Higher orders

10. Social evolution

11. New World order and peace

B. Biblical  Worldview

1. Creation

2. Fall & Curse

3. Flood

4. Dispersion

5. Redemption

6. Reconciliation

7. God’s Patience

8. Reconciliation

9. Redemption

10. Millennium

11. New Heavens and New Earth

VIII. Contrasting “Results” Vying for Man’s Soul

A. Humanistic and Naturalistic Framework

1. Moral Relativism

a. Every principle reduced to personal preference.

2. Multiculturalism

a. All Cultures are morally equivalent.

3. Pragmatism

a. Actions and policies judged by effectiveness.

4. Utopianism

a. Human Nature is basically good and will achieve perfection through Man’s efforts.

5. This-World Perspective

a. This universe is “all there is.”

B. Biblical Perspective and Framework

1. Moral Absolutes

a. God has spoken and delivered His standards.

2. Cultural Diversity

a. All cultural practices are judged by God’s Truth.

3. Idealism

a. God’s Truth is revealed and absolute.

4. Eschatological Hope

a. Human Nature is sinful; only God redeems. Only God will bring a world of righteousness.

5. Eternal Perspective

a. This world will be destroyed and replaced.

IX. A Christian View of Science

A. Definition of Science

1. “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” – The Compact Oxford English Dictionary of current English, Second Edition 2002

2. The Scientific Method

a. Must be Testable

1) Based on observed or predicted fact

b. Must be Reproducible

1) The test must obtain the same results each time

c. Must be Falsifiable

1) The theory or concept must be able to be proven false

B. Faith Has Consequences

1. What you believe

a. Determines how you think!

2. What you think

a. Dictates what you do!

3. What you do

a. Dominates your life!

 C. What does faith have to do with science?

1. Three Initial Creations

a. Physical creation (Genesis 1:1)
b. Biological creation (Genesis 1:21)
c. Spiritual creation (Genesis 1:27)

2. Noahic Renewal

a. Only the physical and biological included in the first Dominion Mandate.

3. Man was “good”

a. No need to “control” holiness
b. After the Fall the need for spiritual control was manifest.

4. Man now needed man to govern

a. God’s “sword” in judgment of evil

5. Overriding Principles

a. Physical and Biological – Preservation (conservation) is supernaturally maintained by God
1) Genesis 8:22; Colossians 1:17; 2 Peter 3:7
b. Spiritual – Redemption is God’s focus
1) Revelation 5; Ephesians 1:3-14; etc

6. Sin and the Curse

a. Physical, biological, and spiritual processes dominated by sin & curse
b. Evil is ingrained in Fallen Man (1 John 5:19; Romans 3:10-11)
c. Good is result of redemption (James 1:13-20)
d. Death is constant burden and ultimate end (Romans 8:22)

7. Conservation is Key to understanding this world

a. The operative force in nature is conservation (Colossians 1:17)
b. Conservative force is supernatural (2 Peter 3:7)
c. Conservative force is covenantal (Genesis 9:9-17; 8:22)
d. Conservative force not “key to the past” (2 Peter 3:3-5)

X. Issues of Science

A. Conflict in approach

1. The “belief” system -- Worldview

a. Secular Science (naturalism)
1) Theoretical boundaries limited by exclusion of the supernatural.
b. Biblical Science (creationism)
2) Theoretical investigations trust instructions from the Creator.

B. Age

1. Age is not a science question – it is a history question

a. Science is what you can observe and test
1) Written records go back ~ 5,000 years – rest is speculation
2) Need someone to verify events who was there at that time
3) Without eyewitness written records, one must make assumptions

2. Age – Naturalism

a. Naturalism uses present processes to extrapolate = very old
1) Fossil data is arranged to illustrate development from simple to complex.
2) Radiometric decay rates (some) give very old dates – billions.
b. If the flood made the rocks and fossils there were no “geologic ages”

3. Age – Creationism

a. Uses revelation of Creator = young
1) Record of genealogies = (6,000 to 8,000)
2) Principle of conservation (post-flood) stabilizes rates.
b. Observation of processes substantiates creation model
1) Matter cannot be “created” (1st Law)
2) Energy functions deteriorate (2nd Law)
3) Replicating systems do not evolve (Genesis 1)
4) Previous life-forms without transition (fossils)

C. Biology

1. Biology – Naturalism

a. Life is the random result of chemicals interacting
1) Plants and animals and man are related, merely different in complexity
2) All Life ends with physical death and all conscious awareness ceases

2. Biology – Biblical

a. Life is the direct creation of life-giving God.
1) Plants, and animals, and man are vastly different in complexity and purpose.
2) Human life continues beyond physical death with eternal consequences.
b. The beginning of Life is the “great mystery”
1) Science is what you can observe and test
2) Scientists do not have access now to processes of “billions of years” ago, anything that produces life from non-life, or anything that “develops” into something into a “higher order” by random processes.
c. All life comes only from life.

3. Gradual Development

a. “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” – Charles Darwin, Origin of the Species, p. 154
b. The “simple cell” is not at all simple!  How could such intricacies “develop” independently?

4. “Advancement Thought”

a. “Naturalistic evolution says we are the more, and we arose from the less.  We are more complex, more significant, more valuable that our source….We have an intellect that somehow came from no mind at all.  We have a personality that arose from utter impersonality….Our ultimate, original source was not alive; it was simply in process, and even that process was a fluke of instability that unintentionally began a process that unintentionally produced us.” – L.  Russ Bush, The Advancement, Broadman Press, 2003, pp.96-97

D. Physics

1. Physics - Naturalism

a. Uniformitarianism eternal matter -- constant processes in past and future
1) Present process rates are extrapolated – and are the absolute criteria for all calculations
2) Utilitarian and pragmatic functions are false restrictions– exploitation and dominance are primary ends
3) Naturalistic explanations are the only “accepted” answers for all science.  The universe is all there is to reality.

2. Physics - Biblical

a. There have been both Supernatural and Catastrophic processes in the past and in the future.                       
1) Present rates are maintained by Creator – unreliable for extrapolations.
2) Utilitarian and pragmatic functions are reasons – stewardship of resources and care of mankind are primary ends.
3) Conservative processes explain Natural events
b. Meaning and purpose comes through revelation. 
c. The Creator determines reality.

E. Geology

1. Geology - Naturalism

a. Extreme ages of rocks and formation of earth structures are assumed.
1) Mechanistic explanations limited by measurement of present processes.
2) Exploration for earth resources (oil, gas, metals, and chemicals) based on uniformitarianism, extremely slow processes, and micro model.
3) Slow recovery after disaster (Tsunami, Volcano) and rapid depletion of resources from consumption.

2. Geology - Biblical

a. Catastrophic model (Creation, Flood) and rapid formation of earth.
1) Evidence of catastrophic events provide better explanations phenomena
2) Exploration for resources based on Flood model, with conservative processes afterwards.  Fossil fuels and other buried resources located with macro model
3) Rapid “preservation” recovery of earth by Creator (Mount St Helens) adequate resources from redemption (Millennium)

F. Astronomy

1. Astronomy & Cosmology - Naturalism

a. Assumption of great age based on naturalism.
b. Difficulty in explaining “order” and “structure” of universe.
c. Forced “indifference” to the majesty and wonder of the universe – only “apparent” purpose, not real.
d. Driven to “find” life “out there” based on assumption of evolutionary naturalism.
e. Expenditures of vast sums of money and huge intellectual resources spent for un-fruitful missions.

2. Astronomy & Cosmology - Biblical

a. Assumption of young age based on biblical revelation.
b. Expectation of order and purpose via revelation.
c. True joy at discoveries of “speech and language” of the heavens which declare the glory of the Creator.
d. Expect no “life” other than angelic and/or spiritual life beyond Earth. 
e. Stewardship confined to Earth.  Intellect and resources spent for humanity.

XII. Bible Basics

A. Adam introduced sin into the world

1. That sin introduced death (Romans 5:12).

B. God extended his love through Christ’s death

1. While we were sinners (Romans 5:8).

C. Death reigns in the world because of Adam

1. Now it is possible for life to reign by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).

D. The death of Jesus Christ buried us

1. Just as His resurrection raised us from the dead  (Romans 6:4-11).

E. We are no longer bound as servants to death

1. Since we have been resurrected through the victory of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:14-18).

F. Sin produces death. 

1. Jesus produces life (Romans 6:23).

G. Nothing good lives in my body (Romans 7:18)

1. It wars against the new delight for righteousness in my mind (Romans 7:22-23).

H. Following the fleshly desires cannot please God (Romans 8:5-8).

I. Following the new spiritual direction will insure God’s approval (Romans 8:12-16).

J. The struggle between those two laws is due to the presence of a “bondage of corruption” that exists in the entire creation (Romans 8:18-22).

1. We “groan” because we understand the conflict and “hope” for the change that God has promised (Romans 8:23-28)

2. We have confidence in God’s promise because He executed His own Son in order to make possible our deliverance (Romans 8:31-34).

3. Absolutely nothing in the entire universe can undo the work that God has accomplished through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37-39).

XIII. Conquering Creator

A. The Creator pronounced the sentence of death (Genesis 3).

B. The Creator will overcome death (1 Corinthians 15).

C. The Creator has life in Himself (John 1; John 8; John 11)

D. The Creator must give His life to give us life (John 10).

E. The Creator grants eternal life to all who believe His words (John 12)

Series: 
In the Beginning
Lesson: 
#11
Book: 
Genesis

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