‘Creationism’ is a Christian Doctrine

This is not a ‘defend Ben Stein blog’.  This blog is dedicated to the glory of God as revealed in the face of His Son, Jesus Christ, with the intent that we worship the only true God to whom worship alone is due.

That being said, I am happy about Ben Stein’s newest projectAnd I think that the response that he has received on his blog only serves to prove what his ‘documentary’ explains.  Theists are not welcome in the scientific community.  This is especially true if you go beyond the ‘Intelligent Design’ arguments and actually embrace ‘Creationism’.

Now here’s your news flash.  Ben Stein is not a Christian.  He’s a Jew.  He doesn’t believe what I believe about most things.  He may be a Creationist (I don’t know), but I do know that he doesn’t believe the same things that I believe about Creation.  I know what he should believe, because I’ve read the first book of the Bible, as I am sure he has.  And he may have read the New testament for all I know…but he rejects the New Testament.  That’s how I know that he doesn’t believe what I believe about Creation.

The New Testament teaches us that all things were created by and for Jesus Christ.

He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:15-20 ESV)

You see, I believe that the world came into being, not out of anything that was or existed, but that an eternal God, who is self-sufficient, not needing any creator for Himself, by only His own Word created everything that is or ever will be.  Before there was Earth, Sun, Moon, stars, sky, air, water, asteroids, or any other thing, there was God who was by and with Himself, in the glory of the Trinity, complete and happy.  This God created the whole world.  He created physical beings as well as spiritual beings.  He created physical matter as well as spiritual realms.  And everything He created was for Himself.

This is the message of Genesis chapters 1 and 2.  God was (and is), God created, God was content with His Creation.  In chapter 3 of Genesis, something bad happens.  God good creation is tainted by sin.  Creation is no longer the way God had originally created it.  By the disobedience of Adam and Eve, humanity and the Earth have been cursed by separation from God.  This separation is depicted as death.  Adam and Eve began to die physically, as we all will, but more importantly, the experienced an immediate spiritual death.  Death is the ultimate reality for everyone.  No matter who you are, where you live, what you believe, or how long you live, one day you will die.  That’s not just a hasty generalization…it’s a fact of life.

But here’s the great thing about Christianity…God is not content to just let His creation devolve into ‘hell on earth’.  He does something about it.  He sends His only Son into the created world to become a creature, so that He can reconcile the created world to Himself.  The way this must be accomplished is by the death of His own Son.

God sent His Son to die in our place, as our substitute. He who never sinned died the death of a common criminal on a cross outside of Jerusalem.  That’s what the cross is.  An instrument of punishment for criminals.  Criminals are people whose sin is condemned by other sinners.  Jesus was no criminal.  He was the perfect man.  But He died a torturous death at the hands of sinners because we are criminals.  Me, you, your friends, and everybody else who have ever lived are criminals.  Our crimes are against the rightful ruler of all there is, God.  Jesus died because of our crimes against God.

But Jesus’ death was not just for us.  Jesus died to reconcile all of Creation to God.  That means that Jesus doesn’t merely save us out of this world, but that He has plans for the restoration of this world.  He has removed the curse by His cross.  And since God was so satisfied with Christ’s reconciliation of the world to Himself, he raised Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to the place of Lordship over all things.

Now, all that is left is for you to bow before Jesus as Lord and turn away from your sin as you ask for forgiveness and He will give you eternal life.

If you have questions, you are free to either comment publicly or email me privately.  (Warning!!! If your private email is hateful in tone it may be posted publicly!)

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. (Luke 12:2-3 ESV)

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17 responses to “‘Creationism’ is a Christian Doctrine

  1. Amen to the gospel, Jeremy! And yes, Creationism is indisputably a Christian principle. I don’t know how anyone can claim to believe in the God of the Bible and dispute the Creation story.

    Just be careful you don’t fall into the emergent trap of thinking Jesus wants us to solve global warming, save trees and defend the whales, etc.

    I like to tell environmentalists that God does want us to be good stewards of the earth, but it’s all gonna get burned up and replaced. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:10-13 ESV)

    All God cares about is that we care what we follow the golden rule which would solve all of society’s inequities. Of course, the bible does say that a righteous man cares for the life of his animal. That doesn’t mean we are here to rescue animals, just treat the ones we’re responsible for justly.

  2. Wes

    It’s good to see that there are people that still remember that there are fundamental aspects of Christianity which cannot be altered without removing the Christ from christianity.

    Good work on championing the Glory of the only one due it.

  3. It’s tragic to see that you think Babylonian science, put to verse by priests, should trump God’s creation as a testament to His work.

    Creationism truly is a tool of the devil, leading so many Christians dancing merrily down a path of strife and iniquity.

    How God went about creating this planet and the heavens it rushes through, is not an issue for salvation. It makes no sense to divert Christians from the callings God actually gave us, to stand against knowledge and science instead.

    God is not a deceiver. The universe He created testifies accurately to His creation and His methods. THAT is a foundation of Christian faith. If you don’t believe that, go ahead and follow creationism — but please stop urging children to follow you, and don’t call it Christian doctrine. It’s not.

  4. Oh, and Ben Stein’s not being Christian? There’s a clue there: ID and creationism are political movements, not faith issues. The movie is politics, not religion.

  5. I’ll grant you ID isn’t Christian. At best it’s a compromise between Biblical testimony and evolution. At worst it’s Deism.

  6. Ed Darrell:

    Creationism is not a political movement. Not yet. Unlike ID, the creationist movement has focused on teaching and informing individuals and churches, not lobbying.

    Contrary to your odd assertion, creationism is indeed a Christian doctrine, and should be actively taught to the Church and to kids. Creationism not only establishes the omnipotent character of God as a supernatural Creator, it founds the truth of the Gospel, which begins with Adam and Eve’s creation and fall. Nix Genesis and you no longer have a doctrine of marriage, work, pain, sin, death, righteousness by faith (Abraham), or atonement. The only real strife I see resulting from creationism are from those who, like the church leaders in Galileo’s day, hold dogmatically to the beliefs of popular science and oppose a challenge of the status quo.

    Jeremy, thanks for the post.

  7. Wes

    Creationism is rooted in worldviews founded on a divine creator. ID tries to sidestep the Identity of the Creator until after it has demonstrated a NEED for a Creator.

    The strength of ID is also its weakness. In not directly naming the Designer, it leaves room for frivolous arguments like the “flying spaghetti monster”.

  8. Nix Genesis and you no longer have a doctrine of marriage, work, pain, sin, death, righteousness by faith (Abraham), or atonement.

    No, if we toss both Genesis 1 and 2, we miss the claim of why women have birth pains. This may come as a surprise and shock to you, but most of the things you mention are not part of those chapters. Genesis 1 and 2 provide only a tiny part of the justification for marriage. Abraham isn’t in there. Sin exists anyway, and always has.

    Consider, how was it that the Israelites got by without Genesis 1 until just four centuries before Jesus? They formed as a people, were taken to Egypt, came out of Egypt, took the land in the Jordan Valley, took Jericho, fell away from God, were taken captive to Babylon — and all without Genesis 1 in any form, and mostly without Genesis 2.

    How is that possible? Oh, yeah: There are the laws.

    The only real strife I see resulting from creationism are from those who, like the church leaders in Galileo’s day, hold dogmatically to the beliefs of popular science and oppose a challenge of the status quo.

    Of course, as it turns out, Galileo was right and the church was wrong, and the church acted unjustly against Galileo. Interesting example. I thought you were opposed to sin, no?

  9. Wes

    Funny, Jesus cited these chapters when advising His generation about marriage and divorce.

    Matt 22:29But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, (A)not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.

  10. So, then, it is your contention that marriage is outlined in Genesis 1 or 2, Wes? Where? No one else can find it. Abraham didn’t follow it. What’s up with that?

    Do you suggest that, absent Genesis 1 and 2, Jesus has no authority to speak against divorce? John 1 suggests Jesus Himself might be responsible for the creation — in any case, He’s no less than the Son of God: Doesn’t He have some authority to speak?

    I think you’ve elevated Genesis to the position of an idol.

  11. Wes

    That is to say, Jesus referred back to Genesis (what God has joined).

    Matt 22.29 was directed at those who are selective in which Scriptures they are willing to consider as valid.

  12. Wes, read Matthew 22.29 very carefully. Then go back to the Ben Stein thread and read about the creation story God related, which conflicts with Genesis. Who should we believe, God or Genesis?

    You’re being selective in picking — very carefully — those scriptures you are willing to consider, let alone those you’re willing to consider valid.

    What is that verse in Matthew 22.29, anyway? Does it conflict with 2 Timothy 3:16?

  13. Wes

    Christ, who is Himself the Word of God, does not REQUIRE outside authority. Yet, in practice, He still elevates the Written Word (see His temptation) above His (albeit perfect) experience and judgement.
    (Mark 2:2 He even preached the Word, (although the Word testified to HIM) as the reliable, authentic source.) He did not require a witness, since His word was true. He could have used logical or emotional arguments, but in His wisdom, he did not. He appealed to the objective authority of the Word.

    You may say my opinion of Writ is too high. Perhaps yours is too low. You say I’ve elevated Genesis to the point of idolotry. God says he has elevated His Word above His Name. (ps 138.2) His word is not malleable or subjective. His word is Truth.

    Marriage in Genesis?
    “No one else can find it?”
    Try – Gen 1.27; Gen 2.18-25. (Compare Matt 19:4-6)

  14. Wes

    Looking back over what you have said, in denying Scriptural weight to Genesis 1, 2, what is your view of World origins, and more importantly, origin of sin/death. (“Sin exists anyway, and always has.”)

    If sin was in integral part of the world has He made (or did not make it? -your position is unclear) (1)is this not a charge against His holiness and intrinsic goodness? and (2) to what is creation to be restored if it was corrupt from the beginning? (3) what is the adversary? and (4) is Paul’s epistle to the Romans at all trustworthy?

    In fact, what is left of the Gospel once the explanation of cretion and the fall have been excised?

  15. Jesus died to reconcile all of creation to God
    Hi Jeremy. Long time no see. I hope you and Magaly are doing great along with your two boys.

    So, what part of the “all of creation” did Jesus die to reconcile? Does this include the insects and birds, but the dogs and cats are out of luck? Or maybe it is just some of all the insects and birds and some of all the cats and dogs.

    Good to see you still have a blog. :~)

  16. Wes

    One further point, contrast the opening lines of the beginning of Divine Writ:

    Most say it begins at Genesis 1: “In the beginning GOD…”
    (Notice the emphasis is on the person of God at the outset.)

    Now, let’s try it from the 3rd chapter:
    1Now (A)the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

    (Notice that it is opening with emphasis not merely on creation, but on the tempter himself. Also, notice that it opens with a question posed about something, said previously by God to our forbears. Why would it open with a question about an earlier event if it were “mere Babylonian myth?”)

    Which of these openings squares with God’s glory being paramount above all other things?

  17. You may say my opinion of Writ is too high. Perhaps yours is too low. You say I’ve elevated Genesis to the point of idolotry. God says he has elevated His Word above His Name. (ps 138.2) His word is not malleable or subjective. His word is Truth.

    Well, now you’re arguing in circles. The issue is, how does one tell what is God’s Word, what are words of God, and what are words of others? God’s Word is truth – which words in Genesis are God’s? None. Which words are God’s Word? Wonderful question; how many years do you have to study it? Which of these words overrule God’s Word as demonstrated from God’s hand in creation? None. And yet, you say scripture is superior to God. Nuts.

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