Anthropology Theology

Anthropology: Views on Creation

The creation of the earth is a stumbling block for many Christians and non-Christians.[ref]”Every thoughtful person is contronted with the question as to the origin of the human race. As he looks back into history, he observes that the men now existing seem to have sprung from other men by the process of natural generation for thousands of years. In analyzing the origin of man, the biblicist is confronted with the basic issue: Did God create man immediately or mediately, was man formed directly by the hand of God or did he evolved through natural processes? The Christian must acknowledge God’s involvement, but was it direct or indirect? (Henry Thiessen, Lectures in Systematic Theology, p. 151[/ref] My mother has been a dedicated Christian for her entire life, but admits the creation of the earth has been a stumbling block for her in her faith because many of the things taught in Scripture seem to be contrary to what science teaches. Or perhaps a better way to look at it is to see science teaching something that is contrary to what the Bible teaches.

Anthropology - Views on Creation

Photo Credit: Allegory of the Creation of the Cosmos by Domenicus van Wijnen (1661-1690)

Regardless of what point you start from (whether Scripture or science), it is clear that science teaches the world is extremely old (according to Google, the earth is 4.543 billion years old).[ref]A part of me has always struggled with science placing such specific dates when it comes to “millions of years” and “billions of years.” For example, often scientists will say, “These mountains in this region of California were formed 468 million years ago.” For me personally, I am supposed to log our baby’s sleep/awake/eating patterns. I can barely keep track of how long ago he woke up, how much he ate, and when he went to sleep. If I can barely track those things that happen hour to hour, how are we supposed to have exact dates placed for events that happened hundreds of millions and billions of years ago. I don’t mean to be super negative or knock on scientists. I am just sharing my personal struggle with the exact dates placed by scientists in the same way that they struggle with accepting the biblical creation account.[/ref] Meanwhile, a literal understanding of Genesis states that the earth is about 6,500 years old.

Anthropology Theology

Anthropology: God Is Creator

Every parent has heard the question or knows it will come eventually. “Dad, where do babies come from?” To which the unprepared dad responds, “Um, um, go ask your mom!” There is something inherent in all of us that we wonders where we came from, who created us, when were we made, and who do we belong to.

Photo Credit: “Allegory of the Creation of the Cosmos” by Domenicus van Wijnen (1661-c.90)

In this post I want to show you how the Bible clearly and without a doubt shows that God is creator of our world and everything in it.

God Is Creator


A Summary of the Doctrine of God

This blog post is the first of my Summer Summary Series. In these blog posts I am providing an examination of the ten articles of the statement of faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America (the organization which I hope to receive my ministry license through).

The EFCA statement of faith on God reads:

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

A Summary of the Doctrine of God

“The Adoration of the Holy Trinity” by Johann Heinrich Schonfeld (1609-1684)


The Bible is absolutely and solemnly clear that God is the one who created the world and the universe (Gen 1:1; 14:19, 22; Exod 20:11; Neh 9:6; Pss 146:6; Acts 4:24; Heb 11:3; Rev 4:11; 14:7). God created this world out of nothing—ex nihiloin seven literal days with the appearance of age. Before the world was created only God existed with himself (John 1:1-3; Rom 4:17). Therefore, the world and universe which we live in should not be worshipped; God should be the only object of our worship. God also created heaven and those who live there (Neh 9:6; Pss 103:21; 148:2-5; Acts 4:24; Col 1:16; Rev 10:6).



A Comparison Between Israelite Creation and ANE Creation Myths

Some scholars say that the Genesis 1 creation account is a literary “polemic” which was meant to refute Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) creation mythologies.[1] Others say the Genesis 1 creation account is radically different and that the references and apparent similarities are simply coincidental.[2] Furthermore, some even advance that the creation accounts of Babylon have influenced the narratives of the Gospels in Matthew and Mark as well as Paul’s account of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians.[3] This blog post will examine the Israelite creation account and the Ancient Near Eastern creation myths of Egypt, Babylon, Sumeria, and Canaan.


Israelite Creation Account
Six Days of Creation

A. Context of the Israelite Creation Account