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A Word on Creation

by Lisa Lyons

The creation/evolution debate has existed for centuries. Even in the days of Peter, men said, “Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning” (2 Peter 3:4). This is the basis of the evolutionists’ claim—that the origins of the world can be determined simply by observing what goes on today. Since we don’t see supernatural creation happening today, they claim it could not have happened in the past. Since they reject the idea of a special creation in the beginning, they also reject the idea of judgment for sin in the end.

Peter’s response was, “They deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed.”

Does that sound familiar? Today’s secular scientists and even many so-called Christians have “deliberately forgotten” the God of creation and instead bought into the concept that the world and all that is in it came about through natural processes.

The context of Peter’s comment on creation was in regard to the coming judgment.

The people of his day would not believe in judgment for the same reason that they would not believe in special creation— because there is no evidence of such a thing in the present. How tragic that after two millennia people’s beliefs have not changed much in this regard.

Peter was attempting to convince his readers that judgment is sure to come, and he based his argument on the historical accounts of the creation and the Flood.

Since God created the world but the world turned away from Him, He brought judgment by water. And since the world continues to turn away from God, He will once again judge it, this time by fire (2 Peter 3:2-15). Beginning with the creation story and ending with the final judgment, Peter hoped to sway his readers toward living holy and godly lives.

The apostle Paul also formed arguments for salvation around the creation account.

When he encountered philosophers on Mars Hill—people who knew nothing about the Jewish God and who had become confused over a message about Jesus and the resurrection— he laid a foundation for salvation by beginning with the historical account of creation 

(Acts 17:18-31). From that foundation he built his argument of God’s future judgment against sin and the provision for salvation in Jesus Christ.

To the Romans, Paul wrote that just as sin came into the world through one man, Adam, salvation came to the world through one man, Jesus (Romans 5:12-21). Again Paul based the salvation message on the creation story.

Today the creation story is just as relevant to the salvation message. For if God did not create the world (but instead the world came about by the natural process of time and chance), then God would not be the Absolute Authority over the world and there would be no reason for people to live holy and godly lives. And since people would not have to be holy, there would be no such thing as sin. And if there was no sin, there would be no need for a Savior and no reason for a future judgment from which we need to be saved.

The Bible lessons in this unit will show a natural progression from God’s special creation of everything that exists, to the day that man chose to turn his back on God (the Fall), to the judgment that God brought because of man’s sinfulness (the Flood), to the reality of yet another judgment of sin (the White Throne Judgment), and the culmination of the promise of eternal life in a new world He is creating for those who put their trust in Him.

We will explore the biblical evidence for special creation and lay a firm foundation for children to believe that God’s testimony can be trusted above all human reasoning. From that foundation we will build the argument for a judgment yet to come against a world that has forgotten God, and the salvation and hope that God offers through His Son.

You will find that these thirteen sessions do not include references to evolution, except on the FAQ pages and infrequent references for older children. This is by design.

Many children in the younger grades will not have learned about evolution yet, and we do not wish to place that idea in their impressionable minds.

Your older students may have questions about the creation/evolution issue, for they have been inundated with evolutionary theory in school, in books, and on television and have been told that evolution is a proven fact. For that reason, several sheets of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about creation and evolution are included. You may reproduce them and hand them out to the children as a reference tool. If your children are interested, discuss the questions in class.

The creation/evolution issue is too broad to cover in its entirety within this unit of study. Your children may have questions you don’t know the answers to or that weren’t covered in these lessons. A number of reference sources are cited below.

Enjoy these lessons on the past and may they help you and your students build a strong foundation of faith and hope for the future.

Acts & Facts
Institute for Creation Research
P.O. Box 2667
El Cajon, CA 92021

Answers in Genesis
P.O. Box 6330
Florence, KY 41022

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