Why Should Christians Believe in Divine Special Creation?

by Robert Kofahl, Ph. D

The Church’s Prime Rule of Authority: Jesus Christ Is Lord of All

The principal reason, of course, that Christians should believe in divine special creation is that the Bible, God’s Word, teaches it. But let us consider the question in more detail.

The apostle Peter in his evangelistic sermon to the household of Cornelius, the Roman centurion, announced the prime authority for all Christians. After a brief introduction Peter said, “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Lord of all:)”(Acts 10:36). Note that he did not say, “He is Lord of all—except science.” No, Jesus Christ is Lord of all, including science. Also, the apostle Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians gave the same rule: “And (the Father) hath put all things under His (the Son’s) feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all”(Eph. 1:22-23). Again we have the principle that, for us who name the name of Christ—He is Lord of all, Head over all things, including science.

The obvious question to ask at this point is, “Has the Lord Jesus said anything about science?” We can think of some things that the Lord Jesus said which have application to our understanding of science. For example, He said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled” (Matt. 5:17-18). Thus, the Lord tells us that anything the Bible says that touches on or relates to a scientific question is authoritative for the Christian. But this is a very general principle. Did the Lord Jesus say anything more directly relating to science? I think that He did.

In the closing verses of the fifth chapter of John the Lord Jesus was concluding a lengthy argument with the Jewish religious leaders, who prided themselves on their allegiance to Moses. He said to them, “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me”(Jn. 5:45-46). These were solemn words for those first century Jews, as they are for us. If we are to be believers in Jesus Christ, we are also to believe what Moses wrote. What did Moses write about first? About divine special creation, about the beginning of all things—the origin of the universe, of the earth and the solar system, of life, of species and of time. And Jesus says that we are to believe it the way Moses wrote about it.

Well, what are so very many scientists concerned with today? With the beginning of all things. So they attempt to find out how the universe, the solar system, the earth, life and the species originated. Of course, they, for the most part, are materialists, rejecting the idea of the infinite-personal Creator God of the Bible. And they almost universally claim that all these things have their explanation in purely physical, undirected, purposeless process, that is, by cosmic and biological evolution. This, they say, is what science teaches. But is the word of secular human science the final word?

No, the final authoritative word is the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is Lord of all; He is to His church head over all things, and that includes science. And He commands us to believe in the divine special creation of all things, just as His prophet Moses reported in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Therefore, Christians are to judge science by the Bible, not judge the Bible by science. Where scientists disagree with the plain, unambiguous teaching of the Bible, scientists are wrong. The Bible is right. This is the faith of Christians, of the people of the Book. As we say this, however, it is exceedingly important that we make every effort to understand accurately what the Scriptures teach on any subject and also to understand correctly the data of the sciences.

So should Christians believe in creation by God because of scientific evidence? No, but because of our faith in Jesus Christ and in His Word, the Bible. This faith commitment is basic to every aspect of our Christian walk. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). Now it is true that God has graciously given us much scientific evidence that confirms our faith in His Word. But regardless of how much we may learn about science, the Scriptures nowhere suggest that we will ever know so much about science—or anything else—that we will in this life be able to walk by sight and no longer have to walk by faith.

The Benefits of Honoring Jesus Christ as Lord of Science

God told Adam that he and his descendants were to subdue the earth as the stewards of their Creator. Adam was in a sense the first scientist. The essence of science is its method, which is the intelligent use of trial and error to learn about the natural order of things and to test critically all theories about the natural world. So God had Adam perform some of the initial steps of a scientific investigation of nature. Adam observed the animals and named them. This implies that he classified them in order to give them sensible names that corresponded to their differing characteristics. Of course, since Adam was in close and unhindered communion with God, he could always ask God for help. God is not a scientist, and He does not need science for He knows all things without making observations or experiments. But He ordered humans, as His stewards, to pursue the scientific study of nature. But very soon, when Adam fell into sin in the garden, he and his descendants were separated, by their sinfulness, from God who is holy. So now all scientists must proceed strictly in accord with the scientific method—trial and error, making mistakes and discovering and correcting them, continually trying to achieve a more accurate understanding of nature, of the creative handiwork of God.

Christians in science must proceed in the same manner, except for a couple of important advantages they enjoy over secular scientists. First, they have divinely revealed truth in the Bible, where God informs us of facts about nature that could not be discovered by science. For example, He tells us that all things were created by God. He also tells us of the permanent separateness of the created kinds of plants and animals. He tells us that He is the Source of all of the marvelous designs we find in the millions of living species in nature. And He also tells us that all of His creatures were created for definite purposes. He also tells us that the earth and all things in it were created for the benefit of man. In addition, He tells us that the natural world, the entire universe, was brought under a curse and bondage by the fall of mankind into sin. This curse will finally be removed by dissolving the old creation and replacing it with a new creation in which dwells only righteousness. And throughout the Scriptures God tells us that all things were created for His glory (Rev. 4:11).

Knowing these facts about the world, Christians in science and other branches of scholarship have a great advantage over secular, unbelieving scientists. They know the special creation of life and of the kinds. Therefore they need not waste their time trying to discover how life originated itself or how evolution transformed microbes into people in three billion years. Another advantage of Christians in science is their possession of the highest goal and motivation for science, that is, the glory of the great Creator God. And they also have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit to help them to be good scientists, to be fruitful in the scientific enterprise, to be benefactors to their fellow men through science.

Conclusion

We have seen that there are numerous important reasons why Christians should believe in creation. And the benefits of obedient faith in the Word of God are priceless in every walk of life. Most important of all, simple faith in every word, every promise of God, is the fundamental requirement for a Christian life that achieves the highest goal of life: the glory of our triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.