All Christians are creationists meaning that they believe God created the universe (Heb 11:3). However, some believers have differing views of the creation account. Many believe the record in Genesis that God created the heavens and the earth about 6300 to 7500 years ago. Others believe in God and perceive that the earth is billions of years old.
Values in God and Creation
The whole Bible relies on the Genesis account for core teachings and values of the Christian faith. The creation in Genesis teaches an absolute standard for human value as God made humanity in His likeness — His image (Gen 1:26–27). Genesis establishes the origin for sin, the fall of man, death, suffering, and the need for a savior to reconcile the world to God (Gen 3; Rom 5; 1 Cor 15:21–22). Biblical creation records an objective standard for marriage as God created man and woman for each other (Gen 2:24; Matt 19:5–6; Eph 5:31). However, many believers do not accept Genesis as completely literal, yet they do accept these core values based on Genesis.
Historically, applied science without a standard to value human life is dismissive if not harmful and destructive of human life. Furthermore, science without God cannot distinguish the value of human life apart from animal life. Atheistic moral values are attributed either to self, society, or survival instinct. Such standards are not necessarily respective of other societies and nationalities. Therefore, God as the Creator of all who made humanity in His likeness is essential to objective moral values.
Atheistic Assumptions Versus God’s Creation
From a nonliteral understanding of Genesis 1–3, many believers think that God created the universe from a singularity and then the Earth formed about 9 billion years later. The obvious conflict with this idea is that Genesis 1:1 declares, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (ESV). The Bible does not say that God created the heavens in the beginning and billions of years later God formed the earth through the expansion of matter and energy throughout the universe.
Attempting to reconcile secular theories of science with biblical accounts of science have many difficulties. Many Bible believers accept conclusions that initially exclude God, and then they blend such secular beliefs with the Christian faith. This approach to Scripture should concern believers. Secular scientists start from assumptions without consideration of God as the first cause. Such atheistic presuppositions dismiss meaning and purpose for the universe and for life. Without recognizing God, mere necessity or chance cannot explain why the laws of the universe are finely balanced and constant. Dismissing design infers that the first cause is a supernatural mindless generator. People should think deeply about why some presuppose a mindless multiverse generator rather than an intelligent Creator.
Genesis and Science Agree
Christians do not need to harmonize secular theories with the Bible. The Creation and the Flood accounts in Genesis account for the condition of the earth and the universe. Biblical creation explains the first cause for the habitability of life in the universe, even more so that intelligent life happens to be able to observe the universe. Genesis records God creating in a day mature forms of life to live on Earth. God created fully functioning life in a day. In Genesis 1, God created an adult man and woman fully formed in a day. God developed mature fruit-bearing trees in a day.
God’s creation of a mature heavens and earth explains any perception of long ages for the universe and the earth. In other words, God created the laws of universe for the habitability of life on earth. God created Earth with the right balance of radioactivity for life to exist rather than life happening to exist after radioactive decay over billions of years. The atheistic paradigm dismisses the first cause of the universe to assume that stars formed and developed just right to support life, radioactive rocks decayed ideally for habitability, and the earth coincidentally came to balance at just the right time for life.
Furthermore, the Flood accounts for billions of dead organisms buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth. Believers do not need to accept millions of years for geologic strata to account scientifically for the Genesis record of creation. Biblical creation has no conflict with science, but secularism does.
The First Cause of the Universe Is Supernatural
The cause of the universe must necessary be supernatural, and a supernatural cause must act supernaturally. The first cause of the universe must be immensely more powerful than the universe, exist beyond the universe being metaphysical, and create order and physical laws by the very nature of the first cause. God is the best explanation, and God’s existence necessitates miracles.
If God exists, then miracles exist. Without faith in the biblical account of God’s great miracle of creation, one undermines belief in other biblical miracles including the works of Jesus and especially His resurrection. The apostle Paul explained that any faith in Christ without Jesus’s resurrection is futile and vain (1 Cor 15:12–19).
Accepting atheistic assumptions for science distorts both science and the gospel (Gal 1:8–9; cf. Rom 5:12–17; 1 Cor 15:21–22). Jesus’s resurrection is essential to the gospel. Jesus’s resurrection over physical death attests to Jesus’s uniqueness in pleasing God as historians recognize that Jesus claimed to “the Son of Man.” Therefore, Jesus’s words and life stand by God’s approval. Jesus taught values on the creation of Genesis, “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.'” (Matt 19:4–5). Jesus and His apostles taught that faith upon God created humans who can perceive God as the Creator “since the creation of the world” (Rom 1:20; cf. Luke 11:50–51; Heb 9:26). Jesus relied upon Genesis that God created all life and human life within six days of “in the beginning” (Mark 10:6; cf. Exod 20:11). Jesus also warned of God’s judgment by noting the Flood as a historical event (Matt 24:37–39; cf. 2 Pet 3:5–6). Jesus taught from Genesis as fact.
The Genesis account of creation is essential to the Christian faith, human value, the need for salvation, the institution of marriage, and understanding the cause and order of the universe. The creation account in Genesis agrees with science with no contradiction. Christians need not reconcile secular theories with a non-literal understanding of Genesis. Those who trust Christ must trust His words as Jesus attested to God’s creation of man and woman “from the beginning of creation.” In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.