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Explain how the Bible shows God as Creator

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´╗┐Perlie Mong Explain how the Bible shows God as Creator. In the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, the story of Creation is told. Genesis 1 tells us how God has created the universe in seven days. God started the Creation by creating light on the first day. Humans were created on the sixth day and God rested on the seventh day. In Genesis, God is depicted as an all-powerful (omnipotent) creator. He is more powerful than any human creator because he created everything out of nothing (creatio ex nihilo). This idea is demonstrated in Genesis 1:1, ?In the beginning God created heavens and earth.? God had also created time and space itself in the Creation- that was the beginning of the Universe. There was simply nothing before that. God is that only eternal being/ matter; therefore God is unique. However, some parts of the Bible seem to suggest that God did not create everything out of nothing, but shaped pre-existing, unformed matter as a craftsman, as written in Genesis 1:2 ?God?s spirit hovers over the formless void and the chaos of the waters and controls it.? However, other Christians, such as theologian Irenaeus of Lyons, argued against the view. ...read more.

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The Creation is an ongoing process that will never end. He famously said that, ?Let us believe that God works constantly, so that all creative things would perish if his work was withdrawn.? God created everything with effortless creativity and imagination, bringing the Universe into existence just as a skilled craftsman brings a piece of artwork into existence. Creation is a free act of God, not out of any necessity. God knows exactly what he wants when he creates everything. Therefore everything that exists has its special purpose. The Bible often uses anthropomorphic languages to demonstrate this idea, for example, in Isaiah 64:8, God is depicted as a potter, ?We are the clay; you are the potter.? In Genesis and Psalms, God is depicted almost as an artist, especially in his work with the skies, the stars, the valleys and mountains. These biblical verses convey the ideas of purpose, planning and a deliberate intention to create. Just as a craftsman is responsible for his work, God is responsible for the Universe and everything that exists within it. Nothing could have existed without God willing it into existence. Since God continues to be involved in his creation after the Creation is completed, it is clear that God connects immanently with his creation. ...read more.

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This idea is demonstrated in Romans 11:33 ?Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!? God, as a Creator, is also omnibenevolent. He genuinely cares for his creation and loves it. He created the Universe in a way that every creature he created could live in harmony with each other. People and animals alike are given plants to eat. Animals did not kill each other for food, and the human domination of the animal kingdom is limited; they can rule the animals, (Genesis 1:29 ?Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every living creature that moves on the ground.?) but the Bible does not say that they can eat them. God cares for and provides for every single creature that he created, including those seemingly insignificant ones. This idea is demonstrated in Matthew 6:26 ?Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.? In conclusion, the Bible presents God as a perfect Creator. God is described to have qualities such as omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence and omnibenevolence. God is also depicted as an intelligent designer who has clear plans for his creation. ...read more.

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