I believe that God created ex nihilo, or “from nothing,” as the basic definition of the bible word “create” (in Hebrew “bar’a”) suggests. “Bar’a” always has God as the subject of the verb and the item that is being created did not exist previous to God’s action of creation. Which means the universe has God as its preliminary cause and thus the universe had its purpose and design. This particular view sets the standard of our ethics. This also influences our views and meaning of life (euthanasia & abortion), our views on sexuality (homosexuality & pornography) Our core definition of marriage, our values, morals and ethics, our views on justice, and overall our trust in God’s word.
Driscoll’s article helped me understand that there are some views that can be acceptable in Christianity, but not all the ones the author is willing to accept. I personal...
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...d many to reject the accuracy of the scriptures. In conclusion, if you can believe Genesis 1:1, then the rest of the scripture is easy. All the miracles and signs or even the resurrection does not come close to the significant power and miracle of all of creation being formed just by God’s word from nothing.
Lewis, J.P. “The days of Creation: an historical survey of interpretation.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 32 (December 1989), 433–455.
Francis Brown, Samuel Rolles Driver and Charles Augustus Briggs, Enhanced Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, electronic ed. (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2000), 135.
Thomas E. Mccomiskey, “278 בָּרָא” In Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, ed. R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr. and Bruce K. Waltke, electronic ed. (Chicago: Moody Press, 1999), 127.
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