Creation! The very word suggests something far beyond our capacity to adequately describe. We may speak of a person’s “creativity” by which is meant that the individual we are discussing, has a very strong imagination. They may use that imagination in various forms of art, or they may be a composer of poetry or music, or they may be a writer, or even an architect. In each case, their imagination is employed to rearrange existing material or concepts into a different form that we understood as “creative.” But, it is not creation in the sense in which that word is used in Scripture. Some may also think that a builder is one who creates. Again, they are simply making use of already existing material, and rearranging it according to some plan that they have, whether in a written format or in their minds as an unwritten plan.
The Scriptures do not speak of creation as rearranging pre-existing material. Instead, the Bible speaks of creation as bringing into existence things that did not exist at all prior to the act of God’s creation. For instance, consider the following:
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. . . . 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. . . . 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Gen. 1:1, 27; 2:1-3)
Notice that, in the very first few words of the Bible, we are introduced to God who brought things into existence that did not exist at all before He acted so as to create them. This includes mankind, as well as all other things of the universe. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. (Heb. 3:4) Please notice that, in this passage, a clear contrast is presented between a builder who uses material to build a house, and God who made all things! Where were those things before God acted? In passage after passage, the Scriptures are clear to affirm the creative power of God in bringing things into existence from nothing at all, except His own creative power (see Heb. 11:3; Rom. 4:17; Col. 1:16-17; John 1:1-3). Indeed, in Eph. 3:8-10, the apostle Paul says that “God . . . Created all things.”
Now, it is absolutely true that all things that exist are either: (1) self-created; (2) created by another; or (3) uncreated. We must eliminate no. 1 because such existing things would have had to exist prior to their bringing themselves into existence. This is absurd and self-contradictory. This leaves only the other two options. To be created by another means that such things are contingent and finite. To be contingent means to be dependent on something or someone else for existence. To be finite means to be limited in one’s existence (such as having a beginning and an end, etc.). Atheists have for many years asserted that it is the universe that is eternal. The reason for this is that something has had to exist in order to explain other existing things in the universe. If one denies God, then he is left with an eternal universe. The problem with this is that, we can’t add up an incredibly large number of contingent and finite beings and somehow come up with an independently existing and infinitely existing universe, any more than a large number of wood pieces that are combined to form a table makes the finished product something other than wood! Something has to explain why we exist at all. That something (or, somebody) is an independently existing, infinite Being that we call God! This is the only conclusion that even makes sense. Scripture everywhere speaks of this Creator as the One responsible for all things that now exist in this universe. Indeed, 6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. . . . 9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Ps. 33:6, 9)