The God Who Is There
Written By D. A. Carson
Chapter One: “The God Who Made Everything”
- Rise of biblical illiteracy
- Bible: collection of Christianity’s foundation documents
- Bible is a diverse collection of documents
- The Bible reveals “the God who is there”
- Record of the creation of the universe by God
- God creates an orderly world and fills it with living creatures
- The climax of God’s creation is human beings, made in His image
Genesis 1-2 & Science
- More ambiguity in the interpretation of these chapters than some Christians recognize
- More ambiguity in claims of science than some scientists realize
- Challenge of “irreducible complexity” points to Designer
- “However complex the debates over Genesis 1-2…there is an irreducible minimum that these chapters must be saying for the Bible to have any coherence at all…”
Some Things about God
- God simply is.
- God made everything that is non-God.
- There is only one of Him.
- God is a talking God.
- Everything God makes is good.
- God comes to an end of his creative work, and he rests.
- The creation proclaims his greatness and glory.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1, NIV)
Some Things about People
- We are made in the image of God.
- In a finite way, we reflect God.
- Capacity to work
- Capacity to rule
- Capacity to serve as God’s stewards
- We were made male and female.
- The man and his wife were innocent.
Some things about How Genesis 1-2 Fits into the Bible
- Form necessary background to Gen. 3 and rest of Bible
- Doctrine of creation recurs throughout the rest of the Bible and finds fulfillment in “new creation”
- Shapes our worldview
- Grounds human accountability