Why Creation Should Be Taken Literally

The fact that the story of creation is to be taken literally, and not as a metaphor is something that I hope to simply show in this post. Our understanding of Creation has direct parallels to the condition of the world around us today.  In fact in 2 Peter 3:3-7 it says,

“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

These verses remind us that the people in the world around us think that the life that they lead today will continue as it did yesterday and as it will tomorrow and yet these verses say that,

“By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

These verses also remind us of the urgency that we should have to spread the Good News of the gospel to all that we can and to whom the Holy Spirit prompts us to speak to.

However, I just want to lay down why believing in God’s account of creation literally, is so important to our faith.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 says,

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

In other words, what is written in Genesis and the rest of the Bible, God gave as a true account of how the world was created. Our triune God and the angels were, after all, the only witnesses to the amazing events of creation.

God spoke and things were created, time, matter, space, water, the atmosphere, etc. Psalm 33:6 & 9 states,

“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth…..For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”

Colossians 1:16–17 also states,

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers, all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

Hebrews 11:3 says,

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

Therefore, biblical creation was a supernatural event. Scripture is clear that God created the world and the heavens (i.e. the universe) above. If we do not believe that God literally created these things then we compromise on God’s Word and we stray into the beliefs similar as that of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Catholic Church who choose which parts of the Bible they believe in. Of course, if you start to pick and mix what you believe in then can you truly believe in the entire Bible?

I mention the Catholic Church only because the Vatican announced in 2009 that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is compatible with Christianity! See here.

The Bible is emphatically clear throughout scripture that God created all of creation.

Revelation 4:11,

“Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created”.

Jesus himself believed in the creation account as recorded in Mark 10:6,

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female”.

This also tells us that Jesus believed that Adam and Eve where created at the beginning of creation – not billions of years after the event.

So if Jesus believed in the literal account of creation and the whole of scripture agrees with this account then we also are challenged to examine scripture and agree with it.

One final point, Romans 8:20-22 says,

“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

In other words, creation itself is waiting for that Day when Christ Jesus Himself liberates it from the curse that sin brought into the world. That Day is coming soon, are you ready?

Just to summarize my main points:

  • Creation was created to worship God, and Man was created to have relationship with God
  • Jesus took the account of creation to be a literal event and scripture throughout agrees with itself that it was a literal event, not a metaphor
  • All of creation is yearning for that day when it will be able to fulfil its purpose, which it can’t at the moment because of Sin in the world

That Day, the day the Lord Jesus will come back, is coming soon and this encourages us that when Jesus does come back soon He alone will restore all things and make all things new – so we say ‘come Lord’!