The creation account raises many disputed issues about the origin of the earth. Many Christians become passionate when discussing the finer details of these issues, assuming that anyone who disagrees with their stance is intellectually naïve or untrue to Scripture. The conversations can get tense in a hurry.
While the finer details of these discussions matter, we need to consider a larger question as we study the creation account in Genesis: Why was this passage written? Concerning the creation of the universe in Genesis, it seems rather obvious that the author, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, never intended to answer many of our questions. Much more important to him and for us is the notion that God created, and He did it by the power of His spoken word.
What unites us is much more critical than what threatens to divide us here. And what unites us is our affirmation that we are all part of God’s glorious creation—a creation that He spoke into existence and a creation He sovereignly rules over with love, grace, mercy, and justice.
How would unity on God as the Creator of all things benefit the world?
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’ ” Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)