Kenneth Keathley: Creation Is Essential To Understand God’s Truth
We are aware that evangelicals like yourself attach great significance to an intellectual and scientific effort against evolution theory. We appreciate your valuable efforts to this end. Could you kindly explain the reasons why evangelical Christians find this to be so important?
Evangelicals believe that the doctrine of creation is literally the foundational doctrine by which we understand all other truths. Because the scripture begins with “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And with the doctrine of creation, we understand who God is and our relationship to Him and what is the purpose and role that creation has in His great plan. We believe that the Bible teaches us, that there is a grand narrative, a great story of creation, fall, redemption and than ultimate consummation. And so you have to have the first chapter that story correct in order to understand the rest of the story. So we believe that the heavens and the earth were created by a good God and that the pinnacle of His creation is man and woman, and we were created in His image. We rebelled against Him and that we joined the satanic rebellion against God. We fell, and now in front of a holy God found guilty. But we have found redemption through Jesus Christ who will someday come back to rule and reign. And we look forward to his return. So the doctrine of creation is essential for evangelicals to understand the great story of God’s great work of redemption.