Yesterday, the US, Britain and France launched a military attack against Syria in response to chemical weapons attacks against Syrian civilians believed to have been perpetrated by the Assad regime? Military action has divided public opinion here in the UK. Gone are the days when war and airstrikes were a convenient way for beleaguered governments to galvanise public support and distract attention from domestic politics. Continue reading
I want to say a few words now about how our Doctrine of Creation and the Fall affects our approach to Apologetics.
Creation reveals God and leaves us without excuse
This theme is picked up particularly by the Apostle Paul in Acts 14, Acts 17 and Romans 1. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas pray for a man to be healed and in response to this miracle, the locals are about to worship them as gods. Continue reading
Because we live in a good world which a good and purposeful God has made, this helps us to understand a little bit more about why we are here and what God has made us for.
The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Confession of Faith asks the question
“What is the Chief end of Man?” and the correct response is “To glorify God and enjoy him forever.”
This answer is rooted in the story of Creation. If God is purposeful, then we have a purpose too and our purpose relates to him. Continue reading
If Creation is an outflow of God’s greatness, then it also is an outflow and reflection of his goodness too. In Creation, we see God’s beauty, holiness and wisdom. For example, we see his holiness as God makes distinctions separating light from darkness, day from night, land from sea, sea from sky. This is the same God who will separate a people out for himself as a holy nation. This is also the God who, in his wisdom, creates an ordered and structured Universe. Continue reading
When we looked at who God is, we saw that God is great and sovereign. His sovereignty is seen in his independence. In John 5, we are told that both Father and Son have life within themselves. They are not dependent upon anything outside of themselves for their being, identity, status or value. Continue reading
Creation is an act of Revelation. As we saw in “How do I know?” God reveals who he is both through Special Revelation (Scripture, Christ) and General Revelation. Creation gives us General Revelation. Continue reading
So far, we have sketched out the story of Creation as we find it in Scripture and we have compared it to other Creation accounts, both historical and contemporary. Now, we can start to think through the implications of Creation. Continue reading