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Part 9: The Creation of Humanity (2)–Genesis 1:24-31

Covenant Presbyterian Church https://www.cov-pres.org

In the preface of his book Genesis in Space and Time Francis Schaeffer warns against reading the opening chapters of Genesis as nothing more than a religious “upper-story.” That is, Schaeffer was warning against the trend in contemporary theology to read the creation account as merely a religious tale meant to teach certain truths while allowing “any sense of truth in regard to history and the cosmos to be lost.” He states that, “without a proper understanding of [the Genesis account of creation] we have no answer to the problems of metaphysics, morals or epistemology, and furthermore, the work of Christ becomes one more upper-story ‘religious’ answer.” If the Genesis account of creation is regarded as too supernatural to take as actual history then what is keeping us from making the same judgment about what the Bible teaches about our Lord?

The question that mankind has been asking for generations is “Who am I?” What is it that sets apart humanity from the rest of the living creatures? Is it only time, mutation, and chance? Are those factors the only substantive difference between mankind and horseshoe crabs? A chance beginning in the primordial muck cannot explain consciousness, personality, and relationships. It cannot explain the religious impulse, societal organization, and culture building. Humans via natural selection cannot explain the works of Homer, Mozart’s Requiem, or Caravaggio’s portrait of David. Humanity, like the rest of creation stands as constant witness to the works of “God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”

Only the Genesis account of creation can explain the uniqueness of the human creature. Only by God’s sovereign act of bringing forth the man and woman in the way described in God’s Word can we uphold the inherent dignity and worth of humanity from conception until natural death. And only by way of the Genesis account can men and women understand themselves to be worshipping beings designed by God, for God.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:14-17)

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