The truth that God is Creator of the universe is key to understanding His nature, and from that, why we need a Savior. In fact, it’s the need for a Savior that is paramount to proclaim, so the church needs to have a correct understanding of how these things relate as we present God’s truths to the world. Here is one place to start thinking about this:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
This points out one of the key aspects of our message to the world: we are to be witnesses of Him. Initially, the early church witnessed to His resurrection, but eventually more than that. It is a key part of proclaiming the Gospel.
But in fact, this idea did not start in Acts. Rather, it has always been God’s expectation for His people. Even in Genesis, back to the actions of Abraham’s servant (Genesis 24:48). And the idea of proclaiming Him runs all through the Psalms. Israel was to be God’s representative to all the nations, and this included telling of His actions in their lives.
A key aspect of all these threads is the truth that witness is based on personal experience. This stems from the fact that we are to live in personal relationship with Him, not abstract recognition. The testimonies in both the Old and New Testaments reflect this, so it is a fundamental part of nearly all Scripture.
With one exception: The creation account in Genesis 1:1-2.3.
The account of creation at the beginning of Genesis is the only thing in Scripture that absolutely could not have had a human witness, and so this is the only thing for which the model of personal witness cannot apply. Although Acts 1:8 can be generalized to apply to the rest of Scripture, it does not apply here.
And yet, proclamation of a particular perspective of this specific passage has become a cornerstone of the church’s message today. It seems that more people know what the church says about the age of the earth, than why they need a Savior.
This seems like an enormous disconnect between God’s heart and the church’s aggressive actions. (We’re actually building museums dedicated to a young-earth paradigm!) Am I missing something, or does anyone else see something wrong with this picture?