Science and Faith Pt. 2
In reference to ‘science and faith’ we learn two very important things from the ancient creeds (getting to them below). The Creeds represent the universally agreed upon doctrines of the church. These beliefs are rooted in the apostle’s doctrine and expounded in the centuries to follow in creedal like statements. These ‘creeds’ are helpful guides for staying true to the ancient faith.
Here is what the Apostles and Nicene Creeds say on ‘creation.’
Apostles Creed “I believe in God the Father Almighty; Maker of heaven and earth.”
Nicene Creed “I believe in one God the Father Almighty; Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.”
One thing we learn is positive and the other is negative.
1. Positive – God created everything, both see and unseen.
2. Negative – We are not told ‘how’ he created it.
The historical church of Jesus Christ, that church which brought forth and canonized our Bible, laid down the lines for necessity and freedom. The necessity for Christian believers is believing that God did in fact do the creating. Christians are free to come to their own conclusions as to ‘how’ God did the creating.
Some people may question why the Creeds did not mandate a particular view of ‘how’ God created the heavens and the earth. However, studying the history of the both the church and ancient Israel, there has been universal disagreement on ‘how’ God did the creating. Thus, if the historical church allowed freedom on the issue, why can’t we?
There is an ancient phrase which seems to apply here. On Essentials Unity, Non-Essentials Liberty, and in All Things Charity. The ancient church saw that it was essential to believers that God created all things and at the same time allowed liberty to Christians as to how they thought God chose to do the creating.
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