The Sabbath and Creation

The Creation-Evolution debate can be reduced to questions of faith: Do you have faith in the ability of scientists to reach reliable conclusions about our origins on the basis of "scientific" evidence? Or, do you have faith in the reliability of the Bible story of Creation?

Some people see a possible middle ground between these two positions. They accept Theistic Evolution, a theory that accepts the existence of God but proposes that He used the process of evolution to "create."

Here is a brief look at Evolution:

Now let's look at the biblical view of Creation:

Here are a few points of comparison to illustrate the irreconcilable differences between theistic evolution and biblical creation:


Theistic Evolution

Billions of years of evolutionary development on Earth.

The biological world developed through Natural Selection.

The Sabbath may have physical, social, and religious value, but its connection to Creation is mythical and symbolic.

The fossil record proves that billions of creatures died in the Natural Selection process.

Death was a necessary mechanism in Natural Selection.

Death was a part of the natural order of things long before Adam and Eve sinned.
Biblical Creation

God created our world in one literal week. (Genesis 2:2)

God commanded, and it was done ("fiat creation&quote;). (Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24 and 26)

God blessed and sanctified the Sabbath, establishing it as the perpetual memorial to His literal six-day Creation.

The Flood was a world-wide catastrophe that accounts for the fossil record (Genesis 7:19-23).

The Creator is a God of love who cares for even the tiny sparrow (Luke 12:6). Such a God would not use suffering and death as His tools of Creation.

Death came as the result of sin (Romans 5:12).

Let's look more closely at that last point. Here's what the Bible says:

So here's a question we need to answer: Is sin the cause of human death only, or is it the cause of all death? The Bible provides the answer:

If death was really part of the natural order of things prior to the time of Adam and Eve, then the biblical account of the Fall is not historical fact. At best it's a fable with a good lesson, a morality tale meant to teach us that disobeying God is a bad thing.

If the Bible's record of how sin and death came into the world is not accurate—if we cannot accept it as factual—then what is the plan of salvation all about?

If death is not the penalty for sin, why did Jesus have to die for us?

Is His death only a good example of standing up for what you believe, no matter the cost?

Is the cross merely a vivid demonstration of forgiving your enemies?

Is the whole of His life and ministry simply meant to influence us to live better lives—and is that just another part of God's plan for man's evolution toward eventual perfection?

What does the Bible teach about all this?

These verses clearly teach that death is the consequence of sin, that Christ came to die for us, and that we can have eternal life if we believe in Him. He is our Savior, our Substitute, our Redeemer, our Deliverer.

Here is where the Sabbath comes back into our picture, tying together two concepts: Creation (Exodus 20:11) and Redemption (Deuteronomy 5:15).

The Sabbath speaks to us of our Creator, who made it part of a perfect world before sin entered the picture; and it speaks to us of our Redeemer, who has delivered us from bondage to sin and death. The Sabbath points us to the Holy One who sanctified it, consecrated it, separated it from the other days to make it His own; and it points us to Him who sanctifies us, making us His own people and transforming us by His presence.

In Revelation 14 the first of the three angels carries the message of an eternal gospel to the whole world, delivering an urgent invitation to all mankind. Notice the words of that invitation:

According to this verse, that invitation is tied chronologically to "the hour of His judgment." That's a reference to the pre-Advent judgment that must occur prior to the second coming of Christ.

The prophecy of Daniel 8 puts the beginning of that judgment in the 1840s. That's when the call to "worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters" was to go forth. (Interestingly, in that same time period Charles Darwin was developing his theory of the origin of the species.)

This call to worship uses the language of the Sabbath commandment—Creation language. It invites the people of earth to worship the Creator, and that means observing the Sabbath of Creation.

The proponents of Evolution—even those who believe in Theistic Evolution—rely on their interpretation of "scientific" evidence. That evidence leads away from a loving, benevolent Creator and contradicts the Genesis account of Creation.

Those who truly believe the Bible, who trust it without reserve, must be willing to ignore the theories and speculative conclusions of "science" and to distrust even the evidence of their own senses. By honoring the Sabbath they can tell the world that they believe the Bible and have faith in their Creator and Redeemer.