CREATION AND FALL

To speak about “creation” or “devil” or “sin” in our world today seems like a Medieval talk. Yet Genesis can be taken as history; the suffering around us must have a better explanation than just a lack of chance… And we believe there is hope for something much better!

Ekkehardt Mueller
Adventist Theologian
"Neither evolution nor creation can be proven scientifically. Even though we do not have all the evidence to support divine creation, we do not need to postulate blind faith. The doctrine of creation is clear from the Word of God and remains the best explanation for the origin of life. It also provides a satisfying and harmonious biblical worldview."

Part 1. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY CREATION?

We believe that God is our Creator.

The first book of the Bible – Genesis – tells us that God created first the heavens and the earth. That’s the first line of the Bible! (Take it as a fact: the Scriptures never prove God’s existence, they just affirm it.)

As simple as you read it, God created everything on our planet in seven days, He made all things in six days and on the seventh He rested with His creation. God’s first words sounded like an invitation to something amazing: “let there be light!” (remember, from a previous lesson, that “God is light”). Then, by words only, He separated light and darkness, heaven and earth, water and land. He later filled all these spaces with life and made everything by design – plants over the earth, fish of the water, birds of the air, all creatures on the land.

As a crown of creation, God made man and woman, as we’ve read on a previous lesson. We as humans were made into His likeness, to reflect His image. The Bible describes each of Creation days ending with the evaluation “it was good” and culminating, on the seventh day, with the perfect score: “everything was very good” (Genesis 1). 

You see, if “everything was very good” (and no death around), then such a report definitely excludes any idea of million years evolution, with deaths (survival of the fittest), catastrophic events and random happenings…

Perfect harmony, joy and peace, freedom and amazing opportunities to grow – intelligent design. That’s Creation as the Bible tells it.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT CREATION?

It is time to take your Bible and read some paragraphs and even full chapters. We recommend again to highlight some of these verses in your Bible, as they are indeed relevant to the topic.

Genesis 1 & 2
Psalms 104
Psalms 33:6, 9
Psalms 19:1-6
Job 38 to 41
Exodus 20:8-11

90 SECONDS VIDEO - CREATION

IN ONE PARAGRAPH

CREATION

God has revealed in Scripture the authentic and historical account of His creative activity. He created the universe, and in a recent six-day creation the Lord made “the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” and rested on the seventh day. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of the work He performed and completed during six literal days that together with the Sabbath constituted the same unit of time that we call a week today. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world was finished it was “very good,” declaring the glory of God.

Apostle Paul
Christian Pioneer
“What can be known about God is plain to them [humans] because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”

Part 2. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY FALL?

With freedom came responsibility. Adam and Eve were to multiply, to care for the Garden of Eden and to continue to reflect God’s image and acts in everything they do. And they did that, for a while.

However, one day came when they listened to another voice… The voice of someone who doubted God’s character. The Bible identifies Satan as the mastermind behind the serpent who spoke to them (see Revelation 12:9 – in a future lesson we will study about the great controversy between good and evil, between Christ and Satan). Tempted, Adam and Eve followed their own instincts and disobeyed God’s word. Their eyes were opened now to see a dark side of what life on earth could be. What came next was shame, hiding, lying, accusing. Later they would feel more of pain, suffering and cry. The future generations and the entire world came to new terms, from freedom to the burden of a curse, from love to hate, from life to death.

That is our condition even today. This is fall into sin – not simply lawless acts, but a continual and degrading state of being. From carrying and reflecting God’s perfect image, humans came to carry the marks and the wounds of sin to their graves.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FALL?

We turn again to the Bible as out handbook. Please check for yourself the following Bible texts and let the Word inform you.

The last verses will take you toward the solution God provided for us – salvation through Jesus Christ. 

Genesis 3
Romans 1:18-32
Psalms 51
Acts 17:24-31
Romans 7:14-25
Ephesians 2:1-8

90 SECONDS VIDEO - HUMANITY

IN ONE PARAGRAPH

FALL INTO SIN

Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment.

Apostle Paul
Christian Pioneer
“All, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. [...] All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
We're done.

HOMEWORK

For this Bible Study Class (BSC), as you’ve seen thus far, you are required to read from the Bible. It’s our handbook! Of course, it’s up to you when you do it, how you do it, what version of the Bible will you use.

Remember how we started this lesson?

To speak about “creation” or “devil” or “sin” in our world today seems like a Medieval talk. Yet Genesis can be taken as history; the suffering around us must have a better explanation than just a lack of chance… And we believe there is hope for something much better!”

We invite you to read for Essentials #04 – Creation and Fall from two Bible books (not too many chapters, yet compact sections). The pictures are linked to BibleHub where you can start your reading in a favourite version.

From the Old Testament you are to read Genesis, first 11 chapters. You will discover Moses’ writings about Creation, Fall, first generations on earth, the Flood and dispersion of nations after the event at the Tower of Babel.

From the New Testament you are to read the first three chapters of Romans. You will discover Paul’s perspective (the Christian perspective) regarding the fall of humanity and God’s solution – the righteousness of Christ.

Take the Quiz!

RECOMMENDED HELPS & TOOLS

We will recommend different helps and tools, resources in various formats, to facilitate your experience with the topic you’re focusing into. Some of the study resources will be free, some are paid – all are valuable. Of course, they are optional.

Note: all questions in the coming quiz have their answers in the lesson itself and in the two Bible books required for reading (not in the helps, tools and resources).

We Believe
We Believe is presented as a handy study guide format–a thorough, in-depth study of Bible lessons, using questions and answers, true-or-false questionnaires, and simple illustrations and stories to help every member understand the main points of our faith. Whatever the stage of your spiritual journey, no matter your level of maturity, you are bound to appreciate our beliefs more after reading this richly informative book.
What We Believe (for teens)
Using stories and ancedotes that will appeal to early teens, Seth Pierce helps teens realize that our Adventist beliefs are actually amazing insights into a loving God who knows us better than we know ourselves. This fourth book in the Seventh-day Adventists Believe series is a comprehensive treatment of all twenty-eight fundamental beliefs of our church.
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Tens of millions of people are using the Bible App™ to make God's Word a part of their daily lives. Download the free app and access your bookmarks, notes, and reading plans from anywhere. Enjoy hundreds of versions, including audio, all on your mobile device.
The Word of Promise
The Word of Promise is an audio Bible, dramatized by an all-star cast of actors, including Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Richard Dreyfus as Moses, and over 600 actors contributing to this timeless work. This audio Bible is produced with state of the art audio technology, including sound effects and an original musical score. This is a new experience in audio Bibles like none before. Take a listen today!

RESOURCES FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS

Here are some resources for advanced students. For those who might wonder how come we haven’t touched the subject of Big Bang, evolution or other proposed theories to explain the beginnings. We think these articles and resources would be indeed helpful and open new horizons.

Resources (articles, audio, video)

Articles

Articles & videos

Is Genesis history?

For many resources in different forms (articles, videos, interviews) please visit Is Genesis History?

Articles

Fall into sin

Sin and Salvation in Genesis 3Jiří Moskala

Why did God create the world in six days, and not in millions of years? – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

Why did God create? – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

Creation – Ekkehardt Mueller

Books worthwhile to read on evolution-creation debate – Tim Standish and Clinton Wahlen

Atheists in Old Testament – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez