Does BioLogos Believe that God is the creator?
Last month we premiered the first video in a new introductory series about the basic elements of the BioLogos perspective on origins. Today we release the second of these videos, which addresses the question, “Don’t you Believe God is the Creator?” The short answer to this is, “Yes we do!” Too often the debate over origins is framed as “Creation vs. Evolution” as though you can’t believe in both. But “creation” can mean lots of different things. In this video we illustrate some of these and conclude that it is perfectly compatible to assert that God is the “who” of creation and evolution is one of the “how’s” of creation. Watch it here or on our YouTube channel, then explore the next steps on this topic below.
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Does BioLogos believe that God is the creator? Yes, all Christians believe this. The question is how did God create? Colossians 1:16 says that all things were created by God through Christ. But notice that if we really take God to be the creator of all things, we must admit there are many ways that God creates.
Did God create the building you’re sitting in? We don’t believe that God said, “Let there be a building” and it popped into existence out of nothing. Instead people built it out of materials that ultimately traced their origin to God in his creation “ex nihilo.”
How about the Hawaiian Islands? Did God create these? Yes but again they didn’t appear all at once. Even today you can go to the big island and see lava pouring out into the sea and adding to the land. The Hawaiian Islands are still being created and it’s not too difficult to reason out how this same process worked in the past.
What about you and me? Did God create us? Yes but our parents also had something to do with it, right? And we now understand the biology of how it works and it doesn’t at all take away from the miracle that God knit us together in our mother’s womb.
We who hold to the perspective of evolutionary creation think these same kinds of considerations apply to life on the planet today. We affirm that God is the Creator of all it. Like the creation of the building, God is the ultimate source of all materials. And like the Hawaiian Islands, we can observe how life develops over time through natural processes. And like the creation of people, understanding the scientific explanation does not detract from the wonder of God’s involvement.
We believe God is the Creator. We also believe the evidence shows that the process of evolution is the best explanation for how God created.