THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE
A STUDY BY
GARY RAY BRANSCOME
Although God’s creation of the world in six days is
an objective event which took place at a specific point in time, it has
a spiritual significance that transcends the actual event. That
significance stems from the fact that God’s act of creating us
determined who we are, as well as our relationship to Him. In other
words, the Biblical account of creation not only tells us why we are
accountable to God, but also that God did not create the sin in our
nature, and that sin entered the world only through man’s disobedience.
It is also significant to know that all men are descended from the same
parents, that all of the good things of the earth were created for our
enjoyment, and that marriage was intended to be a life long union
between one man and one woman. By giving us that information, the
Biblical record of creation lays the groundwork for both law and
THE LAW OF GOD
Since God created us, we are under His authority and
will be judged by His exacting standard (Psalm 100:3, Matthew 5:48).
Thus, His law is founded on the fact that He created us. However, the
law that He created us to keep is a reflection of His own nature, not
an arbitrary set of rules. In other words, He designed us to do what He
would do if He were in the same situation. Adam was a son of God, not
simply because God created him, but also because God imparted a certain
aspect of His own nature to him (Luke 3:38, Genesis 1:27). In saying
this, I am not saying that God imparted divinity to Adam. Adam was
human, not divine. What I am saying is that God imparted His righteous
nature to Adam. Consequently, Adam and Eve were not created with sinful
urges and desires, but instead were created in God's own image. In
short, their very nature was designed to be a reflection (image) of
God's nature — pure and free from sin (Genesis 1:27,31, Matthew 15:19,
Ephesians 4:24, James 4:1, Philippians 3:21, Romans 3:23). Therefore,
when Adam sinned he not only broke fellowship with God, he also ceased
to be a son of God. Sin changed his nature, and that altered nature has
been passed on to all of his descendants (Genesis 5:3). As a result,
our nature now reflects the rebellious image of Satan rather than the
sinless image of God, and we can only regain the divine image (and be
born anew as God’s children) through the forgiveness that is ours in
Christ Jesus (Genesis 5:3, John 8:44, Jeremiah 17:9, James 4:1, Romans
5:12-21, 1 Peter 1:23, James 1:18, John 1:11&13). [Note: Satan
could not get the best of Christ, because, unlike Adam, Christ not only
had God's righteous nature but also His divine nature.]
THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
Our view of life, the conclusions that we draw in
regard to life, and ultimately the worth that we ascribe to our own
life, will be determined to a great degree by our understanding of the
origin of life. If we see ourselves as mere matter formed by chance,
then we will tend to view our life as somewhat meaningless, and human
life in general as no more valuable than the matter of which it
consists. However, once we understand that we are God's special
creation, our life takes on a new meaning. The fact that God, “so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” gives purpose to
our existence (John 3:16).
Since God gave us life, He has every right to expect
our devotion and obedience (Jeremiah 18:1-6). In fact, giving our
worship to a false god would be like kicking our father out of the
house while claiming that something we made is our real father. Such
behavior would not only be depraved, it would be insane! Yet, without
the Biblical record of creation, such foolishness can seem perfectly
reasonable to the sin-darkened mind of man. Therefore, you can see that
the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me,” is
founded on the Genesis account of creation.
Likewise, the fact that God has given us life gives
obligates us to respect His name and use it respectfully. Such respect
is nothing more than kindness and common decency, and it is only
reasonable for God to expect it (Romans 12:1). Therefore, like the
first commandment, the second commandment is founded on the Genesis
account of creation.
When it comes to keeping the Sabbath day, the Bible
makes it clear that the seventh day was set apart because God ceased
from the work of creation on that day (Genesis 2:2,3, Exodus 20:9-11).
Moreover, our identification of that day with worship emphasizes the
fact that we worship the God who created all things in six days.
Just as God gave us life and provides for our needs,
His plan for our individual entry into the world included parents who
were intended to act in His stead, not only by giving us life but also
by providing for our needs. Therefore, the respect that we owe to our
parents stems from the fact that they are doing the will of God in
regard to His command, “be fruitful and multiply,” and have been His
instruments in giving us life and caring for our needs (Exodus 20:12).
In regard to murder, because God has given us life,
those who commit murder are attempting to override His authority. Also,
since man was originally created in God’s image, murder is rooted in
the satanic desire to destroy God. God’s law calls for capital
punishment as an act of divine judgment (Isaiah 14:12-14, Genesis 9:6,
Exodus 20:13, John 8:44).
This also applies to the rest of the commandments.
Adultery is an attack on God’s institution of marriage. Theft is an
attempt to deprive a person of that which God has given him. False
witness is of the devil, and was used by the devil to lead man into sin.
However, evolution leads to the opposite conclusion.
If evolution were true, man would no more be bound by rules of morality
than are dogs or horses. If evolution were true, taking a person's life
would be no worse than stepping on an ant, clipping a fingernail, or
breaking an icicle. If evolution were true, we would have no reason to
honor God, respect His name, or do His will.
Worse still, those who claim that God used evolution
are slandering Him by portraying Him (rather than Satan) as the one who
brought pain, suffering, and death (the survival of the fittest) into
the world. At the same time, by directing their worship to the author
of pain and suffering, those who claim that God used evolution are in
effect directing their worship to Satan. Therefore, I see theistic
evolution as a form of idolatry.
Going further, if we believe that God used lust and
the urge to kill to produce man, then it would follow logically that
lust and homicidal rage are godly and wholesome. It also would follow
that any commandment forbidding the gratification of lust and homicidal
rage would be a satanic interference with God's plan for advancing
evolution. Therefore, the murder of unborn babies, the handicapped, and
the elderly as well as the legalization of pornography, adultery, and
homosexuality follow logically once theistic evolution is accepted as a
basic premise. For that reason, I find it very difficult to regard
those who teach theistic evolution as brothers in Christ.
THE ORIGIN OF MARRIAGE
The knowledge that God created Adam from the dust of
the ground and afterward created Eve from one of his ribs is essential
to a responsible attitude toward sex, marriage, and family
relationships (Genesis 2:21-24). It is also basic to a healthy society
and a godly culture.
The record that God has given us makes it clear that
God intended for men and women to fulfill different roles in society
(Genesis 2:18). He expects men to bear the burden of leadership and the
responsibility for making many of the decisions. Nevertheless, that
fact does not mean that women are inferior, any more than the fact that
I cannot vote in Congress makes me inferior to those who do (Galatians
3:28). In fact, the desire on the part of some to belittle women is
rooted in sin, not in God's assignment of roles (Galatians 5:19:21).
Moreover, a wise leader never simply imposes his will upon others, but
instead works to elicit willing cooperation on the part of those he is
trying to lead (Ecclesiastes 10:12).
Everyone has a different role to fill in life.
Bakers, butchers, shoemakers, bricklayers, plumbers, and electricians
all have a different role. Furthermore, just as all of those roles work
together to make the world a better place, God expects a man and wife
to work together as a team. On one hand, He expects the husband to lead
the house and bear the primary responsibility for providing for the
family's needs. On the other hand, He expects the wife to play a key
role in caring for the family and training the children. Both roles are
important! In fact, because women play such an important role in
preparing the next generation of leaders and homemakers, how well the
wives and mothers of today do that job will determine the future
history of the entire nation. Therefore, Christian women have no reason
to feel inferior, but instead should feel honored by the role that God
has entrusted to them. They should realize that those who demean that
role have a distorted view of reality.
The Biblical view is neatly summed up by the old
saying. Woman was not taken from man's head that she should rule over
him, Nor was she taken from his heel that she should be trodden
underfoot. Instead, she was taken from man's side, that she should be
held close to a man's heart, cherished by him, and be a helpmate to him
(Genesis 2:18-24, Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:18-21, Ephesians
[For further reading on this topic I recommend the books, “The Way
Home” and “All The Way Home,” by Mary Pride, “Domestic Tranquility” by
F. Carolyn Graglia, and the books, “Earthly Images of the Heavenly
Bride (Women and the Church),” and “He Her Honour and She His Glory” by
The truth of man’s origin is not only basic to much
that we believe, but also to an entire way of life that has (over the
centuries) grown out of a desire to live and think in a way that is
consistent with God’s Word.
Because an artist who regards the beauty of creation
as God’s handiwork will seek to produce a work of beauty, Christian art
differs from much of the art in the world. In so saying, I am aware
that many Renaissance artists sought to emulate the art of pagan Greece
and Rome. Nevertheless, the art that is distinctively Christian tends
to lift up that which is high, wholesome, pure, and praiseworthy; while
pagan art is often demonic or pornographic (Philippians 4:8). Likewise,
the musician who strives for beauty and seeks to honor God will produce
tunes that are beautiful, and lyrics that are wholesome and uplifting
rather than sensual.
Since Christian scholars view creation as the
product of intelligent design, they have historically sought to
understand the divine principles that govern creation. In fact, Sir
Isaac Newton felt that he was simply, “thinking God's thoughts after
Him.” In contrast, the Australian Aborigines viewed themselves as a
part of nature, and so tended to drift with nature rather than applying
their minds to subdue it. Moreover, because evolution leads to the same
belief that the Aborigines held (the belief that men are just a part of
nature), it has an anti-scientific bent that is not often recognized.
That bent is behind much of the “environmentalist” anti-progressive
thinking, glorification of primitive lifestyles, and revival of
witchcraft that we see in the world.
Because Darwinian evolution emphasizes the survival
of the fittest, it can easily lead to the might-makes-right philosophy
of the communist party. In contrast, the Biblical account of man's
origin leads logically to the conclusion that every man is entitled to
the fruit of his labor, and that any attempt to rob him of the fruit of
his labor is wrong (Genesis 3:19).
In the same way, a Biblical knowledge of creation
leads us to view marriage as a divine ordinance, while realizing that
clothing should be designed to avoid stirring up lust. In contrast,
evolution leads men to see marriage as a superficial social convention,
while seeing nothing wrong with clothing that is designed to allure and
Because so many of the decisions that we make relate
to our view of origins, the Biblical record of creation is basic not
only to our view of God and morality, but also to our relations with
other people. It not only determines weather we regard others as mere
matter or as living souls created by God, but makes it clear that we
are all accountable to God for our choices. In short, creation leaves
no room for those who wish to blame their behavior on society or the
environment. We are all accountable to God.
1. What does the Biblical account of creation tell us?
2. What is the Law of God founded upon?
3. The Law of God is a reflection of what?
4. What is determined to a great degree by our understanding of the
origin of life?
5. What does the fact that God gave us life obligate us to do?
6. Evolution leads to what conclusions?
7. Why might theistic evolution be viewed as a form of Satan worship?
8. What conclusions follow logically once one accepts theistic
evolution as a basic premise?
9. The historical record of creation is basic to what?
10. What saying neatly sums up the Biblical viewpoint of the roles of
men and women?