Christian Account of Creation and Fall

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Plantinga wrote that the Christian account of creation is unique in that it does not depict the world as originating as a byproduct of a cosmic conflict, but rather deliberately and ex nihilo – out of nothing – created by the will and at the spoken command of a good and all-powerful Creator. According to Genesis, God created the world in six days, including the human man and woman who he created in his image. On the seventh day, God rested because the Sabbath “sanctifies or sets apart the creation as very good and hallows God as its benevolent Creator.”

A Christian account of creation can be described as, “In the beginning God.” This represents God’s creation at a particular time. Genesis 1:1 portrays this very statement. As Christians, we account for the days of creation that the Bible states as “it was evening and it was morning. Man was created on the last day as the highlight of God’s creation. When God was finished with the creation of man, he stated “it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). This all affirms that man was not an accident but the direct creation of God.

Christians’ account of the “fall” involved man being placed in the garden (Adam and Eve) and giving the opportunity to obey God, leading humanity in eternal blessing. Adams’s loyalty and obedience failed God’s test due to Adam’s participation in sin. Adam and Eve gave in to Satan’s temptation and ate the forbidden fruit. Even though Eve was deceived, Adam’s participation made Adam the first sinner (Roman. 5:12-21).

The nature of humanity and our fallen condition separated us from God. Adam and Eve broke the communion and fellowship with God. From that point on, man has been corrupt in many ways. We have a nature to hurt others instead of building them up. We tend to hate, murder, steal and disobey every law that God gave.  

Evil takes a variety of forms. Natural Evil occurs when natural forces oppress and devour innocent victims, such as tornadoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes wreak havoc on communities. Moral Evil, which occurs when acts perpetrated by accountable moral agents result in suffering. The best available defense for the Problem of Evil is the “free-will defense.” God desired that moral creatures freely respond to God-that is, in love, of which freedom is a necessary condition. Because we have free will, that allows us to love, but also the opportunity to do Evil.

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