Creation & Providence
Consistent with a Theistic Creation theology, I maintain that Creation is not in conflict with science. I affirm a Biblical Creation Theology stating that God’s creation was purposeful, with the creation of mankind, in His image (Gen 1:27) at the pinnacle and that all that exists was created ex hihilo and is dependent on God’s continued work (i.e. providence) to maintain existence. God’s specific providence is indeed the foundation of preservation.
I believe that although all that exists was created by God and maintained by God, that evil in itself was not part of the creation but manifestation of the pendulum swinging oppositely when man chose against God. However, even the sinful actions by humans are part of God’s providence. God is not the cause of sin, but He can prevent it, permit it, direct it and limit it, as seen fully in the story of Job.
I propose a combination of Calvinism and Arminianism in my belief, declaring that because God is all powerful that He can control all things and that whether He chooses to incorporate human choice and freedom into His plan still maintains His divine control as the one who chooses to do so. While this is seemingly contradictory in presentation, I encourage the scripture of Isaiah 55 8-12 in reminding us, similarly to the paradox of Jesus being both fully human and fully divine, that God’s ways are not within our full understanding. This scripture also points to God’s divine power for all things to accomplish what He desires, and for man to go out, but also be led.
God’s divine government is universal, extending to all things, and all people, and it is good in all ways. Again, the emphasis being that we may not understand those ways as good because our ways are not His. God is purposely and personally concerned with those that are His, extending down to the very hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7). God’s government is sovereign, and as a Triune God, He (they) alone determines His plan.
Both prayer and miracles are aspects of God’s supernatural interaction with us. I maintain that prayer is imperative and implicit for the sake of relationship with God, and not intended to try to change the mind of God or intercede on fellow man’s behalf. As a two way conversation, prayer is not intended to impact God’s providence. Additionally, I hold firm to the idea that all of God’s interaction with us is supernatural because it is not of our nature. This includes both everyday occurrences (such as our continued heartbeat) and more widely declared “miraculous” events; although our hearts beating is no less of a miracle than that of God parting the Red Sea. It is all within His creation and divine providence.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
The Nicene Creed