As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 4 titled “What is Creation.”
The Good Creation
God can delight in His creation because it gives Him glory. He delights in it.
- God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)
- For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude ; (1Timothy 4:4)
We are to enjoy the things God created for us. Although some things in creation can be used for sinful purposes, their potentially harmful use does not make them evil in all situations.
- For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10)
- Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. (1Timothy 6:17)
We should joyfully use the abundant earth God has given us and seek to develop it in a way that brings glory and honor to God’s name.