Basics of Biblical Creation

What are the basics of creation according to the Bible? Did God create the universe in seven literal days? Why is believing so important?

Day One: God the Creator
The scriptural teaching on the origin of the universe is found in Genesis 1:1, which states that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth...
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Day Two: The Biblical Creation Story
The basic creation story is found in Genesis 1 and 2, with the account of the Garden of Eden in chapter 3. Genesis 1 begins before the existence of anything except God Himself...
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Day Three: The Tree of Knowledge
God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve a choice to obey Him or disobey Him. Adam and Eve were free to do anything they wanted, except eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil...
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Day Four: The Tree of Life
The tree of life, referred to in Genesis, is the symbol of God's provision for immortality in the Garden of Eden...
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Day Five: The Importance of Biblical Creationism
Asking why biblical creationism is important is like asking why a foundation is important to a building. Biblical creationism is foundational to the Christian faith. Christianity is established in the book of Genesis chapter one, with "In the beginning God created..."
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Day Six: Jesus the Creator
Genesis 1:1 says that "God created the heavens and the earth." Then, Colossians 1:16 gives the added detail that God created "all things" through Jesus Christ. The plain teaching of Scripture, therefore, is that Jesus is the Creator of the universe...
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Day Seven: Creation ex nihilo
Ex nihilo is Latin for "from nothing." The term "creation ex nihilo" refers to God creating everything from nothing. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). Prior to that moment there was nothing...
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Day Eight: The Days of Creation
The creation account is found in Genesis 1–2. The language of the Genesis account makes it clear that all of creation was formed from nothing in six literal 24-hour periods with no time periods occurring between the days...
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Day Nine: The Breath of Life
The climax of God's creative work was His extraordinary creation of man. "The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being" (Genesis 2:7)...
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Day Ten: The Firmament
The "firmament" (from the Latin firmamentum, meaning "sky" or "expanse") is mentioned 17 times in the King James Version of the Bible and refers to the expanse of the heavens above the earth...
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Day Eleven: The Garden of Eden
The only thing the Bible tells us concerning the Garden of Eden's location is found in Genesis 2:10-14, "A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters...
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Published 10-21-15