Creation is grace: a Harvest Festival sermon

by Richard on October 7, 2007

By Kim Fabricius

So, evolution, cosmology, the environment, harvest yields and ecological doom – we may think of any of these things when we hear the word “creation”, but – to the point – none of them, in fact, is the essential note that should sound when Christians hear the word “creation”. When Christians hear the word “creation”, the first sound that should ring, sing in our minds is grace. Creation is grace! And that is because creation, in Christian teaching, is an act of sheer divine generosity. Out of nothing, and not for any reason but only from love and for love, God, the “maker of heaven and earth” (as the creeds put it) creates a world.

God does not need a world, as if the world fills a gap in God’s being, as if God would be the less without a world, or as if God were under obligation or constraint to create. On the contrary, if God did not make a world, God would still be the same God, no less the God that God eternally is in beauty and glory as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That God creates is not a law of nature, it is a completely free and gratuitous decision and act. And, further – what creationists don’t get – “Creation isn’t a [scientific] theory of how things started” – however close we ever get to the moment of the Big Bang, it will tell us absolutely nothing about creation – rather creation is a way of seeing everything that is in relation to God, not only back then but always and forever.

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dh 10.08.07 at 12:57 am

When I think of creation I don’t think of evolution. It doesn’t even come to mind in any way at all.

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Eugene McKinnon 10.08.07 at 4:08 am

Relax DH. The point is about grace not evolution. Creation is grace. Jean Calvin even mentioned that the reason why God created the earth and heavens in six days was to make provision for humanity. That’s what Kim’s getting at.

Eugene

Now I’m off to enjoy one of the turkeys that I raised for Canadian Thanksgiving.

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Kim 10.08.07 at 6:59 am

Yeah, your Thanksgiving is on Monday October 8th. Have a great one, Eugene!

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dh 10.08.07 at 4:04 pm

Eugene, I’m relaxed. I agree with the point of the article. I just was pointing out the differences I have on the first sentence. Kim, I forgot to mention that it appears that I like and agree with what you said here. However, I do think that Creationists agree with “rather creation is a way of seeing everything that is in relation to God, not only back then but always and forever.” they just also include the “scientific (truth) of how things started”. This isn’t a mutually exclusive concept.

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dh 10.08.07 at 4:08 pm

Well readin this from Rowan Williams kind of concerned me ““It means that each one of us is already in a relationship with God before we’ve ever thought about it. It means that every object or person we encounter is in a relationship with God before they’re in a relationship of any kind with us. And if that doesn’t make us approach the world with reverence and amazement, I don’t know what will.” I believe that not everyone is in a relationship with God. We all know about how sin seperates one from God and with the sin of Adam and Eve that “relationship” became seperated and thus by Faith in God we receive “relationship with God”. So I can’t agree with this statement.

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Eugene McKinnon 10.08.07 at 5:35 pm

Humanity is separated from God, not the other way around. God still interacts with humanity even when humanity is dead in its sinful state. Prevenient grace or common grace. The grace by which the rain falls on the atheist farmer’s crop and the Christian neighbour’s crop. And then there is the terms like fate, fortune, and luck. Calvin argued that was humanity grasping at straws over God’s providence.

I think the best analogy is the distant relative who still sends envelopes of money, but we fail to write back because we don’t really know who this person really is.

Eugene

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dh 10.08.07 at 5:49 pm

Eugene, thanks for the clarification. These concepts of Grace is what I was trying to get at the question being “What type of Grace one is thinking about?”. Many people would interpret the original post as being Grace for Salvation and my response to that was directed to that. Your clarification is more appropriate than mine in that one must first define what the “Grace” is being refered to. In my opinion the “Grace of creation” is what you stated. Which in my mind is seperate from the Grace made available to all but not entered into by all (aka the Grace of salvation for eternal life). Thanks Eugene for pointing out correctly all of the many aspects of Grace. I still believe that there is still a form of seperation from God due to Holiness and lack thereof that is a partial disagreement with your reply. I believe it is a combination of us seperating ourselves from God and God sperated from us even with His interaction with all. His interaction with all is partial Grace but not the full Grace if one is a Believer. Does that make sense? I still appreciate your clarification in that the concept of Grace is multifaceted. To me the most important ofrm of Grace is the redemption by our Faith in Christ made available to all as being the most important. That doesn’t downplay all of the other forms of Grace God makes with humanity but shows what is most important.

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