So, evolution, cosmology, the environment, harvest yields and ecological doom â€“ we may think of any of these things when we hear the word â€œcreationâ€, but â€“ to the point â€“ none of them, in fact, is the essential note that should sound when Christians hear the word â€œcreationâ€. When Christians hear the word â€œcreationâ€, 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 â€œmaker of heaven and earthâ€ (as the creeds put it) creates a world.
God does not need a world, as if the world fills a gap in Godâ€™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 â€“ what creationists donâ€™t get â€“ â€œCreation isnâ€™t a [scientific] theory of how things startedâ€ â€“ however close we ever get to the moment of the Big Bang, it will tell us absolutely nothing about creation â€“ rather creation is a way of seeing everything that is in relation to God, not only back then but always and forever.