Explain how the Bible shows God as the creator?
The theistic view of the God the creator can be seen within the passages and stories written in the bible. The Judaeo- Christian belief is that everything has been created; therefore there must have been a creator, this creator is God. This is reflected in the Bible and is similar to William Paley’s design argument.
Firstly, within genesis 1:1 it sates ‘In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.’ This clearly reveals God created the earth as an omnipotent power. As we read on God commands there to be light, he shapes the earth, and creates the animals and birds. The Bible explores the idea that God created everything and brought the earth into being. This can be depicted also in the Latin phrase ‘creatio ex nihilo’ meaning creation from nothing; exhibited within Genesis. Within the second Genesis we are told God created humans: Adam and Eve. This story links in with another quote depicting God as having a ‘strong right arm’ and as a ‘King.’ God is shown as a creator within this line as the aspects of God described are also human characteristics, an anthropomorphic statement. The fact that we have likeliness to God explains he created us such like father; a son bears likeliness to his father.
God the creator is also compared to a craftsman, clearly highlighted within Job 38. God is explained to be a designer who laid the very foundations of the earth, crafting the pillars on which the earth stands. This reveals that God is a precise and caring creator who carefully crafted the earth and the stars. Furthermore within genesis two God is depicted as creating Adam from the earth’s dust. This image relates perhaps to a potter carefully crafting and modeling clay into shape. Therefore God is revealed as a craftsman creating his art in the image of himself.
As well as this the Bible depicts God as a controlling creator having ultimate high power over the earth. Within Isaiah 40: 22 God is described as sitting above the earth having the power to reduce a prince to nothing. We can see here God is a detached creator ‘high’ above the earth, an eternal
figure outside of time and space. This contrasts to the story told within Genesis two in which God is referred to as walking in the Garden of Eden, highlighting that God is a transcendent and omnipresent creator and does have a certain attachment with his creations.
In addition, God is referred to as a ‘Causa Sui’ within the Bible meaning something, which is generated within itself. This exhibits the fact that God is an omnipotent and immanent creator who is infinite and outside of this world. Similar to Augustine’s statement that time itself is of the created world, so when God comes into this world time doesn’t affect him. To elaborate on the idea of ‘creatio ex nihilo’ one could suggest that the Bible supports this view within Genesis. The fact that ‘God’s spirit hovered over a formless void’ infers that there was nothing before the earth. Therefore God must be omnipotent and omniscient in order to create something from nothing as this goes against the laws of physics. One can link this with the theory of the Big Bang as this was sparked from nothing.
Lastly, God is revealed as a creator through thought and command highlighting his ultimate power over all creatures. The fact that God only had to say, “Let there be…” reveals that through his thoughts life can be generated. This is similar to Plato’s world of forms, in which true knowledge and objects can be found. Also this infers that God is a pure and eternal creator who has a relationship with humans, constantly challenging them to reach the truth.