Explain how the bible portrays the creativity of God
God is said to have created the world from ex nihilo, which is creation from nothing. However within the first line of the bible it contradicts itself, it says that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” but then it goes onto say that “the spirit of God was hovering over the waters” if God created the world from ex nihilo then there would be no water for God to hover over.
God also doesn’t create the earth, he makes it into a more desirable form. Meaning he changes from a the creator of the universe to the designer of the universe. This makes God seem less impressive and stops him from being eternal.
On the second day God created “an expanse between the waters to separate water from water”, the security of the earth then depended upon God keeping the waters in check. Showing God as infinite and all powerful over creation.
On day three God named the plants that he had created. This shows great importance of God because in the old testament giving something a name was of great importance. Showing command that the namer, God, had over the named, the plants.
The fourth day saw the creation on the sun and the moon and the seasons. The sun, moon and stars exist to serve God, after all God did create them from ex nihilo.
Animals are then created on the fifth day, they are sorted into categories and are given the ability to procreate, “be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth”. God is then seen to be again, infinite.
However on the sixth day when man was created God never specified that man wasn’t to eat the animals, they were there to rule over the fish, and the birds and the land mammals. Yet Christians believe that God said that man wasn’t to eat the animals.
The bible portrays the creativity of God as “creatio ex nihilo”.