Creation of kinds was good (not lucky)

Genesis 1:11-13
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning – the third day.

God created kinds that were distinct, each complex organism made for a different role; each one would become part of an interconnected web of life. God saw that the many different forms of created life were good. Good things are the things done by God who brings perfection to all that He does.

Podcast: Word and Information

This is a podcast of a talk I gave to the Discussion Group in May 2022.

Creation occurred through the embodiment of information.

What is Made Reflects its Maker

What may be known about God is plain …… For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, …….

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is for ever praised. Amen.

Romans 1:19-23, 25

The divine nature of God is perceived in His handiwork – the world He created reflects Him. The human mind that has wisdom perceives its own limitations and looks beyond itself and beyond created things to the One greater than itself.

#10 Creation and Act

The creative power of God is common to the whole Trinity and belongs to the essence of God. 

God is the Father of the Son from eternity; while He is the Father of the creature in time.

Reference: Summa Theologica Volume 1: Treatise on the creation: The mode of emanation of things from the first principle: Whether to create is proper to any person?

To the Father is appropriated power which is chiefly shown in creation, and therefore it is attributed to Him to be the Creator.  To the Son is appropriated wisdom, through which the intellectual agent acts; and therefore it is said “Through Whom all things were made.” And to the Holy Ghost is appropriated goodness, to which belong both government bringing things to their proper end, and the giving of life – for life consists in a certain interior movement. 

“God is the cause of things by His intellect and will, just as the craftsman is cause of the things made by his craft.  Now the craftsman works through the word conceived in his mind, and through the love of his will regarding some object.  Hence also God the Father made the creature through His Word, which is His Son; and through His Love, which is the Holy Ghost.”  [Page 510]

To create belongs to God according to His being, that is His essence and this is common to the three persons.  Hence to create is proper to the whole Trinity, and not only to one of the Persons.

Reference: Summa Theologica Volume 1: Treatise on the Most Holy Trinity: Of the person of the Son:

Word implies relation to creatures.  For God by knowing Himself, knows every creature.

The knowledge of God is cognitive and operative of creatures  “He spake, and they were made.”  Because in the Word is implied the operative idea of what God makes.

#12 God Does Not Create Through Error

I believe it has been a very big mistake to conflate and equate God’s creation with evolution.

There are scientific reasons for affirming that random processes involving error cannot build up complete functional systems; random processes are not the basis to a message or code that can carry meaning – this includes a code such as the genetic code. Even the selection of certain fortunate errors would not give rise to complex functions.

I am absolutely certain that God does not guide mutation – on the contrary, he only allows errors to occur and people are born with genetic diseases sometimes, but never because God willed it to be that way.  We live amongst error in a fallen world.

God has not used random mutation as his instrument to create life. God does not create through error.

Life in its wonderful, amazing perfection is the product of mind – the greatest Mind that has ever expressed itself.

An act of creation would be a miracle.  God is capable of performing miracles on specific chosen occasions.

God is omniscient.  That means he knows all things, and he knows all about science.  Life was created as a message written in a DNA code.  By investigation science thinks God’s thoughts after him.