Re: Natural Theology, Unguided Processes and Apologetics

Keith B Miller (
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 21:26:23 -0500 (CDT)

John McKiness wrote:

>It seems to me that this rest should be taken as a completion or ending of
>some activity and it appears to be that of creation in Genesis for God and
>of our earthly struggle when applied to us. I know that some have divided
>up God's activity into the categories of Creative, Sustaining, and
>Redemptive (at this point I don't remember the original source for this
>concept) and I believe that some authors in the past (if I remember right
>F. Schaeffer in _Genesis in Space and Time_ was one) believed that on the
>Seventh Day God stopped His Creative activity but His Sustaining activity
>continued and Redemptive began at the moment of Adam's sin.

My understanding is that God's creative activity continues to the present.
Some relevant passages (among others) are --

Psalm 104:27-30
"These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When
you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are
satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified;
when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you
send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth."

Psalm 139:13-14
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are
wonderful, I know that full well."

Psalm 102: 18
"Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created
may praise the LORD:"

Psalm 51:10
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."


Keith B. Miller
Department of Geology
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506