For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. Romans 8:19
Marx once wrote that, if you just keep saying something long enough, people will sooner or later come to accept it as true. He was certainly right with respect to the way that Christians view creation. For, while the Scriptures are clear, from cover to cover, that “This is my Father’s world, He shines in all that’s fair,” the followers of Jesus Christ today seem unable to extend even the most basic requirement of such recognition, which is to refer to the creation by its proper name.
My complaint is in reference to the persistent practice of otherwise clear-thinking Christians in referring to God’s creation by the term, “nature”, and to the study of creation under the rubric of “natural revelation” or “natural theology.” After many years of reading and study, I have encountered precious few writers or theologians who do not rely on such language in their discussions of the world God has made. While we may understand what we mean when we use such terms, I’m convinced we forfeit a measure of our Biblical heritage, when we take as foundational terms suggesting that creation is anything other than the pre-interpreted, divinely-directed and -sustained cosmos or creation of God.
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