Andrew Hughes | Category: Worldview
This post is part of a series on the Sacred vs the Secular.
See Part 1 and Part 2.
The idea that all in life is sacred and a gift from God (even the physical), is rooted in the language of Genesis 1 which explains that all that God created was good. Certainly, God’s Creation has all been affected by sin. But the goodness of God can still be seen in His Creation and is emphasized by the narrator of Genesis through the use of repetition.
Such statements from Genesis speak toward those philosophies that would say the physical (over against the “spiritual”) is inherently more evil in some way. We also can begin to think this way when we start to speak of physical things as less important or maybe feel guilt for enjoying those things in life that are physical and tangible. Instead of guilt, we should take joy in the physical (whether food, sexuality, plant life, sports, etc.) as it is all a good gift from God intended to direct our attention back to God Himself.
Genesis 1:10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called the Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, each according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:17-18 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:25 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
The goodness of God’s Creation reveals God's own innate goodness. “Creation is valuable not merely as the material for our human transformation, but because God valued it for himself…God calls us to value the earth not for its utility but in accordance with the value he places on it.”
 Stanley Grenz, Theology for the Community of God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994), 143.
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