I have emphasized often that God is the author and source of life. We hear of the creation/evolution debate often with its emphasis on billions of years of the cosmos existence. That doesn’t concern me all that much. I don’t know what happened to this 8000 mile diameter ball of rock we live on before God said, “let there be light” bringing order out of chaos. What I do express as an essential truth of our faith is that we did not come from some lower form of life, and that at some point in time past, we were created by God, complete and without sin. And further, it was from this sinless initial state that we later rebelled from the will of our God, becoming estranged from Him ever since. If it were not true that we began in a sinless relationship with our Creator, and later broke that relationship by our rebellion, there would be no need for a Redeemer, and the whole of Scripture becomes reduced to ancient history topped off with a few moral lessons. This, tragically, is the way many treat God’s Word today. The message we declare in Jesus Christ is that, apart from Him, we are eternally separated from our Creator. By His gracious sacrificial act we have been redeemed and restored to our Lord.