God Created the Earth

Reading: 2 Nephi 2:14

One of the most basic beliefs, if you believe in God, is that God created the Earth.  In 2 Nephi 2:14 it says:

And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.

We were created by God, the earth was created by God, along with everything in the Earth and the sky.

Actually, if you want to get technical, Jesus Christ created the Earth under the direction of God the Father. When we say “God” created the Earth it can mean God the Father as plan-maker and “architect”, or Jesus Christ as our Savior and “foreman” of the creation project, as it were.

This is a pretty basic belief that most monotheistic religions share.  So, why is it repeated so much in the scriptures?  One reason is that at other times in history it was important to make the distinction that God is the creator and not some other being or God.

Also, as an LDS member, I think the knowledge that God is a creator is also important for us to know if we are trying to become more like God.  God has a deep knowledge of nature and the laws that govern nature. We also need to learn about the world around us and show respect for God’s creation in the way we take care of the natural world.

Also, it has occurred to me at many times in my life that when God created the earth he put in the Earth lessons for those who would see them.  In order for us to survive we must work for our food and shelter all our lives, showing that we must work to gain our salvation.  However, the things we need most, like water, in most places simply falls from the sky.  And air, which is even a more basic need, is simply everywhere as we need it.  This shows how much God gives us, and how we are dependent on God for even the efforts we make.

Today I am going to go outside sometime and appreciate nature and what God has created.

What other reasons can you think of for the repetition in the scriptures that God is the creator of the world?

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