2 . I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth
This is the fundamental statement from which all others lead, without this basic belief in the Creator God, the Father of all things, Almighty powerful beyond our imagining all the rest are just stories. This needs to come at the beginning of any statement of faith, just as the whole Bible starts with the basic statement “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth”
This shows the essential truth that God is independent of creation, existing before any physical matter, before the beginning of time or the universe, God was. The existence of God the Father is the foundation of all that is created, He made it out of nothing, it is through His will all the things in the heavens and on earth are, they exist through His creative act, and they have no power over, or against Him. He is almighty.
The creator God revealed in Genesis is very different to the pagan gods, those gods would struggle with creation, attempting to shape it, contending for control over chaos. The God if the Bible is different, through His sovereignty He creates matter and without struggle or difficulty shapes it to His will.
1. Do we have to be creationists to believe in the creator God?
2. Why do we call Him the Father?
3. We seek to be in relationship with the Creator God, what does this mean for the relationship we have with his creation?
As I have said before this was designed as a discussion course, to ask questions rather than provide answers, for me that first question was a Biggy! When I first became a Christian I could not reconcile my basic scientific understanding with a literal reading of the beginning of Genesis. I think I have now understood what God is telling us through those verses, but that would make a very long post, maybe something I could come back to another day. For me the answer is no, but I do know people for whom it is an essential to believe that every word of the Bible is not only true, but (quite different) accurate.