WOC Mission

WonderOfCreation.org (WOC) is a website that seeks to explore the majesty of God’s creation and celebrate its beauty and wonder. Through creation, God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—are clearly seen and serve as a motivation for our worship and for acknowledging our responsibility to be good stewards (caretakers) of His good creation (Romans 1:20).

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours (1Chronicles 29:11).

The WonderOfCreation.org Facebook mission statement is similar and shorter:  “To showcase the wonder of Creation, to encourage trust in the wisdom and power of our Creator, and to inspire a desire to care for the natural world that He has entrusted to us.”

WOC Purpose

We know from the Bible, and the Psalms especially, that our God delights in what He has made. Not only that, the elements of the creation themselves show delight in their Creator: “Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice” (Psalm 96:12). Should mankind, the jewel of God’s creation, be any less joyful when we consider the works of His hands? Because technology so effectively isolates and insulates us from the outdoors, few of us, especially our children, regularly experience, close up and personal, the wonders of God’s creation. It is the purpose of WOC to help us regain our joy in the outdoors—the place where we come face to face with our Creator’s amazing handiwork. If the hills “skip like lambs” in joy over what God has done, should we do no less?

WOC Format

Sharing:
The WOC website will seek to engage users in collectively sharing the wonder of God’s creation handiwork. Our focus will be on celebrating the beauty, goodness, majesty, and mystery of God’s creation.

Dialog:
We seek to initiate and encourage dialogue around how we can encounter the Creator and His Creation through the regular postings of your host Dean Ohlman and occasional guest commentators.

Written Resources:
WOC continually adds additional pages for longer essays, articles, and presentations that are in agreement with RBC’s mission and theological understandings. WOC archives will also be available on a separate page

Links:
WOC provides links to RBC Ministries and its resources and to other organizations with a worldview and purpose that are consistent with the mission and ethos of the WOC website.  Since organizations are dynamic with changes in personnel, mission, aims, and written statements, WOC does not officially endorse what appears on the pages of the organizations we might link to—especially whatever positions they take on public policy and/or the election or appointment of political leaders.

“Wonder Kids”:
This page is a collection of activities that parents, grandparents, and other caregivers can do with children: outdoor lore. It is our desire that users of the WOC websitewill help us make this site one of the most extensive on the Internet.

Creation Quotations:
New quotes that relate to the aims and ethos of the WOC website and in general to the theology of nature are added to the site regularly.

Creation Pictures:
Links to photography and photographers who have artfully used their skills to give us a greater glimpse of the wonders of God’s handiwork—especially of places and times that many of us will never be able to experience.

WOC website aims:

It’s our desire to make several elements of the WOC site “user built.” We appreciate users providing tips for enjoying God’s creation and sharing ideas about how we can be “good earthkeepers.” Creating an online community is a major aim. We also desire to motivate churches, small groups, and individuals by spotlighting what others are doing to celebrate and care for God’s handiwork.

The website is not political. While we champion wise use and stewardship of the creation, we do not endorse politicians, political parties, or specific public policy legislation. For instance, while we favor human efforts to preserve the living species God has created (Noah’s ark being just one justification), we do not make specific policy recommendations about how those efforts should be accomplished politically.

We believe that caring for God’s creation is a God-given responsibility for each of us, but we also recognize that people will differ on the practical implications of that duty. We expect our online community to graciously accept differences of opinion on how to best care for creation as individuals (as in “What shall we use: paper, plastic, or cloth bags?”).

The WOC site is not a forum on the creation vs. evolution and young earth vs. old earth controversies.

WOC “Comment” Guidelines

To ensure that all users enjoy a positive experience, comments posted to the blog will be evaluated before they go “live.” Please familiarize yourself with the following WOC content guidelines prior to posting your comments:

1. Please stay on topic. The purpose of this blog is to encourage
community and add to the value and extent of our content.

The following will not be posted:
a. Simple kudos for blog authors or content.
b. Any comments not related to the blog purpose and topics.

2. Please be courteous in your comments, especially if you disagree
with the blog author or other commentators.

3. The following will not be posted:

a. Obscene, threatening, abusive, hateful, racist or
sexually explicit language.
b. Personal attacks on the blog host or anyone else.
c. Any negative reference to other people or organizations.
d. Political statements.
e. Advertisements or solicitations.
f. Your own or someone else’s personal information, such as e-mail
addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, etc.

4. Please be brief and to the point.

5. Please do not post the same comment more than one time

6.  WOC reserves the right to delete any posting it judges to be problematic and add or change the above guidelines at any time.

WOC Theological Understandings

The content and purpose of WonderOfCreation.org are directly related not only to the Scriptures, but also to the precepts and principles of the Christian faith as expressed in several historic creeds. Especially appropriate is this portion of the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made. . . .

Because of adherence to these beliefs, WonderOfCreation.org holds that God has revealed Himself not only in the Bible, the special written revelation known to us as God’s Word, but also in the material world He has created, the general revelation that we recognize as God’s works. This is expressed beautifully in another historic Christian creed, “The Belgic Confession of Faith”:

We know [God] by two means: First, by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe, since that universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book in which all creatures, great and small, are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God: his eternal power and his divinity, as the apostle Paul says in Romans 1:20. All these things are enough to convict men and to leave them without excuse. [According to the Confession, the second means is the Scriptures].

The Wikipedia article on general revelation highlights well the Christian view of the significance of the physical universe: “God uses the laws and nature of this physical universe to create or influence events to display God’s existence, power, order, rightness, wisdom, knowledge, greatness, supremacy and goodness.”

It is these understandings that provide the theological and philosophical framework of WonderofCreation.org. And because of these understandings the blogsite will seek not only to celebrate the wonder of God’s material creation, but also to support sound principles and practices of creation stewardship—what has been creatively been termed “good earthkeeping.” The common term used today to reference biblically based earth stewardship is “creation care.”

WonderOfCreation.org does not hold, however, that the efforts of the followers of Jesus Christ will somehow make the earth fit for His return. We believe that Jesus will fully redeem, restore, and reunify the sin-damaged earth only at His return. But among our responsibilities in the meantime is the obligation to begin knowing and treating the natural world now in the manner that we expect to know and treat it after the return of Christ. Francis Schaeffer put it this way in his book Pollution and the Death of Man: The Christian View of Ecology:

“On the basis of the fact that there is going to be total redemption in the future, not only of man but of all creation, the Christian who believes the Bible should be the man who-with God’s help and in the power of the Holy Spirit-is treating nature now in the direction of the way nature will be then. It will not now be perfect, but it must be substantial, or we have missed our calling. God’s calling to the Christian now, and to the Christian community, in the area of nature-just as it is in the area of personal Christian living in true spirituality-is that we should exhibit a substantial healing here and now, between man and nature and nature and itself, as far as Christians can bring it to pass” (pp. 68-9, Tyndale House Publishers).

Here are some key passages from the Bible that underscore the purposes and content of WonderOfCreation.org:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15)

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours (1Chronicles 29:11).

The earth is the Lord’s (Psalm 24:1).

How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures (Psalm 104:24).

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145:9).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through [Jesus] all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:1-3).

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you-even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets (Acts 3:19-21).

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse (Romans 1:20).

The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:19-23).

In the dispensation of the fullness of times [God will] gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him (Ephesians 1:10).

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:15-20).

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe (Hebrews 1:1-3).

I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13).

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him (Revelation 22:3)

Believing that these passages are true, WonderOfCreation.org understands that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and that He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Because the crown of His creation, mankind, fell into sin and came under the curse of death, it took His own human death to redeem the eternal souls of man. But that is not all: in that great act of divine sacrifice, the redemption of the entire cosmos was assured. For that reason we look compassionately upon the natural world around us, endeavor to celebrate its coming renewal, and seek to find within in it sources of joy, hope, and wonder.

If you’d like more specific information on the theological position of the WOC website, you may wish to go to the RBC Ministries homepage.