I have been reading the story of Abram in Genesis this week as part of my regular devotions. Last week I mentioned that the pagan system of worship of false gods derived from nature was begun by Nimrod at Babel, and was spread abroad from there when the peoples were dispersed. But while most people worshipped the false gods, not everyone did. A remnant of Shem’s line (of whom Abram was descended) preserved the worship of God Almighty, and the true history of the world. In Genesis 14, when Abram returned from the defeat of the five kings, another worshipper of God Almighty met him.
This was Melchizedek, king of Salem (Jerusalem). He was priest of God Most High, the Scripture says, that is, the one true God, the Creator of heaven and earth. Melchizedek’s blessing of Abram reinforces the distinctive that separates God Most High from the pagan gods: God Most High is possessor of heaven and earth, because He is its Creator.
So when people say it is a side issue, whether God is Creator or not as recorded in the Scriptures, and not a doctrine central to Christian theology, don’t believe it. The Scriptures themselves make it a central factor. And the debate over biblical creation history vs. distorted or false history has been going on for a very long time, as well.