In the seventeenth proposition of John H. Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One he proposes that his interpretation results in a stronger theological message. 

Walton states that his interpretation of Genesis 1 results in a stronger theology, not a weaker one. Since Genesis 1 is about functional origins and not material origins he argues:

“…that some of God’s work may have taken place over a long period of time rather than instantaneously does not reduce God’s power. God can create any way he sees fit, and it is no less an act of his sovereign power if he chooses to do it over extended billions of years. It is still accomplished by his word.” (p. 141)

One should be able to read Genesis 1 and determine:

– God is involved in everything. We can accept whatever scientific paradigm is offered without feeling like it removes God from the picture. (p. 142)

– God’s role as Creator is ongoing: There is nothing “naturalistic” that functions without God. God is the source of all life, all human births, all plants growing. God is involved in everything. (pp. 142-143)

– God controls functions: It was God would dictated the function of everything. God gives purpose and telos. (pp. 143-144)

–  God’s creation is his sacred space: There is no natural/supernatural divide. God created the cosmos as his temple and he has chosen to dwell here. (pp. 144-145)

– God is glorified in Sabbath: If Sabbath is about God taking his place to rule then we don’t observe Sabbath legalistically, but in whatever we do we recognize God as the sovereign over the world. We rest in him and his Christ. (pp. 145-146)

– God provides order: If Genesis 1 is about functions it tells us that God orders everything. We find order in creation and it gives us the imperative to have wise, ordered lives. (p. 147)

– God has chosen humans to have an important role: God made creation for us. God made us in his image. We serve in his cosmic temple. (pp. 147-148)

– God made creation tov: When we speak of the “goodness” of creation in Genesis 1 this means function. God created everything to function as intended and it works. (pp. 148-149)

In summary Walton says his interpretation affirms the following:

1. The world operates by Yahweh’s design and under his supervision to accomplish his purposes.

2. The cosmos is his temple.

3. Everything in the cosmos was given its role and function by God.

4. Everything in the cosmos functions on behalf of people who are in his image. (p. 150)