Seventh-day Adventists believe that the entire universe came into being through divine creative acts ( Isa. 40:26 ; Ps. 19:1 ; 33:6 ), but that the narrative of Gen. 1 and 2 focuses primarily on this earth and life upon it. They consider the Creation to have been a direct, supernatural event by divine fiat in which both the Father and the Son participated, with the Son as the active agent ( Gen. 1:26 ; Col. 1:16 , 17 ). The Holy Spirit is also mentioned in connection with the Creation account ( Gen. 1:2 ). Since their beginning SDA s have held the doctrine of a literal creation in one week of time and have used the belief to support the doctrine of the Sabbath ( Review and Herald 1:1, November 1850). They have considered the Sabbath as an institution inseparable from the Creation, “a saf...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.