Human creativity is always a reflection of God’s original creation. It has been said in Scripture that there is nothing new under the sun. As a result, it we would be entirely incorrect if they think that in our creativity we actually create anything. At most, we combine various elements of the world around us into things that do not naturally occur. I can imagine a person that is able to fly, but I am not really creating anything. I am combine in my knowledge of humanity with my knowledge of the power of flight in order to create this image of a flying person.
Therefore, when we think about creativity and the human tendency to want to create, we never actually bring anything into existence that wasn’t there before. We might use something for a different purpose, and we may combine things in ways that have not yet been discovered, but at the end of the day, we are not actually creating anything ex nihilo.
This is a unique feature of a theistic worldview. Because we believe that God created, we recognize that anything that is comes from God directly. There is nothing in this world that comes from beyond God.
Any type of analogy to explain God is by nature insufficient because God is greater than anything we can comprehend, but let’s think about The Lord of the Rings and the decisions that Frodo could have made as I attempt to explain this. While they were at the Council of Elrond, Frodo volunteers to take the Ring. There is no possible way that he could volunteer to take the Ring to the planet Vulcan. Of course, we could imagine what would happen if Frodo was able to do such a thing, but in the world of Middle Earth as defined by J.R.R. Tolkien, the planet Vulcan does not exist. The choices that Frodo makes are limited to the world that J.R.R. Tolkien invented. As the author, if he had the ability to define the world and what made up that world. They would not be possible for the parts of that world to grasp something from outside of their own world that is not revealed to them by the author.
In much the same way, we cannot create something that is beyond the mind of our author. In fact, because the author of our lives is omniscient, the ability of us to comprehend some things beyond the mind of God is even more remote than the ability of Frodo to know something beyond the mind of his author, J.R.R. Tolkien.
When we think about creativity them, we have to remember that this God-given gift of creativity does not put us on the same level with God. We are sub-creators within a greater creation. We take the pieces we are given and put them together, but we ought not be arrogant and believe we play a bigger role than we actually do. Instead, we should embrace the role that God has given us and the responsibility that comes with that. We should, like Adam and Eve were commanded, use our creations to the best of our ability to bring glory to God within His creation.