heaven and earth
The battle continues to rage.
Some people believe biblical creation. Some people believe the theory
of evolution. Some people concoct a hybrid of the two and call it
theistic evolution – things happened in the evolutionary way
according to the evolutionary timescale, but God did it. Much is
written. Much is said. There is much confusion.
Yet a most interesting thing
(though rarely considered by opponents of biblical creation) is this:
just as you cannot entertain evolution if you take the Bible seriously
as the word of God, so also many scientists (both Christian and
non-Christian ones: note that!) insist that you cannot entertain
evolution if you take science seriously either. Why? Because as a
‘theory’ evolution does not proceed according to
Scripture or science.
What we need – from
Scripture – are some straight answers to some straight
Here they are.
Who made the world? God did. The Bible allows no other answer. God is
the subject of the
very first sentence in the Bible, and rightly so. ‘In the
beginning God created the heavens and the earth’ (Genesis
He is the creator of the universe. Moreover, the word used there for
‘created’ only ever has God as its subject.
How did God make the world?
By his command. ‘By the word of the
Lord were the heavens made … For he spake, and it was done;
commanded, and it stood fast’ (Psalm 33:6,9). There is
beautiful here. Think of all that lies behind an invention of man:
research, planning, testing, failure, re-testing etc – and
sometimes the complete abandonment of the whole thing. Yet perfect
creation only took a word from God. All he had to do was speak!
Out of what did God make the
world? Out of nothing. This is stated
categorically in Hebrews 11:3: ‘so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do appear’. Moreover, this
and sovereign work of creation was finished in six days, and the earth
is just a few thousand years old. The perfect creation was full of
beauty, harmony, design, symmetry and order – just as we
expect the work of God to be.
How do we know that what the
Bible says is true? By faith. ‘Through
(by) faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of
God’ (Hebrews 11:3). God himself is true and cannot lie. We
not there ourselves at creation to behold it as it happened. But
trustingly, believingly, humbly and adoringly we believe the record
that God has given us in his true and faultless word. In other words: we
take him at his word.