Creation - Impact
The position we take on the issue of creation vs. evolution has far-reaching influences in our lives. Science has enabled us to reflect upon our existence from infinite perspectives -- biochemistry (DNA), paleontology (Geologic Time Scale), and astronomy (Origin of the Universe). As inhabitants of one planet we ponder our uniqueness among an array of galaxies and a breath-taking universe. Evolutionists’ Big Bang Theory states Earth was a red-hot mass, which gradually cooled over billions of years. Somehow our home planet developed the right atmosphere and conditions to sustain over 6.5 billion diverse human inhabitants as well as lower life forms and vegetation. Was Earth randomly situated in space where a 1%+/- deviation in distance from the sun would cause us extreme discomfort? As individuals, we long to determine the purpose for our lives. Yet any theory presented as evidence for evolution insists our lives are accidental and without purpose, originating suddenly by chance from nonliving matter.
Creation - Timeline
Whether a telescope displays the magnificence of space or an ultrasound reveals the intricate creation of each unborn child, we are filled with awe. Genesis 1:1-2 poetically expresses God, The Creator’s, purposeful design. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” God created in unfettered freedom by His Word (command), and creation transpired by the separation of the elements of the universe, which produced an ordered and habitable world.
- Day and Night – “God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4).
- Sky and Below – “So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse ‘sky’. . .” (Genesis 1:7-8).
- Land, Seas, and Vegetation – “God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas’. . . Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it accounting to their various kinds.’ And it was so” (Genesis 1:10-11).
- Sun, Moon, and Stars – “God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars” (Genesis 1:16).
- Creatures in the Sea and Birds – “And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky’” (Genesis 1:20).
- Creatures on Land and Man – “And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind’ . . . Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, over all creatures that move along the ground’” (Genesis 1:24-26).
Creation - The "How"
Skeptics of Creation and evolutionists dispute, “Does God exist?” While science probes the “how” of our existence, man still ponders the “why” of his design. Science must operate within self-imposed limitations: 1) Science cannot give final, absolute answers, and 2) Science can only deal with that which is in some way observable and measurable in the physical universe. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
Creation requires man to humble himself as he recognizes the greatness of a Divine One who chose to create us in His image, then to exalt us above all design. “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet” (Psalm 8:3-6).
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