I have made the earth, and created man on it. I–My hands–stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded. Isaiah 45:12
There is One who declares Himself as the Creator of life. He has spoken clearly and that fact is represented by a collection of books – sixty-six to be precise. These books were written over a period of centuries by about forty different authors and have a common theme.
These authors are in agreement that God created the heavens and the earth and the Bible teaches us plainly that this is so. Creation is taught, not only in Genesis, but throughout the scriptures. That God created all that exists is taught or mentioned 39 times. The ‘creation’ is referred to 13 times and God is described as our Maker, 17 times. It is declared that God made man 10 more times, so total number of times Creation is taught is seventy-nine times.
For those who choose not to accept Creation, there are hurdles that must be crossed or by-passed in order to believe something other than Creation.
HURDLES THAT MUST BE CROSSED TO REJECT CREATION
Perhaps the first thing to point out to those who are attempting to decipher all the tons of information and misinformation that is being placed on the internet is the logic argument. Is it logical that intelligence springs from no intelligence, but rather an accidental process? Evolutionists are able to believe that non-intelligent life forms evolved into complex life forms. Evolutionists have no trouble believing that mutation and adaptation accounts for ever increasingly complex life forms. They believe that from this non-intelligent cell or organism, mankind evolved. With him evolved speech, reasoning, emotions, artistic beauty which includes music and the visual arts, love and caring, racial differences, mathematical and high level thinking along with evil. The logic argument doesn’t hinder their belief because they know that mutation and adaptation have occurred in nature. In their reasoning, this could result in the development of mankind and all of his complexities.
It is important to remember at this point that even without life or life-forms of any kind, the question still arises. This is a hurdle that requires an answer to logically believe something other than Creation. How did matter begin? Matter and elements have an origin which random selection cannot explain. Consider the order found in ‘matter’ in our world. The periodic table is logical and from it we find the materials needed to not only provide material wealth, we find all we need to survive the changes in atmosphere and climate.
As mentioned earlier, the Bible declares that God created the heavens and the earth. That means that a group of writers who wrote over centuries of time all agree that God is our Creator.
If one goes past the “Is it logical?” hurdle and still believes that some process other than a Creator is responsible for life as we know it, the next thing to look at would be: How does one go from nothing to something and from animate to inanimate? Here I always think of the scientists who supposedly challenged God telling Him that he could make life just as God did. He said to God that all he needed would be what God used, dirt! As he waited for God to hand him a fistful of dirt God replied, “Get your own dirt.” Where will the scientists get “dirt”? Here is what one scientist says:
The most popular explanation is that matter came from fluctuations in a pre-existing quantum vacuum. These fluctuations are caused by virtual particles that simply pop into and out of existence.
The properties of virtual particles are described by the uncertainty principle and the law of conservation of matter and energy. In a low-energy environment, massive particles cannot borrow enough energy to exist in any quantity for any minute amount of time. This is why we do not observe the creation of these particles in our everyday life.
However, in a high-energy environment such as that which existed at the beginning of the universe, there would have been adequate energy for the creation of massive particles. Massive particles have actually been created by scientists by using high-energy accelerators. The creation of matter from nothing (a quantum vacuum), is a testable scientific fact. (Italics are mine.)
Then we learn that what he says isn’t exact or completely true. Has matter really been created in a lab?
For matter to be created, pre-existing particles are taken, and slammed together, and the kinetic energy creates larger particles, using a energy to mass conversion, but one still had to start with at least two particles to begin with…One could also look at the compton effect where a high energy gamma passing near a heavy nucleus (e.g. lead) will produce an electron, and a positron. But no particle larger that that can be produced. This is not getting something from nothing, because that one had to start out with a source for that high-energy gamma, and needed a heavy nucleus, to begin with.
Stephen Hawking says that there is a “theoretical spacetime mishmash called quantum foam” needed in order for his scientific version of ex nihilo ( from nothing) to be possible. So even Hawking hasn’t solved the dilemma of something from nothing because he is thinking something ex quispiam (from something). So the next hurdle that those who wish to do away with Creation must pass is the ‘something from nothing hurdle’. Stephen Hawking has satisfied himself, according to his book, The Grand Design, by stating:
Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.
The question Dr. Hawking fails to address is: Who established the “law”? Can there be a ‘law’ without a ‘law-maker’?
Another hurdle that Dr. Hawking and many other scientists have not explained satisfactorily is the question of ‘the energy’. IF we find that something can come from nothing, all scientists admit there must be an energy present. (It is my belief that scientists have stumbled upon something here that proves Creation.) He created not only the heavens and the earth, he spoke order into existence and He is the energy source.
For those who get past the logic hurdle and the something from nothing hurdle, and still want to reject creation, there remains a third hurdle – I call this hurdle the consciousness hurdle. There remains for all men a certain consciousness that reminds us that there is more to life than death. With our senses we find that all living things die. What we cannot explain with our senses is the awareness that mankind has a purpose or calling to his or her life. Different religious groups call this awareness by different names, but it has been present for as long as recorded history has existed and certainly there isn’t reason to believe that it began there. It is noted in the very presence of questions concerning origins and the fact that mankind has a guilt consciousness and a consciousness of wrong and right. To be able to explain this consciousness, some say man “created” religion. To some degree that is true. Hinduism, Buddism, Confusionism, and many other ‘isms’ have attempted to connect man with the greater Presence. It is only Christianity that finds the Creator reaching out to man. Because of this reality, many are drawn to and converted to Christianity. Some, however, attempt to discredit Christ and become enemies of Christ. These are they who search for another explanation.
The need for God in our lives has been described as a God-shaped vacuum inside our hearts that can only be filled by God. Some describe this need in more spiritual terms and others ignore it completely. I think it is safe to say that there isn’t a human who hasn’t felt or realized this need for God at some time in their lifetime.
The last hurdle I am thinking of, (People smarter than I probably know others.) is the mystery of death ending in life. Those who have been with a loved one as they die often find the person seeing another ‘dimension’. The dying sometimes talk to people on the other side and often those who have been comatose for long periods will sit up and declare that they see a place or beings that others in the room cannot see. There are books and accounts of near-death experiences as well that suggest there is another and better life for believers. The Bible teaches that with Christ, death is swallowed up in victory.
So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:54
The real mystery, in my opinion, is why some people spend their entire lives attempting to disprove the Bible, creation, and Christ’s resurrection. Why would anyone want to go to so much trouble to disprove something so wonderful and so obvious? There is another mystery as well. Why do many people fail to believe when there is so much evidence of an Intelligent Designer that the Bible identifies as Creator God?
- Are Evolution and Creationism Compatible? (theness.com)
- Lawrence Krauss has Plenty of Nothing (cardinaldoctrines.wordpress.com)
- CREATION and EVOLUTION RESOURCES (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
- Contemplating God & Evolution (constitutionclub.org)