Brian Cole: Genesis 1:1 - In The Beginning, Part 2
Last week we stated that there are basically 2 kinds of science: OPERATIONAL SCIENCE, which is what we can observe in labs, science we can test and come up with the same results over and over. Lab tests, cures for diseases, etc. Then there is HISTORICAL SCIENCE. These are events that happened in the past when there was no one around to see it. So they are making guesses and assumptions (theories) as to what happened. When it comes to historical science, we all have the same evidence, but we make assumptions based on our worldviews. NOTHING is “scientifically” proven.
There are over 80 theories in existence which are hostile to the Scriptures.
The 2 most common “Theories” taught in our schools about the origin of the universe is the “Big Bang” and the “Something from Nothing.” God did create it out of nothing: In the beginning, there was nothing, and then He created. But how can science justify that?
Popular Science magazine had the following article: “In the Beginning, there was nothing. Then, with a big bang, an almost infinitely small, hot, and dense universe exploded into existence.”
If there was nothing, what exploded?
In April of 2002, Discover Magazine had the following article on “something from nothing:” “The universe burst into something from absolutely nothing – zero, nada. And as it got bigger, it became filled with even more stuff that came from absolutely nowhere.”
Funny? This is a “science” magazine written by Ph.d. scientists! This is a philosophical statement, NOT science.
Dr. Richard Rorty (a philosopher at the University of Virginian) writes: “Secular professors in the universities ought to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic religious fundamentalists, will leave college with views more like our own. Students are fortunate to find themselves under the benevolence of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents. We are going to go right on trying to discredit you (parents) in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable.” (University and Truth, 2000. Pp. 21-22).
This kind of stuff is a reality in our universities and public schools across our country, and our kids are not prepared for this!
I challenge you to watch the movie “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” by Ben Stein.
Ernst Myar – a leading evolutionary biologist says: “No educated person any longer questions the validity of the so-called theory of evolution, which we know to be simple fact.”
But the Word of God tells us there is a big difference between intelligence and wisdom. Scripture tells us that the “Fear of God” is the beginning of wisdom. But many of these scientists don’t fear God or even believe in God.
Richard Dawkins of the Oxford University is of the world’s leading atheists. He wrote a book called: “The God Delusion.” In the New York Times in 1989 he wrote: “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).”
How would you, or your children respond sitting in a class and the teacher or professor makes a comment like this?
We, as Christians, need to view our world through “Biblical Glasses.” To always ask: “What does God’s Word tell us about God’s world.” God’s word trumps everything. Whether its astronomy, biology, anthropology, ice age, the flood, dinosaurs…What does God’s Word say?
Then we start questioning things. And if your gonna throw anything in the Bible out, you’re certainly going to throw out creation in 6 days – We KNOW that didn’t happen, science has thoroughly disproved that with the big bang and millions of years…
So we begin throwing a lot of other things out, and therein lies the problem.
Here’s another disturbing quote. Atheist G. Richard Bozarth says: “Christianity has fought, still fights, and will continue to fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble, you will find the sorry remains of the Son of God. If Jesus was not the Redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing.”
And I would totally agree with him! IF evolution was true, as they teach it in our schools, then Christianity is not true.
Psalm 118:8 – “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
1 Corinthians 3:19 – “For the wisdom of this world is folly with God.”
Meaning the most brilliant scientists we have on the planet today, they know NOTHING compared to God! None of us know anything compared to God.
Psalm 119:160 – “Thy Word is true from the beginning…” Genesis is the beginning of God’s Word. If we can’t believe Genesis then how can we trust Him for anything else?
The Bible and the Holy Spirit is what you need. The Bible and the Holy Spirit will guide you in ALL truth! God’s Word is authoritative and trumps man’s opinion every time! Basically, these opening words in Genesis place the emphasis where is rightly belongs – on GOD!
The interest in Genesis chapter 1, as it relates to the cosmos, to mankind, and to the natural sciences has been such that the emphasis on God has been overlooked. This chapter in Genesis should be read by all of us primarily as a revelation of the God of creation rather than a statement about that which God created.
While this book will always raise questions about HOW He created it, it provides many answers to questions about WHO did the creating as well as the WHY.
When all is said and done, all debating and arguing aside, what God said stands, and this is the Gospel: “In the beginning, GOD created the heaven and the earth.” We don’t need science, we don’t need to find any other facts, we don’t need proof, we don’t even need to know how and why He did it, or how long ago it was” No one knows but God, and if He thought it was important to give the details, He would have. It’s not about facts and details, it’s about Jesus! When anyone, including ourselves, start bickering over the “theories of creation,” it would do well to consider a statement made to Job when the Lord finally appeared to him. God asked him the question: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding.”
In other words, God is saying to ALL man, “You talk about the universe, but you don’t even know where YOU were when I laid the foundations of the earth!”
I will make a bold statement as an end. There are many theories as to how the world began, but all of them can be boiled down to fit these 2 categories:
- One is creation.
- And the other is speculation.
ALL theories fall into the 2 categories.