“In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth.” – Genesis 1:1
This Bible verse is the most fundamental assertion of historic Christianity. It is also, the single most bombarded target by circular philosophy and by Neopaganism in our day. But why? Because every pagan knows that if they can get rid of creation, they get rid of God, and if they get rid of God, they can live however they want. And so, everything that divides Christians from the pagans is at stake in that opening assertion of the Old Testament.
Astrophysicist, Jastrow said that the universe exploded into being billions of years ago. But the question remains; What did it explode out of? Non-being? If there ever was a time (billions of years ago) when there was nothing, what would there be now, or what could there possibly be now? Absolutely Nothing! Out of nothing, comes nothing. Have you ever thought about what a tremendous explosion nothingness can cause? Doesn’t the law of inertia (Newton’s first law) say that anything at rest remains at rest unless acted upon by an outside force?
Sir Fred Hoyle (Plumain Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University), rejected the big bang theory for this reason, even though he himself was misguided with his formulation of the steady-state theory about the universe. However, he was credited for famously coining the term “big bang” back in 1949 to ridicule the idea that the universe began with an explosion. In a BBC interview, he said, “The reason why scientists like the “big bang” is because they are overshadowed by the Book of Genesis. It is deep within the psyche of most scientists to believe in the first page of Genesis”.
The so-called big bang theory screams for a self-existence eternal being. Science only points us to God. Logic demands that you affirm the reality of a self-existence eternal being, because, without that, nothing could possibly be. There was a time when you were not, there was a time when I was not, there was a time when the universe was not, but there never was a time when God was not. Without God, there can be no beginning. If there was ever a beginning, nothing screams louder than that there was ONE who has the power of being in himself.
There is a story said about a science professor who constructed a scaled model of the universe and took it with him to his class. One of his students saw it and was mesmerised by it. The student was amazed by the amount of work that went into it and wanted to know more about the work, and so, he curiously asked the professor, “Sir, who made this?” “No one” replied the professor. On hearing that, the student started to laugh (he thought the professor was joking). Unconvinced, he asked again, “Sir, please tell me, who made this one?” “No one, it just happened,” replied the professor. As the student was left bemused and started to become irritated by the response, the professor finally, said to the student, “If you can go outside and observe nature, and believe that it just happened, you can also believe that this precise piece of work just happened” You don’t need to have a PhD to look up to the skies to realise that these are God’s handiwork, God’s creation. Psalm 19, tells us that the heavens declare the glory of the Lord.
God created this world not by a big bang but by a BIG SHOUT. Perhaps, one day scientist will discover that this world was created by sound. God spoke creation into being. In Genesis, God spoke and said: “Let there be…” The Bible says in Isaiah 55:11 that God’s word will never return to Him void, but will accomplish what He purposes! Biblical creation is the only answer that has stood the test of time because it is founded on the absolute truth of God’s Word that never changes. The big bang as the scientists calls it is surely is no coincidence or accident, we did not come into creation by accident. Absolutely nothing that comes into creation is by accident because God created all things with such precision and order. Order does not come out of chaos no matter how many billions of years it may try.
We have observed that the earth rotates on its axis at approximately 1000 miles per hour. But if it should rotate on its axis at 100 miles per hour, our days and night will be 10 times longer than they are, our planet will be alternating between burning and freezing, under such circumstance, vegetation will not exist. If the earth is as small as the moon, the power of gravity will be too weak to retain sufficient atmosphere for our need. If the earth is as large as Jupiter or Saturn, or Uranus, extreme gravitation will make human movement impossible. If the earth was as close to the Sun as Venus is, the heat will be unbearable for us. And if the earth was as far away as Mars is, we will have snow and ice every night even in the warmest section. If the oceans were half their present dimension, we will receive only a quarter of the rainfall that we get annually. If the oceans were 1/8th larger than it is presently, our annual precipitation will increase fourfold and the earth would be a vast un-inhabitable slum. It is no coincidence that the earth is able to sustain life, God made it that way for our purpose. The Earth and the human body have a DESIGN and every little atomic particle work together to sustain what we see with our eyes here and in the universe.
The universe could not exist without laws of gravitation, laws of motion, laws of thermodynamics, laws of fluid behaviour, laws of heat and so forth…. But where do these laws that govern the universe come from? It comes from God, the Lawgiver. God created these laws (that we call science) into creation. Creation, by definition, is beyond the rules of the natural world. There is no science in creation because science is the study of what already IS! Science is all about logic of fact. Even science does not limit itself to things we can see or touch. Can you see gravity? No, all you can see is evidence that gravity exists. In reality, even the scientists are like little children playing at the beach of God’s ocean of creation. The honest and the sincere scholar will tell you of the much still to be learned.
The crowning act of creation was when God created Adam (man) in His own image out of the dust of the earth, and gifted him the breath of life by breathing into him His very own life-giving breath. It is a tragic thing when some people look upon the fetus as a nuisance as if it is something to be removed just like an appendix instead of seeing it as a miracle to be admired. It is the crown of God’s creation. In Psalm 139, David is telling us that God is the author of life, He is the one who formed our inward parts, and genetic structure. In Jeremiah 1:5, God said, “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you.” The awesomeness of God’s power in childbirth could never be fully comprehended by the study of genetics or anatomy or obstetrics. Of what we know, there are 100 billion nerve cells in the brain, millions of nerve endings in the body, over 200 bones all structured, and more than 600 muscles big and small and all designed to work perfectly together. The average person will produce around 100 billion white blood cells every day which aids the immune system and fights off infection in the body. This is all mind-blowing when you think about it… It’s a miracle of God! God is great!
According to evolution, we are expected to reach the conclusion that man climbed from beasthood, and before that, from a single cell without intervention from God. It’s no wonder that sadly, so many people behave like animals because they have been told they descended from animals. If God did not create humankind, how is it that ALL people of this earth have intrinsic knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong, without ever having been exposed to Christianity, or any other faith, or religion? How is it that people in the most remote places on this earth who have never had any exposure to other cultures and religions, know naturally that it is right to love their neighbour, and have unions between a man and a woman? How could simple biology possibly explain this? Only a supreme, common creator could have instilled this in His creation. You and I would never understand human beings, we would never understand the complexity of humanity and relationship until we start to see one another as God’s own handiwork. The reason for all the turmoil in our society today is because we have failed to have this perception.
The greatness of God often leaves me feeling awestruck when I remember how tiny I am especially when I’m beside the great waters and the mountains God created. Sometimes I find myself pondering like the Psalmist, “What am I that God should be at all mindful of me?” – Psalm 8:4. I am simply nothing, but dust. Nevertheless, treasured dust. I am treasured because I know that my Great Redeemer, Christ Jesus – is the ONE by which all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made (John 1:3). I am treasured because I know that the very God who has no beginning and no end, the very God who sustains and created the universe, laid down the splendour of heaven and the glories of heaven came to this very earth humbly by becoming an embryo in a virgin’s womb and was born a baby in a manger, lived for 33+ years, healed the sick, raised the dead, died on a cross to pay the penalty of my sins, and rose up from the grave to conquer death once and for all, and made it possible for me to be able to know His Heavenly Father as my Heavenly Father.
“How Great Thou Art” is a Christian hymn that is so familiar to all of us. It is based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem written by Carl Boberg (1859–1940). It was translated into German and then into Russian. It was translated into English from the Russian by English missionary Stuart K. Hine, who also added two original verses of his own. The inspiration for the hymn came about when Carl Boberg was caught in one of those thunderstorms that was so vicious and violent. And yet, he did not see the viciousness nor the violence, he saw the handiwork of God. And so, he sat down and wrote this poem as he observed the majesty and the grandeur of our Lord in the heavens. He began to write:
O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!