Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Genesis on Trial

There are just 31 verses in Genesis chapter one, but in it we see an explanation for the cosmos, and for this amazing earth. So over the next week or so, we will look at what many call "an ancient fairytale bronze-age book," and see if it can hold up to rational scrutiny. We will look at what each verse says, and then what atheism and evolution give us to explain the same thing.

Genesis 1
1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The Bible begins by saying that there was a beginning, and that (of course) there was a Cause that preexisted the beginning. Everything material must have a cause because anything that is material cannot produce itself. The atheist's nothing created everything doesn't work, because for it to possess the ability to create itself, it must preexist itself--to make itself, it would have to have existed before its existence. So if it preexisted, it wasn't the beginning.

True science demands that the earth has a beginning. It cannot be eternal. The Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us that everything runs down. Nothing improves itself over long periods of time. An apple rots, in time. Trees grow old and turn to dust, in time. Even rocks crumble with age. If the earth was eternal and it has existed trillions upon multiple trillions of years into the past, it would have turned to dust, a long time ago. The earth therefore must have had a beginning.

Atheistic evolution doesn’t have a beginning. Those who think it does refer to the "Big Bang," but that wasn’t the beginning, because you have to have preexisting materials for a big bang. You have to have gases, and even if atheists reduce the materials that caused the beginning down to a tiny dot, it still wasn't the beginning, because the dot existed. What caused their dot? They don't know. Genesis 1:1 tells us the Cause of all things.

2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

When first God created the earth, it had no form. It wasn't ordered. Isaiah 45:18 gives us a little more light on the subject. It says:

“For thus says the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He has established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.”

God made the high mountains, the deep green valleys, the fertile soil that could give rise to plant life and food, establishing it for the purpose of human habitation. It wasn't an accident—-a vain exercise with no purpose. However, evolution says that it was an accident—-a causeless cosmic freak with no purpose, rhyme nor reason. It just was.

Notice that it was the "Spirit" of God that moved upon the face of the waters. God is a "Spirit"—-an entity without a body. He is non-material, and therefore not subject to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The Bible tells us that the Spirit of God is eternal. He is without beginning and without end, and He never changes. He fills the infinitude of space and dwells in eternality beyond the confines of time--a dimension in which we are bound, but one that was created by the genius of His hand.