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Discovery Magazine 3/1/2011

Creation Makes Sense

The most basic question that you could ever ask is: “Where did the Universe and everything in it (including yourself) come from?” It is fitting that the only God-inspired book in the world—the Bible—answers this very question in its opening statement: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). In the next few verses we are informed that not only did God create the heavens and the earth, but He made everything in the heavens and on the Earth (Genesis 1:2-31; Exodus 20:11). According to the Bible, everything that exists in the physical Universe ultimately came from an eternal, all-powerful Creator.

The theory of origins that atheists have taught for many years is known as the Big Bang. This theory states that all of the matter in the Universe was once concentrated into a tiny ball about the size of a period. Supposedly, this ball of matter exploded (for reasons no one knows). The result of this explosion, we are told, was the formation of the Universe and everything in it.

So which is it? Did everything in the physical
Universe come into existence by way of the supernatural (God) or the natural? Was it caused by just a Big Bang or by an all-powerful Mighty God? How did Earth get here? And what about the Milky Way and the other billions of galaxies in the Universe?Though atheistic scientists often mock Genesis 1:1, the fact is, the Bible’s explanation for the origin of the Universe and everything in it is both reasonable and scientific.

First, a study of the Universe reveals that all physical effects must have adequate causes that are greater than or equal to the effects (known as the Law of Cause and Effect). Everyone knows that one drop of rain does not flood an entire city, nor can a fire extinguisher cool the Sun. But what about the effect of the Universe itself? Was it caused by an explosion of a tiny ball of matter or by an all-powerful Creator? Just as easily as one can know that a fire extinguisher cannot cool the Sun, he can know that naturalistic causes like the Big Bang are not good explanations for the Universe. But, God is.

Second, from what we observe in nature, matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed. Scientists refer to this fact as the 1st Law of Thermodynamics. Evolutionists believe the Universe began with the explosion of a ball of matter several billion years ago, yet they never have provided a reasonable explanation for the cause of the “original” ball of matter. The fact is, a logical, physical explanation for the “original” ball of matter does not exist. The ball of matter could not have popped into existence or created itself, so long as the 1st Law of Thermodynamics is true.

Third, since the Universe exists, and it could not have created itself, then (1) the Universe is either eternal or (2) something/someone outside of the Universe must have created it. Few scientists suggest that the Universe is eternal. In fact, there would be no point in attempting to explain the “beginning” of the Universe if atheists believed that it always existed. Also, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics says that matter and energy become less usable over time. This law has led most scientists to conclude that the Universe has not always existed (else we would be out of usable energy). But, if matter is not eternal, and it cannot create itself, then the only good conclusion is that something/someone outside of nature created the Universe. Christians call this Someone, “the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 40:28).

Finally, not only do the scientific Laws of Thermodynamics and the Law of Cause and Effect support the truth of Genesis 1:1, so does the fact that design demands a designer. Just as sure as a painting demands a painter and a law a law-giver, the beautiful, orderly heavens and Earth demand
an intelligent Designer. As the psalmist wrote: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (19:1). The heavens and the Earth testify day after day and night after night that “He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4; Psalm 19:2-4).

If people will only open their eyes and ears, they will discover what both Heaven and Earth reveal—that “the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). Rather, “God created the heavens and the earth.”Indeed, Genesis 1:1 makes perfect sense.

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