Creation and the creator
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
simple and yet sublime words the scripture sums up the origin of all
things. With the authority of divine inspiration they reveal that
mankind lives in a God-started universe and not one that was
These words came through Moses who became
God’s servant and by God’s enablement rose to be one of the greatest
leaders in all history. Moses informs us numerous times that the
first five books of our Bible which he humanly authored were the
words of the Lord.
Devout believers in Israel and
Christianity have accepted the Genesis account of creation as true.
Other peoples and nations have embraced different explanations for
the origin of the universe. In the wake of Darwin’s theory of
evolution most of the secular world has embraced the concept of a self-started universe
and the evolution from non living matter into all life forms living
Not surprisingly, controversy between
creationists and evolutionists has been joined and continues to this
hour. The current flash point has to do with what shall and shall
not be taught to the young children in school and the bright
students in the universities.
The Objective Of This Message
It is the objective of this message to present
the Biblical account of creation as clearly and correctly as
possible so that those who hear or read this message will understand
that the Biblical account of creation is true because it is the
revelation of God and is also reasonable. We begin with:
The subject of the universe is incredibly
awesome. There are probably not enough adjectives in the dictionary
to adequately describe how awesome it is. And yet, rising higher in
importance than the universe is the CREATOR of the universe. The
central figure in the Biblical account of creation is God. The
Genesis account of creation mentions the name of God 32 times.
Our first introduction to God is by His name
Elohim. The meaning of Elohim is "the strong One" or "the
putter forth of power." The power of God is certainly
demonstrated in creation. Elohim is strong enough to create the
heavens and the earth. He is also strong enough to continually guide
the stars, planets and moons in their courses through the heavens.
"ELOHIM" also reveals the Trinitarian nature of
God. By that we mean one God active as three personalities. The "El"
in Elohim is singular, but the suffix "him" is plural. It is a
particular plural in Hebrew that means three or more. The verb
"created" is in the singular. All this emphasizes the fact that
creation was the work of the one true God, but all three
personalities were active.
The Father was active: "Have we not all
one Father? Has not one God created us?… Malachi 2:10
The Son was active: "God…has in these last
days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all
things, through whom also He made the worlds." Hebrews 1:1,2
The Holy Spirit was active: "The earth
was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the
deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the
waters." Genesis 1:2
In the initial creation we have:
The beginning of TIME: "In the beginning…"
The beginning of SPACE: "…the heavens…"
The beginning of MATTER: "…and the earth."
The writer of Hebrews provides this helpful
insight, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by
the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things
which are visible." Hebrews 11:3.
From this original creation we grasp something of
the power, wisdom and knowledge of the Creator.
We are not told when the beginning was. We are
simply informed that at the time God created time, space, and matter
it was "the beginning."
Bishop Ussher counted backwards using the
genealogies in the Bible and dated the six days of creation as
having taken place in 4004 BC. However, scholarship has revealed
numerous gaps in the genealogies. It is apparent that God’s interest
was to provide a record of the lineage that would bring His promised
Christ into the world and not a chronological record.
Even so, the consensus of Bible scholars estimate
that the time span back to Adam and Eve could not have been much
more than 10,000 years. For this "recent creation" believers of the
Genesis record have been greatly castigated by those who have
embraced any of the forms of evolution. They say that there is much
evidence that the universe is billions of years old.
Two primary answers have been brought forth by
A Recent Creation is the firm persuasion of many top rank scientists from every field of scientific study.
Hundreds of them have become members of The Institute For Creation
Research or kindred organizations. They reject the gap theory as an
unnecessary concession to the evolutionists. They teach a recent
creation in which all things were created with "apparent age." For
example, the Genesis record teaches clearly that God created man
fully grown at what we might refer to today as in "the prime of
life" and yet, Adam was only one day old. It seems that all animals,
fish, and fowls were created the same way. Since this was the case
with living creatures it was most likely the case with every aspect
of the universe.
1) The Gap Theory holds that there was an
indefinite period of time between Genesis 1:1 and verse 2. The
proponents of the gap theory say that the most literal translation
of these verses would be "In the [very] beginning God [had]
created the heavens and the earth. But [as for] the earth it had
become a desolation and a waste, and darkness [was] upon the face of
the deep; and the Spirit of God [was] brooding over the face of the
waters." They also point out that this translation harmonized
with the account of creation in Job 38:4-11. They reason that the
earth and the universe around it could have continued in this form
for all the time necessary to accommodate the geologic ages assigned
by the evolutionists.
When asked about the many geologic layers that
seem to indicate the earth is millions or billions of years old,
these scientists would answer that they were laid down in a
relatively brief time by the catastrophic events of the Flood in the
days of Noah. As one Creation scientist put it, "Instead of a
little bit of water over a whole lot of time, it was a whole lot of
water over a little bit of time. They would point out that when
Mount Saint Helens erupted it laid down sufficient layers of silt
that would have to be interpreted as taking hundreds of millions of
years according to the evolutionary interpretation, but the time
period was only nine hours.
Dr. Russ Humphreys is a nuclear physicist. At
last report he was working with the highly respected Santia National
Laboratories. At an Answers in Genesis seminar he made the statement
that about 90% of all the processes that one could use to measure
the age of things actually favors a young world. He was later asked,
"How so?" He answered, "Yes, that’s true. I estimate there are
probably several hundred processes that one could use to get an idea
of the age of the Earth. Only a few dozen, at most, of these
processes seem to give you billions of years. The other 90% give you
ages much less. So, it seems it would be good science to go with the
flow of the 90% of the data and use it as a working hypotheses that
the Earth really is young and then try to find explanations for the
other 10% of the data. That whole process seems to be a much more
scientific approach than the one that is taken by the evolutionists.
Basically, they concentrate on the 10% of the data, and that is the
data you always hear about…With confidence, I can declare that both
the scientific facts and the Bible are on the same side, and they
are on the side of the young Earth creationists."
Answers In Genesis booklet, Page 6
Science or Religion Evolutionary scientists often claim that belief
in Creation by God does not qualify as a scientific theory. Creation
scientists counter that the same argument can be applied to
To qualify for establishing scientific theory
there must be a controlled experiment that eliminates variable
results. The experiment must produce the same results no matter how
many times it is repeated. There must be qualified observers to
observe, analyze, and faithfully report the experiment and its
results. Obviously, there were no scientists who witnessed the
origin of the universe, the origin of life, or the origin of human
beings. This places belief in evolution and in creation in a belief
system about the past and therefore in the category of religion.
Those who believe in creation by God do not deny this. On the other
hand, evolutionists claim their belief is based on science. The
Supreme Court of the United States performed a good service for the
public when they reviewed the above facts and ruled that belief in
evolution is a religion.
There is abundant evidence of the fundamental
problems of evolution. The New Mexico State Board of Education
encouraged the local school districts to include books in their
curriculum that point these problems out. Some of the books they
suggested were, "Darwin’s Black Box", "Evolution: A Theory in
Crisis" and "Of Pandas and People." In addition to
pointing out the flaws of evolution the following organizations also
offer a host of materials pointing out how known evidences harmonize
much more closely with "Recent Creation" than they do with
Creation Research Society; P.O. Box 28473; Kansas
City, MO 64118
Institute For Creation Research; P.O. Box 2667;
El Cajon, CA 92021
Answers In Genesis; P.O. Box 6330; Florence, KY,
Our prayer for our hearers and readers is that
they will know the true God of Creation by receiving His Son, Jesus
Christ as their Savior by faith. "And we know that the Son of God
has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might
know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son,
Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1st
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scripture quotations from NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Copyright © 2008 Truth Helpers Inc.