Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The Bible opens with this simple yet profound statement. It sets the scene for the whole of human history. The explanation of how everything came to be is found in this verse and this chapter. Yet what is taught in schools, colleges and universities to young people these days is a far cry from this truth.
Be it in schools, colleges, universities or TV documentaries about science and nature, this generation is bombarded with the message of evolution. We are taught that this earth and universe came into being after the ‘big bang’ and that every living thing we see around us evolved from a ‘common ancestor’ billions years ago. The very idea that there is a God who created the universe and created man in His image is scoffed at. Christians are made out to be fools, believing some ancient ‘fairy tale’. This is the opposite of what the Bible says:
Psalm 53:1 - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good..
According to this verse, the fools are not the ones who believe the Bible when it says God created the heavens and the earth. The fools are the ones who have said that there is no God. In our society of militant atheism and humanism, there are many people who say this in their hearts and speak it out. They are trying to corrupt our youth into believing the lie that everything created itself and science has ruled out the need for God. If God can be written out of the explanation for how everything came to be, then he can be written out of every area of our lives. We no longer feel personally accountable to him, and so we live our lives accordingly by our own moral standard rather than by God’s.
Throughout the Bible we find reference to the Lord creating us, the world and universe that we see around us. The Bible says:
Psalm 19:1-2 - The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psalm 33:6-9 - By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Isaiah 45:18 - For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.In him was life; and the life was the light of men.And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Colossians 1:16 - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
The complexity of creation shows that there must have been a creator. Have you seen a simple watch? Look at the mechanism inside. Each part has a use, and without even one component the whole watch becomes useless. So then if you found a watch one day, would you assume that it had come together by chance over millions or billions of years? Or would you think that it must have had a creator, someone who designed it and put it together in an intelligent way?
Now look at the human body, which is infinitely more complex than a watch. George Gallup, the famous statistician once said, “I could prove God statistically; take the human body alone, the chances that all of the functions on an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.”
The New Atheism
The new atheism in our society is pervading every area of our lives. It aims to remove God and any semblance of him from public view and public life. It uses the law to try to silence Christians and believes that science is the final answer, with man the creator of his own destiny. All of this stems from the belief in evolution, that no God is needed to explain how we got here. Our new God is ourselves – everyone out to please themselves, have a good time without worrying about who gets hurt. The ‘law’ that these people promote is ‘if it feels good, do it’.
This is contrary to the Bible, contrary to the truth. In our generation, even against ridicule, we need to stand up for the truth. We cannot deny our belief in our Creator God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:20-23 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
This passage from Romans sounds like it was written about the world and society we currently live in. We must stand firm, with Jesus as our rock. Put on the armour of God and fight against the atheistic and humanist philosophies of this world. It all comes back to the first few words in the Bible – ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He spoke the first word, and He will have the final say.
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