Vol. 12 No. 1 January 2010
The first Bible book has been properly named “Genesis,” a word that means “birth” or “origin.” The origin of man and of the universe has been a battleground between faith and unbelief for centuries. The end of this battle is nowhere in sight.
God has no problem with questioning and investigation. God has no problem with true science. As such, science has been a blessing to humanity by improving the quality and length of life.
With the exception of the origin of species, in no area has science been satisfied with providing nothing more than educated guesses, as scientists might call them. In no other matter do some scientists and some in the circle of higher learning dogmatically scream louder over so little data (external to the Bible). Here is an area where scientists have no real-time evidence to examine, test or measure. Yet, they are certain their conclusions are infallible and think you are ignorant if you do not accept them. In any other study, their credibility would be called into question, and they would be dismissed from their laboratories for approaching a problem with an agenda, for their lack of objectivity and for their negligence of breaking scientific rules otherwise demanded in their community. They accuse creationists of starting out with preconceived ideas. Go figure. No, we start with Genesis Chapter 1.
True scientists are known for their careful approach to a question. They study, measure, examine, re-examine and search for every angle possible for what could give a false test result. After testing and scrutiny of a hypothesis, a possible solution is formed. Following the formation of the hypothesis, greater study, examination, measuring and experimenting is done. If it passes that hurdle, it becomes a theory. Following the formation of the theory, rigorous testing again is done over time to determine whether it passes the test to become recognized as fact.
The truth of the matter is that science is ill equipped to give humanity an explanation for the origin of man and the universe. No testing relative to the real issue can be done. Science has no way of testing the beginning of the universe. Science is impotent to recreate the phenomenon that occurred at a point in time when there was nothing to examine, nothing to measure, and nothing to see, smell, touch or taste. Science is not a god. Even science has its limitations.
Basil Overton, an educator at Heritage Christian University, used to say that it takes greater faith to believe that man and the universe came from nothing, than the faith necessary simply to accept what God reveals about creation. There are equally highly educated scientists who believe in creation.
The Holy Bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Here we have all the necessary components needed: time, mind, force, space and matter. A few millennia later still it is proclaimed, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3). Without a measurable speck of reservation, with David we mightily join in the chorus, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:14).
How terribly, terribly sad it is that millions of men and women finally have had to take a step into eternity to be able to see God…to see what their biased, blinded eyes would not allow them to see when they were alive and had the opportunity to submit themselves to the Ruler of the universe. Why not remove Satan’s blinders before you are the next to take the same fatal step? Incidentally, there is no measurable danger in believing, trusting and obeying God!