Does this sound familiar? “The cosmos began as a result of the big bang about 20 billion years ago. The solar system eventually formed and the Sun came into existence about 10 billion years ago. A hot molten blob which would be earth took shape 9.5 billion years ago. Water formed after the earth cooled 8.8 billion years ago. The oceans were the site of the earliest life-forms and by natural selection along with mutations, different kinds of life arose over the course of millions of years. Over time ape-like creatures evolved into modern man.” The preceding is commonly understood as the explanation for the origin of the universe and life on Earth. Despite the publicity it receives in the media, the consensus of academia, and the general assumption of townspeople, evolution is a fairy tale better explained as the pagan religion of the modern era.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day” (Exodus 20:11). The Bible teaches that God is the Creator Who spoke all things into existence out of nothing just several thousand years ago. In the six 24 hour days of creation is found the origin of time, space, matter, earth, plants, the celestial bodies, marine life, animals including dinosaurs, and people.
The critical issue between these two competing views for understanding origins is this: whose starting point is more credible? The next time you hear someone waxing eloquent about billions of years, politely ask, “Were you there to see that happen?” If they respond similarly, you could honestly say you were not but that you know someone who was and He recorded the historical details in a Book called the Bible. Should we therefore rely upon the changing opinions of fallible scientists who do not know everything and who were not there in the beginning to see everything transpire or should we rely upon the infallible Word of the all-powerful God Who does not change, Who knows everything, and Who gave us an eyewitness account of the origin of the universe? Which of these is a more credible starting point?
The creation/evolution debate is oftentimes viewed as a conflict between religion and science. This is a false assertion because the interpretation of the scientific data observed in the present is determined by the scientist’s presupposed belief about the past. Even ardent evolutionists have religious beliefs that are tenaciously held on to. Their faith is in the millions/billions of years needed for the evolutionary progression of life. It is through this lens that the evolutionist views the world and understands things like fossils, dinosaurs, the age of rocks, the so-called races, and the similar characteristics of animal life.
Biblical creation stands upon the absolute authority of the Word of God beginning from the very first verse. The meaning of everything is directly tied to its origin. The purpose and sanctity of life, marriage, ethics, and why mankind needs a Savior are directly tied to the book of Genesis. Western civilization’s decline and virtually every social ill can be traced back to the Church’s willingness to compromise the truth and bow to the lie of evolutionary philosophy. May the Lord raise up a new reformation in His Church so that spiritual revival may come in this era of history for the praise, honor, and glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ!
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth…that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
Colossians 1:16a, 18b