Do Calculators Lie?
By David B. Smith
An old joke has scientists sniffing disdainfully that creating a man is really no big deal. “Given the right 21st-century conditions, we can do that in our own labs.” So they challenge God to a contest and He agrees to participate. The secular team dons their white coats and spade up some soil to use as source material for their centrifuges and Bunsen burners. “Not so fast,” God interrupts. “Rule number one: you get your own dirt.”
The Bible makes the bold claim that all the nature we see around us — and the hidden glories of billions of faraway galaxies and Milky Ways — all find their creation through the limitless power of God. Theologians use the expression ex nihilo to convey the miracle of being able to create a beautiful blue planet — third in line orbiting around a blazing, life-sustaining sun — out of absolutely nothing. A God with infinite power can easily fling a billion stars into space or speak a single word and have a lush Eden appear. Psalm 33:6 declares: By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. Hebrews 11:3 has a galactic tone when it trumpets: By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command. Other times, as we read, God painstakingly formed His crowning creation — Adam and Eve, for example — using existing material from His virgin creation.
It’s a challenge in this modern millennium to still embrace the very first divine claim in the Bible: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Despite the many competing and often updated assertions of secular scientists, scientific evidence does often appear to corroborate broad evolutionary principles. How does a Christian respond responsibly to the suggestion that a myriad of species, including the human race, evolved over billions of years of blind mutations and random lottery miracles?
The diligent study of science invites scholars to make assertions about the past based on present observations. The Christian respects and cooperates in such efforts while realizing that all scientific inquiry is a human effort limited by our own narrow knowledge and abbreviated lifespan. What exactly happened five hundred years ago? A thousand? Ten thousand? Scientific conjecturing rests upon the assumption that trends and biological processes like carbon half-life decay occur now — and have always occurred — at an absolutely constant and unwavering rate through the centuries. While participating in the exploration of valid principles, the Christian especially confesses to the frailty of human understanding and also points to the reality that science has often had to amend its contradictory assertions.
Who created the world? Scripture tells us that Jesus Himself was the active agent during Creation Week. John 1:3 says: Through Him [Jesus] all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life.
Why create? What does the Bible reveal about God’s motivations for being a Creator instead of a disinterested bystander Deity? Again, encouraging bestsellers like The Purpose-Driven Life paint a biblical tapestry of God creating a world of beings who could be the objects of His love. He fashioned a beautiful garden and immediately gave it to the first man to walk upon earth. The Bible speaks repeatedly of God loving His creation, of desiring our friendship and our loyalty.
Creation also speaks volumes — in fact, it thunders — with a revelation of God’s glory. The dew on a flower, the star-spangled light showers when we look up at midnight, the breathtaking beauty all around your ship during an Alaskan cruise — these are not simply pleasing but random collections of molecules. A gorgeous Florida sunset doesn’t simply happen. The world is beautiful because the Lord made it to be so, and in order to proclaim His own glory. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge (Psalm 19:1, 2).
What moral results do we draw from an acknowledgment that God is our Creator?
1. Grateful loyalty. King David, despite his overflowing talents and charisma, was wise enough to admit: Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100:3). It is because God is our Creator that we owe Him loyalty and worship. The dramatic Revelation cry of the first angel proclaiming end-time judgment is: Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water (14:7). It is safe to say that idolatry is never a temptation for the man or woman who remembers God as their creator! For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens (1 Chronicles 16:26).
2. Sabbath worship. God’s gift of Creation is cited at the paramount reason why the human race has a moral obligation to offer Him Sabbath worship and a faithful worship response (Exodus 20:11). Legalism is a desperate mindset where people attempt to earn salvation or improve their self-worth and stature by a rat-race of endless good deeds. The Sabbath is a weekly reminder that a loving God has not only created us but also given us the gift of Calvary grace; we can simply rest in His amazing goodness!
3. Healthy and humble self-esteem. Evolution makes our existence a mindless accident; our birth occurs when sperm meets egg; death follows shortly thereafter. But to be envisioned by a loving God, then miraculously brought into existence through His creative touch and through delightful biological principles He put into place gives our lives meaning. He loves us and is glad He caused us to be here! He has a purpose for our life on earth and an eternal plan for our happiness in heaven.
4. The brotherhood of our human family. If God is our Creator and Father, then all of mankind is brother and sister. Where, then, is racism and prejudice and bigotry if the same Father made us all? Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? (Malachi 2:20). Pure evolution makes all of life — and our individual existence — nothing but a random accident. The Genesis account not only puts us in proper worshipful alignment with our Father, but makes us aware of our spiritual obligation to each other child in the family.
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