In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 (ESV)
The Bible identifies a beginning point to all that we as humans experience. Genesis 1:1 doesn’t give us a specific date on which God created the heavens and the earth, but it tells us that it did happen. It tells us that there was a time when the heavens and the earth did not exist, but then they did.
Long before science hypothesized about the origins of the universe, the opening statement of the Bible proclaimed the beginning of everything and the one that caused that beginning. Science came to the party late and unaware of how and when everything began.
The Bible gives a definitive answer as to the origins of all that we see. Science only offers theories, because it cannot prove any of its hypotheses. Even though beliefs such as the “Big Bang Theory” and the “Theory of Evolution” cannot be proven many would rather believe in them than a statement of fact. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”.
The reality is that accepting the Bible’s explanation of our origins or accepting the the theories put forth by scientists we are choosing a belief system. The Bible has not been disproven and the scientific theories have not been proven. This leaves us to make the choice, do we accept a statement that has not been disproven or do we accept theories that have not been proven. Logically it would make sense to accept the former.
Yet we still have a third choice, “theistic evolution” which is a weak attempt to reconcile the two beliefs systems. This choice limits both the power of God and the process of evolution. This is a compromise that really isn’t a compromise at all, but an attempt to have it both ways.
If we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, we must believe what it teaches about our beginnings. To believe otherwise is to deny God’s word on the subject. If we are willing to do that, then why would we bother to trust anything else the Bible tells us concerning our existence and our salvation?
Today we must decide whether we will believe man or God. Personally I will put my trust in God. How about you?
© 2014 Leo J. Woodman