– Genesis 1:1
The Assurance and Conviction of Faith
Faith is not blind, but as the Bible says, it “is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). This is not a hope-so faith but a know-so assurance and conviction. It is “by faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Heb 11:3). When this was written, the world had no clue that everything we see consists of things that are not seen, that is, the subatomic particles that are invisible to the naked eye. Even in Darwin’s day, he had no idea that things existed and consisted of things that were invisible to our natural eyesight, but they do.
Cause and Effect
If you wind back the universe in time, you can see that there was a starting point. There was a beginning. And if the universe had a beginning, then it had a Beginner. That was a point when nothing existed but God. God spoke the world into existence, as the psalmist writes, “He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:9). One physicist many years ago said that billions of years ago, the universe exploded into being. I about fell out of my chair! What? If the universe exploded into being, then what was it before it existed? Wouldn’t it have had to exist prior to coming into being? If so, then it must have already existed. The fact is that God was the first cause of the universe and has always existed, and everything we see is the effect of His causing it to come into being. There is no other explanation because an axiom of science is “out of nothing, nothing comes.”
The Impossibility of Life Outside of God
Only life can reproduce life. Nonorganic matter cannot produce living organisms. In 1859 the young French chemist Louis Pasteur conducted an experiment and concluded that “never will the doctrine of spontaneous generation recover from the mortal blow of this simple experiment. Spontaneous generation is an obsolete theory regarding the origin of life from inanimate matter, which held that this process was a commonplace and everyday occurrence.” God created life and is the Author of life, as Paul told the Greeks, “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). So we are not cosmic accidents, and it was not a process of molecules to man.
The Moral Lawgiver
One of the universals of human nature is that there are moral laws that humans are born with. Most people understand that killing is wrong even if they were not taught this. There is a law “written on their hearts” (Rom 2:16) that was not learned but which God established in the human heart. There are morals; thereby, we know by necessity that there is a moral Lawgiver. Mankind has an internal conscience and inherently knows that certain things are wrong, but if we were an amoebas-to-man creation, then where did the conscience come from? Obviously, there was a moral Lawgiver, and His name is God.
There are so many evidences that God created the heavens and the earth and that He created us too, and all of the creation was intended for His glory (Psalm 19:1), so we must be living lives that glorify God, for that is our purpose for existence. We know that God exists and that He created us for His glory, so we can read Genesis 1 and not question it one bit.