What Happened in the Beginning?

That which has a beginning in time must have something preceding it or it could not begin, and so the first four words of the Bible state: “In the beginning God”. There is no apologetic in the scriptures for God’s existence, just the bold declaration for God being the sovereign Author of all and everything that is. God stands alone and beyond all other things. Evolution states that the universe was self-created; which is a rational and logical impossibility. Anything that exists either exists in and of itself or is caused by something else. God is the uncaused, self-existent, eternal being. While the scriptures never explicitly seek to prove God’s existence, it does make explicit statements about those who deny it.

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Psalm 14:1 – The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good. (cf. Psalm 53:1)

Before space and time began there was God. Only God has the power to self-exist and call others into existence; as Paul said in Colossians 1:17, “He is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

In the beginning God did something, and what He did was create the universe in six literal days. We metaphorically use the term “create” quite often. When speaking of a gifted communicator, artist, or engineer we will say:

  • “He is a creative communicator.”
  • “He is a creative sculptor.”
  • “She is a creative designer.”

But when an orator speaks, or a sculptor sculpts, or an engineer designs there is no real creativity at all, at least not in the Biblical sense. They all take materials and substances that already exist and they shape, form, and arrange those materials until they are finished. That is more ingenuity that creativity.

When God created the universe He spoke it into existence. There was nothing before, except for God; no energy, no matter, not even an infinitesimal point of singularity, and He used no raw materials to shape and arrange Creation. All that exists came into being by the active power of the eternal, self-existent, Almighty God. The origin of all things was not natural but supernatural. The Bible does not provide a “scientific” explanation of how God created, except to say that He spoke it into being, and that He did so in six literal days.

God has spoken, not only in His written word but in His Creation. The Creator is an information and communication genius, and He has programmed His creation with a complex, unfathomable information system. It is no accident that Genesis 1 repeats the phrase “God said” ten times. The truth of God is not only recorded in sacred scripture it is encoded in creation. If physics, engineering, and molecular biology have taught us anything it has taught us that information is crucial. Not long ago leading evolutionists insisted that all that was necessary for life to exist was matter and energy, but even they must acknowledge that within the matter and energy there must be information which communicates!

It has never been proven that more complex organisms arise from simpler organisms. Evolutionists cannot demonstrate how information spontaneously generates because it doesn’t (nor have they shown gradual spontaneous generation). Spontaneous generation, gradual or otherwise, does not occur in organic or inorganic models. For example, put random information in a computer and it will not produce a sophisticated, functioning program. Computer models have been a boon to creation science because it can simulate vast eons of time, and no computer model has demonstrated information arising from non-information, or complex information from simple or chaotic information. Computer engineering has only confirmed that information comes from intelligence.

Materials are able to receive and hold information and design, but they are unable to self-create information and design. Silicone and copper do not and cannot generate the concept of a TV, but they are able to hold the concept of a TV. Cellulose which is lying around on the ground will not and cannot, through gradual spontaneous generation, form itself into a newspaper, create the ink which will form the type print, assemble the ink into formatted sections in an intelligible language, and then cut itself into proper proportions. The information is external to the material. The material cannot create it, but it can contain it.

Francis Crick, who in 1953 co-discovered the structure of the DNA molecule, has written the following: “The cell is a minute factory, bustling with rapid, organized chemical activity.” The outside surface of the cell is studded with sensors, gates, and pumps, and identification markers to regulate traffic coming in and out. Today biologists cannot even describe the cell without resorting to the language of machines and engineering.

Evolutionists are quick to say that given enough time complex information grows out of nothing. As I’ve shown, they prefer the model of space + time + chance = everything. Computer simulations have been done to check the affects of time, to see if evolution builds complex structures. None have been effective. Design and function come only from intelligence. No natural process has produced a programmed code. It is extremely ironic and sad that those who most closely study the creation deny the Creator, but it is expected because the scientific community has abandoned reason in order to install evolution as the explanation for our existence. They deny the physical evidence as they seek to force the material to fit their conclusions.

I believe there is an even bigger problem than scientists who dogmatically cling to evolutionary theory, and that is Christians who claim that evolution is compatible with Christianity. It is not! Too many Christians are embracing evolution, only they call it “old-earth creationism” which blends some of the principles of biblical creationism with naturalistic and evolutionary theories, or “theistic evolution” which simply transposes chance with God. Instead of chance being the “force” which kick-started life, God got the evolutionary ball rolling. The impetus behind both systems is a vain attempt to reconcile the Bible with modern science.

Remember, all truth is God’s truth. While scripture is not a science textbook, wherever it intersects with scientific data it speaks with the same authority as when it teaches spiritual precepts. Science does not and will not disprove Scripture, because the Bible and the physical world share the same Author. Old-earth creationists and theistic evolutionists do not harmonize modern science with the scriptures. They only capitulate to naturalism, dishonor God, and undermine the authority of the Bible. God’s inspired and inerrant word is inspired and inerrant from Genesis 1 – Revelation 22. Scripture, not science, is the ultimate test of all truth, and the further a Christian gets from that conviction, he becomes less Christian and more humanistic.

Evolution’s aim is to eliminate the God of Genesis. Darwin himself was clear that the belief that God is Creator and the belief that life is evidence of natural selection are incompatible beliefs. He believed that his own doctrine of evolution was a direct contradiction to theism in general and to Christianity in particular. Darwin abandoned belief in God, and he traced this loss of faith to his theory of natural selection. He wrote in his autobiography:

I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so, the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.

Thus the driving force behind evolutionary theory was not scientific breakthroughs, but a desire to oust the Lawgiver and obliterate His law. Evolution is simply the latest means our fallen race has devised in order to suppress our innate knowledge of and the Biblical testimony that there is a God and that we are accountable to Him (Romans 1:22-28). By embracing evolution, modern society aims to do away with morality, responsibility, and sin. Society has embraced evolution with such enthusiasm because people imagine that it eliminates the Judge and leaves them free to do whatever they want without guilt and without consequences.

If the biblical doctrine of creation falls, the entire storyline of the Bible falls apart. There is no way to save any coherent form of Christian truth without the biblical doctrine of creation. Those who would abandon the biblical account of creation undermine the entire Christian truth claim.

For those who are correctly evaluating the evidence, everything in scripture and everything in nature clearly proves that God exists and that He is the powerful and wise Creator that scripture describes Him to be. Thus, when we believe that God exists, we are basing our belief not on some blind hope apart from any evidence, but on an overwhelming amount of reliable evidence from God’s Word and God’s works.

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About Travis

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6 Responses to What Happened in the Beginning?

  1. Roy Dearmore says:

    I believe in the Big Bang theory with two provisos. God did all the banging and He did in six 24 hour days. :o) Roy

    • Philip says:

      God suddenly made the universe as described in the bible? How come it’s written in the third person if it’s the word of God? He made light before he made the sun as well. It really is hilarious that you choose to believe this rubbbish when ALL the evidence points to a 46 billion year-old earth.

      • Travis says:

        @Philip – Why 46 billion years? What data demands that number? As to your question of the third person, holy men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. I suggest you re-read the post (assuming you did read it before commenting), and read the previous posts on the topic.

      • PRB says:

        1. You are confusing ‘His inspired Word’ with ‘autobiography.’
        2. Light can exist without the sun as demonstrated every time you turn on a light bulb in your house.
        3. Rubbish comes from confusion and ignorance. (See numbers 1 and 2 above.)

  2. PRB says:

    Thanks for the post Travis.
    1. Referring to the ‘evening and morning’ prior to the sun’s creation establishes this phrase as a reference to time, which makes the argument for each day of creation a literal 24 hour day.
    2. God was the energy before the ‘beginning.’ This is why energy can be described but not defined!
    3. I love to include the word omnificent, when describing our loving, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God.

  3. Roy Dearmore says:

    Phillip,
    I find it interesting that you have provided no data to substantiate your 46 billion years.
    I have exchanged emails with atheists before and it is usually pointless. I have yet to find one without the attitude, “My mind is made up! Don’t confuse me with the facts!”The men (including myself) who have commented on this post are not illiterate red-necks. I know Pat Briney well. He is highly intelligent and has held a Ph.D. in microbiology from a fully accredited state university for many years. He started out as a disbeliever but the scientific evidence for intelligent design and a Creator is overwhelming. Travis is a personal friend of mine and I know him to be intelligent, well read, and articulate. I personally hold a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas (1958), a post doctoral Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University, a Bachelor of Science from Texas Wesleyan University with a major in pre-med (chemistry, biology and physics) as wee as an earned Bachelor of Teology fom a small church related school.
    Evolution is a religion and requires much more faith than divine creation. I feel sure you base your 46 billion years on radioactive carbon and argon. Reputable scientists will argue that radioactive carbon dating is invalid beyond 10,000 yearsand even that depends on geologic uniformitarianism (no goloogic catastrophes in the history of the world. Argon dating depends also on geologic uniformitarianism. The crust of the earth screams of repeated geologic catastrophes. I would recommend the book “The Genesis Flood” by Henry Morris, Ph.D. who taught hydraulics and hydrology at a prestigious technical university (VPI) for many years.
    Please consider the facts and not just preconceived ideas.
    Roy F. Dearmore, M.D.

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