In the beginning, God

Published 6:03 pm Monday, January 28, 2019

From Hebrews 11, “God spoke everything into being by his own free choice, and it was very good.”

When I was in seminary, Doug Oldham came to sing at the Wilmore United Methodist Church and one of my favorite songs was “God said it, I believe it, and that’s good enough for me.” My basic presuppositions come from the Bible, but I’m also a scientist, and I’m constantly trying to make the two compatible. The Bible says God created the heavens and the earth, but it really doesn’t give much detail. It’s not much help if we’re asking, “How did God create the earth?” And that’s where my science kicks in. I’m always asking questions about my faith and my science.

But at the heart of my faith and my science is the simple statement, “In the beginning, God….” Imagine you’re walking down the beach and see a sand castle sitting in the sand? What might you think? Did the waves wash up on the beach and carve out a sand castle? Did a bird fly down and peck out a sand castle on the beach? Or would you think some intelligent being planned it and built it and left it there?

Alex Coninx, associate professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Sorbonne University in Paris, tells us to, “Take an ordinary deck of cards with 52 cards and two jokers. Then shuffle it and hold on to it. What you are holding is a combinatorial explosion or a problem that expands beyond anyone’s power to explain or understand. Imagine how many times you’d have to shuffle that deck to repeat the order of the cards in the original deck?

Theodosius Dobzhansky, an evolutionist, said, “Those evolutionary happenings are unique, unrepeatable, and irreversible. It is as impossible to turn a land vertebrate into a fish as it is to effect the reverse transformation. The applicability of the experimental method to the study of such unique historical processes is severely restricted before all else by the time intervals involved, which far exceed the lifetime of any human experimenter. The evolutionist wants the creationist to “prove” creation and the creationist wants the evolutionist to “prove” evolution. Both are wrong. Creation and evolution are about history and not science. Science requires observation and repetition. Neither creation nor evolution can be observed nor repeated. So, neither one is science.

Think about it, if you assume an intelligent being created the sand castle, how in the world could you believe that the heavens and the earth and everything on the earth, all of which are far more complex than the sand castle, simply created themselves? Now, I don’t know all the details. I just know that God created everything, and it was very good.