"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1
How is man supposed to understand that "God created the heaven and the earth"? Is he expected to comprehend this declaration through data collected by sophisticated satellites; by the astronomer's telescope; by NASA's discoveries; by statistical data compiled by modern computers; by the archaeologist's spade; or by the intelligence of educated men? No. In fact, none of these methods will ever bring any information before mankind that will enable him to believe the simple statement, "God created the heaven and the earth". God did not bury His mighty works of creation in an avalanche of conflicting data only to be discovered one day by advanced mankind. God's people have believed in His creative fiat for thousands of years and the only way anyone ever has believed, or ever will believe, that God created the heaven and the earth is through faith: "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear"- Hebrews 11:3.
Just as the carpenter frames his building with hammer and nails, God framed His universe with nothing more than His word. God did not use any pre-existing materials(of things which do appear). Every theory of evolution begins with the false assumption of pre-existing materials, materials of which they can not begin to explain the origin. But creation begins with nothing but God! And this writer to the Hebrews declares that it is only "through faith" that we can believe such a statement.
"Understanding by faith" is a level of comprehension that all men can not attain unto. As Paul has written, "all men have not faith"- Thes 3:2. Therefore, the believer should not be surprised when there are those who oppose God and His declaration of creation. They are lacking faith. And behold, here is an understanding that goes beyond the scientist's instruments. It lays hold of God and His revealed knowledge and carries the soul to worlds unknown to the natural mind. Faith takes us from the natural realm to the Spiritual; from natural comprehension to Spiritual comprehension; from natural evidence to a simple trust in God. Faith is more than a system of belief. It is more that an act. It is more than knowledge. It is not walking on thin air, it is walking on God's word. Simply, faith is taking God at His word, no questions asked, and living accordingly. Satellites, computers, telescopes, and natural intelligence will never elevate fallen man to the position of faithful man. They will never bring fallen man up to the level of intelligence that only the believer may enjoy. Satellites will fall, computers will crash, telescopes will fog, and the archaeologist's spade will rust. But God and His faithful declaration of creation will remain until time is no more. Is your faith in God?
Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115.
Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.