In an academic environment, creation is considered foolishness and fantasy. How can you be a student in any field, but particularly science, and hold to the view that God created the universe as spelled out in the book of Genesis?
If your professor and/or peers challenge you, what will you say in defense of your worldview?
Anthony, thank you for your comment. Spontaneous generation was disproven by Louis Pasteur in 1859, so there is really no need to go down that road.
The Bible records that God created everything simply by speaking it into existence. (I’ll come back to this later.) Unlike the evolution model, God created plant life on the third day of creation – each “after its kind” (Genesis 1:9-12). This negates spontaneous generation of plants and plant evolution. On the fourth day, God created the sun, moon and stars, or the universe as we know it. This is clearly contrary to the evolution model that begins with the Big Bang followed by star formation. On the fifth day, God created all sea creatures and creatures that fly – again, each “according to their kind” (Genesis 1:20-23). Again, this is contrary to the evolution model that teaches that life originated in the seas and later crawled to become plants and animals. Finally, on day six, God created all the land creatures “according to its kind” and man. You suggest that perhaps God “created THROUGH spontaneous generation.” There is no need to ask Him “when we get there” because He has already told us in His Word: “He spoke and it was done” (Psalm 33:9).
God is all-powerful, and all-knowing. He cannot be taught and He has no need to learn. There is nothing beyond His capacity to accomplish. Some have suggested that God used evolution to create. Why would He do that? Does an all-knowing, all-powerful God need to create by trial and error through experimentation? We do that! To suggest such a thing of God is to bring Him down to our level. God the universe into existence, something our feeble minds cannot understand, because we are not all-knowing and all-powerful like God.
There is one exception to His spoken creation, and that is man. The Bible says that “God created man in His own image; in the image of God created He him” (Genesis 1:27). Man was not spoken into being like the rest of God’s creation. The LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). Man is God’s special creation. This is part of the answer to your question, “Why are we here?” God says, “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him” (Isaiah 43:7). Of all His creation, only man can truly appreciate the wonder of it all – from the vastness of space down to the intricacies of the smallest cell. For that reason King Solomon said, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). There is your purpose. – Ernie
Alfred Menendez says:
And when you get to heaven and you ask God this is what He will say:
"In the beginning "I" created the heavens and the earth...." and He will say "And "I" said and it was so.." What I am saying is that since God does not lie, what He tells us in the Bible is the same He will say in heaven. God created by His word. We can only marvel at the complexity of His creation now as we see dimly. And dimly we see as we look at the universe and think we have a man made answer for it. Genetically, evolution does not work. The big three used by evolutionists: 1) radioactive dating, 2) deep time in the universe; and 3) the fossil record, are being addressed to the best of current knowledge (man's) by scientists that believe in creation. And they have come up with better answers than evolutionists for the big three. I will leave it up to you to investigate further. It took me some investment of time but it was worth it.
Anthony, you end your commend with "I guess we will just have to ask him when we get there". That is a very dangerous gamble. Not all people go to the same place when they die, according to the Bible. They either go to heaven or they go to Hell. You make sure of where you are going before you die. After you die your destination is forever settled, and you cannot go back and undo your decision. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: For born-again believers absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8), for the unbeliever it is "and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments"( Luke 16:23). Furthermore, there is no need to wait. You can know right now. I suspect that the answer you would get from God if you could ask Him after you got there, would be:"Why did you not read and believe My Book?" In the Bible God tells us how He made everything and why. (The book of Genesis is a good place to start, but all through the Bible you will find passages about the creation) Revelation 4:11 tells us why He created everything, including us. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. We were created for God's pleasure, and He has a purpose for every person, you included. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11. God does nothing without purpose. Please read the little booklet God's Plan For Your Life by Henry Morris, which you can download from this website under Resources. If you read that with an open mind and heart it will help you get answers to your questions.
And if you go on icr.org and go to resources you will find lots of material that will help you get answers to your questions also. And most importantly, go to the Bible. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts;
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Peter 1:19-21
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness which he hath testified of his Son. He believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:9-13
Anthony, I read your comments and find them very objective. Glad you posted them. I gather that you allow for a creator in the beginning and apparently hold out some hope of life after death. Q: Do you think the creator(s) revealed to mankind the why of our life and purpose? I would answer such a question in the affirmative and point to this historic confession from the Westminster shorter catechism as to why we are here:
“Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever."
Anthony Seippel says:
Well, as someone who believes in evolution, I don't think that theory necessarily explains HOW life began, only the path it took after its genesis. Spontaneous generation and the other theories are interesting, though too me I have always had the sense that life has a why factor. Why are we here? So to me, that is the point where God comes in to play. They created us for a purpose, which of course we don't fully comprehend. Maybe he created life THROUGH spontaneous generation. I guess we will just have to ask him when we get there.
I am not a student but found this post very interesting. How should we respond? Consider the exhortation in I Peter 3:15. Perhaps a simple approach is to ask, what is the First Cause for the origin of life on earth? I suspect many evolutionists would answer spontaneous generation or abiogenesis. This opens the door to how the scientific method can demonstrate such an answer is true concerning origins or if this view can be falsified by the scientific method. I will be looking forward to hearing from others on this topic.