1 The Evolution Of A Creationist
Frustration was not an adequate word to describe my feelings! Which was true—evolution and billions of years, or creation in six 24-hour days? Two of my students at Baylor College of Dentistry had challenged me to investigate the possibility that the God of the Bible had created everything in six 24-hour days, as described in the first chapter of Genesis. My first reaction was, “Only an ignorant fool would believe in those ancient myths of the Book of Genesis.”
I was an evolutionist. My years as a biology major at Bucknell University and a dental major at the University of Pittsburgh had convinced me that we are here because of evolutionary processes—all very logical and explainable through the Scientific Method. This was A.D. 1971! We were living in the days of modern, hi-tech-science, which had claimed proof of evolution to be true. And yet, these two dental students were brilliant young men. They held advanced degrees in the sciences. Surely, there must be a simple way to prove that their six-day view of creation was wrong. One of the questions those two dental students asked me was this: “Doctor Martin, have you ever heard of the concept of God creating things with the appearance of age?” At that point in my pilgrimage, I certainly had not, but it sparked a desire to learn more. And thus the frustration began.
The seed of my frustration was planted in September of 1966. I was attending USAF Basic Medical Training at Wichita Falls, Texas. It was the height of the Vietnam War. I had been given orders to report in at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., upon completion of Basic Training. I was to be one of five dentists to serve the pilots and crews of President Johnson’s presidential fleet—the 89th Military Airlift Wing.
The seed was a brief prayer. As I sat at the Officers Club that September night, I decided to clear things up with the God of the Bible (if He was really there). If He could part the Red Sea, turn water into wine, and raise the dead, He could answer a simple prayer. This was my prayer: “God, if You are up there, You have two choices. Either You can show me the girl I am going to marry, or You will see the wildest Air Force officer You have ever seen.” I instantly thought, “Whew, nobody heard that prayer, I’m going out and live it up!”
Except God did hear that prayer. I met my wife-to-be that very day! We had a date the next night, and I told Jenna Dee that I was going to marry her on that first date. I knew I would. The God of the Bible had answered my specific prayer on the day that I uttered it to Him.
Upon my arrival to Washington, D.C., I decided to go to church and learn more about God. As I left church that first Sunday, the pastor shook my hand and asked if there was anything he could do to help me spiritually. I told him that anything he could do would help me spiritually, because at that point I was a big zero. Pastor Charlie Warford asked me to get up on Monday mornings at 6:00 a.m. and read the Bible with him. I used to like to argue with people about the Bible, but I’d never really read it. So, we read Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and we were in the gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 16, when God got my attention. This verse said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” It was the first phrase that got my attention. I was part of the world, had a heavy commitment to the world, and I knew it. That verse said to my heart that God loved me! I got on my knees with Pastor Warford, asked the Lord Jesus to forgive my sin and committed my life to Him. The seed had been planted and was beginning to sprout.
At the point in time I came to faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior, my sins were all forgiven, and I was given everlasting life. But something else happened which I was only later to realize. I had gone from being an “agnostic evolutionist” to being a “theistic evolutionist.” That meant that now I believed in God and that He used evolution over billions of years to create the universe and everything in it. Somehow I did not understand, at this early stage in spiritual development, that pure naturalistic evolution absolutely eliminates God. I honestly believed that evolution was the only scientifically accurate option for how we got here. It was the “Big Bang,” plus time, plus mindless random-chance processes. In other words, “nothing plus no one equals everything,” or “slime plus time equals me.”
Everyone Believes By Faith
My university science professors had not told me that I was making some significant assumptions by believing in the Big Bang model. The big bang is the belief that the universe and all the matter it contained was once so densely compressed that the matter was invisible. This “cosmic speck” underwent a sudden mega-explosion that is labeled by evolutionary scientists as the “Big Bang.”1 Many scientists believe that this explosion occurred between nine and twenty billion years ago. Just think of the tremendous, inexact range of time proposed by various evolutionists for the occurrence of this theoretical Big Bang…eleven-plus billion years!
To accept the Big Bang, one must assume that the existence of matter and energy is eternal—at least if you desire to be logical. Some evolutionists buy into the idea of quantum fluctuation (the idea that there was nothing there before the Big Bang and then, “BANG,” and there was something). This seems like a large portion of imagination to me, but this is how quantum physics is trying to detour around the law of cause-and-effect! The Big Bang model, we are told, only attempts to explain the ordering of matter and energy, not their origin. Of course, explosions are most often observed to cause disorder, not order. Logically, if there is no God, matter had to be eternally present before the Big Bang or there would have been nothing there to go BOOM! We discover here that everyone on earth believes in something eternal by faith. It is either faith in eternal matter and energy, faith in an eternally reoccurring mystical quantum fluctuation or faith in eternal God.
Faith In Creation Or In Evolution
Why is this belief by faith? Because it is beyond the reach of science to test. There are no experiments that can test who or what was here when the universe began. Consequently, when we speak of origins, neither the creation model nor the evolution model can be tested or verified by reproducible scientific experiments. This takes both models of origins out of the realm of science and into the arena of religiously-generated faith. Many evolutionists refuse to admit that their idea of the origin of all things is a faith-based system!
Theist and atheist both live by faith. Our basic set of beliefs, or system of faith, or way of thinking is our worldview. It is what we believe about life. Our worldview dictates our values and character. Behavior is the outward expression of our root worldview. When our children come home from school or college exhibiting a different type of behavior, it is because they are buying (or have bought) into a different religious worldview. How we view life, then, depends on what “worldview glasses” we are wearing (Proverbs 23:7). Are the worldview glasses we Christians are wearing influenced more by our culture or by the Bible?
Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” As we think about the creation/evolution controversy, what glasses are you wearing? Does it seem right to you, even as a Christian, to have on the evolutionary glasses of the humanistic worldview? In other words, if God says he created everything in a normal week, why do we become theistic evolutionists or progressive creationists and believe that God used the Big Bang and various forms of evolution over millions of years to create? We have been deeply tainted by the evolutionary culture in which we live! Rather than believing the Bible literally, we prefer to be “politically correct.” Even we Christians seem to have “loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43 and 5:44).
Are Matter And Energy Eternal?
Some evolutionists believe that if matter and energy were eternal, they would be—before the time of the big bang—in a state of equilibrium. Equilibrium means everything would be equal and non-reactive. A car is like that. The car sits there in neutral (equilibrium) and doesn’t do anything until it is turned on. Starting the engine explodes the gasoline, which gives the power to move the car. Science tells us that when matter is somewhere for a long enough time (eternity past), it will eventually stop doing anything, all the possible reactions would have already occurred, and it would just sit there like a car in neutral. This is a part of the second law of thermodynamics that physicists call Zeroeth Entropy. Before the Big Bang, all matter and energy, if eternal, would be in neutral (equilibrium). It’s like the car when it is turned off and in park on a flat driveway. It will not move until someone starts it up.
So, if everything was in neutral before the Big Bang, what made the Big Bang go BOOM? If you believe in the Big Bang and eternal matter and energy, you believe by faith that this infinitely dense speck of matter (which would have infinitely powerful gravity pulling inward) somehow overcame its own inward pulling forces and went “BANG,” shooting its contents out, thus simultaneously creating time and space! This gargantuan cosmic explosion was of such a magnitude that it ultimately resulted in the production of all the contents of the universe. To make stars and galaxies and oceans and mountains and flowers seems to require un-random design and purpose. This has never been observed to occur through a chaotic explosion. Belief in a mega-explosion that ultimately results in order and regularity and predictability and beauty and music and emotions (such as love) appears to me to demand a huge volume of faith.
So, then, the question becomes either, “Do I believe by faith in eternal matter and energy?” (This gives me the problem of how did the Big Bang go BOOM?) or, “Do I believe by faith in eternal God?” Everyone believes by faith in something eternal.
Philip E. Johnson, a First Amendment attorney who taught law at the University of California, Berkeley, believes that the media all too often presents creationists as if they do not use or understand science. Johnson writes:
In fact, there is a great deal more to the creation/evolution controversy than meets the eye, or rather than meets the carefully cultivated media stereotype of “creationists” as Bible-quoting know-nothings who refuse to face up to the scientific evidence. The creationists may be wrong about many things, but they have at least one very important point to argue, a point that has been thoroughly obscured by all the attention paid to Noah’s flood and other side issues. What science educators propose to teach as “evolution,” and label as fact, is based not upon any incontrovertible empirical evidence (scientifically proven facts, ed.), but upon a highly controversial philosophical presupposition. The controversy over evolution is therefore not going to go away as people become better educated on the subject. On the contrary, the more people learn about the philosophical content of what scientists are calling the “fact of evolution,” the less they are going to like it.2
Like many of us, Johnson is concerned that public school science teachers and university professors have moved out of the realm of “science” and into the sphere of religious teaching (faith) when they address the evolution of molecules to man as scientific fact. In my years as a science major at Bucknell University and the University of Pittsburgh, I was taught that science and fossils prove evolution to be true— that the important transitional steps in the evolution of one creature into another “occurred within its gaps.” I now agree with Johnson when he questions current evolutionary theory and its adherents. The evolutionary model’s “...mechanism accomplishes wonders of creativity not because the wonders can be demonstrated, but because they (evolutionists) cannot think of a more plausible explanation for the existence of wonders that does not involve an unacceptable creator, i.e., a being or force outside the world of Nature.”3 The political correctness of our day dictates the abhorrence of any credibility or reality to a literal God who is greater than science itself, even though He created true science!
God, The Creator
Though the idea of Creator God outside the world of nature is unacceptable to the majority of evolutionists, the Bible teaches that eternal God created the universe, and He did so by and through and for His only eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The eternal Son was there in the beginning of creation as can be seen in the plural pronouns of Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” That He, the Son, was instrumental in the creation of all things is taught in the Gospel of John:
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-4).
These verses of John verify that Jesus is the Creator, and that all things were made by Him. The book of Hebrews is another testimony that Jesus is the Creator of the world: “God... Hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;...” (Hebrews 1:1-2). The letter to the Colossians also refers to the Lord Jesus as the Creator of all things, and it goes on to name Him as the One Who holds all things together (Colossians 1:15-17).
Scientists say, “We have a problem. There are not enough stars and moons and asteroids to hold the universe together.” This is called the “Missing Mass” problem. Everything should be flying apart, but it is staying together. A creationist can say, “I know what holds the universe together in spite of the ‘Missing Mass’ problem—the Lord Jesus, the Creator holds it all together by His great power” (Hebrews 1 and Colossians 1). When the Bible refers to science, it may not be exhaustive, but it is accurate. We can trust it.
When scientists choose to believe that God the Creator does not exist they are forced to come up with alternative explanations. They observe that our universe is holding together. They calculate that there is not enough mass to hold it together. Now they have a problem, so they must make up an alternative. In this case, the alternative I was taught in college in the late 50’s was “invisible, cold, dark matter” holds the universe together. I was also taught that neutrinos (called by some scientists as “the smallest speck of reality in the universe”) had no mass. But the most recent alternative to God’s power holding everything together is neutrinos. It is now popular in some evolutionary circles to believe that neutrinos have so much mass that they hold the universe together, even though the mass of a neutrino has yet to be reliably established.
The Scriptures tell us that God holds the atom together and He holds the universe together. The world came into being, not as a result of a chance, cosmic explosion, but as a special creation with a unique purpose. God purposed to have people who would bring glory to Himself and with whom He could have fellowship. Ultimately, the Creator would step into time and His creation to become the Savior. But more about that later.
In the ancient Hebrew of the Old Testament, a word is repeated to emphasize it. For example, Isaiah 6:3 uses repetition to tell us that God is infinitely holy: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.” You cannot get any holier than God. The Hebrew language uses the same word three times to show the total absolute holiness of God. In a similar way, Genesis emphasizes the fact of creation. Moses, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writes:
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created (Genesis 5:1-2, Emphasis added)
Man, The Created
Man was created, created, created! You cannot get any more emphatic than that. The Bible does not say man evolved, evolved, evolved. If God wanted to indicate that man had come about through ages of evolutionary changes, He surely could have. But His Word is Truth and the Truth says man was created. Mankind is not even Homo sapiens. Homo sapiens is a man-made term that puts us into the animal kingdom. We are created in the image of God distinctly above the animal kingdom to take dominion over the other life-forms on earth.
Not only did the Lord Jesus create man, He created man in God’s own image. Did God, who “spoke the creation into existence,” have to use millions of years of evolutionary mistakes to finally achieve His own image in man? Of course not! The millions of years idea further detracts from God’s omnipotence.
If people really did evolve from monkey-like creatures, then the question arises, “What about the Virgin Mary? Was Mary, the human mother of the Lord Jesus, composed of made-over monkey genes?” If Mary was a highly evolved, distant relative of monkeys, then is our Lord also genetically related to the primates? Mary was created in the image of God, not in the lineage of monkeys.
The Bible tells us that God created man in His own image as an instant creation (Genesis 1:27). Jesus, the Creator, verifies this in Mark 10:6. He states: “But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.” The context of Mark 10:6 is divorce. We all know that cockroaches, rabbits and rats do not get divorces. The creator is talking about people. People get divorces. The Creator of one-man/one-woman ’til-death-do-us-part marriage tells us that divorce is not His solution to problems of pride and selfishness in marriage. (If you would like to read some of what the Bible says about this, please refer to Malachi 2:13-16; Deuteronomy 24:1-5; Matthew 5:31,32; Matthew 19:3-12; Mark 10:1-12; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16; Philippians 2:1-4; Ephesians 4:25-32; Colossians 3:12,13; 1 Peter 3:8,9; also www.biblicaldiscipleship.org.) People, created instantly in God’s image, were there in the beginning.4
If we believe what the Bible says (and this book will argue that there is no “scientific” proof not to), Mark 10:6 alone destroys all evolutionary teaching. There were male and female people on earth from the beginning. The Creator says so. That leaves no room at all for billions of years of transitional animal forms (missing links) gradually evolving from a single cell through monkey-like creatures to man. [Remember: Evolution requires millions and billions of years, not just hundreds or even thousands. Large gaps of time in the genealogies in the Bible will be discussed later.]
Man Created Fully Mature
If it is true that there were people here as male and female people from the very beginning, then God created them as instant adults. He created Adam, a full-grown (totally mature) adult who was only one second old. From Adam’s rib (taken during the first general anesthetic!), God created instantly the first woman, Eve, complete and mature. Adam woke up and did not see a baby girl. He was introduced to Eve, his fully-grown wife. If you are a theistic evolutionist (one who believes that God used the Big Bang and the process of evolution over millions of years to produce molecules, life and man), or even a progressive creationist (one who believes that God caused the Big Bang about 16 billion years ago and then progressively created everything over millions of years), you have a problem here. Do you know of any evolutionists that believe that women evolve from ribs? Genesis teaches that God made Eve from Adam’s rib. Yes, this means that Eve was “sourced” in Adam, but she was still hand-fashioned from the rib that God took from Adam’s side. If, as some progressive creationists claim, no rib surgery on Adam was involved, then why does it say that God “...closed up the flesh...” (Genesis 2:21b) in Adam after taking out one of his ribs?
If, when Adam first saw Eve, he would have asked, “Eve, how old are you?” she would have answered, “One minute old, Adam.” She was created with full maturity. She looked perhaps 25 years old, but she had to wait a whole year to celebrate her first birthday. If Eve said, “Adam, I’m hungry,” he could have reached out and picked a ripe peach, though its tree was only three days old. God also created fully mature trees. They looked old, and bore ripe fruit, but they were only three days old. These three-day-old trees were growing in soil that was created fully developed. In this soil, ferns were thriving and flowers blooming. Huge, minutes-to-hours old dinosaurs were walking the earth with Adam and Eve. (Fortunately, they ate plants and not people at this point. See Genesis 1:30.) Even the light beams from the stars could have been created at the instant God created the stars. It might appear to scientists that light from the farthest stars took millions of years to get to earth, but if God created fully mature systems, then that light beam may only be as old as the star itself.
When I am addressing the issue of creation with maturity (or the appearance of age) with a class of college students, invariably a hand will go up at that point of the discussion. The student will say, “Then your God is a liar. He created something that is not what it appears to be if He created Adam, Eve, and dinosaurs full-grown. They looked old, but were not old.” No, God is not a liar. He told us exactly what He did in Genesis l and 2. When someone tells you what he or she is doing, it is not a lie. Our problem is that we do not think we can believe it as God describes it. Instead of believing the Bible, we have accepted the speculative theories of evolution.
Remember that in Hebrews 1, Colossians 1 and John 1, God tells us that Jesus is the Creator. Is it outside of the ability of God to create fully functional and mature systems? The Creator stepped into space-time-history as the Savior. He performed His first miracle during the wedding feast at Cana as recorded in John 2.
Jesus Created Aged Wine
Decades before Jesus and the Apostle John walked the streets of Cana, the Hebrew Old Testament was translated into Greek. This translation is called the LXX or the Septuagint. As John wrote the first two chapters of his gospel, he seemingly had in mind the first two chapters of the Septuagint (Old Testament in Greek). Not only is the use of the Greek language similar, but John 1 and Genesis 1 talk about the beginning of the world. John 2 and Genesis 2 deal with a man and a woman moving into marriage.
As recorded in John 2, the marriage party at Cana had run out of wine. There were six stone waterpots full of water, which Jesus turned into wine. The servants took some of this new wine to the headwaiter. After tasting it he said, “Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse; but thou hast kept the good wine until now” (John 2:10).
How is good wine produced? It must be aged. How old was this wine? Only a minute or two. The Creator stepped into time and performed His first miracle and “manifested forth his glory” (John 2:11). He wanted His disciples to make no mistake as to who He is. In doing so, He created something (wine) with the appearance of age. (The Greek word for wine is “oinos,” see: Ephesians 5:18; 1 Timothy 3:3, 8; Titus 2:3; Revelation 17:2; 18:3,13.) The seconds-old wine (oinos) tasted like aged wine. How many waterpots does the Biblical account of John record? Six! How many days did God work in the creation week? Six! As John writes his Gospel he could be thinking about Genesis 1 and 2. In Genesis, God spoke the universe into existence with full maturity in six days. In John 2, God created wine in a split second with full maturity in six waterpots.
Scripture has one interpretation; however, it can have many applications. One of the applications of John 2 is that the Creator does not need time. He can create whatever He wants to create and make it appear to “have some years” on it. Creations that are new can appear to have gone through a process that required time—but there was no time. Jesus manifested His glory as He performed His earthly miracles, without the use of time, just as He had created each aspect of the universe, instantly complete and fully functional without the use of time.
Some evolutionists teach that the Big Bang created time. The Bible says that God created time, that He is outside of time, but interacts with us in time. His miracles prove that He does not need time to do anything!
Feeding The Five Thousand
Jesus was moved with compassion. He decided to provide food to a large crowd. Did He say to His disciples, “Come on, guys, heat up the ovens. Today we are going to bake bread?”
The Lord Jesus fed 5,000 men (with women and children perhaps 15,000 total people), and He did it with five little loaves and two little fish. “And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men” (Mark 6:44). If you had eaten that bread and did not know where it came from, might you have thought it had gone through a time process of mixing ingredients and baking? But there was no time!
Peter Aims To Kill
When Judas Iscariot came with a mob to betray Jesus, Peter grabbed a sword and aimed it at the head of one of them. The person may have ducked, and Peter succeeded in cutting off only the ear of Malchus, the servant of the high priest. (See: Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47; John 18:10; Luke 22:50.) Dr. Luke, the physician, is the only Gospel writer that mentions Jesus miraculously restoring the ear: “And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him” (Luke 22:50,51).
Did Jesus pick up the ear, get out His suture kit, sew the ear back on and say, “Come back in two weeks and we’ll take out your stitches?” Of course not! He may have made a new ear or He put the old ear back on the person—no stitches, no scabs, no healing process, no time involved. See! The God of the Bible does not need time. There is no way to reattach an ear without the process of days of healing...unless you are God, infinite and sovereign, the Creator of time, space and life itself! Our Creator, the Lord Jesus, does not need time to do what we humans (limited and finite) would dogmatically say requires time!
Does The Bible Teach Billions Of Years?
In order to find a means to extend the Bible into billions of years, some Christians hold to the belief that there are big gaps in the genealogical tables in the Bible. Let’s think about this for a minute. Everyone agrees there are about 2,000 years back to Christ the Lord. The commonly held figure for Abraham is around 4,170 years ago. No gaps here. So the gaps must be between Adam and Abraham.
Jude verse 14, 15 states:
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him [Emphasis mine].
There are seven continuous generations from Adam to Enoch according to Jude 14. There is nothing missing here. That means any gaps in the genealogical tables would have to be between Enoch and Abraham. Can we squeeze millions of years of evolutionary time between these two old patriarchs? The answer is a loud “NO!”
Noah’s father, Lamech, was Adam’s great, great, great, great, great, great grandson. They were one big, happy family. They all lived near each other and talked to each other. I can imagine Adam having his grandson Lamech sit in his lap as Adam said to him, “Lamech, your grandfather Adam should not have eaten of that fruit back in the Garden of Eden!” Then Lamech, years later, told his grandson, Shem (Noah’s son), what Adam had told him.
Shem was with his father, Noah, on the ark and rode out the Flood. Many years passed and Abraham was born. Shem’s lifespan overlapped Abraham’s by 50 years or more. Shem assuredly taught Abraham all that Lamech had passed on to him that had come straight from Adam! There are no huge gaps of time in the genealogical tables to compensate for the long ages demanded by evolution (nor, I might add, are there big gaps of time in the transmission of God’s Word). And even if there were gaps, they would not help make evolution possible, since people are already here. Evolution teaches that people were some of the very last critters on the evolutionary tree to evolve. Once Adam came on the scene, all the animals were already here, so there is nothing left to evolve.
Someone may have taught you that there were big gaps in the genealogical tables that gave room for evolution to happen. As you can see, gaps of time, if they were there, would not help evolutionize the Bible. Once Adam and Eve arrive on the scene, all other forms of life are already here. Remember, it was Adam who named all the kinds of birds and beasts on the sixth day (Genesis 2:20).
God Created Time
God created time. He is not subject to it, since He is eternal and time is a created entity. One day “time will be no more.” That is the message of 2 Peter 3:8, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” How many times have people come up and said, “You know, the Bible teaches that those days in Genesis could be long periods of time. It says that a day is as a thousand years.” 2 Peter 3:8, does not teach that each day of the creation week was 1,000 years or a longer period of time or vice versa (1,000 years as a day), but rather it shows that God is above time. The context of 2 Peter 3:8,9 is that time means nothing to God as He waits for us to come to repentance! I believe the God of the Bible shows some of the yearning of his heart in 2 Peter 3:8,9. As He waits for us to come to repentance, a day is like 1,000 years. On the day that we come to repentance, if He had waited 1,000 years it is as a day! The Creator Lord Jesus is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
Almost all of the miracles of our Creator appear to have needed time! But our Lord did not need time for His miracles, and He did not need time to create the universe. For us to believe that God created the universe in a literal six-day, 24-hour/day week about 6,000 years ago (as recorded in Genesis), we must assume that He can and will create things in their mature state. His miracles tell us that this is consistent with His power and His character. We can believe the Bible in the normal historical and grammatical sense of its meaning.
Could it be that molecules-to-man evolution is not based on true science, but upon many unprovable assumptions? We will consider this in Chapter Two, but one more thought first. The first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, says: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Hebrew word for “God” (Elohim) is a plural word, and the same word is sometimes translated “gods.” The verb, created, is third person singular, “He Created” in the Hebrew. Did God make a grammatical mistake (the same as us saying “they was” which is not only incorrect English, it is very bad Hebrew!) in the very first verse of the Bible by putting a plural noun with a singular verb? Not at all! God is telling us, in His first written words to us, that He is a plurality and at the same time a singularity. He is the one true God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is the Almighty Trinitarian God of the Bible, the three-in-one!
God’s universe speaks of His attributes. The singular universe is composed of three elements: space, time and matter (which includes energy). “In the beginning”—time, “God created the heavens”—space, “and the earth”—matter. The one, singular universe is a plural, a tri-unity (tri-unity is used instead of Trinity since only the God of the Bible is the Trinity). Space is a tri-unity composed of width, depth and height. Time is a tri-unity of past, present and future. Matter is a tri-unity of solid, liquid and gas! We are one person made up of three parts, a body, a soul and a spirit. The atom is composed of three major parts: protons, neutrons and electrons. This phenomenon of one entity that is divided into three goes all the way through the creation and screams of the special Trinitarian God of the Bible.
In one short verse (Genesis 1:1), the God of the Bible describes the fundamental aspects of His universe and portrays Himself as plural and singular at the same time! Therefore, we Christians are not polytheists (Hinduism and New Age), nor are we monotheists (Islam and Judaism). Christianity is unique among all other religious systems. Christians are Trinitarians. We are baptized “...in the name [singular] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost [The One Who is Three]” (Matthew 28:19b).
We Can Believe The Bible!
As we will see in the chapters ahead, there is no scientific reason not to believe the Holy Scriptures of the Bible as they are written. Of course, I did not know these things back in 1971, and many years later I am still learning. As I talked with those Baylor students, I began to realize that evolutionary theory and the Biblical creation account cannot be merged. The belief that God used evolutionary processes or even successive creations over extended periods of time to change primitive molecules into you and me (Macroevolution, Theistic Evolution, Progressive Creation) is inadequate. It portrays a vicious, stupid God who needed millions of years of ferocious animals eating animals or “survival of the fittest,” to produce something He considered perfect enough to announce that man was finally in His own image. Evolution destroys God, His infinite power and His image. Furthermore, evolution enslaves God to the restrictive boundaries of time and robs Him of His glory (Isaiah 48:11).
1 “The universe began as a particle that was infinitely dense and occupied no space.” Robert Augros and George Stanciu, The New Story of Science (Lake Bluff, Illinois: Regnrey Gateway Pubs., 1984), pp. 54-64 (condensation and paraphrase).
2 Philip E. Johnson, Evolution as Dogma: The Establishment of Naturalism (Dallas, TX: Haughton Publishing Company, 1990), pp. 1,2.
3 Ibid., p. 7.
4 I heard this argument first on a tape dealing with the evolution/creation controversy by Floyd Jones Ministries, 8222 Glencliffe Lane, Houston, TX 77070.