of Our Fireplaces (1)
January 28, 2007
by Harry Osborne
We have two fireplaces in our new
house that worked great to keep us warm during the
recent ice storm. An amazing thing happened to form
those fireplaces in our house. During the construction
of the house, there was a pile of metal, rock, tile,
wood and other materials nearby. All at once, there
was this huge explosion which sent the materials flying
all over the place. A few minutes later, two perfectly
shaped and functional fireplaces landed in exactly
the places we wanted them in the house. Over the next
few months, they developed rock and tile around them
and evolved into great appliances. Is that not amazing?
By now, I imagine that every rational
reader is ready to tell me that the above story is
pure nonsense! Do you believe it? Why not? Do you
believe that just because the fireplaces show signs
of design and order that there must be a maker behind
them? Do you think functional and beautiful fireplaces
could not be the results of random arrangement from
an explosion? If you do not believe our fireplaces
could be the result of random arrangement from an
explosion, why would you believe the functional and
beautiful systems in our universe are the result of
random arrangement from an explosion popularly called
"The Big Bang"? Our universe is far more
complex than a couple of fireplaces. Its design, order
and precision are unparalleled even down to the sub-atomic
The general theory of evolution would
have us believe that the order we see around us is
the result of mere chance. Whether it be the complexities
of the gravitational balance that exist within our
solar system or the complexities of the living things,
the evolutionists tell us that it is the product of
an accident, not the effect of the rational design
of a Creator.
Many people have blindly accepted
this theory without thinking about its plausibility.
Our junior high and high school age students will
begin a class on “Evidences” today. Over
the next few weeks, we want to examine the problems
with this theory and show the rational alternative
-- that our world and its inhabitants are the result
of divine design and power. Though the proponents
of the "Big Bang" theory and the general
theory of evolution often like to present their theories
as the "only scientific" explanations for
our world, such is not the case. Parents, take some
time to discuss these articles with your children
and help them deal with their questions and issues
they will face on the subject.
As we find ourselves increasingly
confronted with those who ridicule "Creationists"
as people who believe in "fairy tales,"
Christians must be ready to defend Bible teaching.
Peter spoke of this responsibility saying, "But
sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready
always to give answer to every man that asks you a
reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with
meekness and fear" (1 Pet. 3:15). W. E.
Vine defines the word answer (Gk.
apologia) in this verse as a "verbal defense"
or "a speech in defense." It signifies a
full and reasoned answer rather than an off-the-cuff
answer without thought. It demands that we understand
the arguments being made against the Bible’s
teaching and that we be able to defend that teaching
against attack. The need to be ready for such a defense
is obvious in our time. From the media to the schools
to our own brethren, we are being faced with influential
people who actively oppose the Bible account of Creation.
Our children are forced to face this fact daily and
we must be ready to help them. Even in the religious
world, many deny the Bible account of our world's
Let us first establish the fact that
the Bible clearly claims the world began by the creative
genius of an omnipotent God. Various passages from
our Bibles could be used to sustain this fact. Note
the following as examples:
The heavens declare the glory
of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork (Psa.
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the
earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested
the seventh day (Exod. 20:11).
For in six days the Lord made
the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day
He rested and was refreshed (Exod. 31:17).
By the word of the Lord the heavens
were made, And all the host of them by the breath
of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together
as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let
all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants
of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and
it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast (Psa.
Lift up your eyes on high, and
see who has created these things, who brings out their
host by number; he calls them all by name, by the
greatness of His might and the strength of His power;
not one is missing... Have you not known? Have you
not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator
of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable (Isa. 40:26, 28).
God, who made the world and everything
in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does
not dwell in temples made with hands (Acts 17:24).
But from the beginning of the
creation, God made them male and female (Mark 10:6).
For every house is built by someone, but He who built
all things is God (Heb. 3:4).
This point is made at the very start
of the Bible as it opens with these words: "In
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth"
(Gen. 1:1). The first two chapters of Genesis
give the foundational claim of the Bible -- that the
God of the Bible created this world and gave life
to its inhabitants in six days of creation (see also
Exod. 20:11). It is stated in the same declarative
style used to inform us about all of the other facts
presented in the Bible. Indeed, the power of divine
instruction, the Word, in bringing about the Creation
is the very point of John in the introduction to his
Gospel (Jn. 1:1-5).
Man is not pictured as a product of
development arriving on the scene millions or billions
of years later, but as the designed creation of God
from the very beginning. Jesus reaffirmed this truth
from Genesis saying, "He who made them at
the beginning made them male and female"
speaking of the first human beings, Adam and Eve (Matt.
19:4). Mark 10:6 makes clear that "the beginning"
specified is "the beginning of creation."
Obviously, one cannot maintain that
Jesus spoke the truth while at the same time affirming
that humans evolved by chance over billions of years
as asserted in the evolutionary time scale. If the
proponents of the general theory of evolution are
to be believed, humans came into being much closer
to the present than the beginning. However, the Bible
is consistent in its claim, both in the New Testament
and the Old Testament, that man was created by God
within the same literal, six days of time in which
all other things were created. Either the evolutionists
are wrong, or Jesus did not tell the truth. There
is no middle ground. Thus, if one teaches that human
beings were the product of an act of special creation
much nearer our end of time than "the beginning
of creation," he finds himself in direct conflict
with the God of heaven.
Over the next few weeks, we want to
examine some of the problems of the general theory
of evolution as well as compromises made with that
theory. We will see that the theory is not a proven
fact, nor can it be. Those who believe it must do
so by faith. We will ask whether it is more reasonable
to believe that our universe evolved by chance or
to believe that it is the product of God's design
and power by which it was formed in maturity in a
We will not ask one to accept the
Bible account on blind faith, but upon a faith founded
on reason. True faith in God as Creator is based upon
a rational understanding even as the Bible says, "By
faith we understand that the worlds were framed by
the word of God, so that the things which are seen
were not made of things which are visible" (Heb.
11:3). In the end analysis, such faith is more reasonable
than faith in the evolutionary theories.
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