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Creation (1)

12 February 2021
‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’

You’ve probably come across the argument that science and the Bible disagree with each other, and there’s no way to reconcile the two. Many scientists reject the biblical account of creation, and are firm believers in evolution. But there are scientists who believe that the words, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,’ have some truth in them. Physicist Henry Margenau put it this way: ‘There’s only one convincing answer…creation is by an omnipotent omnipresent God’. Although scientist Stephen Hawking didn’t believe in God, even he said: ‘The universe and the laws of physics seem to have been specifically designed for us. If any one of about 40 physical qualities had more than slightly different values, life as we know it could not exist: either atoms would not be stable, or they wouldn’t combine into molecules, or the stars wouldn’t form the heavier elements, or the universe would collapse before life could develop.’ Isaiah 40:28 says: ‘Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom’ (NIV). Creation is a miracle and a mystery to us, but as Christians, we’re privileged to have a relationship with the Creator. Quantum physics can help us discover some of the delicately-balanced rules that keep our world under control, but nobody except God understands exactly how the world was created and how those intricate rules work together. And as children of the Creator, we should never apologise when we state our belief that ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’

What Now?

Go for a walk and look out for patterns in tree branches, leaves, ripples in water, and so on. Spend time enjoying appreciating the rules and order that God’s built in to His world.

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