If you are just now joining us, over the last several months my weekly blog has been based on Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Each week I touch on a new chapter. Last week was the Trinity, and this week is Creation.
In the verse above, Nehemiah 9:6, it clearly states that God made everything. Therefore if you believe Nehemiah 9:6 is the inspired Word of God (as I do) the case is closed. However, if you need more than just this verse you could also look at Genesis 1, Isaiah 45:18, Psalm 33, John 1:3, Acts 4:24, Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Revelation 4:11, etc. If the Bible is clear about anything, it is that God is the Creator of all things, both the visible and the invisible. Everything that is, except God himself, exists because God caused it to exist.
This leads to the question, why? Why would a Being as powerful as God desire to create the Universe? God in His Word tells us why, for His Glory. Isaiah 43:7 says,”everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Revelation 4:11 says, ““Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
For some people, accepting that God created all things is difficult due to their inability to go back in time and see for themselves that God did in fact create everything. Many of these people like to say they believe in “science” and until science can prove it, they won’t believe it. It should be noted that some of our greatest scientist believed in God as Creator: Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Blaise Pascal, and Isaac Newton to name a few. Albert Einstein, perhaps the most famous scientist to have ever lived, though not a Christian states, “In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views."
Another theory that has become popular is evolution. This theory took off after Charles Darwin’s book “Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” which was published in 1859. What most people do not understand about this theory is that it is just a theory, one in fact that Darwin himself had his doubts about. One quote that I found intriguing was found in a letter he wrote to Asa Gray, a Harvard professor of Biology, where he states, “I am quite conscious that my speculations run quite beyond the bounds of true science." Likewise, he writes again to Gray in 1859, “What you hint at generally is very, very true: that my work will be grievously hypothetical, and large parts by no means worthy of being called induction, my commonest error being probably induction from too few facts.”
And here in lies the problem with evolution, “too few facts.” As technology improves these “too few facts” become even fewer; whether that technology leads to the recent uncovering of genetic code, statistical probabilities in mathematics, the ongoing lack of a fossil record, or the astronomical discoveries regarding the beginning of the Universe and the absence of life outside of Earth.
So how should we view natural science and the Bible? I like the way Grudem states it, “When all the facts are rightly understood, there will be “No Final Conflict” between scripture and natural science.”