“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)
The great doctrine of Creation is under attack from all sides today, but God and His true church still promote it as absolute truth. Even the last book of the Bible teaches that all things were created for God’s pleasure, “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” (Revelation 4:11). The story of creation is there as both an absolute truth and to teach us about God Himself. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16) … “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). If this foundation is removed then the whole of Scripture crumbles into myth and fantasy, or in other words, religious lies.
What the early church taught
“Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is” (Acts 4:24) … “God that made the world and all things therein” (Acts 17:24). The first followers of Christ could do no other than believe and teach all that He told them, for Jesus did not suggest anywhere that Moses was mistaken about how man came to be on earth. There is no word from Him about evolution or any other theory, but instead knew and taught that His Father created the universe. “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:25-27).
This is why the apostle John introduces his gospel account with these words; “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” (John 1:1-3). Therefore Jesus ought to know how the universe came about, not by a mythical big bang, but by the spoken word of God. His word is reliable because He was there with the Father and the Holy Spirit as they commanded everything to appear out of nothing. “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible” (Colossians 1:16) … “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3).
The big bang is a big lie
There is hardly anyone today, even amongst so-called Christians, who believe in the Biblical account of creation. With great gullibility they have swallowed the devil’s bait and robbed their souls of eternal life. By not aligning themselves with the truth they have fallen for the big lie of the ages. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).
The theory of evolution has been one of the biggest sickles that Satan has used to gather together the lost for eternal damnation. His followers, the humanists, love it, for with a gaggle of famous media proponents, they can state that the theory is a proven fact, which in fact it is not. For Christians to believe it, they have to first lay aside the word of the God who cannot lie. “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2). Incredibly they are calling God a liar, while at the same time declaring fallible man to be telling the truth. The theory of evolution has gone through countless changes over the centuries as new ideas debunk previously adhered to concepts, but the truth of Creation has never changed since God first revealed it to the patriarchs. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17) … “For I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6) … “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Trust in God
Since man is forever changing his mind, it is far better to put our trust in the One who never changes. If we do so, we will never be confused, deceived or lost. “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9). The belief system that is broadcasted by media celebrities always seeks, no matter how subtly, to undermine the faith of God’s people. They attempt to make us look like fools to their listeners, but they are the biggest fools, for they cannot understand even what a believing child comprehends. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). “The first verse of the Bible gives us a satisfying and useful account of the origin of the earth and the heavens. The faith of humble Christians understands this better than the fancy of the most learned men” (Matthew Henry).
It is not possible to find a compromise between Creationism and Evolution, as they theistic-evolutionists seek to do, because it always ends in favour of evolution rather than the revealed word of God.
We see then that a true follower of Christ must believe in Him who created all things. “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever” (Romans 11:36). In the next part of this message we will study, in the light of Scripture, the One who is mentioned in the opening verse of Genesis.