Genesis 1:1; 26-28 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” NKJV
If we cannot believe the account of the First Adam how can we believe the Last? If we cannot believe the account of creation how can we believe the account of Heaven or Redemption? I know a number of people who profess Christianity and yet their belief system is a mixture of evolution and creation. I had a college professor once tell me that he was a devout (Brand Name Religion) and a devout evolutionist and his religion and evolution did not conflict. I told him that mine did and before the semester was over I had generated enough questions in the minds of the students and refuted his hypothesis time and again that he forbade me to speak again in class. I was told that if I spoke again he would kick me out of the class and fail me. He attempted both. But, if I believe in creation how can I be silent when the minds of others are being led down a wrong path? I was never disrespectful and always tried to present my beliefs factually, orderly, with civility and respect for those on both sides of the issue.
We know from Scripture that ‘death’ came through the First Adam and ‘life’ through the Last (Jesus). If we accept the theory of Evolution we would be forced to view death as coming through the Unholy Trinity (Time, Chance Mutations and Natural Selection) as well as life. If we find it difficult or impossible to believe in Creation we find God’s Sovereignty a difficulty as well. If we have the mixture of Evolution and Creation in our belief system we may believe there is a Divine but He is remote and disconnected from His creation. We would fail to observe and recognize the sovereignty of God. The idea of God being the potter and we the clay would be foreign for our belief would require the idea that God deposited an Amoeba and set in motion the evolutionary process and all that we now see is a result of that evolutionary process.
If we are to have a meaningful relationship with God we must maintain the distinction of Creator and Creature otherwise we almost become co-equals and responsible for our own destiny and salvation. If the First Adam did not bring death through rebellion then the Last Adam could not bring Life or Resurrection. If we cannot believe that Christ was raised from the dead we are, as Paul said, “Of all people most miserable.” It is anchored in the Hope of the Resurrection that we find the strength to face each new day with its struggles. It is our confidence in the Hope of the Resurrection that we live and move and have our being.
I do not have enough faith to be an atheist or evolutionist in a very real sense. I cannot view the universe, the world in which I live, the various beings in existence and the human body without believing there is a Creator. To believe that it all just happened or evolved from a single cell or a gigantic explosion and all the planets, solar systems, gravitational systems, the intricacies of the human nervous or vascular system would require more faith in the fictional than I can muster. I am not saying that my faith in God is so simplistic and a crutch that it affords an answer without examination or thought for it does not. I am saying that I can no more believe the possibility of a City Skyscraper rising from a beam on the ground with no involvement from a designer than I can believe in this world without the existence and presence of God.
The fact that I cannot fully explain everything about God does not negate His existence. I personally am confident that He is based on my personal experience, the Word of God and what I can see in the world in which I live. Therefore, I believe that IN THE BEGINNING GOD…
God bless you as you go through your day!