That statement meets with much opposition today. Didn’t the earth just evolve and form from a cosmic big bang billions of years ago? Or even if God was involved, couldn’t He have just let things develop on their own over an extended period? For those who believe the Scriptures, we must see what they reveal.
The word used in the first verse, to create, is the word ‘bara’ in the original Hebrew. According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, it has profound theological significance. The word expresses creation out of nothing. It indicates that God made material substances from nothing. God said, “Let there be light and there was light.” (Gen 1:3)
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields fruit according to its kind…and it was so.” (Gen 1:11) “So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abound.” (Gen 1:21) All this and more He did in a literal six day period.
God spoke, and the universe came into existence. The Psalmist so realized the greatness of God in creation that he wrote, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. 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.” (Psalm 33:6)
To view the world we live in as having formed through an evolutionary process takes away from the greatness of God.
Anything other than a belief in an instantaneous creation directed by an all-powerful God takes away from His purpose. The Lord speaking to the prophet Isaiah, stated, “I have made the earth and created man on it. I – My hands – stretched out the heavens and all their hosts I have commanded.” (Is 45:12) Furthermore, He states that He is God, “…who formed the earth and made it, …who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited.” (Is 45:18)
The Lord intended to create us and designed a beautiful place for us to live. According to the Scriptures, we are not here because of random chance brought about by an evolutionary process but because of a Creator, who desired it.
To take away from the creative process of God is to diminish one of His strongest revelations to man: “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Rom 1:20 NIV)
The created universe is intended to draw us toward the Lord. Every person can look into the sky on a clear night, see the twinkling of hundreds of stars along with the silvery moon and realize there is a Creator God. In Psalm 19 David concluded that “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. …There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…” (Ps 19: 1,3,4)
The Bible is clear about how our world came into existence. The Creator called into existence, from nothing, a world that can be seen. Over hundreds of years, many scientists have concluded that our world is complexly and intricately designed. For all their years of study and work, not one has been able to make something from nothing. Not one has been able to bring forth life from non-living materials.
For those who are still searching for the mystery of life and where it came from, it is still a mystery. For those who honestly assess the evidence, we humbly bow before our Lord and proclaim, “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” (Rev 4:11)