by Armando Miguel Morales (guest blogger, Writing for a Reason submission, Youth Division)
Simple questions can reveal a large amount about the Cause of creation. First, we inquire: “Who or What was the cause of creation?” Creation science is based off of the faith that God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit, are one true and living God; so we scan God’s Word, the Holy Bible for truth. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” (Genesis 1:1) not only answers our question, but it ‘kills three birds with one stone’. God, the Who, created the heavens and the earth (the What), in the beginning (the When). Where? By reason, either out of or in the universe.
But sometimes we whiz by this verse as if on speedsters, without examining Genesis 1:1 verbum verbo, word for word. “In the beginning”, not before or after it, states the time: 00/00/00. “In the beginning”, meaning the universal beginning, states which ‘starting’ Moses indicates. “In the beginning”, indicates not the year 233 before Christ, or 67 Anno Domini, but the split millisecond light was created. “In the beginning God”, states who was the cause of the creation. It was not Darwin, Adam, George Washington, or Hitler, but God. “In the beginning God created”, states the action. God did not finish up Sir Unspecified’s job, or use leftover grains from a former Universal Garden-land. “The earth was without form, and void…. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light”(Genesis 1:2a, 3). ( “In the beginning God created the”, indicates that the object of the action wasn’t a cloud or a mini ‘heaven’. It was ‘the heavens and the earth.’ “In the beginning God created the heavens”, opposes direct creation of Biltmore or the White House, but clearly states ‘heavens’. “In the beginning God created the heavens and”, is obviously indicating a second object of God’s creation. Again, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the…” indicates that the subject of action wasn’t just any Uranus or Saturn. The specially mentioned planet is the Earth. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, states the other object – Earth. The focus is not black holes, stars, or dust; the focus is Earth.
It is helpful to examine Scripture verbum verbo because “till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (cf. Matthew 5:18).
How was the cosmos (the What) created by God (the Who), in the beginning (the When), either from out of or in the new universe (the Where)? Selections from Genesis one and two read, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light…. Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ Thus God made the firmament…. Then God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so…. Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth’; and it was so…. Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night’… and it was so…. Then God said, ‘Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures’…. So God created… every living thing that moves…. Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind’…. And it was so…. Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness’…. So God created man…. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which he had done.” “Every word of God is pure… Do not add to His words” (Proverbs 30:5a, 6a). The Scriptures reveal everything we now know about creation. Looking at places like Gen. 2:3 reveals no hint, suggestion, allusion, or indication of days lasting for 24.25 hours or more. They are not discernable, and not required. I think the existence of a 27.8 million year ‘day’ rather than a 24.25 hour day and would have been explained in Genesis 1:1-2:3 if present.
Now, having looked at basic answers to the Who, When, What, and Where of creation, we turn to our conclusive but chief question: “Why did God create us?”
Why did God create homo sapiens? When through the Hubble Telescope we stare at creation’s wonderfulness, or gaze at the orange and black of the tiger, or study the amoebas’ and paramecium’s’ tininess, we can ‘think up’ septillions of reasons that God may, perchance, have made them. But if anyone could invent a quarter of a reason why God would need to mold humans, they’d be the first entry in the Guinness Book of Impossible Record Breakers. So “what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4).
In answer, what is the most pertinent thing we do in relation to God? Whether we answer “Worship”, “Praise”, or “Glorify”, we all fit inside the bull’s eye. When do we worship, praise, or glorify, God (normally)? On the Sabbath, the sanctified Day of God. Assuming we were made for the most pertinent thing we do in relation to God, we can say that we were made especially for our service on the Sabbath. We must “do all to the glory of God,”1, especially by worshipping, praising, and glorifying Him. But as George Swinnock states in The Blessed and Boundless God,2 “The self-sufficient God neither gains anything from our service nor loses anything by our neglect. He is above the influence of our actions.” In the same chapter, Swinnock restates, “What would God gain if He were to make millions of worlds to magnify him? What would God lose if there were no world at all?” We know that we were made especially for our service on the Sabbath, but how can our purpose be relevant to God if he “neither gains anything from our service nor loses anything by our neglect”? Our lives do not affect the power, status, or nature of God. But because the qualities and nature of God are totally perfect, His decisions, which result from his qualities and perfect nature, must be perfect. One of the greatest recorded decisions of God reads, “Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness.”3 In Romans 9:14,20, Paul declares, “What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!… But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me…?’” Because God’s knowledge is infinite, it would take us infinite, unmeasurable time to fill up with it. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”4 God made homo sapiens ‘Deum Glorificare’.5 “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created.” – Psalm 48:5
What does this teach us about The Cause of creation? At least the following: God is a rational, intelligent, mighty, and holy God. “Our God is greater than all gods” (most of 1st Chronicles 2:5b). “Everything that has breath [should] praise the LORD.” – Psalm 150:6a.
Psalm 148:1-6 and Psalm 150 (below) are good responses to Genesis 1:2-3
|Psalm 150||Psalm 148:1-6|
|“Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!||Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all his hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created. He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away.|
1. 1 Corinthians 10: 31b
2. Edited by J. Stephen Yuille
3. Part of Gen. 1:26
4. Deut. 29:29
5. The motto of Greenville Classical Academy
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.