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) This scripture may seem confusing at first, but on close examination reveals a surprising truth. Not only is it proclaiming creation ex nihilo (from nothing) but is also revealing another profound idea.
That creation occurred is scientifically provable, and so is not in question. How God did it we do not really know. We are given some hints (by the breath of his mouth-For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast). How He did it is what has to be taken by faith. Since this scripture and all scripture is true, it could be possible that we will never understand how He created, and will always have to take the how of creation by faith. This how is obviously where faith must begin. Faith begins with the first verse of Genesis, and thus this first verse commands its place of prominence. It has been said if a person will believe the first verse of Genesis, he will have no trouble believing the rest of the Bible.
Remember, this reality surrounding us of time space and matter, which we call the cosmos or the universe is an effect and thus must have a first cause. Where did it come from? If it is eternal and had no first cause then that would be a supernatural event. This means there are two options for creation. These are supernatural creation by God, or supernatural eternal time space and matter, with no first cause. Evolutionary thinking cannot evade the supernatural. Though supernatural creation by God is not understandable, neither is eternal time space and matter without a beginning. This is why we can say evolution is scientifically impossible, plus the incredible complexity of the universe demands a designer. "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they (unbelievers) are without excuse. Romans 1:20
Do you realize that when we say evolution is scientifically impossible we must also admit that creation is scientifically impossible. All we can do is use the scientific method to look at the evidence and decide which explanation best explains the evidence.
Imagine you are standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon beside an evolutionist. You both have the same data and evidence before you. The evolutionist says look at what the Colorado River carved out over millions of years. The creationist says look at what a huge amount of water washed out before the mud had time to harden into rock. The Colorado River was simply left behind in a drainage ditch. Then the scientific observation and examination of the layers show they extend for miles and are smooth and even with no stump holes, or creek beds, or snake or rabbit holes. Are we to think those strata would have settled like that over millions of years? The observable evidence shows they were all formed rapidly in sequence, and the Bible gives the chronological dating at 4,400 years ago.
To the evolutionist Grand Canyon shows millions of years of layers of sediment. To the creationist, Grand Canyon shows direct evidence of God's judgement of sin with the flood of Noah. The creationist sees the Grand Canyon as a sudden cut through a dam. Topographical maps support this. They both have the same data, same evidence, but a different interpretation.
In the future, when you see a picture of Grand Canyon you can remember that you are looking at an actual beautiful monument given to us by God to demonstrate the truth of Noah's flood. It is irrefutable scientific evidence.
When my wife Mary and I had the good fortune several years ago to see the Grand Canyon in person for the first time, we approached the rim as creationist Bible believers. I shall never forget how she just stood there and wept and wept like a baby. She could see with her own eyes that Noah's flood was true history.
Our Christian faith is reasonable, rational and logical. Never forget that.
Sidney C. Phillips M.D. October, 2000.
End of Message 51.