1. The Miracle of Space, Matter, and Energy
When did time begin? In Genesis 1:1 it states, “In the beginning GOD…” This refers to the beginning of time itself. Notice the words of Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning GOD created the heavens.” The original Hebrew word for heaven is SHAMAYIM. It simply means stretched out space! Think: GOD even had to make the empty space in which to put everything. Then what? “GOD created …the earth.” The original word there for earth is ERETS in Hebrew which simply means the dirt or matter from which everything else is made, but it was not yet as we see today. So what was the condition of these raw materials in the beginning? GOD says they were “without form and void.” Think: when you take blocks and build something, then you have “form”. Before that the matter was without form. It’s like when you begin a construction project. What do you start with? Basic materials like lumber, nails, and paint. But what raw material did GOD start with first? The answer is ATOMS. What are they? The building blocks of all physical reality, atoms are composed essentially of 3 things: space, matter, and energy.
The physical structure of matter had apparently not yet been organized and the earth was truly empty (void) of the things that were necessary for life. Also we read that “the Spirit of GOD was hovering over the face of the waters.” Beginning with Genesis 1:3 we see GOD developing a logical sequence of creative acts to change the “without form and void” condition of the earth to matter. And then, in the same creative miracle, GOD said: “Let there be light!” Light includes the entire electromagnetic spectrum, not just the narrow band of color we can see.
From short wave gamma rays, to long radio waves, electromagnetic radiation includes a vast range of frequencies spanning at least 75 octaves. Visible light occupies only one octave of this range. So what do we now have? Energy. Is this not the 3rd aspect of all physical things? At the instant that matter was energized, basic elements took on specific form. Particles were now in motion and operating in TIME. Think: When physical matter ceases to be, time shall be no more. In a very simple, yet profoundly scientific way, the Genesis account of God’s first creative miracle act logically defines the basis of all physical reality: space, matter, and energy. But there’s more! Electromagnetic energy is at the heart of all physical matter. Atoms are held together by complex electric and magnetic forces, providing form and structure to the universe. All chemical elements took form when GOD said, “Let there be light!” HE initiated the physical laws that govern all forms of matter. One of the miracles of creation theory is the amount of energy “locked up” in the atoms. Man has been able to release some of the energy for use in atomic power plants for example, but think of the total amount of energy required to put together all the physical matter in the universe. It seems the miracle of “science” in the book of Genesis that the structure of every atom in the universe doesn’t fly apart. What does the Bible say in addition to Genesis 1:1? “…all things were created by Him [Jesus] and for Him; And HE is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17.
2. The Miracle of Water
In Genesis1:2, we read of God’s Spirit moving (or hovering) over the face of the water. On the beginning of the second day water covered the whole planet. GOD moved some of it to the space separated form the surface of the planet by what He called a firmament in Genesis 1:6-8. He then called the firmament “heaven” in the plural to apparently indicate there was more than one “heaven”. It’s interesting to notice that the Hebrew word for waters is MAYIM. The first instance of the word mayim is in a compounded form with the word “SHAM”, meaning “there” or “in it”. It is thus found as the word SHAMAYIM and is translated as “heavens” in Genesis 1:1. It appears there is something about the expanse of “heavens” which inherently includes water.
Scientist are learning that there is water out in the emptiness of interstellar space. The Bible says in Psalm 148:4-6, “Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath also established them forever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass”. Water is one of the most primary of the physical phenomena, yet it defies normal chemical theory. It is so unique it could not have originated by chance. With its many qualities for the support of life, it could only be the result of an incredibly complex design. The result of a strong chemical union of two gases (oxygen & hydrogen), water just happens to stay in liquid form at a narrow range of temperatures that are conducive for living creatures. When combined with carbon and certain other elements, water composes nearly all molecules of living creatures. Virtually a liquid mineral, it is a misfit to other compounds, expanding when it freezes, enabling it to float. Water is absolutely essential in liquid form for all the key systems of life. Even the oxygen you breathe requires water to dissolve it and carry it to every cell in your body. Without water, there is no life! Space probes have searched other planets for liquid water to see if life forms could be present. But Earth, the place where GOD specifically created all physical life forms, is the only planet where the miracle of liquid water is found, and in abundance! In John 6:63 GOD says, ” It is the spirit that quicken; the flesh profit nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” God’s Spirit gives Life! Remember the connection of the Bible’s reference to water in Genesis 1:2? It’s also the first place in the Bible where God’s Spirit is mentioned. As water is essential for physical life, so God’s Spirit is essential for our spiritual life.
3. The Miracle of Design in Nature
Let’s think of an aspirin pill for a moment; you will immediately recall the mark in the middle of it. This mark is designed in order to help those who intake half a dose. Every product that we see around us is of a certain design even though not as simple as the aspirin pill. Everything from vehicles we use to go to work, to TV remotes. “Design”, briefly, means a harmonious assembling of various parts into an orderly form towards a common goal. Going by this definition, one would have no difficulty in guessing that a car is a design. This is because there is a certain goal, which is to transport people and cargo. In realization of this goal various parts such as the engine, tires and body are planned and assembled in the plant.
However, what about a living creature? Can a bird and mechanics of its flying be a design as well? Before giving an answer, let us repeat the evaluation we did for the example of a car. The goal at hand, in this case, is to fly. For this purpose, hollowed bones, strong muscles that move these bones are utilized together with feathers capable of suspending in the air. Wings are formed aerodynamically, and metabolism is in tune with the bird’s need for high levels of energy. It is obvious that the bird is product of a certain design.
If one explores other creatures besides a bird, similar facts are attained. There are examples of a certain meticulous design in every creature and living system. It is called the “Golden Mean Ratio”. It is God’s signature on HIS creation. If one continues further on this quest, one would discover that humans are also a part of this certain design. Your eyes that read these lines are making vision possible with such focus that the best camera on earth simply cannot.
Hence one arrives at this important conclusion; all creatures in Nature, including mankind, are of a Design. This, in turn, shows the existence of a Creator Who designs all creatures at will, sustains the entire nature and holds absolute power and wisdom.
However, this truth is rejected by the theory of evolution that was formed in the middle of 19th century. The theory set forth in Charles Darwin’s book “On The Origin of Species” asserts that all creatures evolved within a chain of coincidences and essentially mutated from one another.
According to the fundamental assertion of this theory all living things go through minute and coincidental changes. If these coincidental changes help the creature then it gains advantage over the others, which in turn is carried onto following generations.
This scenario has been passed around as if it is a very scientific and convincing one for 150 years. When scrutinized under a bigger microscope and when compared against the examples of the Design in creatures Darwin’s theory paints a very different picture i.e. Darwinism’s explanation of creation is nothing more than a self-conflicting vicious circle.
Let us first focus on the “coincidental changes”. Darwin could not provide a comprehensive definition to this concept due to lack of genealogical knowledge in his time. The evolutionists who followed him put forth the concept of “mutation” on this subject. Mutation is arbitrary disconnections, dislocation or shifts of genes in living things. Most important point is that there is not one single mutation in history that is shown to improve the condition of genetic information of a creature. Nearly all the known cases of mutations disable or harm these creatures and the rest are neutral in effect. Therefore, to think that a creature can improve through mutation is same as shooting at a crowd of people and hope that the injuries will result in healthier and improved individuals. This would clearly be nonsense.
As importantly, on contrary to all the scientific data, even if one assumes that a certain mutation could actually improve a being’s condition, Darwinism still cannot be delivered from inevitable collapse. The reason for this is a concept called “irreducible complexity”.
The implication of this concept is that majority of systems and organs in living things function as a result of various independent parts working together, elimination or disabling of even one of which would be enough to disable the entire system or organ.
For example, an ear perceives sounds only through a chain reaction of a series of smaller organs. Take out or deform one of these, e.g. one of the bones of the middle ear, and there would be no hearing whatsoever. In order for an ear to perceive a variety of components such as auditory meatus, malleous, incus and stapes bones, tympanic membrane, cochlea and fluid, sensory cells, vibration sensor extensions of these cells, net of nerves that connect to brain and hearing center in the brain have to work together without exception. The system could not have developed in segments because none of the segments could possibly function alone at all.
Hence the concept of irreducible complexity demolishes the theory of evolution from its foundations. What is really interesting is the fact that Darwin also worried about these very prospects. He wrote in On The Origin of Species:
“If the impossibility of formation of a complex organ through a series of small changes was ever to be proven my theory would have certainly collapsed. However I could not find such an organ…” (Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition, Harvard University Press, 1964, page 189.)
Darwin could not or might not have wanted to find such an organ at the premature levels of 19th century science. However the science of 20th century did study the nature down to minute details and proved that majority of living structures embody irreducible complexity. Therefore, Darwin’s theory has most “certainly collapsed” just as he feared.
As we examine the living beings we will not only see an immense error Darwinism makes but also witness the greatness of wisdom that these systems were created with. These mechanisms will be found anywhere from the wings of a bird to inside a bat’s skull. Hence we will see the indisputable evidences of God’s creation without error. Likewise, the power and faculty of God to create without error is expressed in the Bible:
Job 12:7-10: 7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: 8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. 9 Who know not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? 10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
Genesis 1:24-28 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creep upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creep upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that move upon the earth. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Ecclesiastes 7:29 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they [men] have sought out many schemes. Romans 1:20-25 20 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 are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worship and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Luke 12:24-28 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feed them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
4. The Miracle of the Heavens
The initial shock of stellar majesty inspires a new appreciation for the work awesome. Truly, that amazing sight is overpowering to our human emotions and intellect. But is there more to it than that? The most ancient cultures on earth were captivated by the stars. To them the magnificent annual precession of the stars had historic and prophetic significance as well as usefulness in scheduling their agricultural seasons. Today most of us have essentially zero knowledge of what those ancient people know of the stars. Think: though corrupted cultures form Nimrod and Babel have wrongfully worship the stars, associated them with mythical legends, and developed systems of pagan astrology, we must ask a basic question. What was the Creator’s purpose for decorating the night sky with the stars? Genesis 1:14-16 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Days and years clearly reveal God’s intent that stars would help us measure time. Indeed, the precision and regularity of stellar observations from the beginning have provided man with annual sky marks in time. Like the microscopic world, the starry heaven shows us God’s special order and design. The creation is not random, chaotic, and unpredictable, but by God’s plan and purpose for mankind. The Hebrew word for seasons is something “fixed” or “appointed”. GOD says in Psalms that He ordained them. Psalm 8:3 3 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;” Did you know that in God’s creative miracle of the Heavens that He named all the stars? Psalm 147:4-5 4 He told the number of the stars; he called them all by their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. Four thousand years ago, GOD ask Job many questions including some about specific stars and well known star groups. Job 38:31-33 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? 33 Know thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Before Job, men recounted the originally meaning of the constellations. In Orion, the coming Prince of Light holds a great club in his right hand and the token of his victory in his left- the head of the “roaring lion” that is Satan. The sign shows Orion’s left foot is raised to crush the head of the enemy. If there is any doubt about the identity of Orion’s meaning, all we need to do is examine the ancient names of the notable stars in the constellation. The brightest (in the right shoulder of Orion) is named Betelgeuz, which means “the coming of the Branch”. Next is Rigel, seen in the foot poised over the head of the enemy. It is the seventh brightest star in the sky. Rigel means “the foot that crushes.” In the left shoulder of Orion is Bellatrix, which means “quickly coming” or “swiftly destroying”. One of the three stars in Orion’s belt is named Al Nitak, “the wounded one,” and the star in his right leg is called Saiph, meaning “bruised” (the very word used in the Book of Genesis 3:15. Should it surprise us to learn that Orion is the most brilliant of all the constellations? Psalm 19:1-6 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showed his handy work. 2 Day unto day uttered speech, and night unto night showed knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiced as a strong man to run a race. 6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. If the “glory of God” was intended to be declared by the stellar heavens in Psalms, it is likely that their story line, in the 12 signs called the Mazzaroth by God himself in Job 38, signifies the eternal plan of Jesus the Messiah, who alone is “the brightness of His glory.” Hebrews 1:3 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; The Hebrews, the Aztecs, the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Assyrians, and the Chinese all have the same 12 constellations with the same essential meanings. To look at the stars, there is no reason to group them as they are in the zodiac… except if it was divinely designed to tell a story!
Aaron Judkins is a bible archeologist who lives near Fort Sill OK.
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