The Heavens Declare the
Glory of God
The first verse of the Bible
states that God created the heavens and the earth. The second
verse describes this earth that "was" in existence for
an undisclosed period of time. It was in a primitive, unprepared
state. Not until the third verse is the work of the first creative
day commenced. Important to notice is that the work on the first
creative day was not the creation of the earth itself, but God
causing light to penetrate the "darkness on the face
[surface] of the deep [the waters that already covered the
The work of the seven
creative days did not begin until the third verse. Because the
creation of the heavens and the earth was before the seven
creative days, the first two verses are not within the time frame
of the seven creative days. Thus the actual age of the
"heaven [universe] and earth" are not indicated. Between
the creation of the heaven and earth and the commencement of the
seven creative days, the earth literally "lie waste" and
was "empty" of life for an undesignated period of time.
These two characteristics of the primitive earth waste and empty
of life only anticipate the coming work to be accomplished on the
seven creative days.
This global waste would have
to be transformed into a habitable host planet capable of
sustaining life. Then all the life forms up to and including
humans would be created.
For the scriptural reasons
already considered, the length of the seven creative days in no
way indicates the age of the universe or even that of our planet
earth. Theories about a "young earth" or one billions of
years old are not relevant to the Genesis account of the seven
days of creation.
of Universe and Planet Earth
Certain other scriptures, as
a matter of fact, indicate the universe and the earth have existed
for a long period of time. The Psalms compare the antiquity of the
founding of the earth as a suitable metaphor for God's existing
from eternity (Psalms 90:1,2). "Lord...before the mountains
were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the
world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."
If the forming of the earth is compared to God, from everlasting
to everlasting, a very ancient earth is suggested. The earth,
indeed, did exist long before its preparation for life began.
Proverbs (8:22-23) compares
"wisdom" as existing for a long time and before the
earth was created:
The Lord possessed me in
the beginning of his way before his works of old. I was set up
from everlasting, from the beginning or ever the earth was...
is applied in these verses to the literal wisdom of God or to the
Son of God as the personification of wisdom, the logic of these
verses is that the wisdom of God has existed for an extremely long
period of time. Why? Because the wisdom of God was in existence
before the heavens and the earth were created. If the universe and
the earth are only 6,000 or 7,000 years old, as some believe, the
logic of these verses is meaningless. A comparison of just more
than six millennia is not very long. A young universe and earth of
only 6,000 years old is just as absurd as the many arbitrary
speculations of phenomenal lengths of time.
Fine-tuned the Universe?
Many of the recent
discoveries of the universe support Biblical creation. Ironically,
some of these discoveries were by scientists pursuing their
atheistic quests to prove evolutionary life on many of the other
planets of the universe. The eminent cosmologist, Fred Hoyle,
aggressively opposed theism and Christianity. But Hoyle discovered
that an incredible fine-tuning of the nuclear ground state
energies for helium, beryllium, carbon and oxygen was necessary
for any kind of life to exist. If the ground state energies of
these elements proportioned to each other were just 4 percent
higher or lower, there would be insufficient oxygen or carbon for
life on the planet earth.
This fine-tuning forced
Hoyle to conclude a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as
well as with chemistry and biology. Another scientist, Paul
Davies, who once promoted atheism, wrote:
[There] is for me powerful
evidence that there is something going on behind it all....It
seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature's numbers to make
the Universe....The impression of design is overwhelming.
Astronomer George Greenstern
wrote in his book, The Symboiotic Universe:
As we survey all the
evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural
agency or, rather, Agency must be involved. Is it possible that
suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific
proof of the existence of a Supreme Being? Was it God who
stepped in and so providentially crafted the cosmos for our
The theoretical physicist,
Tony Rothman, concluded a popular level essay as follows:
The modern cosmologist who
gazes at the same sky through the eyes of Einstein and sees the
hand of God not in angels but in the constants of nature. . .
.When confronted with the order and beauty of the universe and
the strange coincidences of nature, it's very tempting to take
the leap of faith from science into religion. I am sure many
physicists want to. I only wish they would admit it.
In an article on the
anthropic principle, cosmologist Bernard Carr wrote:
One would have to conclude
either that the features of the universe invoked in support of
the Anthropic Principle are only coincidences or that the
universe was indeed tailor made for life. I will leave it to the
theologians to ascertain the identity of the tailor!
Physicist Freeman Dyson,
also dealing with the anthropic principle, concluded:
The problem here is to try
to formulate some statement of the ultimate purpose of the
universe. In other words, the problem is to read the mind of
MIT physicist and former
president of the Association of Women in Science, Vera
Kistiahowsky, commented: "The exquisite order displayed by
our scientific understanding of the physical world calls for the
divine." Arno Penzias, who shared the Nobel prize for physics
Astronomy leads us to a
unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, one
with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the
conditions required to permit life, and one which has an
underlying (one might say "supernatural") plan.
Cosmologist Edward Harrison
evaluates the end conclusion of cosmology:
Here is the cosmological
proof of the existence of God—the design argument of Paley—updated
and refurbished. The fine-tuning of the universe provides prima
facie evidence of deistic design. Take your choice: blind chance
that requires multitudes of universes or design that requires
only one....Many scientists, when they admit their views,
incline toward the teleological or design argument.
The winner of the Crafoord
prize in astronomy, Allan Sandage, relates his recognition of God:
I find it quite improbable
that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some
organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the
explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something
instead of nothing.
The agnostic astrophysicist,
Robert Jastrow, narrates the ironic twist of his colleagues'
research of the universe:
For the scientist who has
lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a
bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about
to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final
rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been
sitting there for centuries.
Fingerprints of God
Incredibly, scientists in
their atheistic quest to find evidence of self-starting
evolutionary life in the universe have found fingerprints all over
the universe the fingerprints of God. Life on earth did not just
happen by chance. Our habitable planet is here for man in a
friendly universe because of design. Our planet is a livable place
because God designed and fine-tuned the many laws which govern and
set parameters for the universe.
For example, unless the
number of electrons is equivalent to the number of protons to an
accuracy of one part in 1037, or better, electromagnetics in the
universe would have so overcome gravitational forces that
galaxies, stars and planets could never have come into existence.
One part in 1037 has been illustrated as follows:
Cover the entire North
American continent with dimes stacked up to the moon (230,000
miles). Make a million other piles of dimes of equal size. Paint
one dime red and hide it in the billion piles. The odds that a
blindfolded person would pick the red dime are one in 1037. This
is only one of the delicately balanced parameters that is
necessary to allow life on the planet earth.
Since 1966 scientists have
discovered over 40 fixed parameters—the fingerprints of God—where
the universe must have values falling within narrowly defined
ranges for life to exist on earth.
geologists, botanists, biologists were stumbling around in the
130-year-old overly researched fields of fossils and genetic
variation trying to refurbish old tired-out concepts with new
phraseology to resell evolution as fact Darwinian cosmologists and
astrophysicists were out to conquer new frontiers also. But when
they scaled the universe for evidence of evolutionary life, the
unexpected befell them. They ran headlong into the inexplicable
miracles of a Creator. Often this encounter with God made them
believers. If some scientists have failed to hear the united
testimony of the fossils or have failed to hear the wonderful
witness of molecular harmony, they should at least look up in the
heavens to see the harmonious evidence of an amazing Creator. They
should notice what their colleagues have discovered. They should
not be the last to know that creationism has always triumphed over