Bible Facts column
By Ian Kurylyk,
The creation vs. evolution dispute as to the origins of the universe and life has been revisited recently by an online debate. Evolutionists frequently try to muddy the waters by changing the labels to religion vs. science.
We know this cannot be the real issue because a great many people, they themselves would call religious, have made enormous contributions to science.
A moment's thought tells us evolution is not a scientific laboratory finding but a hypothesis a theory that the Creator-God of the Bible does not exist. It is important to understand the real question under consideration. Does God exist?
As it turns out this question and has been deeply considered by thinkers and philosophers of the past. On the basis of logic and intuitive first principles of cause-and-effect a number of compelling arguments have been given that demonstrate God must exist.
There must be a First Cause of everything else that exists, sufficient to create a universe of such magnitude, complexity, beauty, and moral order, and containing life and personal beings.
More than that, the Bible supports this rationale as valid. Since God has told us beforehand that these arguments are regarded by Him as compelling in His courtroom, we should consider them before we stand before Him in judgment.
The Book of Romans outlines three facts:
1. God has shown us. The universe is a body of evidence demonstrating His creative power in the same sense a painter's art work demonstrates his artistic ability.
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (Romans 1:19)
2. You can't miss it. Everybody lives in the universe He created and has been given firsthand insight into the invisible Creator who brought it into existence.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen. (Romans 1:20a)
3. You can't misunderstand it. You are so constituted with a rational nature that you can't miss the intuitive and logical conclusion to be reached from God's Creation.
Being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20b)
This means we can reject the atheistic evolutionary theory out of hand and go about the business of finding out the things revealed further of God in the Bible.
Ian Kurylyk is pastor at Summerside Fundamental Baptist Church.