When Faith Cannot Accept The Obvious
This Sunday’s Amusing
FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER
• By Faith – firm belief in something for which there is no proof.
• We Understand – to grasp the reasonableness of, to accept as a fact or truth or regard as plausible without utter certainty.
• That the Universe, Worlds – the entire celestial cosmos, a celestial body (such as a planet).
• Were Formed, Prepared, Created – organized in a way characteristic of living matter, subjected to a special process or treatment, to bring into existence.
• At God’s Command, Word – to give orders, something that is said.
• So That What Is Seen – perceived by the eye.
• Was Not Made – put together of various ingredients.
• Out of What Was Visible – incapable by nature of being seen.
Musings From Others
Creation, is the first instance presented in the Old Testament history where the exercise of faith (Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1, NIV 1984) is necessary. It expounds on the nature of faith, by showing that in its earliest and most general expression—belief in the creation of the visible universe by God—it is a conviction of something not apprehensible by our senses (unseen). (1)
Only by faith can we know that the world was created by a word from God. From the beginning, then, there is this principle that we must depend on what God has revealed rather than on what we can see. (2) God has revealed much in the Scriptures, even going so far as to state that even if there were no Scripture man is still without excuse. It is so obvious that we cannot claim that we cannot see. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20, NIV 1984)
• If Whatever Begins to Exist Has a Cause – In nature, there are no instances of something coming into existence out of nothing. When scientists believed that the universe had always existed, they did not dispute “whatever begins to exist has a cause.” Now many do.
• Then the Universe Had a Beginning – “Almost everyone now believes that the Universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the big Bang.” (Stephen Hawking). In the Big Bang theory, the universe (time, space and matter) came into being in an instant in a cosmic explosion. The effects of this have been scientifically observed (stars and plants are rapidly moving away from each other and from a common origin). In other words, if you reverse the direction of the expansion it must have started at some place and time.
• Therefore, the Universe Had a Cause – There are two possible types of causes and two “possible” explanations:
- Impersonal cause – Explained in terms of initial conditions and natural laws that cause result. Example: Why is kettle boiling? – kinetic energy of flame conducted by metal bottom of kettle to water, causing water molecules to vibrate faster and faster until thrown off into steam.
- Personal cause – Explained in terms an agent and that agent’s volition and will. Example: Why is kettle boiling? – I put it on to make a cup of tea.
Scientists’ (Not All) Explanation – “The most reasonable belief is that we came from nothing, by nothing, for nothing.” (Quentin Smith).
Creationists’ Explanation – The cause of space and time is an uncaused, beginningless, timeless, spaceless, immaterial, personal being endowed with freedom of will and enormous power. (Hint: Transcendent God).
My Advice – Choose your worldview wisely. Scientific “explanations” are not always the wisest (e.g., the sun revolves around the earth, the world is flat, etc…). These “impersonal cause” explanations were based upon observations available at the time, but proved to be very wrong. Ocham’s razor states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected or when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions [how the universe came into being], the simpler one is the better. The simplest explanation is God. Choosing any other is inexcusable (Romans 1:20)
- Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 4, p. 511). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
- Tanner, J. P. (2010). The Epistle to the Hebrews. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 1079). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.