Creation and Evolution

Creation and Evolution

1. The Genesis Account

Today I want to talk about the creation account in the book of Genesis. Let’s begin by reading it from Genesis 1. Genesis 1 : 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
[I believe this verse refers to the creation of the universe, with all the stars and galaxies, which God created in the beginning.]
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
[Notice that the earth is already existing in verse 2 because it says “the earth was without form and void.” There was no light, but the earth was covered with water; “darkness was upon the face of the deep.”]
[In verse 3 the first day of creation begins. So when the creation week begins, the universe and the earth already exist. The Bible doesn’t say how long it was between the creation of the universe and the creation of the earth, but it would seem strange if it were billions of years because the Bible doesn’t say anything about such a time period.]
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. [Notice that God speaks and it is suddenly there. God’s word is powerful!]
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
[Notice that these days of creation have an evening and a morning, because it says “the evening and the morning were the first day,” so that these are ordinary 24 hour days.]
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

The creation account continues through the third and fourth days. Perhaps in a later sermon I can discuss what was made on each day. For now, let’s go to the fourth day:

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 on 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.
[This verse refers to the creation of the sun and the moon, the greater and lesser light.]
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light on the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Now, it says “God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.” Does this mean that the sun and the moon were made on the fourth day, while the earth existed beforehand? Could the earth have existed before the sun and the moon? It is possible, but to me it seems more reasonable that the sun and moon were made when the universe was made, and became visible on the fourth day, either because clouds cleared away or because the sun ignited and began to shine. These verses seem to be giving a flashback to the fact that God created the sun and moon, and on the fourth day He set them in the sky, because it says “God set them in the firmament of the heaven” on the fourth day. At other times the Bible uses this manner of speech, also, where past events are mentioned to give a context for something happening now.

What about the stars? It says in verse 16, “he made the stars also.” Actually, the Hebrew just says, “the stars also.” The words “He made” are supplied by the translators. So the idea seems to be that God made the stars for signs and for seasons, but not necessarily on the fourth day. I believe the stars were made when the universe was made, at the very beginning, but this is one thing that we cannot know for sure. One day these things will all be revealed.

During the creation week, the Lord also created the major kinds of plants and animals, many of them similar to plants and animals that exist today. The Lord also created man and then rested on the Sabbath day.

The Fourth Commandment, of course, repeats the creation account very briefly: Exodus 20 : 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Then almost two thousand years after the creation, the flood took place. During the flood is when the fossils were buried, and the sedimentary layers of rocks were suddenly and catastrophically laid down all over the earth. Perhaps I’ll talk about the flood in a later sermon.

2. New Testament references

New Testament writers also refer to the creation of the world. For example, Jesus referred to Adam and Eve as historical characters:

Matthew 19 : 4 And he answered and said to them, Have you not read, that he who made them at the beginning made them male and female,
[Here Jesus is referring to Adam and Eve, who were made male and female in the beginning. Now continuing with verse 5,]
5 And said, For this reason shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cling to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh?
6 Therefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

Jesus also referred to the flood as a literal, historical event.

Matthew 24 : 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Paul also referred to Adam and Eve as literal, historical persons:

1 Timothy 2 : 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

There are other examples as well. So if one loses faith in the Genesis account, one loses faith in the entire Bible, because the New Testament refers to the Genesis account as true. Then, because the Bible leads us to Christ and to salvation, those who deny creation are likely to lose their salvation, because they no longer believe the Bible.

3. The Evolution View

In contrast to the Bible account, scientists say that the universe started with a bang about 13 billion years ago. Where the universe came from, they don’t know, or why it began expanding. Where the laws of physics came from, or where energy came from, they don’t know. At any rate, according to them, a very tiny region of space appeared and began expanding extremely fast. Somehow galaxies, stars, and planets appeared over billions of years. Billions of years later the earth appeared and things started happening on it. Organic matter came from somewhere. Molecules began reproducing somehow, and gradually became cells. Cells joined together and evolved, and gradually became a worm. Over millions of years, some of the worms became fish, and some of the fish went on land and developed legs and learned to breathe and became mammals. Over millions of years, some of the mammals began to stand on their hind legs and gradually evolved into an ape-like creature and then into man. Eventually, after many billions of years, there will be a death of the universe.

4. Comparison

Which version of origins do you prefer? Which do you think is most believable, creation or evolution?

5. Evolution dominant in schools today

Evolution is taught in public schools today, but it is illegal to teach creation. In fact, creationists are ridiculed in the academic world. Adventists believe in a literal creation, but even some Adventist intellectuals accept billions of years evolution.

6. Implications of Evolution.

Does it really matter what we believe about creation? Yes, it does. According to the theory of evolution, man is the product of chance, unguided evolution from more primitive creatures. Thus there is no reason to expect us to be perfect or righteous. We still haven’t fully evolved, after all, according to this theory. Therefore, you can’t blame men for sin if they are the products of chance, unguided evolution. Thus there is no need for a Savior, and no basis for a future judgment of evil. In fact, if we are getting better on our own, we don’t need a Savior, but just need more time to evolve. Evolution asserts the survival of the fittest. Whatever survives is the fittest, and there is no morality. This leads people to do whatever they can get away with, and leads to a loss of morality. It leads to a breakdown of morality in society, which we are seeing today. Evolution also leads to the elimination of people who are inferior because they are less fit. In general, evolution leads to atheism and a loss of meaning and purpose in life. According to evolution, there is no need for God. Many students in the public schools are losing faith in God and the Bible because of the teaching of evolution.

7. Bible predictions

The Bible predicted that in the last days people would deny the creation of the world and the flood, as scientists are doing today.

2 Peter 3 : 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
[Note that these people are called scoffers; they ridicule the idea of the creation and the flood. This is just what we see today, with people ridiculing the Bible account.]
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
[This is the idea of uniformitarianism, that all things continue as they always have, because it says “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” and that there was no catastrophic, worldwide flood. This is what the scoffers believe.]
5 For this they deliberately are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 By which the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
[Note that these scoffers are deliberately ignorant of the creation and the flood, because it says “For this they deliberately are ignorant of.” The scoffers can see the evidence for the creation and the flood, but they refuse to acknowledge it.]
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8. Evolution in the last days

Even though most scientists accept the theory of evolution, the majority is not always right; the Bible says that the broad way leads to destruction. The Bible implies that most people will be in error in the last days, and that the great men of the earth will be lost.
Revelation 6 : 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Note that the rich men, and the mighty men, who hide from the Lord at His coming, include the great men of the universities and many of their faculty members who are highly regarded in the earth today. Also: Isaiah 60 : 2 says, For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you. It says that “darkness shall cover the earth,” meaning that most people on earth will be in darkness before Jesus returns. Evolution prepares the world for an attack on the seventh-day Sabbath, the only commandment that identifies who the true God is, the creator of the heavens and the earth. Satan has tried especially hard to obliterate this commandment so as to turn peoples’ worship to himself.

9. Why scientists accept evolution

Most people believe evolution because they were taught it. But what is behind this theory, really? One reason people accept evolution is because of small changes that take place in organisms. And it is true that minor changes in organisms occur today; this is called micro-evolution. Thus bacteria can evolve resistance to antibiotics, and new breeds of dogs can be bred. But what is at issue is whether such minor changes can lead to entirely new kinds of organisms. The Bible says that the major kinds of organisms were created much as they are today, and did not evolve from one another. So why do so many people accept the idea that all the life forms on earth evolved from much more primitive life forms over millions of years? I believe that a hostility to the Bible and to Christianity is behind the widespread support for evolution in the academic community. It’s part of the mystery of iniquity in the last days. People love sin and do not want to submit to God’s will for their lives. They are not willing to humble themselves and accept the Lord’s plan for their lives. The Lord says that in the last days he will send such people strong delusion. 2 Thess 2 : 11 And for this reason God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. These people who are under a strong delusion even go so far as to ridicule the Bible and the Genesis creation account. But some of these people will be very surprised when they learn the truth on the judgment day! But then it will be too late for them to accept salvation. Actually, there is no choice but to accept evolution if you reject creation. If God did not create us, the only way to explain our origin is through evolution. This explains the popularity of evolution in the scientific community. Also, scientists want to believe that we can explain everything. Creation is a miracle that we can’t fully understand. People want to believe that man is progressing higher and higher without God. This idea appeals to human pride. We are getting better all by ourselves. But are we really progressing, or are we degrading? It’s a good question. In some ways things are getting worse. At any rate, these are some of the reasons that people accept the theory of evolution, though there is little evidence in favor of it.

10. Problems with evolution

But there are some scientific problems with the scientific theory of the origin of the universe and the theory of evolution. For example, what caused the Big Bang? Where did matter come from? Why did the universe suddenly inflate so fast? There is no explanation for these things. Genesis 2 says that after the creation everything was very good. How could this be so if there had been death and killing for millions of years? According to the second law of thermodynamics, the universe is becoming more and more disordered with time and will eventually run down. Thus the universe could not have existed forever. So where did it come from? The theory of evolution asserts that life evolved from a mixture of organic chemicals. But if you mix some organic chemicals in a beaker, you do not get any kind of life. You just get a messy goo. Many fossils are very well-preserved, which shows that they were buried suddenly and catastrophically, as in the worldwide flood. There is a lack of transitional forms in the fossil record. Instead of finding one kind of organism evolving to another in the fossil record, the various kinds are distinct all the way through. The complexity of even a single cell is also a problem for evolution. How could such an intricate and amazingly complex system evolve from chemicals by chance? Nature doesn’t work that way.

11. Evidences for creation

I’ll talk more about the evidences for creation in a later sermon. However, we have good evidence that the fossils were not laid down millions of years ago, but thousands of years ago, rapidly and catastrophically. This evidence is being ignored by the scientific community.

12. Importance of Creation

The creation message is part of the first angels’ message for the last days of earth’s history. Revelation 14:7 says, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment has come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” According to the creation account, we were made in God’s image, and are not the result of millions of years of chance evolution The creation message also highlights the seventh-day Sabbath. In addition, this message is also central to the plan of salvation. You see, God’s word created in the beginning, and it also creates new life and a new heart in us. It gives us hope. These are all free gifts. In fact, this is why we worship God, because He is the Creator. He is good, and He made all things to be very good, because He loves us. The One who created us also redeemed us and died on the cross for us. One day heaven and earth will be made new and all God’s people will worship Him there forever and be happy. May this be the destiny of each one here, and may we not lose our salvation because of accepting the false and unfounded theory of evolution. Amen.