Creation is just the beginning

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Creation
39(2):6
March 2017
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Is there any evidence for creation? Yes! Design provides powerful evidence, and Creation magazine regularly features examples of amazing design. The astonishing behaviour of the decoy spider (pp. 12–14) is one such evidence, as is the existence of complex biochemical pathways like those in the Bird of Paradise flower (pp. 28–29). However, the idea that the natural world is designed raises many objections.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is one who has challenged the idea of design. In a YouTube video entitled “Does the universe have a purpose?” he asks whether the purpose of the universe was to produce humans. If that was the purpose, Tyson says, then the cosmos has been embarrassingly inefficient because for 99.9999% of its history there have been no humans. His problem is that he is using evolution and its long-age system to try to understand creation. He needs to use the creation account as set out in the Bible.

According to the Bible, this universe was created for humans, as we showed last issue.1 The first man and woman were present from the very beginning, from Day 6. We want children to understand this story too (pp. 38–41).

One big issue for the creation account, as Tyson highlighted, is the age of things. Creation magazine regularly provides evidence supporting the biblical age, such as the article about ‘pristine’ Saturn (p. 56) and the interview with Old Testament scholar Dr Rick Freeman (pp. 24–27).

Related to the age of the earth is the issue of geology. How can we accept the biblical age when geological features are supposedly hundreds of millions of years old? Again, the problem is that we are trying to fit creation into the evolutionary story. The global watery catastrophe of Noah’s Flood explains geology within the biblical timeframe. That’s why we give you evidence for the reality of Noah’s Flood, such as the articles about natural bridges (pp. 42–45) and the fossil record (pp. 20–23).

Tyson raised another serious argument against design. If the universe was designed for humans, then why is there death, mayhem and destruction—things like volcanoes, tsunamis, storms, and killer asteroids? Once again, Tyson’s problem is that he is using the wrong history.

The Bible describes the original creation, and God rated it as “very good” (Genesis 1:31). It was the rebellion of the first human couple that brought suffering, disease, and death. In fact, the world was placed under a curse at that time. So, death, mayhem, and destruction do not negate the original goodness of the creation. Rather they reveal our (and the creation’s) need for restoration.

While design provides powerful and compelling evidence for creation, we cannot make sense of the world by acknowledging design alone. We need a framework to investigate the different scientific disciplines: astronomy, geology, biology, archaeology, and so on. That is what the Bible provides. Its historical framework begins with creation, but subsequent events have impacted our world significantly: the Fall, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, and the coming of Christ.

Understanding the effects of these events gives powerful insights into our world. Six-day creation is vital, but it is just the beginning. When we see the world through the ‘lens’ of the Bible’s history, the pieces of the puzzle come together as never before.

References and notes

  1. . Harwood, M., How good is our neighbourhood?, Creation 39(1):24–26, 2017, creation.com/earth-has-a-good-neighbourhood. Return to text.
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Readers’ comments
Hans G., Australia, 23 January 2017
Today everybody has a TV, or a mobile phone, a computer, a tablet, a washing machine, a car and so on. Everywhere is electronic with software, apps, down loads, programs, tasks and so on. Thousand and thousand of minds are working daily on new ideas to make those 'helpers' more useful and sophisticated. When I compare the amount of animals, on land and in the water, the amount of plants, on land and in the water, and each has its own particular software, app, download, program, task and so on, and this all made by trial, error and chance? Shall we now talk about physics, chemistry, universe and nuclear, love and sadness, and so on? Why do people with an trained intellect examine, discuss, search out, try to grasps and worship a phenomenon which had impossibility, failure, chance and uncertainty as parents? That is even less then worship a stone figure and even this was made based on a mind.
Rustam D., Kazakhstan, 23 January 2017
The problem evolutionists in their view of the universe. Neil and other naturalists believe that the universe can become more complicated over time. However, the universe has a diametrically opposite property, the more time passes the "worse" the universe becomes. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that in the past the universe was more advanced than it is now. And this is the strongest argument in favor of Creation.
Paul S., Australia, 23 January 2017
It would be good to look at the logical predictions of the two origins theories and compare them with what is observed. A few would be: Transitional forms Fossil numbers Increase/Decrease of species (if the evos are right, the number should be increasing) Volcanic activity on moons (none if evos are right)