GOD’S WORD AND CREATION
by Wayne S. Walker
"By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth" (Psalm 33:6). There are two basic views of the origin of the universe. The Christian believes that an almighty and eternal God brought everything into existence. This is what the Bible teaches. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). The evolutionist believes the universe began as a result of some act of pure chance and has continued over millions and even billions of years as guided solely by natural processes. Basically, the theory of evolution was developed to explain the existence of the universe without God. "The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God…’" (Psalm 14:1). The creationist and the evolutionist have the same evidence to examine and explain; they simply look at it with different presuppositions. The evolutionist needs millions and billions of years to explain it his way, whereas the creationist can explain it just as well within a Biblical time frame.
Some have posited a kind of third alternative, claiming that maybe God started the process by creation and then brought it to what it is today by means of millions and billions of years of evolution. This is commonly known as "theistic evolution." There are many variations on this theme–the "days" of creation were really periods of millions of years; there is a gap of millions of years between the first two verses of Genesis to allow for evolution; there are gaps of millions of years between each of the days of creation; and so-called "progressive creationism." However, all of these alternatives do two things. First, they deny the Biblical account. The Bible plainly tells us how long God took to create the universe. "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day…" (Exodus 20:11).
Second, they all compromise with the evolutionist, giving him the time that he needs for his theory to be true. If he can convince us of the millions and billions of years, he can eventually eliminate the need for God. God did not bring about things by evolution but "by the word of the LORD." Neither the creationist nor the evolutionist was there at the beginning to see what happened. However, someone was there and has left us a record. "By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible" (Hebrews 11:3). Or, as Isaac Watts expressed it, "I sing the goodness of the Lord That filled the earth with food; He formed the creatures WITH HIS WORD, and then pronounced them good." God said it. That settles it. I believe it. "For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast" (Psalm 33:9).