In a recent broadcast we made reference to a debate that was provoked by a decision made in Kansas to allow creation to be taught in the public schools. The opponents of that decision argued vehemently that the evolutionary explanation of the origin of the world is a scientific fact. The decision that was made in Kansas pointed out that evolution is not a fact but is a theory. That is, the evolutionary explanation of the origin of the world is an explanation that is ultimately unprovable by the accepted scientific method. The opponents of the decision simply would not hear of that. In fury, they misrepresented the decision, claiming that the intention was to strike from the state’s science curriculum all overt references to the theory of evolution. Although such an end would indeed be commendable, that representation of the decision was not accurate. The decision was to allow either creation or evolution to be taught on the ground that both were theories.
Now, although we may find it refreshing to hear the admission that evolution is only a theory, and although we might note with interest how the advocates of evolution become unsettled when they are reminded of that fact, it must be understood that, for the Christian, it is not enough that creation and evolution be placed on an equal footing and that it be left simply to the decision of parents or others to decide which one is truth, and therefore which one ought to be taught to children. One is true, the other is the lie. The truth is creation. Evolution is a lie.
Evolution is a lie because it contradicts the word of God. And God is the Creator. The Bible is the declaration of His word. In that word, He makes very plain that He is the Creator of all things.
We looked before at the third verse of Hebrews 11, where the Scriptures say that by faith we understand that the worlds were made by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Open your Bible with me to that beautiful chapter of the word of God.
Note with me that the chapter begins with a definition of faith. We read, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The things that are hoped for and the things that are not seen are the same. They are the things that God has surely promised to the Christian but that we do not have in all of their perfection and fullness. God has promised us heaven, the perfect deliverance from our sins, the day when we will be with Christ. These are the things for which we hope. Now faith is the substance of these things, the evidence of the things we have not yet seen. By faith we actually possess those things, even though we do not have them yet in their fullness, because, you see, faith is that spiritual union, that spiritual umbilical cord, whereby we are actually united to all of those things that God has promised for us.
Faith is not a natural something. The origin of faith is not in the human heart. Faith is not something that is produced by the human will. No, faith is a heavenly thing. It is the gift of God whereby God actually joins us, gives to us the spiritual capacity whereby we are united, to all of those things He has promised, even though we do not yet have them.
Still more, faith is the evidence of things not seen. The things that are not seen are similar to the things that are hoped for, but the idea there is that the human eye cannot see them. We have no knowledge of those things that God has promised for us in Christ and that are laid up for us in heaven according to our own earthly senses of eye, ear, hand, mind, and nose. The pleasures at God’s right hand, to be seated at the table of Christ and the Lamb in eternal glory, to stand with all of the saints of all ages—we have not seen that and we cannot see that now. But faith is the evidence, the positive proof, the abiding and confident assurance, of the reality of those things.
Then, in verse 3, we go on to read that by faith we understand that God created the world. That is very interesting. You will note with me, then, that the same faith that confesses Christ, the same faith that looks ahead toward the things that we are hoping for in God’s eternal kingdom, the same faith that says concerning Christ and all that He has promised, “I know Him, I know those things, I am persuaded of them,” that same faith also looks back to the beginning of the world and confesses, “I know the origin of all things as certainly as I know the end of all things.” The faith that looks up to God and hopes in God is also a faith that looks upon the creation and with the same certainty knows where the creation came from. The faith that embraces the end, the final day when Jesus comes again and all of our salvation is perfected, that same faith, not a different faith, embraces the beginning, the creation, when all things were made by God.
You see, the Christian faith is not simply about the future. The Christian faith is not only about our spiritual relation to the living Son of God. The Christian faith is not only a hope for a coming spiritual realm in eternal glory which, right now, the human eye cannot see. The same Christian faith knows the past. The same Christian faith has the evidence, the certainty, that, as God is going to come in Jesus Christ and make the new heavens and new earth where all of His saints shall dwell, so has God made the present world in which we live. He made it in six days by His word, out of nothing.
Faith is not simply a feeling. It is not, “I like to think this way,” or “I hope so.” But faith is the substance of those things. Faith is the evidence of those things. It is the substance and the evidence of all that God has promised us to come. And it is the substance and the evidence of all that has been. Therefore, we say that we believe that God created the world. Just as surely as we know by faith that we belong to Jesus Christ and that He is coming for us again and that we shall be with Him in eternal riches, so surely does the same faith tell us that which eye was not there to see, that for which there is no scientific evidence, that the origin of the world was by the creative hand of God. We understand this by faith.
That is very powerful and very striking. Because we understand this by faith, we know that the world did not come into existence by itself. That is very striking also in Hebrews 11:3, for it goes on to say, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Let us focus our attention on that last part.
The Holy Spirit is teaching us that it is not enough to confess only the positive, that God framed the world, that He made it. We must also reject the lie. You see, there is an alternative to the biblical truth of creation. If God did not make all things by His word, then the alternative is, obviously, things made themselves. We repudiate that. God puts in my mouth and in your mouth right now as you confess the truth of the Scriptures, not only the positive confession, “the worlds were made by the word of God,” but also the negative, “so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” I deny, by faith, that things made themselves, that things that are seen were made of things that do appear, that things evolved from other things.
You have there the perfect description of evolution. Evolution says that the things that you see were made from things that do appear. Things made things. The amoeba made a more complex cell. The fish produced a reptile. The reptile, the bird; the bird, the mammal; and so on. Lower life forms evolved into higher life forms. Evolution did not originate with Charles Darwin in 1851. Already the Greek philosophers before Christ’s day were saying the very same thing. Only they would sum it up this way: Things that are seen were made of things which do appear.
God’s word, to His church of every age, says: Not so! That is a denial that all things came into being by the word of God. Things did not make things. Each creature, every kind of species, came into being independently of other creatures because they came into being by God’s word. Evolution is false! Evolution is unbelief.
First of all, evolution cannot and does not explain what it says it explains. It says, “We will tell you where things came from, how they got here. Things evolved from lower things.” First there was the Big Bang. Later on, there was speculation of huge masses of gas exploding to create the first life. And the theory continues to change. But they have no answer as to where that gas came from, where that first particle or speck came from. They have no answer to that.
Still more. The Bible teaches us that the present state and the arrangement of the world is not due to natural selection or to development from one life form to another. God, by His word, brought into existence each distinct creature, genetically unrelated to the other. Man did not evolve from the animals. Birds did not come from reptiles. But God created each one by His own word. The text tells us that the creation was passive. The worlds were framed by the word of God. They were acted upon by God. Evolution has things actively producing other things. God’s word says that it is not so. Things did not make themselves. They were made. Evolution says one species made another, and finally, man, so that man produced himself. The glory is to man. The Bible gives the glory to God alone.
Man was made by God. We understand this by faith. We do not simply believe this—although our believing is the believing of faith. We understand this. Hebrews 11:3 does not say, “I accept it even though I don’t have the foggiest notion what it is all about.” But we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. We have some very clear, mental perception of this great truth of creation. We are able to think rational, logical, consistent thoughts about this beautiful work of God. It makes sense to faith. It is totally consistent when one is governed by faith. Faith does not reject learning. Faith is not hostile to genuine science and does not say, “Well, it’s best to be ignorant of true science lest we be swept away.” In submission to faith and out of the confession of this word of God that God made all things, we study the creation—even as the saints in heaven study it. And we say, “Thou art worthy, O Lord,…for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11).
That does not mean that we fully comprehend the work of God. There is only one who comprehends this work, and that is God who created it. It is a wonder, a marvel. We worship God for this.
Have you ever done that? Have you ever gone out on a clear night and gazed up at the stars and thought that God says He holds them in His hands? He calls them all by name. Does that make your heart swell in wonder so that you can say with the psalmist in Psalm 8, “What is man that thou art mindful of him?”
Have you ever walked in the cool spring day across the grass or in the woods and did you see each blade of grass and flower and insect all moving by the word of God? God says to us that all this shows that He is glorious. He speaks to us of His power, of His faithfulness, of His love for the creation. We remember the words of the Son of God when He said to us, “My heavenly Father feeds the sparrows. Are ye not much more to Him than the sparrows?”
When there was no eye to see and when there was no scribe to record, God made heaven and earth. And He gave us the inspired account in His word. Through the word of God you were there, and you understand that there was nothing before He spoke. The earth and the dry land appeared when He spoke, as did the plants and vegetation of every sort. The stars were created already shining. Birds and fish of every size and color were created. We do not comprehend it. But I would remind you that we also do not comprehend that which is coming—the new creation. This is the creation in which there shall be no unclean thing. It shall be perfectly righteous. For nothing that is abominable and defiled shall enter. This is the creation into which one enters only through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Now we understand that, as children of God. We lay hold upon the new creation that has been promised to us by faith. By faith we lay hold upon and we know and understand the origin of the world. This is our confession before the world.
The confession is fundamental. Because God’s word teaches this to be the origin of the world, to challenge this truth is to deny the holy Scriptures. That is the heart of it. When men tamper with the word of God and inject the idea that the word of God must be judged by man and that the word of God contains myth and error, they are attacking God Himself and His church. They are attacking the young people of the church. They are attacking the church at her very core and existence. For the church has nothing to witness except the word of God. That is our witness. God has spoken. Will ye not hear Him?
Therefore we confess, with all the saints of God, that God made the world and all things in it in six days. He created them for Jesus Christ. He created them in order that He might redeem His church by grace, through Jesus Christ, and glorify Himself in them in the new heavens and the new earth. Therefore, out of love for Jesus Christ, and out of reverence for our heavenly Father, we confess today the same truth that the church confessed throughout the ages: God is the Creator of all things.
Is that your confession?