Monday, October 27, 2008

The Orderly Creation

Creation Day Two - From Emmanuel

"And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse ‘sky.’ And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day."Genesis 1:6-8 (NIV)

God is with us in the orderliness of His creation, and we should give thanks to Him for this gracious gift. On Day Two of creation we see God beginning to create order in His creation. On Day One God created the heavens and the earth, but they were "formless and empty" and contained light without a distinct source such as the sun and stars. This has been described by commentators as "chaos." God brings order to the chaos beginning on Day Two when He separates the water on the earth from the water above the earth with an expanse called "sky" (see v. 8).

Here is where the proponents of a godless "big bang" origin of everything run into trouble explaining their theories. Almost by definition explosions are exercises in entropy, which is to say that when you have an explosion you will always move from a state of order to chaos and never the other way around.

This is why the study of scientific intelligent design is becoming more and more popular among scientists who truly have an open mind and desire to learn all that can be known about how creation works. Conversely, this is also why intelligent design is attacked with fervent religious zeal. Those who must imagine a creation without a creator know that this is where their theories are weakest, so many feel that they must not permit further inquiry into intelligent design, lest they begin to lose funding for their research.

Science does not contradict creation, though many scientists pursue it as if it does. Actually, true scientific pursuit of knowledge actually assumes an orderly creation such as described in the Holy Scriptures. If all that exists is truly the result of a series of accidents which contradict the law of entropy, then there is no way that truth can be known because there is no way to test theories and reproduce results which came about by accident.

However, in Genesis 1-2 we see God creating an orderly world in an organized way. The world works according to certain laws which God has set in place for our benefit and comfort. Science works because of who God is, and how He has set up our world according to certain laws which do not change. God is not bound by those laws, but we see the grace of God in the fact that we can always go to bed secure in the knowledge that out of His love, God will keep the law of gravity in effect while we sleep, and we will not wake up and find ourselves flying off into space toward the sun because the "accident" of gravity has suddenly corrected itself.

Sleep well, but before you go to sleep tonight give thanks to God for His gift of an orderly creation.

The Seven Days of Creation
In the Beginning
The Orderly Creation
Distinctions in Creation
The Center of the Universe
Designed by God
The Crown of God’s Creation
A Sabbath Day Rest

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