How Faith Works #9 – Nothing
No one was present at the creation of the universe. Not even Moses who would later write the Genesis account of creation.
No evidence available today can conclusively demonstrate how God created everything. Throughout history various theories of origins have been proposed. Discussing these views is interesting.
The Christian, however, takes a fundamental faith approach to creation. Our view of creation is shaped by revelation. We may not all agree how God created. But we all agree that God did it.
By faith we believe God created something out of nothing. “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 1:3).
Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, affirms what Christians have always believed about creation:
“I can’t imagine how nature, in this case the universe, could have created itself. And the very fact that the universe had a beginning implies that someone was able to begin it. And it seems to me that had to be outside of nature.”
Through faith we perceive the intelligent Designer in creation. Through faith we affirm that the heavens and the earth were not made out of any already-existing material.
Everything exists because God spoke it into existence – matter, time, space.
God did not take a formless hunk of mud and form chaos into cosmos. God simply said the words, “Let there be . . .” and all he declared came into being.
Before God, there was nothing. In creation, there was something.
In a technical sense, only God can create. When we create something, we combine things that are already in existence. We take raw materials and craft them together in new and creative ways.
We build a boat from wood, an igloo out of snow, a house from stone. But only God can create something out of nothing.
And God is always making something out of nothing.
• God can save a sinner when there’s nothing left but sin.
• God can change a life where there’s nothing left but ashes.
• God can heal a broken body when there’s nothing left to recover.
• God can answer prayer when all the conditions and circumstances seem to make it an impossibility.
~ Pastor Dave