Some look at nature—including the night sky—and imagine it just happened. Others see these things as God’s miracle.
I never believed all the marvels of nature merely materialized through freak processes controlled by an unknown source. Of course, I was reared in a Christian home and taught about a creator God who was responsible for everything’s existence. Had I been brought up in a different culture where my God wasn’t acknowledged or known, I might have arrived at different conclusions.
To look at all the magic science can show me—and to consider the human body itself—and believe it all simply happened with no guiding hand is inconceivable to me. It was to the biblical writers as well. One said, “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Hebrews 11:3 NLT).
The question of how things began has been asked by believers and atheists alike. For the atheist or agnostic, evolution is the only choice. Processes that have taken place over billions of years are responsible for present life forms.
For believers, God is the source—although there are different philosophies about how he brought things into existence. Theistic evolutionists suppose God brought everything into existence but did it through the evolutionary process. Progressive creationists believe there were several incidents wherein God created out of nothing (ex nihilo) and then allowed evolution to bring the end result. Fiat creationists think God brought everything into existence by a direct act. He spoke—or thought—and it happened. All three deposit God at the beginning.
However the beginning of time happened, God was there and responsible. Knowing how he did it isn’t as important as believing he did. He is the creator and sustainer of all things.
When you think about the beginning of time, is God there?
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions and an Administrator/Editor for Vinewords.net. He has authored seven books. His most recent is Don’t Just Live…Really Live.He has also been published in numerous publications. He is the husband of one, the father of two, and the grandfather of six.