Is creation God’s great hoax?I know many will be offended by this question. This question bothers me a great deal. Yet, when we compare the creation as described in Genesis 1 with the findings of science, it is a legitimate question and one that is used in some form by those who do not believe that the entire universe is God’s creation.
Before I continue, let me say that I absolutely believe that God is the Creator of all things. This is the foundation of my faith and I do not question in any way that fundamental fact.
Created by His spoken word
According to Genesis 1 God created the universe in six days. There are strong arguments that these were literally six earthly days. God created the universe by His spoken word. I believe that not only the Bible, but all of creation are therefore God’s Word.
As I have written before, included in His creation are what we call “the laws of nature.” As science has developed, we have “discovered” more and more of these laws. They are contained in what are called all of the “sciences” (biology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, etc.)
When we apply all of these “laws”, as we learn more and more about how this immense and intricate universe works. The evidence points to a universe that is billions of years old. The “laws of mechanics” tell us how the universe is expanding (defying the law of entropy). The measurement of the speed of light tells us how large it is. Micro-biology and genetics tells us how intricate and perfect living organisms are. Geology tells us of events that have occurred long, long ago. Anthropology studies events that happened thousands of years ago.
If the account of Genesis 1 is literal truth then God must have done His creative work someplace in the middle of time as we measure it. He placed the galaxies and all that they contain in a perfect place to continue on their journey through application of God’s “ology” laws. He created the earth in such a way that we could find evidence “in place” of things that appear to have occurred much earlier than could have happened with the Biblical account of creation.
In a way, it would be like starting in what appears to be the middle of a well plotted and scripted movie, where we “discover” as the movie continues what had happened before. Only all of the “evidence” is planted. The beginning of the movie IS actually the beginning.
So, as God reveals more and more of His great plan, His creation, through the discoveries we are making about His “laws of nature,” the results of His spoken word, I ask the question:
Is creation God’s great hoax?
I write this not to insult or to question anyone’s faith or beliefs, but to stimulate thought and comment. It is in various forms a question asked by skeptics, non-believers and, most importantly, our youth.
What are your thoughts?