Read: Psalm 115
The creation of all things is a wonder which is properly attributed to God the Father. At the same time, it is the wonder denied by the unbeliever and, in fact, by the devil himself. But the unbeliever, in denying creation by God, must find a substitute to the testimony of Gen. 1 & 2. And a substitute he claims to have found. At first it was presented as a theory of origins. Today it is presented as scientific fact generally presented as unquestionably proven. It is the “science” of evolution. In fact, in our day, many churches and denominations have succumbed to the teaching of evolution—except with the disclaimer that God has directed its course.
Some have sought to disprove the purported “facts” of evolution. The commonly accepted “big bang” theory of the origin of the universe would seem to be preposterous. Was in fact all the matter of the universe at a point of time billions of years ago all compressed in a very small point? Was that “point” eternal? If not, what was its origin? What caused its “explosion”? And how did the sexes evolve with their reproductive organs over millions of years—each at the same time so that conception could take place?
The “scientist” claims today that he has found the proof for evolution in the study of genetics. Darwin’s theory of evolution is commonly adopted by most scientists. The scientist today claims that genetics presents proof positive that Darwin was correct.
But what fool the Christian would be to accept the reasoning of unbelieving scientists instead of the testimony of Scripture itself. In fact, God in His Word clearly states that one believes the teaching of Scripture concerning origins “by faith” (Heb. 11:3). “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God….” Heb. 11:1 states further, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
“Faith” which believes all this is the fruit of regeneration—being “born again.” Faith holds to the testimony of God in Scripture. Faith believes that through union with the Savior Jesus Christ, the Father who creates is my Father. This is the source of all my comfort in life and death.
- Date: 2-March
Rev. G. Van Baren (Wife: Clara)
Ordained: October, 1956
Pastorates: Doon, IA - 1956; Randolph, WI - 1962; First, Grand Rapids, MI - 1965; Hudsonville, MI - 1977; Loveland, CO - 1994
Emeritus: 1999Website: www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Rev._Gise_Van_Baren
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