It is one of the greatest paradoxes, that in an age when so much is known about the intricacy and complexity of the innumerable living things that men could attribute all these wonders to the blind forces of chance! One cannot but think that they desire to expunge God from their lives, and hence responsibility to Him. Creation necessitates a Creator, and the Bible puts Him in a relationship to men who may choose to deny Him to their own peril. Professing to be wise, men who say there is no God have become fools: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psa 14:1). That God expects men to acknowledge His eternal power and existence from Creation is plainly declared: “… that which may be known of God is manifest in [mg to] them; … For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”. Because of such wilful blindness, the apostle points out that the “wrath of God” will be revealed (Rom 1:19–20, 18).

Some have attempted to marry Creation with the theory of evolution. This has led to the coining of the phrase “theistic evolution,” which in itself is a manifest contradiction. Creation and evolution are mutually exclusive; as if the Creator of the heavens and earth needed gradualism, favourable DNA mutations over billions of years before man, Homo sapiens, emerged! Oil and water do not mix any more than Creation and evolution. This said, the tragic fact remains that theistic evolution is held by some in our Brotherhood. As much as we might like to deny and dismiss this, we must be alert to the danger this constitutes and hold fast to the plain and unambiguous teaching of the Word of God.

The Bible and Creation

The Creation record in the opening chapters of Genesis is the foundation upon which the divine purpose and revelation is built. Meddling with the plain and unambiguous message in these chapters is high-minded and presumptuous. We must approach Scripture with reverence and awe: “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3). These telling words on attitude have a wide application, reaching down to our days too. The supercilious arrogance of the ‘higher critics’ of God’s Word must find no place in the mind of believers.

The fact is that there is absolutely no support, not even one verse in the whole of the Bible that supports evolution. On the other hand the Bible is full of declarations that Yahweh, God of Israel and Father of our Saviour created heaven and earth, man and all forms of life. We need not be troubled by any that say otherwise, for we are in the good company of Moses and the prophets, Jesus Christ and the apostles. From Genesis to Revelation the message is the same: the Bible speaks about Creation with one voice.

How apt then are Isaiah’s words spoken amidst the constant refrain, “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me” (45:5). “Woe to him who strives with his Maker,” an earthen vessel with the potter! Does the clay say to him that fashions it, “What are you making?”(v9 RSV)

Our Lord and Creation

Jesus’ words give unqualified support for Scripture. To him it was the ultimate authority, being the inspired Word of his Father. On one occasion he declared, “and the scripture cannot be broken”; he was basing his teaching on one word (John 10:34–35). He accepted the Creation record in its natural, clear and intended meaning (Mark 10:6–7; 13:19). For Jesus, the whole of nature reflected the wisdom and care of God. In no way does he attribute life to chance and the ‘survival of the fittest’. Creation taught him valuable lessons: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Matt 6:28–30). The following quotation from the pen of Brother R Smalley makes the point: “For Jesus, the flower by the wayside was not only a marvellous evidence of his Father’s power but an assurance of His ever present care – to ‘consider the lilies’ was at once for him, both an appreciation of its loveliness, and a token of the care of the Creator, who delights in His handiwork”. These are the lessons we should be taking out of the manifold wonders of Creation: we should be caused to exclaim the words found in Psalm 104, the ‘Creation Psalm’, “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom thou hast made them all: the earth is full of thy riches” (v24)! Jesus’ comparison with Solomon is interesting: Solomon the richest of the kings, in all his glory and opulence, was not arrayed like one of these field flowers! But there is in Jesus’ words another profound reflection – that if the transient lily that perishes after a day was so gorgeously fashioned, will not God much more clothe His chosen?! Jesus also saw in the lily the promise of immortality and eternal life. Also the fowls of the air were provided for by his heavenly Father; they had no need to sow, reap and gather into barns, a lesson our Lord observed, exemplified in his own life and commends to us. The poem and picture accompanying this editorial illustrate the lesson.

Jesus Christ, miracles and evolution

is may sound like a strange heading but it is pertinent to our subject. When the messengers from John the Baptist came to Jesus with their question, “Art thou he that should come? Or look we for another?” We are told that a plethora of miracles took place instantly: “that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits … the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised …” (Luke 7:20–22). It was an astounding demonstration of the Creator’s power mediated through the words of His Son, the irrefutable hall-marks of his Messiahship. So what is the point of this reference? These miracles were instantaneous: there was no need for aeons of time and mutations of genes! Creation demonstrates the Creator’s power, as do the miracles of the Son of God.

As a further contemplation, what about the resurrection? This requires the instantaneous crea- tion and replication of exactly the same men and women who have long since mouldered into dust! They will come forth, because “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thess 4:16). This will be a mighty demonstration of the Creator’s power, formerly seen in the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter, the widow of Nain’s son, Lazarus and most significantly in the case of the Lord himself (Eph 1:1–20). In the case of those on the Lord’s right hand, the change from mortality to immortality will happen, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor 15:52). No, the power of God is absolute; He is not dependent on aeons of time and mutations. This mighty power He has placed in His Son’s hands (John 5:21–23).

Wilful ignorance

When Jesus restored the sight of the blind man as recorded in John 9, it was a tremendous challenge to his detractors. They went to extraordinary lengths to deny the fact, for which they were reproved by the jubilant recipient himself, who testified and pleaded with them. Jesus, the good shepherd, found this man and identified himself as the Son of God. Pleading his belief in him, he worshipped the Lord. Because of the wilful refusal of the Jews to accept the obvious, Jesus made a salient observation, which is as relevant today as it was then: “For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind” (John 9:39; Isa 42:1–4). Despite the preponderance of incontestable, unassailable evidence for Creation and intelligent design, men on the whole refuse to see the obvious and hold to modern man’s myth, evolution. For this they can be expected to be judged (Rom 1:18–20).

“Fear God, and give glory to him … that made heaven and earth”

We should not be perplexed by the unbelief in our modern world; God and His Word receive scant notice in society today. We have been told that “in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts” will abound (2 Pet 3:3), and that “darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” (Isa 60:2) prior to the dawn of a new day. How we long for our Lord’s appearing with power and great glory, when there will be “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14); when “the winter [of Gentile times] is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come” (Songs 2:11, 12); when men shall “Consider those lilies of the field” in another light, just like the Lord, and see God’s care and beauty; and observe and learn that the “fowls of the air” are fed by a beneficent Creator, even our heavenly Father, in whose eyes we are of “more value than many sparrows” (Matt 6:26; 10:31).