The Cheating Atheist

The Cheating Atheist

Featured in the March, 2004 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

The Atheist boldly states, “There is no god” while standing on the world that God made. That is cheating!

Creation is that act of the triune God that brought into existence the material universe which had no previous existence in any form. If one does not accept the clear Bible statement, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), then he has nothing to go on but vague speculations. All that science requires is an adequate cause, and the Almighty God is certainly more than that for the existence of this planet.

The earth was created in 6 regular days as we now know them. The “Millions of Years” notions are pedaled by those who are addicted to various evolutionary theories that require a great amount of time.

In Genesis 1, the word “day” is a translation of the Hebrew word “yom”. It is a law of Hebrew grammar that whenever “yom” is preceded by a numeral, it always refers to a literal day. Furthermore, when God in the commandments ordered that one day out of seven was to be special, the explanation is “for in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day” (Exodus 20:11). Where do you think we got our seven day week except from the creation week of Genesis 1?

The Bible also tells us how God created the world. He created it by speaking nine times in Genesis One, “And God said”. We also read in Psalm 33, “By the Word of the Lord, were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. (Psalm 33:6,9).”

The world we see now was not exactly as it was created by God. He created it in perfection. Repeatedly in Genesis One the phrase appears, “it was good” and finally in Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that he made, and it was very good.”

Because of human rebellion and sinfulness, the world has been cursed (Genesis 3:17). Because of our sinfulness, there are thorns and thistles and beasts and people have become violent.

Because of Christ’s redemption, not only will individuals be saved from
their sins, but the earth will be released from its curse. There will be “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1). As the curse is lifted the planet will be restored to its original splendor and glory.

The purpose of creation is not for our amusement, but for God’s glory.
The Scripture plainly says, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11).