Sun, Jul 22, 2007

IN THE BEGINNING GOD . . . GENESIS 1:1

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Ministry of Pastor Joe Guglielmo teachings through the Bible, verse by verse for a better understanding of Gods Word.
IN THE BEGINNING GOD . . .

GENESIS 1:1

 

Please turn in your Bibles this morning to Genesis chapter 1 as we look at the story of creation and the evidence to support it. Now, before we get to our text this morning I want to share with you some highly classified information that I was able to get my hands on. You see, this whole creation process was not as easy to pull off as you might think, even for God. Let me explain. We are told:

            IN THE BEGINNING, GOD CREATED HEAVEN AND EARTH

            Suddenly, He was faced with a class action suit for failure to file an environmental impact statement. He was granted a temporary permit for the project, but was stymied with the Cease and Desist order for the Earthly part. Appearing at the hearing, God was asked why He began His earthily project in the first place. He replied that He just liked to be creative.

            Then God said, “Let there be light.” Officials immediately demanded to know how the light would be made. Would there be strip mining? What about thermal pollution?

            God explained that the light would come from a huge ball of fire. God was granted provisional permission to make light, assuming that no smoke would result from the ball of fire, that He would obtain a building permit, and (to conserve energy) would have the light out half the time.

            God agreed and said He would call the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.’ Officials replied that they were not interested in semantics.

            God said, “Let the Earth bring forth green herb and such as many-seed.” The EPA agreed so long as native seed was used.

            Then God said, “Let waters bring forth creeping creatures having life; and the fowl that may fly over the Earth.”  Officials pointed out this would then require approval from the Department of Game coordinated with the Heavenly Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society.

            Everything was OK until God said He wanted to complete the project in six days. Officials informed Him it would take at least 200 days to review that and the environmental impact statement. After that there would be a public hearing. Then there would be 1 – 20 months before . . .

            At this point God created Hell!

- Source Unknown

            Funny but sometimes very true from a human perspective.  Now here’s the thing, when some hear of creation they mock those who believe it.  They accuse us of believing fairy tails, of being a flat-earther and-so-on. First of all, the unsaved believed in a flat earth and God said that He created it in a sphere shape.  But I am here to tell you, that if you believe in evolution, if you reject creation, you are a fool and it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does in creation. Evolution is not a science, it is a religion! Now, for some of you that may have offended you, others understand where I am coming from. My prayer as we look at the evidence for creation, and we will only scratch the surface, is that you would see that the evidence is overwhelming. On the opposite end of the spectrum is evolution, and like the emperors new clothes, it is naked, there is nothing to support it!

            I realize those are some pretty bold statements, so without going on, lets get to our text and see what we can glean from the evidence that is before us. In Genesis chapter 1, let’s look at verse 1 and see what the Lord has for us as we begin our journey through the Word of God!

GENESIS 1:1

 

            This is the foundational verse for the rest of the Bible. If you don’t believe this, then you will have a hard time believing anything God says.  Either God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing in six literal days, bringing forth all life in the oceans, the air, the land, or He didn’t! And if He didn’t, then we have a bigger problem to deal with!

            You see, Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15:21-22, For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  In other words, if there was no first Adam, if man just evolved from a single celled organism, if we are a monkey’s uncle, then how can we then trust what God’s Word says about the second Adam, Jesus Christ? You see, we can’t! If there was no first Adam, there was no second Adam, there was no Jesus!

            But I truly believe we can trust God’s Word, that in six literal days, not thousands or millions of years, He created the heavens and the earth and all that is found within it. On the other end of the spectrum the Evolutionist tells us that given enough time, life evolved from non-life, no information at all and yet it kept gaining information, we went from amoeba to a man!  We laugh at the fairy tail about the princess who kissed the frog and he turned into a handsome prince, but for the evolutionist, take that same frog and give him millions of years, and he can turn into a prince. Folks, that is not science, that is a fairy tail!

            For the evolutionist, there was the Big Bang and from that life evolved. Let me kind of sum this up for you from a description of what this Big Bang Theory is all about. In U. S. News & World Report we are told:

            In the beginning, there was not time, no mater, not even space. Then, in some unfathomable way, a universe emerged from a dimensionless point of pure energy. In the wild first second, the hot, nascent [budding] universe inflated to the size of our solar system. At 3 minutes, the expanding universe became a fusion bomb, synthesizing hydrogen, helium and lithium nuclei from a hot, dense soup of elementary particles. By the time the universe was 300,000 years old, it had cooled enough to allow atoms to form, and before a billion years had passed the atoms were clumping into the first galaxies.

- U. S. News & World Report, March 26, 1990, p 54

            They are good; they have this down to the first second after the Big Bang!  Now, as far fetched as that sounds, Hollywood couldn’t have done better, they believe that between 10 and 20 billion years ago hydrogen congregated in a sphere called a singularity. This sphere was condensed to the size of 10-30 cm in diameter, making it millions of times smaller than a single atom.  It then exploded outward. As this matter and radiation cooled it began to form elements and as these molecules spread outward in a radial direction, they began to collapse on themselves. All these molecules, in a space of about 6 trillion miles in diameter collapsed to form each of the 100’s of billion of stars that come together into the estimated billions of galaxies we have today in our universe. Our solar system formed around 5 billion years ago from a cloud of dust and gas made up of the exploded remains of previously existing stars. Talk about a lot of hot air!

            So our earth, according to evolutionists, is about 5 billion years old. Around 3 billion years ago, in the Precambrian period, life evolved from non-life. Next came the Cambrian period, over 600 million years ago and during this period of time we see the emergence of abundant marine invertebrates. About 100 million years ago, in the Ordovician period we see fish appear. The evolution of the first amphibians occurred in the Permo-Carboniferous periods. The Mesozoic Era, from about 250 to 70 million years ago was the age of the dinosaurs. Mammals and birds were dominant in the Tertiary period following the extinction of the dinosaurs. And then, about 1 million years ago man appeared!

            Is there any fossil evidence that supports this theory? Are there any transitional forms linking one species to another, showing evolution?  Folks, the bottom line is this, there is not one fossil that shows some kind of transitional form, not one! You don’t have to believe me on this, just listen to what evolutionists are saying, they know this fact. You see, with the billions of fossils that are out there, you would think you could come up with at least one transitional form, but there are none. What we do see is life that is fully formed.  But listen to what evolutionists are saying regarding this lack of transitional forms:

            Dr. Eldredge [curator of invertebrate paleontology at the American Museum] said that the categories of families and above could not be connected, while Dr. Raup [curator of geology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago] said that a dozen or so large groups could not be connected with each other. But Dr. Patterson [a senior paleontologist and editor of a prestigious journal at the British Museum of Natural History] spoke most freely about the absence of transitional forms.

            Before interviewing Dr. Patterson, the author read his book, Evolution, which he had written for the British Museum of Natural History. In it he had solicited comments from readers about the book’s contents. One reader wrote a letter to Dr. Patterson asking why he did not put a single photograph of a transitional fossil in his book. On April 10, 1979, he replied to the author in a most candid letter as follows:

            ‘ . . . I fully agree with your comments on the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them. You suggest that an artist should be used to visualize such transformations, but where would he get the information from? I could not, honestly, provide it, and if I were to leave it to artistic license, would that not mislead the reader?

 . . . You say that I should at least “show a photo of the fossil from which each type of organism was derived.” I will lay it on the line – there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument. The reason is that statements about ancestry and descent are not applicable in the fossil record.  Is Archaeopteryx the ancestor of all birds?  Perhaps yes, perhaps no there is no way of answering the question. It is easy enough to make up stories of how one form gave rise to another, and to find reasons why the stages should be favoured by natural selection. But such stories are not part of science, for there is no way of putting them to the test.

            So, much as I should like to oblige you by jumping to the defense of gradualism, and fleshing out the transitions between the major types of animals and plants, I find myself a bit short of the intellectual justification necessary for the job . . .’

- AIG, The Fossils Are A Problem

            Folks, the reason we don’t find transitional forms is because we don’t have vertical evolution or one species becoming another species.  A dog does not become a cat!  What we do see is horizontal changes or a variety of different dogs, a variety of different cats and-so-on. That is exactly what the Bible tells us. In Genesis 1:11-12, on the third day of creation we are told, Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth’; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  Notice, the plant life reproduces after their own kind. An apple tree does not produce an orange tree!  On the fifth day of creation we are told in Genesis 1:21,So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  The sea life, the birds all reproduced after their own kind. A reptile did not evolve into a bird!  Then, on the sixth day of creation we are told in Genesis 1:24, Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind’; and it was so.  Again, it was after their own kind, even man!

            Now I have to admit that before I was saved I was an evolutionist, a molecule to man evolution. I read the books, the evidence for evolution of man and I believed these scientists, that they were telling me the truth, why would they lie? The reason is simple. You get no book deals, no money, no television appearances for finding ape fossils or man fossils, but for finding ape-men! The big question is, is there evidence to support the evolution of man?

            Stephen Jay Gould put it this way in regards to the evolution of man. He said, “We’re not just evolving slowly. For all practical purposes we’re not evolving. There’s no reason to think we’re going to get bigger brains or smaller toes, or whatever – we are what we are.”

            How true that statement is, even from an evolutionist’s point of view. “We are what we are” because God created us that way, fully formed, fully human! There is no link between man and ape because it does not exist. The only link we have to apes is that God has created us both!

            And even the so-called evidence is not supportive of evolution. Dr. Lyall Watson said, “Modern apes, for instance, seem to have sprung out of nowhere. They have no yesterday, no fossil record.  And the true origin of modern humans – of upright, naked, tool-making, big-brained beings – is, if we are to be honest with ourselves, an equally mysterious matter.”  It is only mysterious if you reject the fact that God created life fully formed! Now, let’s look at the evidence of the so-called missing links, just to show you they are still missing and will never be found!

RAMAPITHECUS

            He is said to be 12 to 14 million years old and they came to this conclusion by finding a few pieces of a jaw bone, that are all U-shaped. From this they were able to determine the height, the posture, the length of limbs, the shape of his head, and even the amount of body hair. That is one great jawbone! The only problem is that man’s jawbone is egg-shaped and thus, Ramapithecus is nothing more than an extinct orangutan because of the U-shaped jawbone it has!

AUSTRALOPITHECUS

            He is said to be 1 to 4 million years old and the most famous of this find was called “Lucy.” Lucy was a 40% complete skeleton and the entire skeleton was ape-like except for its knee joint, which was found 1½ miles away and over 200 feet lower in the ground than the rest of the find. Thus, Lucy was a pigmy chimpanzee, except for the knee joint, which was fully human, and the rest of the Australopithecine’s were nothing more than orangutan’s.

JAVA MAN

            No, this is not Juan Valdez! This creature is said to be 500,000 years old and what was found was an ape-like skullcap and a human leg bone plus 2 molar teeth. The one thing they neglected to tell us is that they also found 2 fully formed human skulls and 4 human leg bones in the same area. This information did not come out for 30 years!  Thus, what was found was a giant gibbon or ape, and the human finds were just that, HUMAN!

PEKING MAN

            Also some 500,000 years old, in this find they discovered 30 skulls with the back of each skull bashed in. What they neglected to tell us is that they also found 6 fully human skeletons in the same area. What seems to have taken place is that these humans were eating monkey brains. First you would throw the monkey head in a pot of boiling water and cook it, and then when it is done you would bash in the skull and eat the brains, for the meat is tough to eat.  Just in case you wanted to cook it for dinner tonight.  The reality is, Peking man was really man’s entrée and not an ape-man!

NEANDERTHAL MAN

           Supposedly 100,000 years old, but he was found living in the Philippians in 1910! The same skeletal structure as Neanderthal man, so what’s going on? Neanderthal man, and this man they found living, were both suffering from rickets, which caused these bony deformities. So Neanderthal man is nothing more than man!

CRO-MAGNON MAN

            Supposedly 12,000 to 13,000 years old and yet he is indistinguishable from modern Europeans!

PILTDOWN MAN

            Supposedly 500,000 years old what they found was a man-like skullcap and an ape-like jawbone. But 41 years after this discovery scientists discovered both the jaw and the skull were stained with iron salts to make them look old and the teeth were filed down to make them look human. Piltdown man was a hoax.

            “Based on the first solid evidence, Gardiner and Currant conclude it was Martin A. C. Hinton, keeper of Zoology at the British Museum from 1936 to 1945 . . . ‘At that time in England,’ says Gardiner, ‘we were hoping to find the earliest man. We didn’t want the goddmamn French or Germans to have it, we wanted it. People wanted to believe it.” Is that science? No, it is fraud!

NEBRASKA MAN

            This primitive cave man, his wife and his children were drawn from the find of a single tooth and was ready to be presented in the Scopes Monkey Trial as evidence for evolution. The only problem was that Nebraska man turned out to be an extinct pig when they found the rest of the skeleton!

            Thus, all the evidence we have showing the evolution of man is zero!  In fact, A. J. Kelso said, “ . . . The transition from insectivore to primate is not documented in the fossils. The basis of knowledge about the transition is by inference from living forms.” That is not science, for you have no evidence!

            Listen to these two conclusions that evolutionists have come to regarding this evidence, or the lack thereof. We are told:

            “In recent years several authors have written popular books on human origins which were based more on fantasy and subjectivity than on fact and objectivity. At the moment science cannot offer a full answer on the origin of humanity, but scientific method takes us closer to the truth. . . . As far as geologically more recent evidence is concerned, the discovery in East Africa of apparent remains of Homo in the same early fossil sites as both Gracile and Robust Australopithecine’s has thrown open once again the question of the direct relevance of the latter to human evolution. So one is forced to conclude that there is no clear-cut scientific picture of human evolution.”  There should be with all the fossils that have been found, but there is none!

            Dr. Patterson, Senior Paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History in London said, “I mean the stories, the narratives about change over time. How the dinosaurs became extinct, how the mammals evolved, where man came from. These seem to me to be little more than story-telling. And this is the result of thinking about cladistics because as it turns out, as it seems to me, all one can learn about the history of life is learned from systematics, from groupings one finds in nature. We have access to the tips of a tree, the tree itself is theory and people who pretend to know about the tree and to describe what went on with it, how the branches came off and the twigs came off are, I think, telling stories.”  In other words, he is saying that what we find is life fully formed just like the Bible tells us!

            In Michael J. Behe’s book, Darwin’s Black Box, he puts forth the idea of irreducible complexity or the idea that unless something is fully formed, it is non-functional.  And please understand that this man is an evolutionist and yet, when he looks at the complexity of life, he sees the impossibility of gradual evolution. In fact, Darwin said, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”  Folks, it has!

            But, even as we look at the human eye, it points to a designer, a creator, God! Evolutionists tell us that other creatures, with less complex eyes, like the jellyfish, which have a few light sensitive cells, or even the starfish, which has a more sophisticated eye than the jellyfish, but it is still a very crude type of lens, and then over time these simple light sensitive cells evolved into the human eye! And we now know, that even this crude jellyfish with their light sensitive cells is very complex, it is not simple. Thus, there had to be a designer, a creator!

            To illustrate this irreducible complexity, Dr. Behe looks at a simple mousetrap, which has only five workable parts to it. There is the wooden base, a U-shaped metal hammer which crushes the mouse, a spring to activate the hammer, a holding bar to hold the hammer down, and a sensitive latch which releases the bar at the time a mouse nibbles the cheese.  Now, if you were to take away any part of that mousetrap it wouldn’t work.  It would not give you a crude instrument for catching a mouse.  If you took away the spring you could not catch the mouse unless you through the base at it!  You see, it is not a step-by-step developing of this mousetrap for unless it is fully formed, it won’t work!  Unless it is fully formed, it is of no use!

            Thus, when you look at the complexity of life, which is far more complex than a simple five-piece mousetrap, you can see the impossibility of life evolving. In fact, even with mutations you loose genetic information, you don’t gain it.  When God created Adam he had all the genetic information needed for life, he was perfect until sin entered and then you might say the de-evolution process began. We are not getting better, but winding down, wearing out.

           Look at the human eye, the human ear and how complex they are.  How did they form? We don’t have to guess for the Lord tells us. In Proverbs 20:12 we are told, The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.  Look at blood and all that it contains. When you cut yourself you have white blood cells going to the site to prevent infection. You have platelets and clotting factors going there to stop the bleeding so you don’t bleed to death.  It carries oxygen and nutrients to the body and waste products out of the body. What were the steps for this to happen? How many creatures bleed to death, died of an infection, starved to death, died of poisons building up in the body before blood had evolved to support life?  It is ridiculous to believe it evolved.

            Look at the ear, “The sound we hear is being played on a perfect little musical instrument inside our ear.  The sound waves go down the auditory canal and are carried by the bones of the middle ear to the cochlea, which is rolled up like a tiny seashell. The outer ear operates in air. But the cochlea is filled with liquid, and transferring sound waves from air to liquid is one of the most difficult problems known to science. Three tiny bones called the ossicles are just right to do the job that enables us to hear properly. Interestingly, the size of these little bones does not change from the time we are born.

            The heart actually is a muscular pump forcing blood through thousands of miles of blood vessels. Blood carries food and oxygen to every part of the body. The heart pumps an average of six liters (1.5 U.S. gallons) of blood every minute, and in one day pumps enough blood to fill more than forty 200 – liter (50-gallon) drums.”

            Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator, by God.  You see, the fact that any one organ, muscle, blood and-so-on exists is a complete demonstration that they are the work of an intelligent and skillful designer, God Himself!

          Let me give you an example from nature that shows there is a designer, there is a creator and keep in mind this is only one example.  Look at this tiny insect called the bombardier beetle, only one-half inch in length and there is no way that this insect could have evolved. You see, this creature has a defense mechanism that can only work if all the parts are fully formed and functional, irreducible complexity. When attacked it can fire from twin exhaust tubes at his tail boiling-hot noxious gases with a loud pop at his enemies.

            German chemist Dr. Schildknecht discovered that the beetle mixes two chemicals, hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone.  This beetle has a special ‘inhibitor’ chemical to keep the mixture from reacting. How does it react then?  In the beetles specially designed combustion tubes are two enzymes called catalase and peroxidase that make chemical reactions go millions of times faster. These chemicals catalyze the extremely rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen and the oxidation of hydroquinone into quinone, causing them to violently react and explode, but not too soon as to blow up the beetle!

            And this little beetle can fire off four or five bombs in succession causing his enemy to flee. Now if you believe this beetle evolved, how many of his ancestors had their butts blown off until they evolved all the right combustion tubes, explosive chemicals, an inhibitor, enzymes, glands, muscles to direct the combustion tubes and-so-on!  Again, what we see here is irreducible complexity or that this creature was created fully formed and did not evolve!

           But couldn’t life just have evolved?  Not a chance.  “The French Mathematician, Lecompte de Nouy, examined the laws of probability for a single molecule of high dissymmetry to be formed by the action of chance. De Nouy found that, on an average, the time needed to form one such molecule of our terrestrial globe would be about 10 to the 253 billions of years.

           ‘But,’ continued de Nouy ironically, ‘let us admit that no matter how small the chance it could happen, one molecule could be created by such astronomical odds of chance. However, one molecule is of no use. Hundreds of millions of identical ones are necessary. Thus, we either admit the miracle or doubt the absolute truth of science.’” (Quoted in; “Is science Moving Toward Belief in God?” Paul A. Fisher, The Wanderer, [Nov. 7, 1985], cited in Kingdoms In Conflict, C. Colson, p. 66).

            Leslie Orgel, who is one of the world’s leading authorities on the origin-of-life studies and an evolutionist, wrote:

            It is extremely improbable that proteins and nucleic acids, both of which are structurally complex, arose spontaneously in the same place at the same time. Yet it also seems impossible to have one without the other. And so, at first glance, one might have to conclude that life could never, in fact, have originated by chemical means.”

                                                                                                                           - Leslie Orgel      

            Then why in the world do scientists, people reject the fact that God created the heavens and the earth and all life on it?  How can they do that when the evidence is overwhelming for creation?  How can they deny there is a God when creation itself testifies that there is?  Because they don’t want to believe in God for if they did then they would be accountable to Him.  They would have to admit that they are sinners and their sin has separated them from God and thus, they are in need of a Savior, they are in need of Jesus who can cleanse them of their sins. But, since they reject God they end up worshiping the creature instead of the creator, they many times worship themselves!

            Paul, in Romans chapter 1, starting in verse 18 makes that very point. He tells us,For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.   Romans 1:18-25.

            And here is the result of those who turn from God, God will give them what they desire and it is not pretty. Paul goes on to say, For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.  Romans 1:26-32.

            The evidence is overwhelming, God created the heavens and the earth and all life that is in it in six literal days and He rested on the seventh giving us a pattern to follow as we work.  Folks, don’t suppress the truth, examine it, let it draw you to the creator of the heavens and the earth.  As I begin to close this morning, listen to these words from Ernst Chain, a world famous biochemist. He said, “I have said for years that speculations about the origin of life lead to no useful purpose as even the simplest living system is far too complex to be understood in terms of the extremely primitive chemistry scientists have used in their attempts to explain the unexplainable that happened billions of years ago. God cannot be explained away by such naïve thoughts.”

            I don’t believe millions of years but some 6,000 to 10,000 years ago God created the heavens and the earth and all life that is found upon it. My prayer as you leave here this morning is that you would truly believe that, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1. And not only believe it, but share it with others. You see, as I have said, if there was no first Adam then there is no second Adam, Jesus Christ. But there was a first Adam and there is a second Adam, Jesus who loves us so much that He became flesh and died for our sins, shedding His blood so we can be cleansed as white as snow, allowing us to live with Him for eternity.  Folks, enjoy the creation but worship the Creator who is blessed forever!

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