God is continually creating and maintaining the universe

Ben W. writes:

Frequently the controversy between Darwinism and the Bible focuses on the question, Did God create man, or did man arrive through some other mechanism? Both considerations are framed by the past.

But God’s creative activity is not relegated to the past. What God did in the past is present and future oriented. His activity has not stopped.

John 5:17 “My father is still working.”

Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure.”

Nor has creation ended:

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.”

Worlds will be remade:

2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved…”

A new universe created:

Revelation 21:1 “I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.”

God’s past creating is not a completed state. So when Christians and theists allow the question of man’s origins to be framed strictly by the past, they concede to the atheist and Darwinist God’s present and future activity as if Genesis 1 was an isolated event in cosmic history unrepeatable and unperceivable. Yet Jesus states that God is working still and John sees the birth of a new universe.

Darwinism is reductive not only in its materialistic methodology but in making its opponents reduce the scope of God’s creating and activity. In fact Genesis 1 is not the first step in God’s thought process because Paul says that “before the foundation of the world” Christ was the prism through which all things were created. Adam was the first man on earth; he was not the first man in God’s mind. Adam is not the alpha. In some respects Revelation precedes Genesis.

So when we allow the Darwinist to “reduce” the scope of the discussion to what happened in the past, we become practical atheists in our own right—God is no longer at work as far as the discussion goes.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 08, 2009 10:14 AM | Send

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