Over summer, we covered some questions that had come to us from the congregation. One question that came up was:
Does the Science theory of splitting atoms, super accelerate them and smash them together to create matter somehow fit in with the Big Bang? Is this what God did to create the world and life itself?
To help frame this question it is important to note the difference between creation and manufacture. Starting with a quick look at the reality of transformation of energy to matter we saw how creation is an act of God. The Hebrew verb for the act of creation (bārā’) can only have as its subject God. In using this word no other subject is employed or implied. “To create” is exclusively an act of God, it is used in the first and last verse of the creation story (Genesis 1:1 and 2:4).
In Genesis and elsewhere the Bible insists that at the point of the beginning there was nothing apart from God (Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 4:11), and what exists apart from God was brought into being by Him. So God did not make the big bang happen to create the world – He needed nothing, neither matter nor energy, in the universe to build from. He created the matter and energy.
We need to understand that God lives outside time and space as he created these concepts. He made all that we know and see, and we as humans can explore that which exists not create new things.
God is to be worshiped as the Creator;
“O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Ps. 104:24).
Creation is never to be viewed as inherently evil.
The story of creation signals that we are God’s handiwork — made by Him and for Him and that (through redemption) forever.