Published in Creation 35(1):24–27, 2013
Have you ever wondered how everything in the universe came into being? Well, God tells us in the Bible that it was He who made everything. And, He chose to take a whole week to do it. We call this week ‘Creation Week’, because it involved six real Earth-rotation days, plus one rest day. You can read what actually happened in Genesis chapter 1.
At first, there was nothing, nothing at all—apart from God. Then, Genesis says: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” How did God do this? He did it simply by commanding it to happen. Wow, what an amazing God He is—to create everything just by the power and authority of His word!
When God did this, something else happened too—time began.
Next, God created light. “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). This was not the sun, because God didn’t make the sun until Day 4. God can create light without the sun as a source. The Bible tells us that in heaven there will be no need of lamps or the sun “for the Lord God will be their light” (Revelation 22:5).
This first light provided ‘day’ and ‘night’ on a rotating Earth. So the very first day and the very first night were each about 12 hours long. Not vast periods of time, and not billions of years ago.
On the second day of Creation Week, God continued his work of preparing the earth so that plants could grow in it, and animals and people could live on it. He did this by making the atmosphere around the earth. The atmosphere contains the air we breathe. It is made up of oxygen, nitrogen, and small amounts of other gases, all in just the right mixture for you to live. The atmosphere also contains water vapour that condenses to form clouds.
All this happened because God ordered it to happen. It was not the result of volcanoes erupting, or blue-green algae producing oxygen for millions of years, or anything else that evolutionists have suggested.
The Bible says that when God created the earth, it was completely covered by water. So, on the third day of Creation Week, God commanded the dry land to appear. Parts of the ocean-floor sank down so that water drained off the land. Hills formed on the earth, as well as flat lands. We don’t know how many continents there were then. There may have been only one, because the Bible says, “the waters were gathered together into one place” (Genesis 1:9). Some of the seven continents we see today may have formed later as a result of Noah’s Flood, when once again, for a time, the earth was completely covered by water.
Also on Day 3, God commanded the land to produce all kinds of vegetation. This included plants and seeds and fruit and trees that animals would feed on instead of eating each other. Also grains and herbs and vegetables and fruit that humans would eat. And all sorts of beautiful flowers and fragrant plants for our enjoyment. The Bible says God made each of these according to its kind (Genesis 1:11–12). This means that not one of these plants evolved from something else.
On Day 4, God created the sun, the moon, and the planets in our solar system, as well as billions of stars in the billions of galaxies in the universe. The Bible tells us that God made them for our benefit, “to separate the day from the night”, and “for signs and for seasons, and for days and years”, and “to give light upon the earth” (Genesis 1:14–18). God was able to do this just by commanding them all to exist. Another reason God made them all is: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
The stars did not form over billions of years from a big bang in which nothing supposedly exploded and became everything. Evolutionists, who say this, cannot explain where all the energy for the explosion came from. Nor how an explosion could have produced all the design we see in the universe. You know that explosions never produce order, but only a great big mess. Evolutionists cannot even say why the universe exists at all.
By Day 5 God had made the earth ready to support life. So next, God commanded the seas to teem with fish, along with all the other animals that live in the water. These included large ones like whales and plesiosaurs, and small ones like krill and zooplankton. God also created the flying creatures—birds, bats, bees and pterosaurs—on this day.
Genesis chapter 1 says that God created every fish and every bird “according to its kind”, and He commanded them all to “be fruitful and multiply”. This means that each was to make baby animals just like itself. Not one of them evolved from anything else, and not one of them has ever evolved into anything else.
On Day 6, God commanded the earth to “bring forth” the land animals. These included all those we now call the tame animals, like your pets and sheep and cows. Also all those we now call the wild animals, like elephants and tigers and kangaroos. None of them were wild then, and none of them ate each other. God also made the creepies and the dinosaurs on this day. The Bible says that God made all the animals “according to their kinds”, and we already know what this means. When dinosaurs laid their eggs, baby dinosaurs hatched out, not baby birds.
Last of all, God made the very first human beings—Adam and Eve. He made Adam from the dust, and then Eve from Adam’s side. God told Adam and Eve to have children so that in time there would be people all over the earth (Genesis 1:28). This means that it was God who invented marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It was God’s purpose that children should be born in this way within families.
Adam and Eve are thus your great, great, great … great, great, great … grandparents. They didn’t evolve from apes, so neither did you. God made Adam and Eve “in His image”, so you too are “in the image of God”. This means that you can be filled with God’s Holy Spirit, and you can pray to God directly. You can love and worship God, and you can experience God’s love for you. Animals can’t do any of these things, because God didn’t make them in His image.
The Lord Jesus too is descended from Adam and Eve. As well as being the Son of God, Jesus became a human, and lived without sin as the perfect God-man. His death on the cross paid the penalty for our sin, because only someone who was both God and one of us could do this.
Everything that God produced during Creation Week was beautiful and perfect for God’s purpose. Nothing was bad or evil. There was no death of animals or people. No mutations, no struggle for existence, nothing ‘unfit’.
Where does our seven-day week come from?
It comes directly from God. God took six days to create everything and then rested on the seventh day. He wasn’t tired (the Hebrew word means “ceased”), but He did this as an example for our benefit. He put it into the Ten Commandments that He gave to the Israelites through Moses. The Fourth Commandment told them to rest one day in seven from their work, and the reason given was: “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day” (Exodus 20:8–11).
Jesus—the Word of God
Everything that happened during Creation Week occurred because of God’s command, or God’s word. Did you know that one of the titles of the Lord Jesus Christ is “the Word” (John 1:1–14)? The New Testament tells us that God made the universe through His Son, Jesus (Hebrews 1:2), and that all things were created by Jesus and for Jesus (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16).
Are we made of stardust?
Evolutionists say that the universe began in a big bang that produced a lot of a gas called hydrogen. Then, they say that this hydrogen formed stars. Then, they say some of these stars exploded and this formed all the other stuff that things are made of. So they say that everything on earth is made of stuff that formed in the stars, or ‘stardust’. Not so! God tells us that He made the earth, with the seas, and the air we need, and the plants that grow in the soil—all before He made any of the stars.
Was there a big bang?
Evolutionists like to say that the universe started with a big bang, billions of years ago. But they can’t explain how nothing became something, let alone everything. And all without a cause. Or why. They’ve had to invent invisible stuff called ‘dark matter’ to provide enough gravity to try and make the big bang ‘work’. And then they had to invent ‘dark energy’ to provide enough ‘push’. By contrast, the power and authority of God’s word. as recorded in Genesis, is a much better explanation of how everything began. And as to why … it was God’s purpose to prepare a place for us to live within His beautiful universe.
Is evolution a fact?
You have probably heard evolutionists say this on their TV programs or read it in their books. But it is not true. If you want to know about something that occurred in the past, the only way is to ask someone who was there and saw what happened. No evolutionist was there when the universe began, but God was. So He was an eye-witness. In fact, He created everything. You can read what God says He did, and how He did it, in Genesis chapter 1. And the universe is not billions of years old. The Bible makes it clear that the whole creation is only about 6,000 years old.
Which view is correct?
Although evolutionists make bold claims, they do not have answers to their own problems. The account in the Bible is much the better explanation of how and why everything happened. If you believe in God, you will find, as many scientists have, that God’s word, the Bible, tells us the true facts.