The Lord created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. Where is my evidence for such a statement? Where is the incontrovertible proof?
The account of creation in Genesis is not so much a scientific narrative, although one could draw some theories from it, as it is a revelation of character and nature of the Creator.
It is thought-provoking that God does not begin scripture with the commandments but with an origin story, an account of His actions at the beginning of time. While it is impossible for finite human beings to grasp the concept of an infinite Creator, the Lord gives a glimpse of Himself nonetheless.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1
First and foremost the bible is a book of faith. In order to have a relationship with God, we must have faith. We can reject the revelation the Lord makes of creation as being too fantastic to believe, or we can accept it by faith.
The faith described by the writer of Hebrews is paradoxical to say the least.
How can a person have hope for something he is convinced already exists? That is how the person of faith is described. I believe that the Lord is as real as my wife and children; I believe without a doubt that He has transmitted His word accurately to us without error because my hope is in the Lord.
I have the convection that there are things that exist that I have not seen such as the heavenly realm, angels or even God Himself. Just as Balaam could not see the angel in his path ready to strike him down, I believe there are many things we have not seen that have created all that we do see.
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” -Hebrews 11:3
The godless believe that nothing created everything. In Latin the term is ex nihilo or “out of nothing”, the bible does not teach that creation came from nothing but rather that the visible world was created from what is invisible.
The origins of life and everything cannot be proven for this reason. While I appreciate the creationists and the work of intelligent design proponents, they, like the naturalist, can never truly use the scientific method to prove their theories.
Genesis is the revelation of God and His nature and as such is meant for the man or woman who seeks the Lord from a place of faith.