How Did We Get Here? In The Beginning... In the first two lessons, we learned that the Bible was given and preserved by God. We looked at ancient and modern myths about origins and concluded them to be based on unsupported assumptions. We recognized that God, a reliable eyewitness, has given us His Word about what happened. Finally, we began to learn about God from His Word, surveying His eternal, unchanging, all-powerful Spirit nature. To accept that God has given us His Word about origins, we exercise faith. Faith is very much like trust. When you lay down on your bed at night, you trust that it will hold you. If you didn't trust it, you wouldn't lay down in it. Have you ever laid down on a bed (or sat in a chair, or stepped on a ladder…) only to have it collapse underneath you? That was quite a surprise wasn't it? Why where you surprised? Because, you expected the it to hold you and it failed you. That expectation can be called trust. It is pretty easy to decide whether or not to trust our bed, chair, or ladder. We can see those objects. We can touch and feel them. If they look broken, or feel weak and wobbly, we don't trust them as much. Often, we lean on them to see if they'll hold. Why do we do that? We test those objects to see if we can trust them. Faith is a lot like trust. But, with faith we are trusting in something we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." When we take God at His Word that He created everything and told us about it in His Word, we are exercising faith. "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:3). The evolutionist/materialist assumes that the things which we see were made by the things which we see. Biblical Creationists understand that the material universe was not made by matter, but by God. Faith can be tested, just like trust. Time and again, God's Word has been tested and has always been proven true. From the archeological discovery of the Hittites to the scientific principles given to us by God before humanity discovered them, God's Word proves true. God's Word is worthy of our faith. The Space Frontier The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), now unfortunately a hotbed of evolutionary propaganda, once acknowledged God's creation. On Christmas Eve in 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts read from the Bible. Astronauts William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman read Genesis 1:1-10.1 Exploration and research find their highest motive when seeking to reveal the glories of God's creation. Even research attempting to further evolution actually shows God's role as Creator. The First Day On Earth So what was it like when God created the Earth? What if we had been there to watch Him work? What would we have seen? In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2). Let's imagine we were there. The first thing we notice is that we cannot see. There is no light. We seem to hang in black emptiness. This empty space is God's canvas for Creation. Now God begins to create matter. Just in front of us, He crafts a ball of rock and water. Unfortunately, we cannot see it! But at this point, He creates light...that's convenient for us! And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day (Genesis 1:3&4). As of yet, there are no stars to provide light, so this is probably a diffuse light surrounding Him and His work. (Now you know why we call the period of darkness each day "night" and daylight, "day." Because God named them!) Now that we can see, we find that the emptiness stretches farther than we can imagine. But, our attention focuses on the ball of matter before us. We cannot tell what it is made of because it is covered in water. This ball is the Earth. As yet, it has no sculpted features, no great mountain ranges or fathomless prairies. Reviewing His work, God declares that it is good. It exactly meets the needs He has in mind, and has been perfectly crafted by His own power. And so ends the first day on Earth. The Second Day On Earth The light returns, night has passed and God is at work. We hear God's voice. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day (Genesis 1:6-8). With the power of his spoken thought, God creates a barrier which lifts some of the water high above while leaving the rest to roll around on the ball. Today, we call this air-filled space between the oceans and the clouds the atmosphere. That is all God has scheduled for today, so we float forward and get our feet wet in the water while breathing the fresh crisp air. We marvel at the optical effects the atmospheric water has on the light. From this position we can no longer see the vast empty expanse surrounding this little ball of dirt and water. As Day ends, He evaluates His work and finds it good. The Third Day on Earth As the light grows, we again hear God speaking: And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:9-10). By His spoken thought, He sculpted the basins for the seas and caused the water to pool in them. He then named the land and sea. Now, this ball He calls Earth is beginning to take shape. He speaks: And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day (Genesis 1:11-13). Suddenly, plants begin to cover the earth. We feel the grass tickling our toes. Trees shoot up and begin to bear fruit. God's spoken words convey the complex designs of His thoughts into action as multiplied billions of living cells are formed with the correct design and then begin to replicate. We literally watch the world become green before our eyes. We spend the rest of the day feeling the grass, breathing the air, examining the plants, and marveling at His awesome power. We agree at day's end that His work is good. The Fourth Day On Earth Early in the morning, God begins speaking and we see the light coalescing into pinpoints. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so (Genesis 1:14-15). No longer is there a general haze of light that grows and fades as God marks each day. Now we can make out hundreds of stars some of them brighter than others, but all rather faint. They begin to fade as a bright light appears on the eastern horizon. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day (Genesis 1:16-19). God's spoken thoughts have crafted a star very close to earth. We call this start Sol, or the Sun. Now the Earth begins orbiting the Sun. When the Sun retreats over the western horizon, we notice another ball of matter reflecting the sunlight. To provide light at night, God also created the Moon in Earth orbit. Although mankind will not discover them for many centuries, at this time God also created the planets. God finds His work is good, and ceases until morning. The Fifth Day On Earth Everything is ready: the water and earth, the seas and air, the grass and trees, the sun and seas. But what for? What will live on it? We watch as God begins the day again by speaking: And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day (Genesis 1:20-23). God's spoken thoughts encoded the DNA and complex biochemistry required to create fish and birds. Observing that His creation is good, His spoken word enables them to reproduce. The Sixth Day On Earth Now the seas and skies are occupied, but the land remains empty except for the occasional bird perched on a tree. God begins His last day of creation by remedying that lack: And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:24-25). Each day He creates more complexity and sophistication. Now all of the mammals, amphibians, even insects and worms appear at His divine command. What is missing? Each of these creatures reflects such intricacy, from the cellular level to the functions of biological systems. Some of the creatures can even do some amazing things. Yet, none of them possesses intelligence. None of them can admire His handiwork and explore His creation. And none of them could fellowship with God. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Genesis 1:26-27). God creates the pinnacle of His creation. Humans are made of the matter He created, and are also part spirit: living matter combined with intelligence and a soul. He makes Man and Woman. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him (Genesis 2:18). And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man (Genesis 2:21-23). Now we know how we got here. We see that the earth and space, the skies and seas, the grass and trees, the stars and sun, the fish and birds, the animals and humanity were all created by God. The Earth was especially designed to be our home. And in Genesis 1:31 we read, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."

Lesson #3 Review

1.Give an illustration of something you trust daily, like we looked at on the first page of this study.

2.What else do you accept by faith that you cannot see or have not personally proven?

3.Which three Astronauts read from Genesis chapter 1?

4.Why do you suppose God created in the order he did?

5.What trait separates humanity from the animals?

6.Why did God create Woman?