Creation; Long or Short

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Science

BASIC ASSUMPTIONS

1. God created all:

a)      The elements, forces, laws of the universe.

b)      He abides by His own laws. If He didn’t He would be like some ruthless, arbitrary human despot that cannot be trusted.

c)      There is no such thing as supernatural. God cannot be above Himself. It only looks like He supersedes His laws because we don’t know them all. There is nothing supernatural but there is profound ignorance. Just because we can now partially explain events, detracts nothing from the power and intelligence God used to make something “miraculous” happen. Science always shows how marvelous are God’s handiworks, and usually raises more questions than it answers. The problem of humans is that when they have a partial answer they tend to pat themselves on the back instead of giving God all credit and glory.

d)      There can never be anything supernatural because God is the essence of everything and nothing can be more natural than God. He can’t be above Himself nor can He make anything above Himself for He is the absolute pinnacle.

e)      We are discovering His laws a little bit at a time and He is delighted when we do. He wants us to know Him in the details of His creation.

f)       He wants us to know Him, and to know Him we must know how He thinks and feels and how He makes things.

g)      God helps us discover because He is a self-revealing God. As Daniel wrote, God is a revealer of secrets. (Daniel 2:29) He doesn’t like ignorance nor those that continually harp on mysteries.

h)      God was in Christ, who came to show us God. Christ declared He came to “explain things hidden since the creation of the world,” (John 3:8) and Paul wrote that he and Apollos were put in charge of explaining God’s secrets (or mysteries). (I Corinthians 4:1) Philip said, “Jesus, please show us the Father and we will be satisfied.” To which Jesus replied, “Don’t be silly Philip. You are looking at Him. Every word I have spoken, every act of healing, every effort to calm storms etc. came directly from God.” (John 14:9, paraphrased)

2. We are made in God’s image, a little lower than the angels, (Psalm 8:5) and so we look and think a little like Him.

a) We enjoy inventing and tinkering and making small modifications to our music and paintings. I suspect God didn’t go splat when He created everything because He enjoys tinkering, minute changes to some plant or animal that makes it look like it evolved.

b) The bible states God created everything through Jesus. (John 1:3) The three of them (God, Holy Spirit, Jesus) with the help of many angels did it all and so everyone took real satisfaction from the outcome. Since God did the designing, He rightly deserves the credit.

3. Creation took and is taking energy and time.

a) God “rested” after creation of the world (Genesis 2:2). Jesus said, “Power went out from me,” when He healed the woman with menorrhagia. (Luke 8:46) Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:3)

b) As soon as He created masses moving around other masses He created time because it always takes time to revolve and rotate.

c) God created some kind of time interval. Scripture says that “this all happened on the second day,” etc. (Genesis 1:8) or some epoch of time.

d) God can call His divisions of time whatever He chooses but they are different than human days. “A day is like a thousand years to the Lord and a thousand years is like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

e) When God made the universe, He made it clear to all humans that it took time (6 days or whatever those intervals were) and energy (He rested for a period at least as long as 1 of His days).

f) There can be no doubt that the bible is written in both literal and symbolic language, most of which we don’t understand and so it is sometimes hard to detect when which is which, e.g. Jesus bore all our sins and sorrows.

4. Creation hasn’t stopped.

a) Although fertilization is quick, babies take time to develop. Even the rapidity of fertilization is slow enough that its intricate unfolding can be studied in detail.

b) Stars are still being formed. We can safely assume that they are being created at the same rate as they always were.

c) Human bodies take very little time to create compared to the rate of personality development. There are no instances of split second personality change in spite of all the claims to the contrary.

c) We can measure the speed of these amazing creations and watch their unfolding.

d) A large atomic explosion takes very little time but working out the entire math and gathering all the materials for it took a long time. I assume the same happened at the Big Bang.

e) When God spoke “Now” (1) for the universe creation event (Big Bang), something so powerful and so intricately designed happened so fast, no current science can understand the math and physics but they sure are trying hard to do just that. And God said, “Go for it, guys. See if you can get this one,” and He chuckled.

5. It would be deceptive of God to make things look like they take time if they were instantaneous.

a) He is not deceptive. God would not make something look like it took centuries if it only took an instant.

b) He cannot be deceptive; otherwise no one would trust Him.

c) A glacier that looks like it moves 5 cm per year has always moved at about the same speed.

d) God could make glacial striation in a very short time and then slow everything up for this present age but that would require breaking or bending His laws of gravity and matter and it would be very deceptive.

e) God has no reason to fool humans. In fact He is so keen to win their friendship He leans over backwards to be consistent.

f) In the few instances He bent the rules He said so for a very significant event. When the “sun stood still” (Joshua 10:13), it was God bending the laws of motion but more possibly it was describing the event from a human point of view. E.g. “It sure looked like the whole world was flooded because the water rose over the tallest tower where we lived.”

6. Nothing comes from nothing unless you can bend the space-time continuum.

a) The laws of conservation of energy and matter hold in a finite volume. Neither energy nor matter can be destroyed.

b) Since the introduction of entropy, the discovery of the expanding universe we realize must have energy and mass put into it.

c) The source of that matter and energy required to keep the universe as stable as it is, is inconceivable.

7. God took and takes time to create so:

a) We can understand the process better. Seeing the intricacies, we will wonder, praise and thank Him even more.

b) God said it took Him time. When the bible states it took a day it is making clear that it took more than one second. It was not instantaneous.

c) The earliest part of the bible is all about what God did. So when it says it took a day, these were God days, not human days.

d) Watching the process of sperm penetrating ova, makes it possible to unravel the physiology of human creation.

e) Detecting the changes in stars about to supernova gives humans some insight into the later changes in the flash of a supernova showing the great power and intelligence God has.

f) The faster God created; the harder it would be to understand which would discourage people trying to unravel the process.

g) If it all happened in an instant people are likely to think, it’s hopeless trying to understand what happened, so why bother trying. The notions of supernatural and split second creation will suppress all science, observation and investigation. It happened once and would again, ushering another dark age.

h) By unraveling the details of creation we better understand how He operates and get to know Him. Knowing Him is what He wanted from humans from the beginning. (I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6)

i) He enjoys creating, just like a very skilled artist, composer, writer, architect, mathematician etc. God enjoys putting in the finishing touches little by little. It gave God a great sense of satisfaction, “and God saw it was good” (Genesis 1:10). So it seems to us when we finally feel it is finished.

j) God operates in time. Jesus said, “There is more than enough room in my Father’s house.  I am going to prepare a place for you. When everything is ready, I will come and get you”. (John 14:2)  This indicates that:

i) God expects us to colonize space.

ii) Though timeless, God acknowledges and acts in time, past present and future

iii) Jesus has taken at least 2000 years to get things ready. I suspect He is now putting the finishing touches to His bride the New Jerusalem. I also suspect His Father is saying something like, “Hurry up a little Jesus. It (she) looks lovely and we are running out of time.”

k) As God enjoys sharing His work with humans, He enjoys giving His billions of angels meaningful work. He particularly enjoys watching His son Jesus, who like a foreman, was   organizing it all. The world was created by God through Christ. (Hebrews 1:2)

l) God doesn’t break, nor does He need to even bend His own laws. Chemical and geological processes take time and He is content with that.

m) God endorses our observations so that we are able to have confidence in our research. If it looks like it took a long time, e.g. glacial striation, it probably did.

n) God demonstrates His awesome patience by doing things in time. (2 Peter 3:15)

o) If it were instantaneous, most scientists would say, “It is your blind belief about creation that turns us right off.”

p) He vindicates His judgement by giving people time to make up their minds about Him.

8.  God communicates in many ways.

a) Dreams. “I see it now,” said Kekulé upon waking, of the benzene ring.

b) His Word and His words

c) The awesome appearance of nature, of trees and stars.

d) Introjected ideas. “Eureka, I’ve got it!” said Archimedes.

e) We cannot know anything until we do it. Discovery starts with observation and leads to the arduous (usually) process of scientific verification. Yet God is helping us, some more than others.

9. Entropy applies everywhere so that spontaneous evolution is ridiculous.

a) There are times of creation when the amount of energy input exceeds the rate of entropy eg. star creation, and human egg fertilization and thus you know it is God’s handiwork.

b) God’s new creation will have such mathematical harmony and balance; it can last forever, with occasional infusions of energy. God’s children will eat of the fruit of the tree of life.

10. God usually uses human hope (it may happen) and faith (I count on it happening, at least enough to make the first move) to make things happen. In this and other ways, God enlists humans as co-creationists.

11. When mankind fell, it appears as if Satan gained access to the universe’s main computer (2). He was allowed enough time there to throw a wrench in the works and thereby introduced entropy. Now everything is running down. The universe would collapse much faster if God did not infuse it with His power, just when the world of humans is about to collapse into chaos. The global warming is much more likely to result from a degradation of the earth’s orbit around the sun than it is from increased atmospheric CO2.

WHERE SLOW AND FAST CREATIONISTS MUST AGREE if they believe the bible and WHERE THEY WILL NOT.

1) Creation took time. (Six days or 13.7 billion years).

2) Our observations of current creation (preborn babies, new stars) processes indicate creation is operating in time.

3) Creation took energy. (Jesus said, ‘I felt power going out of me’, even for something as relatively simple as healing a woman’s menorrhagia. He also said to His disciples, ‘Let’s take a break.’

4) Creation is something God enjoys and from which He gets a real sense of satisfaction. “And God saw it was good.”

5) God enjoys sharing His work but angels are probably not quite so fast.

6) Creation took immense intelligence.

7) God through current creation is demonstrating “his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1) thus impressing those people He is winning back to Himself.

8) God wants us to know Him. (Hosea 6:6) We better understand Him as we see the big and the infinitely small details of creating work.

9) God isn’t resting. He is still working even on the Sabbath. (Mark 3:1-5) He took a Sabbath, 7th day break, probably not to renew his energy but to inspect and gain satisfaction from his careful creation.

10) The devil operates in mysteries, so called, and deceit. He does not want us to know the truth or to understand God.

11) There is a limit to what we can know according to the Principle of Uncertainty, but God honors our efforts by revealing His secrets to His chosen. The Five Equations that changed the world were all by God fearing men.(3)

12) God expects us to spend eternity getting to know Him and after many eternities in the future, to know everything He knows.

13) God enjoys our enjoyment of discovery.

14) In heaven there will be no boredom.  I will, you will too, find eternity fascinating, discovering and discovering and discovering.

Where creationists cannot agree with the evolutionists because they are so unscientific:

1) It is impossible to have entropy (devolution of energy and order) and evolution at the same time. There is much more and better research supporting entropy than there is evolution.

2) Evolutionists have absolutely no explanation for the spontaneous origin of energy and matter.

3) They have no explanation for the origin of thinking.

4) The do not accept there was a Designer because they will not acknowledge that the root of their ignorance is pride.

5) They will not recognize the process of faith that operates all around all the time. You believe (have faith) you will wake up or you would not dare go to sleep.

SUMMARY

a)      All creation takes time and energy. There is no evidence that it took God no time and no energy.

b)      For God to create faster in the past than He does now, would be deceptive and God is never deceptive.

c)      God creates at His own speed for His own purposes, sometime as fast as an explosion and more frequently as slow as the painful process of human maturing but never instantaneous.

d)      Most of God’s healing miracles were slow ones, yet modern Christians want fast, effortless healings.

e)      Incontrovertible (almost) evidence in the bible and science makes it clear that every kind of creation takes:

i) Thought in conceptualizing, designing, calculating,

ii) Making and amassing the basic building materials,

iii) Bringing them together at precisely the right moment.

iv) Igniting the event with an infusion of massive amounts of energy.

f)       God wants us to become his wise, understanding friends and this process takes a lot of time and effort. He encourages our struggle to understand who He is and how He operates.

g)      God wants us to know Him so He makes things happen slowly enough for us to see it happening. He first attracts our attention by some remarkable geological feature or some astonishingly beautiful sunset. He doesn’t like perpetual “mysteries” or those who perpetuate them so that they have power over the ignorant peasants.

h)      Since current creation events are both slow and fast, it is a colossal waste of time and talent to argue whether or not God created the world in 6 days or 13.7 billion years. The best evidence it that it was at least 13.7 x 109 years.

i)        God created the universal laws of physics and morality, long before He made the tangible universe of time, matter and energy.

j)        Since truth, honesty and transparency are so important to being able to trust, God would never deceive humans by making something look like it took a long time to happen if it took Him only a few seconds, e.g. rock striations.

k)      God gives us the amazing privilege of discovery and joy of inventing.

l)        Since we are made like God, we can assume He enjoyed creating even more than we do. Like us He would never create by throwing potfuls of paint at a canvas.

m)   It is argued that God made many supernatural gestures or used wonderful words to make this universe but this is surely an oxymoron. God is the essence of nature. He cannot supersede Himself. Everything He does is natural and orderly. We just don’t understand enough of His nature to comprehend how He makes and rules the universe.

CONCLUSION

The foolish debate as to whether or not God created the earth in 6 days misleads people from understanding it isn’t how God created or when or how long. The really important question in science is why. In this instance why did God create humans? Only God can answer that question and He has.  He wants mere fragile, stupid people to be His friends. Isn’t this is mind boggling?

Creation took time. God says so in Genesis 1.  How much time is what can be debated but the best evidence is that it took as long as it appeared to take, about 13.7 billion years. That figure cannot be more precise because Creation is still proceeding. Jesus said He returned to heaven to prepare a place (home) for His children. It seems to take Him time (twenty one centuries our time so far) to complete the calculations and bring the matter and energy together that will bring in a new heaven and new earth. The math must be so precise, it won’t ever need to be corrected.

God is never deceptive. He is transparent in His dealings with humans. He would never make something look like it took a long time if He did it in 0.001 seconds flat. By developing masses that revolve and rotate, God created time. He has His own time frame (2 Peter 3:8) and can call the interval for the progression of events whatever He likes. Since ancient people did not have any measure or words for intervals longer than a day and a life span, He used words that untutored people could comprehend. It is clear lots of things happened in the “days” of creation.

Creation, like healing, takes energy. Jesus said He felt power leave him when He healed a woman with menorrhagia. (Luke 8:43-46) Every action of energy takes time.

God is still creating with the same energy and in the same time frame as He always has. His design is too complex. His power is incomprehensible. His mathematics has not even been guessed at. It is no wonder it all seems so mysterious. Yet God wants humans to know Him and some do. They know at least that God loves them so much He created a magnificent home for them and a promise of an even better one to come for those who are humble enough to accept their profound ignorance, but have enough faith to trust in His Messiah Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.  Then, with His Spirit-led understanding, humans can just discern the wonderful logic of God’s eternal plan.

The vain proud evolutionists are arrogant enough to believe their imagination of creation will lead to the truth. But God does not accept proud humans and will soon and certainly show these people how far wrong they are.

REFERENCES.

  1. Ney PG. And God said (Now). August 2009. www.messengers2.com (Web)
  2. Ney PG. Master Conspiracy. April 2009.  www.messengers2.com (Web)
  3. Guillen, Michael. Five Equations that changed the World, 1995 Hyperion, New York.