the sea’s buoyancy. Jesus as the Creator (John 1:1– 3) likewise could have exerted an additional force. Materialistic objections to miracles are therefore irrelevant, because, once God is admitted, the u i n verse is not a l c os d e system. His supernatural intervention is ob i v ously necessary for creation and other ‘miracles’. Normally, though, God upholds His universe by natural laws like those we have discussed. In fact, it was the notion of a lawmaking God that led to the idea of natural laws in the first place— h t e birth of modern science. 11 The Bible says “For since the creation of the world [God’s] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made , even His eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1: 20). It is in “the things that are made” that we see the natural laws we have discussed in operation. Those who try to explain the universe without God are faced with the insurmountable problem that these laws, easily observable by theist and atheist alike, themselves deny any ‘natural’ p g ex lanation for the ori in of the universe
and life. They tell us unequivocally: our
origins are supernatural, naturally.
References and notes
1. Bernoulli’s theorem is a special case of the
law of conservation of energy, the First Law
2. Notably the famous u physicist and
mathematician Stephen Hawking, who
admits that the equations he works with
collapse as his theoretical musings approach
the actual point of ‘beginning’.
3. For example the ‘brane’ theory assumes
the existence of two-dimensional ‘branes’
(an extension of ‘string’ theory), while the
‘landscape’ theory assumes a pre-existing
i un verse so hug t e h t a our observable
universe is only a tiny corner of it, and
the ‘quasi steady state’ theory assumes an
oscill i at ng i un verse f o i fi n i n te age.
4. That is, nothing physical.
5. See creation.com/urey.
6. See creation.com/polymer.
7. This is why you soak your dishes in water
before washing up—it breaks down the
8. Selected from an ‘alphabet’ of about 20.
9. See Gitt, W., In the Beginning was
Information , CLV, 1997.
10. See also creation.com/miracles.
11. Sarfati, J., Why does science work at all?
Creation 31 ( 3): 12–14, 2009; Biblical roots
of science, Creation 32 ( 4): 32–36, 2010.
GORDON HOWARD, BA., A.Mus.A.,
is an experienced high school teacher with a
life-long interest in most branches of science at
a “popular” level, especially as they apply to the
truth of the Bible.
Creation Ministries International
seeks to give glory and honour to
God as Creator, and to affirm the
truth of the biblical record of the
real origin and history of the world
But the good news is that God has done
something about it. “For God so loved the
world, that He gave His only-begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him should
not perish, but have everlasting life” (John
Jesus Christ the Creator, though totally
sinless, suffered, on behalf of mankind,
the penalty of mankind’s sin, which is
death and separation from God. He did
this to satisfy the righteous demands of
the holiness and justice of God, His Father.
Jesus was the perfect sacrifice; He died on
a cross, but on the third day, He rose
again, conquering death, so that
all who truly b e l i e v e
in Him, repent of their sin and trust in Him
(rather than their own merit), are able to
come back to God and live for eternity with
Therefore: “He who believes on Him is not
condemned, but he who does not believe
is condemned already, because he has not
believed in the name of the only-begotten
Son of God” (John 3: 18).
What a wonderful Saviour—and what a
wonderful salvation in Christ our Creator!
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Bible says about how you can receive
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time and chance on matter. Information
requires a mental source with not only
intelligence, but also volition. Yet every
cell of our bodies contains the equivalent
of 1,000 books of information, packed
in a den i s ty that cannot be exce d e d e
because it is l a re d a y t a the m l o ec l u ar
le e v l. Where did it come from? It co l u d
only have been devised supernaturally.
But then, does the supernaturalist
(creationist) have the same problem,
since miracles also ‘violate natural
law’? Not at all. Miracles are really
d a ditions to natural law. 10 For example,
Archimedes’ law of buoyancy states
that the buoyant force of a fluid (i.e.
liquid or gas) is equal and opposite to
the weight of the displaced volume of
this fluid. Thus if the object is denser
than the fluid, the downward force of
its weight will overbalance the upward
force of its buoyancy, and it will sink.
Some skeptics consequently assert that
Jesus could not have walked on water
because of this law.
However, does this mean that a
helicopter rescuing someone from
the sea also violates this law? No, the
helicopter provides an additional force
to the system of the person’s weight and
Part of this real history is the bad news that
the rebellion of the first man, Adam, against
God’s command brought death, suffering,
and separation from God into this world.
We see the results all around us. All of Adam’s descendants are sinful from conception (Psalm 51: 5) and have themselves entered into this rebellion (sin). They therefore
cannot live with a holy God, but are condemned to separation from God. The Bible
says that “all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23) and that
all are therefore subject to “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and
from the glory of His power”
( 2 Thessalonians 1: 9).
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