“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, KJV).
If you can believe this very first sentence of the Bible then the foundation is laid in your heart to understand everything else that God wants you to know. Some people call this Creationism, others call it intelligent design, and it testifies to all humanity that a Creator wonderfully designed our universe and every intricate portion of it with masterful precision. Let’s be clear, there are a lot of different beliefs about creation floating around. For example, we could talk about evolution, and the idea that different species mutate over time to form new and improved species that outperform their predecessors. Let’s look at another theory developed over time, “The Big Bang Theory.” The Big Bang Theory suggests that a massive explosion set off a series of events that contributed not only to the expansion of our universe, but fostered an atmosphere for the basic building blocks of life here on earth; that in turn, some believe, started the evolutionary process. No matter what we chose to believe, we exhibit faith.
The Bible informs us that each person on the face of the earth is given a measure of faith to believe. Romans 12:3 says, “According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith”. No matter what you believe, you are using faith to develop your ideas. After all, the theories of evolution and the “big bang” are called theories for a reason. They are ideas developed by men in order to explain what the Bible has been explaining for thousands of years. It could be argued that man-made theories of creation take a lot more faith to believe than those presented in the Bible. After all, the Bible explains in Romans 1:20 that creation itself testifies to the fact that God created the heavens and the earth; it says, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” When we look around and see everything in perfect order, take into account the frailty of that order from an ecological standpoint, then factor in that we do not see a steady stream of evolutionary activity developing from the deep, it should increase our faith in God. If it does not, there is still no excuse for using our God given faith to believe anything else. The various stages of the evolutionary model are not present in a consistent stream of process as one might expect if such a theory were valid; however, we can see God’s handy work with every new tree that springs up, and every new baby that is born in a steady stream of life. If you were walking along a beach and came across a sandcastle masterfully built, but noticed that no one was around to build it, would you believe the waves just washed it up on the beach? Certainly not! You would no doubt conclude that someone who was not evidently there at that moment created the sand masterpiece. It is the same with creation; one can clearly see that the hand of a great creator created such intricate and beautiful work.
Countless men have tried to debunk the Bible over the years, but every effort has failed. Some have tied to prove that the Bible contradicts itself, but careful study renders such efforts void. One of my particular favorites comes from the follies of an eccentric millionaire professor who thought to disprove the Biblical account of how sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. He sought to prove that Adam and Eve could not have brought sin into the world by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden as the Bible exacts, because apples do not grow in the Mesopotamian Valley. The idea here was that the Garden of Eden is believed to be in the area of the Mesopotamian Valley. The professor proved at great expense that apple trees do not grow anywhere in this particular area. He was right; unfortunately, for the professor, the Bible never says that Adam and Eve ate an apple, or any other specific fruit, merely that it was a fruit from the tree in the midst of the garden (Genesis 3:3). The Bible is an amazing book, and it has many amazing stories, all of which are divinely inspired by God, confirmed by people from different walks of life, and most of whom, never met one another. Yet, the Word matches up one book after the other through the unity of the Spirit of Almighty God. The same cannot be said of any other book. In fact, most books of science are obsolete within a year or so of coming out. Scientific research is constantly proving old theories wrong. Yet, the Bible remains steadfast in its proclamations.
Here are a few interesting facts about the book that we are getting ready to study.
• The Bible is made up of 66 books
• There are 39 books in the Old Testament
• There are 27 books in the New Testament
• The Old Testament covers a period of 3600 years
• The Old Testament can be further broken down into:
- 5 Books of law
- 12 books of history
- 5 books of poetry
- 17 books of prophecy
• A Testament is only good if there is a death of a testator, in the case of the Old Testament death came in the form of animal sacrifice and continued until the time of Christ’s death, our perfect sacrifice, He ushered in the New Testament.
• Thirty-two different writers from all lifestyles wrote the Old Testament. Some were educated Kings, some uneducated; some were prophets others were farmers. All agreed because the author, Almighty God Himself, inspired them.
• The New Testament can be broken down into:
- 4 Gospels
- 1 book of history
- 17 General Epistles (written to the Church)
- 1 book of prophecy
• The New Testament was written by 9 different writers.
It is interesting to note that the Bible does not contradict itself, a point that we will review as we go through our study.
How Can We Know That the Bible is True
The Bible has been around for thousands of years. Even the newest portion of the Bible, the New Testament is over 2000 years old. As old as the Bible is, it answers many of the questions science has been working on for centuries. When people were contemplating whether the world was flat, the Bible was already confirming that it was round. Read it for yourself, Isaiah 40:22 states, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.” Had Christopher Columbus read the Word of God he could have saved himself the trip. This is just one passage that testifies to the accuracy of the Bible. Scientific discovery has accurately proven many Biblical stories. One more point of interest is starting to surface about where our oceans came from. Scientists say that they have discovered water 410 miles under the Earth’s surface, at a volume of over three times that of our oceans. It is locked in a mineral known as ringwoodite and is transferred by pressure. The interesting part about this discovery, for those who know the Bible as a source of information about creation, it gives new meaning to the Biblical account of Noah’s Ark. The Bible says, “The same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” (Genesis 7:13). The Word of God indicates that there were waters from above and below that caused the massive flood. It further indicates that the waters from below were “broken up.” Could this have been from Ringwoodite? Therefore, while we take Genesis 1:1 by faith, we find that God proves our faith repeatedly throughout all time. As he proves our faith through his Word, we find that our faith begins to grow.