THE FOUNDATIONAL REALITIES OF THE FIRST TWO VERSES OF THE BIBLE
The Creation in its Epitome
Bruce Waltke – His creation reveals His immeasurable power and might, His bewildering imagination and wisdom, His immortality and transcendence, ultimately leaving the finite mortal in mystery.
Matthew Henry – The lively faith of humble Christians understands this matter better than the elevated fancy of the greatest wits.
(1) It refutes ATHIESM, because the universe was created by GOD.
(2) It refutes PANTHEISM, for God is TRANSCENDENT to what He created.
(3) It refutes POLYTHEISM, for ONE God created all things.
(4) It refutes MATERIALISM, since MATTER had a beginning.
(5) It refutes DUALISM, because God was ALONE when He created.
(6) It refutes HUMANISM, because God, NOT MAN, is the ultimate reality.
(7) It refutes EVOLUTION, because God CREATED all things.
PROPOSITIONS OF ANTI-CREATION PHILOSOPHIES:
Each one proposes…
(1) there is no personal, transcendent God
(2) ultimate reality is to be found in the eternal cosmos itself
(3) the development of the universe into its present form is contingent solely on the innate properties of its own components