Something From Nothing

I’m okay with evolution. I’m also okay with creationism – the idea that God suddenly created everything at once. I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. Certainly God could use whatever means he thought necessary to put the world together and if we understand evolution as the means with which God formed the animals and ourselves, then the Bible doesn’t preclude that option.

But listening to Erwin McManus at the recent Catalyst West 2016 Conference talking about Hebrews 11:3 made me really think about this idea that the universe was created out of nothing. This verse tells us it isn’t true, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

That intrigued me. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Erwin used the example that we can’t see oxygen, but if it suddenly were to disappear, we would certainly know it instantly. And it’s true. Something unseen doesn’t have to mean non-existent.

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Erwin McManus, lead pastor of Mosaic, speaking at Catalyst West 2016

Even science corroborates this theory. In 2013, Cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin hypothesized that the universe indeed began from “nothing.” But the word “nothing” is just semantics in this case. Since gravitational energy is considered negative and matter is considered positive, all it means is the sum total of the energy in the universe is zero – or “nothing.” He’s not saying there isn’t anything that exists, but certainly if you ask the average person, it’s what they believe even if it doesn’t make sense.  Something to think about.

Science and Christianity don’t have to be at odds.  Often science helps us to better understand how truly amazing and wonderful it is to have a God who created us!

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