‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’
Published 11:00 pm Friday, October 7, 2022
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: I’m studying the scientific formulas and the motion of astronomical bodies with the hopes of becoming a doctor of science in order to serve mankind in a good way. I grew up in church but have come to doubt much of what I heard as a child. It seems unreasonable to me that one creator could put the world in place. The Big Bang theory seems more plausible. Why do intelligent people believe religion over science? — S.S.
Dear S.S.: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Everything in the universe — absolutely everything — owes its existence to God. Look up on a starry night and you will see the majesty and power of an infinite Creator. What astronomers and scientists have discovered about space show the mighty works of Almighty God. The psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1, NIV).
Astronomers tell us that every star moves with precision along its celestial path. To ignore the detailed rules of the universe would spell ruin to a star. The laws of nature are fixed, and for a star to ignore those laws would be folly — if it were even possible. If the laws in His material realm are so fixed and exact, would God be haphazard in the spiritual realm, where the eternal destinies of billions of people are at stake? No! Just as God has equations and rules in the material realm, He also has equations and rules in the spiritual realm.
God’s formula for the human race is to accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) Without faith, the Bible says, “it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)