#12 In the Beginning (continued)

19 November 1999

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Evolution, or the false science of evolving, comes from the word "evolve" which claims that the universe has slowly, over a process of millions or billions of years, been unfolding from a state of disorder to a state of order. But God, and the believer's textbook declares that the earth, the universe, man and all of His creation is not evolving, but rather "waxing old", degenerating, reeling and rocking from a state of peace and order to a predicted end: "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail"- Hebrews 1:10-12. The Lord created it all, and like clothing, it is waxing older, until one day, when creation has fulfilled its purpose, the same One who created it all will fold it all up and discard it. "In the beginning" we observe order, not disorder: "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good"-Genesis 1:31. This, my friends, is order. But when sin entered into the world, all of God's creation was affected. Adam transgressed God's law and his transgression affected not only man, but the whole earth, "Cursed is the ground for thy sake;...thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee...for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return"-Genesis 3:17-18. From a beautiful garden to thorns and thistles, from life to death, from order to disorder. Is man evolving today? Is man getting better and better? Is he treating his fellow man kinder that he did in days gone by? Although man is gaining in some areas of knowledge and technology, a quick glance at the newspaper and the television will attest to Paul's prophecy to Timothy, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived"- 2 Tim. 3:13. Man is not getting better, man is getting "worse and worse". He is involved in new methods of wickedness. A sore blow to pride and vanity, but nevertheless true. What about the earth? Is it evolving? Scientists agree on the second law of thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics is known as the Law of Energy Decay. It states that every system, left to its own devices, tends to move from order to disorder. This law itself directly contradicts evolution. The earth is not evolving, it is degenerating. The earth loses 10 to the 12th power of calories of heat daily. It's magnetic field is shrinking and all the while this old globe is spinning slower and slower. It is not evolving, it is dying. Should we worry about this? No. Someone is keeping it all together and that someone is Christ, "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men"- 2 Peter 3:7. I don't worry about the depletion of the ozone layer, global warming, meteor collisions, or nuclear winters. While we should respect and protect our natural surroundings, God has promised, "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease"- Genesis 8:22. And, yes, Peter describes the predicted end of the universe like this: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" 2 Peter 3:10-12. There are going to be a lot of surprised evolutionists on that day. Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115. Sincerely, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.