#2 In the Beginning (continued)

5 September 1999

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Satan's attempts to challenge Genesis 1:1 is not a challenge of modern science or even from the enlightened philosophers of the 1900's. As Solomon said, "There is no new thing under the sun." In Acts 17, almost 2000 years ago, Paul encountered "certain philosophers" at Athens who are referred to as the "Epicureans". This was one of their schools of modern philosophy who followed the teachings of one Epicurus. Do you know what that taught at this modern, up to date school? They taught that the world was not created by God, but rather through a fortuitous concourse of atoms, of various sizes and magnitude, which met, and jumbled, and cemented together, and so formed the world. Today, Satan still whispers this lie into the ears of those who oppose Genesis 1:1 and there are still those around who will believe it. But the fatal flaw to this theory is the same today as it was in Paul's: "Where did those atoms come from anyway?" Has anyone ever explained that but God in Genesis 1:1. How beautifully Paul exalted God as the Creator in his discourse that day as he declared, "God that made the world and all things therein"-v24. Actually, God made His declaration thousands of years before the wise philosophers and scientists picked up their pencils and telescopes. When God answered Job out of the whirlwind He asked questions that still puzzle the minds of the most brilliant men and women, "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone therof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for Joy?-Job 38:4-7. Modern man would be wise to emulate the faithful old servant Job, "Then Job answered the Lord, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth." The Lord willing, the next week, we will continue with, "In the beginning". 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.