The book of Genesis is probably the most important book ever written. In reality, it’s the foundation of all true history and true science. Above all else, it’s the foundation of God’s revelation, as given in the Bible. If Genesis were somehow removed, the rest of the Bible would be incomprehensible. It would be like building a house without a ground floor or a bridge with no support.1
Chapter 1 is the foundational chapter of Genesis, since it summarizes the creation of the earth and everything in it. And Genesis 1:1 is the foundational verse of the foundational chapter, speaking of the primeval creation of the universe itself: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). It’s been pointed out that if a person really believes this passage, he’ll not find it difficult to believe anything else recorded in the Bible. If God really created all things, then He controls all things and can do all things. Dr. Henry Morris, ICR’s founder, carefully studied this verse and paraphrased it as follows: “The transcendent, omnipotent Godhead called into existence the space-mass-time universe.”2 Another way to say this is: The all-powerful triune God created mass, space, and time out of nothing. God exists separate from His creation.
The modern scientific method was developed in the 16th and 17th centuries. Many Christians contributed to the procedures for doing science. The use of careful observation, experimentation, the development of laws, hypotheses, and theory, and the use of mathematics were all important parts of its development. Scientists like Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, Johann Kepler, Blaise Pascal, and many others who were Christians believed Genesis and honored God in their science.3 Yet as science progressed and more was discovered about how our world functions, many scientists became arrogant and began to reject Him. As the Bible says, “When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21).
Today many scientists reject Scripture as a legitimate source of truth and attempt to find entirely “natural” explanations for the origin of the universe. They go so far as to say you can’t be a scientist if your explanations of our origins depend upon actions of a supernatural being. Biologists who are under the sway of evolutionary theory and physicists who believe in billions of years since the origin of the universe generally avoid references to a creator. When they or the media mention God, it’s often only as ridicule. For example, the use of the term “God particle” when referring to the search for the Higgs boson in elementary particle physics is a thinly-veiled attempt to mock the belief in a supernatural creator. Interestingly, most scientists dislike the term “God particle” because they don’t want their research tainted by such an association….
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