However you look at it, whether as an atheist, a Buddhist, a Muslim, an African Traditionalist, or a Christian – creation is a supernatural event. This is the event of all events. Many people want to know how “all this” – how the universe – begun. The question “Where do we come from?” has crossed every mind. Therefore, it behooves every rational creature to search carefully and establish the truth regarding this phenomenon which we all (?) agree happened. In this brief write-up I intend to show (very briefly, but confidently) the weakness of the Big Bang Theory vis-a-vis the Biblical account of creation. This popular theory borrows heavily from chance and accidental occurences as a cornerstone for its case – I hope to show some errors for such a foundation. In the Christian faith, we profess a cornerstone that is both sure and immovable – the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is important to understand that the eternal God does not operate as we, mere creatures, do. The mind, which denotes the ability to think, process and reason out things internally, is finite and biased (toward sin). We cannot begin to look at supernatural events or abilities with our natural mind, clearly, nor can we explain them exhaustively. It is not to mean that we cannot comprehend them, but there must be both revelation of the supernatural as well as guidance in such revelation (understanding), since we cannot of our own selves grasp either the context surrounding the supernatural, nor the elements involved in the supernatural. So, case 1 – we, natural creatures, are not the basis of information; only that which is supernatural can be the basis. But then we encounter another problem – the supernatural itself cannot just happen arbitrarily (without causation or order or final purpose) since (a) it is not guided by chance (otherwise, chance itself [a byproduct of the natural] would not exist), nor (b) can the supernatural happen without a chief agent, who has to be supernatural themselves. Chance exists only because a context for chance (matter, time and space) exists (Gen 1:1). What I mean is that there can be no lack of intention for a certain outcome without first presupposing the time, matter and space which are required for such an outcome (Lack of intention for a certain resultant outcome [an accident] requires time, space and matter for such an unintended result to be accomplished). We may need a car to move from point A to point B, and after considering all factors and having set a target outcome, if somewhere along the line of uninfluenced execution the car’s predestined/projected sequence is broken, then we term that an accident. But without points A and B, without the car, without the driver, without a projected desire, without motion, without an intended outcome, without anything really, there can be no accident – there is no pre-existing state to warrant the occurence of an accident. An unintended resultant outcome is called an accident. The primary condition for the occurence of an accident is uncertainty. Meanwhile, as we have seen, uncertainty consequentially demands prior order and also an expected futuristic outcome (both elements of time) disrupted by threatening unintended circumstances (which require space and time) or a prior lack of fulfillment in the same endeavor, creating the atmosphere for doubt (time and matter). Uncertainty, thus put, is the negation of a preconceived (existent) state – certainty. Wikipedia defines uncertainty as a “state of having limited knowledge where it is impossible to exactly describe the existing state, a future outcome, or more than one possible outcome”. Both uncertainty and accidents are elements of chance. Yet, chance does not only depend on intention (or the lack of it) but also on causation. Can some “thing” be caused arbitrarily or without intent? Sure, it can – but only if there was preexistent matter (building blocks of the “thing”), time and space for such occurrence to even be possible. This is because a cause always has to have a result, and if the final result is not the expected and/or desired result, then it is said that chance had its way. Hence, chance cannot be said to happen out of no precreated matter or without preexistent time or in a vacuous state. Chance is a function of creation and creation takes into account the factors of time, space and matter! Hence, the world could not have been created (come into existence) through an event that necessitated or heavily depended on chance for such existence to occur. There MUST needs be order, reason and certainty for creation (ex-nihilo) to take place. So, case 1 (a) – the world was not created by chance, nor did it come about accidentally or arbitrarily. Yet we know that order, reason and certainty are all concepts (abstract ideas) which have no will in and of themselves – they require an executor.
This brings us to the question of a supernatural agent; a capable executor of the ingredients of creation. Since creation cannot possibly come out of nothing (ex nihilo) without intention (that is, deliberate cause) nor by accident (itself an anomaly of the norm of order), and furthermore since order, reason and certainty (all which work with intention/purpose) cannot work by themselves, since they do neither possess a will nor the power/means to act on their own will, for creation to even be a possibility it necessitates a Creator. Since this Creator is also supernatural, it follows that we cannot know Him apart from His revelation of Himself to us. Only revelation via Scripture has given us a reasonable case for a pre-existent (for He has to be already in existence beforehand), self-sufficient (for He must not need nor borrow anything from anyone or anything), supreme (for He must be first in rank and authority), free and autonomous (for He must choose at the pleasure of His will), self-determining and decisive (for He must execute His own will), wise (for He must create order from non-order), sovereign (for He must be accountable to no one), almighty (for He must inherently possess all and ultimate power), holy (for He must be inherently pure and flawless and must communicate purity to everything), eternal (for He must not be limited by time in any way), uncaused and unformed (for He must not be created Himself), immaterial (for His essence cannot be created matter) hence a free unbound Spirit and the sole source of all that is “being”, that is, all creation. All things, including the necessary ingredients for creation MUST flow from Him, at the pleasure of His own free will. He is the rightful owner and possessor of all creation. Such must be His intrinsic nature. Here, we have our first case for God – the mysterious Creator! Hence, case 1 (b) – the world was created through order, with a purpose/reason and with certainty by a living and eternal Creator God Who alone and unaided could and did freely, powerfully and wisely orchestrate every “thing”, visible or otherwise, into permanent existence.
Some Scriptural references for creation:
Genesis 1 and 2; John 1:1-3; Romans 1:19-20; 2 Peter 3:5; Hebrews 1:2,10; Acts 4:24; Mark 13:19; Exodus 20:11; Nehemiah 9:6; Job 38:4-11; Psalm 33:6-9; Psalm 89:11-12; Acts 14:15; Psalm 102:25; Psalm 104:24-30; Proverbs 3:19; Isaiah 37:16; Isaiah 40:26,28; Jeremiah 10:12; Jeremiah 32:17; Zechariah 12:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 4:11; Revelation 21:6.