by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

How It All Began
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

In the beginning
God created the heaven
and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

The problem of origins provokes more violent controversies, wild
theories, and wide disagreements than any other subject in the Bible.
The intrusion of human hypotheses has produced a babel of voices
that has drowned out the clear voice of God in the Book of Genesis.
There are today extreme groups that have blurred the issue and
muddied the waters of understanding by their dogmatic assumptions
and assertions concerning the first chapter of Genesis. Representing
one group is the arrogant scientist who assumes that biological
and philosophical evolution are gospel truth. His assumed
axiom is "the assured findings of science," and he acts as if this is
something cut and dried for time and eternity. Representing the
group at the other extreme is the young and proud theologian who
arrogates to himself a super-knowledge that he has discovered just
how God did it. He writes and speaks learnedly about some clever
theory that reconciles science and the Bible, and he looks with
disdain upon the great giants of Bible expositors of the past. Candidly,
I think that both of these groups need to be deflated with the
pinpoint of God's question to Job:
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Declare, if thou hast understanding. (Job 38:4)
Silence must be the only answer to this humbling question. Where
were the scientist and the young theologian when God laid the
foundations of the earth? Neither happened to be in the area; not
one was a spectator to it.
Now let us examine both of these extreme theories and see if
their dogmatism is warranted after all these years. I would like to
put them into the test tube and then pour upon them the acid of
the Word of God, after which I shall make an induction and a deduction
from Scripture.
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That, of course, discards the old theory altogether.
Then, a Cal Tech s ...

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