Man, Animals, and Nature

Isaiah 40:22-28 “ To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. ”

Men have always asked these questions: “Where do we come from?”- “What are our origins?”- “How did the Universe begin?” A lot of theories try to answer those questions. But what does the Bible teach?

Genesis 1:1 “ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ”

From the very first verse of the Scriptures, the question is settled once and for all: God is the Creator of the Universe. Maybe you doubt this statement. Nevertheless let’s go on with this lesson: we’re convinced that it has a few surprises in store...

Psalm 33:4-9 “ For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

God created the Universe by the power of His word. He imagined the Universe and then transformed the product of His imagination into reality.

Genesis 1:25-26 “ God made the beast of the earth after its kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creeps on the earth after its kind. And God said, let Us make man in Our image. ”

If it is true that through the ages, many modifications might have given birth to new races and varieties, there is no proof that a new kind has ever been created from a totally different kind (for example, a dog begetting a cat). This stability among species, from one generation to another, was already described in the Bible.

Psalm 19:1 “ The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. ”

•   A friend of the famous astronomer Copernicus said that the solar system was formed by accident.
•   Copernicus then constructed a pretty small-scale model reproducing our solar system. Amazed by the beauty of the model, the friend asked him who had made it:
•   “An accident”, replied Copernicus.
•   Seeing his friend’s incredulity, he added:
•  “You cannot believe that this model was built by chance, but you believe so for the real solar system!”

Job 12:7-15 “ … Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man he imprisons cannot be released. If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. ”

The amazing instinct of animals, the birds’ graceful flight, the perfection of the bee’s work while building its hive: the more we study Nature, the more we see a Creator’s handiwork. The complexity of the human being amazes scientists as they go from one discovery to another. How could chance have created a being able to reason, to think, to explore, to love?

Romans 1:20-23 “ For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-- his eternal power and divine nature-- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. ”

God has never ceased to provide evidence of His existence; but the most beautiful testimony He has given us comes from the mouth of His Son Jesus Christ.

What did Jesus teach about the origins of the Universe? As Jesus was foretelling of future events He made reference to the creation of the world: Mark 13:19-20 “ …those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now-- and never to be equaled again. If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. ”

Stronger than any argument are the words of Jesus Himself. Throughout His ministry, Jesus set His seal on the authenticity of the account of Creation as reported in the book of Genesis.
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near" Matthew 4:17