The Origin of the Universe: Hebrews 11:3
“3) By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:3‬
Be careful! This verse is not saying we believe in Creation despite the evidence to the contrary. Rather it is saying that by faith we understand that “God” created everything from absolutely nothing. The focus is on the greatness of “God” as being a big enough to cause or pull off Creation. So let’s take a moment and dive into the two modern theories of the Origin of the Universe.
Modern science recognizes a starting point of time, matter and space. It calls the starting point the “Big Bang.” Science knows it happened, but it attributes everything to random chance because it is biased against the notion of an Intelligent Designer.
But faith is not irrational. It is trust in something or someone worthy of trust. In Hebrews 11:3 we are confronted with the question of whether or not “God” is equal to the task of creation.
Let me illustrate the rational nature of Creation by comparing two mathematical formulas of factor + factor = sum. Hang in there, you need to put on your thinking cap for this one.
Atheistic Evolution says: 0+0=E. Or, no Intelligent Designer + no physical matter = everything. But zero plus zero always equals zero without exception! No matter how many times you do the equation; 0+0=0.
By contrast, Biblical Creation says: G+O=E. Or, God + no physical matter = everything. Suddenly the equation makes sense because the sum is equal to the factor of “God.” The potential for everything that exists is present in the knowledge and power of the Intelligent Designer or “G”.
Keep in mind, faith is only as good as the person or thing it is directed toward. So, why does atheistic evolution need billions of years? Because it is searching for the random exception to 0+0=0. It is grasping for 0+0=E. Their faith is in something totally irrational.
The only question that must be solved for the Creationist is “How big and powerful is God?” The answer is now obvious; “God must be big enough to create everything from nothing!”
Have you ever noticed that the Bible consistently identifies and defines God as “the God of Creation”? (Genesis 1:1; Psalms 33:6, 96:5, 102:25) On Mars Hill, Paul challenged the Greeks to consider the God of Creation as opposed to their many gods. (Acts 17:24)
Hebrews 11:3 challenges the reader that the God of Creation is worthy of our trust and faith. Christian faith is not irrational faith in faith or hope in hope. It is trust or faith in the God Who created everything from nothing!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global