Cled E. Wallace
A multitude of guesses, all of them either weird or fanciful, have been substituted at various times by scholarly unbelievers for the simple Biblical story of creation. They will not have it that God did the work by the word of His power. Such faith is credulity, and such a believer is “superstitious.” The advanced thinker prefers “the approved results” of science. Here is a late specimen:
All things were created by the explosion of a huge atom, possibly 10 billion years ago. This explosion was so great and the atom so large, no one can possibly guess the extent of either. But that same explosion created the universe — the stars, galaxies, and the planets — according to the theory of the world famous Belgian scientist, Abbe LeMaitre, now a visiting professor at Catholic University in Washington.
Before the beginning, he says, there was no such thing as time or space. Therefore, the explosion was the real beginning, and its force was so great that it still continues and keeps the universe expanding. It will push the particles of matter on and on for an indefinite period, until finally everything will dissolve in space, and there will remain nothing, as in the beginning. There may have been previous creations, and after the present universe ends there may be another.
All of which means that “the world famous Belgian scientist” doesn’t know a thing in the world about it. He and his theory may shine brightly on a visit till some other wild guesser with a big name goes a-visiting. These wild guesses might be interesting and amusing as playthings of speculative minds, were they not used to wreck faith.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” “By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear.” (Gen. 1:1 ASV; Heb. 11:3 ASV).
If the unbeliever is disposed to ridicule our faith, what does he have better? Is faith in the explosion of an atom better than faith in God? Besides, the force of his explosion is going to play out and leave nothing, while the power of God is eternal. He “upholds all things by the word of his power.” Moses and Paul are older and more rational than our Abbe LeMaitre, if you want to put it on that basis.
And they talk like they know what they are talking about. They dispense with the disconcerting “possibly,” “there may have been,” and “there may be.” “No one can possibly” get anything definite about God, creation, the origin, duty, and destiny of man, unless he goes to the Bible for it. Scientists are broken reeds to lean upon in such matters. Faith in God is better than faith in theories, and no other choice is offered.