The Book of Foundations
by Beth Mull *
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. (Psalm 102:25)
The Bible is filled with descriptions of God’s active involvement in the creation of this world. Both the Old and New Testaments attest to His work as Creator. For instance, Hebrews 1:10 echoes this verse from Psalm 102 by stating, “Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth.” God demanded of Job, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?” (Job 38:4). Scripture couldn’t be any clearer that the world exists because God specifically and deliberately brought it into being: “All things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
And just as God laid the foundations of the physical world in which we live, He has provided the foundation for our spiritual understanding of who He is, what He has done, and what He expects from us. That understanding starts with the very first words of Scripture: “In the beginning….” The Creator took great care to describe the creation of the heavens and the earth and all its vegetation and creatures from the very moment they were spoken into existence. The rest of the Bible can only be fully understood within the context of the opening chapters of Genesis, for it is they that provide the reasons for all that has happened since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden.
Dr. Henry Morris III addresses the importance of the foundational “beginnings” of Genesis in his feature article, “The Genesis Controversy.” Many in the Christian world have bought into the notion that evolution played some role, small or great, in the development of life on this planet, and that therefore the first part of Genesis should be taken as allegory or myth or some kind of “spiritual” truth that doesn’t reflect actual historical events. But as Dr. Morris points out, a literal understanding of Genesis is integral not only to our understanding of Scripture, but to our understanding of God Himself. Far from being an irrelevant issue to be debated by theologians and scholars, the historicity of Genesis lies at the very core of our faith.
As Jude wrote in his brief but powerful book, we should “earnestly contend” for that faith (Jude 3). In his ongoing series of apologetics articles, Dr. Jim Johnson provides tools for believers to challenge the misinformation and twisted logic so prevalent in today’s world. This month, read how evolutionists routinely “flunk” elementary forensic science in their depictions of how things began.
In his Impact article, Dr. Larry Vardiman describes scientists’ search for the “God particle” and how that search relates to the foundational history offered in Genesis 1. And in his second article, Dr. Vardiman provides a glimpse into what God is doing through a special science institution in North Korea and ways that He is working in that notoriously closed country.
At ICR, we continue our efforts to spread the message of God’s creation truth. We labor to share the Word, for we know that God will use it to accomplish His purpose (Isaiah 55:11). Thank you for your prayers and support. You are a tremendous encouragement to us.
* Beth Mull is Managing Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.
Cite this article: Mull, B. 2012. The Book of Foundations. Acts & Facts. 41 (3): 3.