Must One Believe in Creation Ex Nihilo?

Ex Nihilo: “from nothing.”

Did you know that evolution is a creation story? It is a God-less creation story, but evolution is a narrative account of how everything we see around us was created.

Evolution is a creation story that alleges that everything that is came to be by natural processes arranging and rearranging matter. Atoms in motion, perpetually banging about from the explosion of the Big Bang.

The standard Big Bang model, as stated by evolutionist Paul Davies, predicts that there was in the distant past an “initial singularity as the beginning of the universe.” Davies continues: “On this view the big bang represents the creation event; the creation not only of all the matter and energy in the universe, but also of spacetime itself.”

A creation event? Yes, and as  John Barrow and Frank Tipler emphasize, “At this singularity, space and time came into existence; literally nothing existed before the singularity, so, if the Universe originated at such a singularity, we would truly have a creation ex nihilo.

It seems that evolutionists who hold that matter in motion powers the engine of evolution must also believe that all that matter flying about was created ex nihilo.

But there’s a problem. There is no scientific reason to believe that matter can be created ex nihilo. At one point before the Big Bang there was no matter, and then “poof” matter spontaneously appeared from nothing?

Of course, Godless materialists cannot fathom such a requirement. But it is a requirement, if not of the Big Bang, of another natural occurrence. For what it’s worth, more recent theories based on the “inflation” of the universe state that there was no “singularity” event at the Big Bang. Cosmic inflation, we are told, preceded and set up the early, hot-and-dense state of the Big Bang.

Maybe. But in any event, any evolutionary theory of the universe requires that matter eternally existed or was created out of nothing, that is, ex nihilo.

What other creation story also bears witness to something existing eternally and creation out of nothing?

That’s right, the Bible.

Some say that the Bible does not teach creation ex nihilo. But they are wrong. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament teach that God created “all things.” Here is a representative sample.

Psalms 33:6 states, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth.”

Isaiah 44:24, “…I am the LORD, who made all things …”

John 1:3 states of Jesus as the creator in the beginning: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

Colossians 1:16 tells us, “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created by him and for him.”

As stated well by Dave Armstrong in the National Catholic Register, from which the above scripture quotes are drawn: “If God created all “things” then he must have created ex nihilo because no thing (nothing) existed initially if there was no thing that he did not create. How much clearer could it be made?”

Agreed. But, it seems, clarity is not the issue. Belief is.

But which is more reasonable to believe? That matter existed eternally or was spontaneously created out of nothing at the Big Bang (or before)? Or that God existed eternally and spontaneously created matter out of nothing?

Think about it.

End Notes:

See, Creation ex nihilo: Theology and Faith, by William Lane Craig: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/existence-nature-of-god/creation-ex-nihilo-theology-and-science, from which quotes for this post were drawn.

See, P. C. W. Davies, “Spacetime Singularities in Cosmology,” in The Study of Time III, ed. J. T. Fraser (New York: Springer Verlag, 1978), 78-79.

See, John Barrow and Frank Tipler, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), 442.

See, Creation Ex Nihilo is in the Bible: National Catholic Register, https://www.ncregister.com/blog/creation-ex-nihilo-is-in-the-bible

See, Debunking William Lane Craig, https://debunkingwlc.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/wlc-quotes-john-barrow-and-frank-tipler/

See, Forbes, There Was No Big Bang Singularity, https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2018/07/27/there-was-no-big-bang-singularity/?sh=178045967d81

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