It’s been said that God delights in making something out of nothing, and I believe it. In fact, I believe that God madeeverything out of nothing.
Skeptics ask, “How could the universe have been created from nothing? The laws of science say that nothing can ever be created or destroyed—only rearranged. You have to have something to start with.” Perhaps the clearest and most compelling answer I’ve found to that argument is put forth by James Perloff in Tornado in a Junkyard.
The most widely accepted theory of the universe’s origin says that, at one time, all mass and energy were compressed in a tiny “cosmic egg.” Then the egg exploded, creating the universe in the Big Bang. …
But the Big Bang itself violates natural law. The laws of physics state that matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. This is the First Law of Thermodynamics, the law of conservation of energy. As the well-known physicist Paul Davies wrote in his book The Edge of Infinity, the Big Bang “represents the instantaneous suspension of physical laws that allowed something to come out of nothing. It represents a true miracle.”
If one allows for an event beyond natural law—a “true miracle,” as Davies put it—then it is logically inconsistent to exclude other events, such as creation by God. If there was a “cosmic egg,” who put it there? The cosmic chicken? Scientists have always agreed that there is a cause for every effect. How then can the greatest effect of all—the universe itself—have arisen without a cause?
That cause, I believe, was God’s command. God spoke and—BANG!—the universe was created.
Hebrews 11:3 ESV - By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
Colossians 1:16 ESV – For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Revelation 4:11 ESV – “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”