There are people in the Church who believe that Genesis 1 is correct when it says God created the heavens and the earth in six days. Other ‘Christians’ believe that the universe evolved over billions of years. Those who believe in the billions of years, claim that they are ‘saved.’ They believe the Bible (except all the parts that deal with God’s supernatural, instantaneous creation). What is the practical impact for some-one who rejects supernatural creation?
A God who can create the heavens and the earth in six 24 hour days (no more and no less) is all-powerful. He can do what He decides to do. He can do what Revelation 21 says, ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.’
He can do what 2 Peter 3:10-13 tells us. There will be a decisive destruction between the two creations. A stupendous fire will erase the old to make way for the new. It will lay bare the old earth and heavens. Even the elements will be destroyed. These three events show God’s omnipotence. Only the all-powerful, supernatural God can do such things.
However, for those who accept that the first universe was the result of the big bang, there should be three big bangs.
- The one we usually hear about, that ‘created’ this present universe.
- Peter’s big bang (the fire).
- The new heavens and earth (Revelation 21:1).
Big bangs 2 & 3 logically follow big bang 1.
The problem is, if the first big bang took about 13.7 billion years, how many billions of years are necessary for big bang 2 & 3? You can speculate, but it should be double, more than 26 billion years. That is an immensely long period of time to wait around (maybe on clouds) for the final new heavens and earth.
God is either the supernatural cause of creation in Genesis 1, the fire in 2 Peter 3:10-14 and the new heavens and earth in Revelation 21:1, or not. It might just be risky to tell the Holy Spirit He lied about God’s omnipotence. It might also be risky to rely on three big bangs, because the first one has not yet been proven true.