I have just started reading R.C. Sproul’s book entitled The Holiness of God. It has rocked my world thus far. The holiness of God is something that every Christian should grapple with. Every Christian should be considering God’s holiness everyday. The aim of the book is to help Christians in their understanding of God’s holiness. One aspect of God’s holiness is his power. The first way God showed his power was through creating the world.
In Sproul’s discussion of creation he notes what some people say about how the world came to be when he writes:
“Some modern theorists believe that the world was created by nothing. Note the difference between saying that the world was created from nothing and saying that the universe was created by nothing. In this modern view the rabbit comes out of the hat without a rabbit, a hat, or even a magician. The modern view is far more miraculous than the biblical view. It suggests that nothing created something. More than that, it holds that nothing created everything-quite a feat indeed!” -R. C. Sproul. The Holiness of God (Kindle Locations 111-114). Kindle Edition.
This is, in fact, how most atheists/naturalists believe the world came about. This position boils down to ludicrously. Of course, atheists or those with a naturalistic worldview will oppose this simple examination. They claim that it is a caricature of their position and Sproul agrees to some extent in the next paragraph when he writes:
“Now surely there aren’t serious people running around in this scientific age claiming that the universe was created by nothing, are there? Yes. Scores of them. To be sure, they usually don’t say it quite the way I have said it, and they’d probably be annoyed with me for stating their views in such a manner. They’d undoubtedly protest that I have given a distorted caricature of their sophisticated position. OK. True-they don’t say that the universe was created by nothing; they say that the universe was created by chance.” -(Kindle Locations 114-117).
Sproul is going backwards here. He starts with the boiled down statement of the naturalist/atheist and works his way to what they are saying. In other words, he is starting with what their statement means and works back to what they said. Sproul then goes on to justify his original statement about what atheists/naturalists believe by examining what chance means when he says:
“But chance is no thing. It has no weight, no measurements, no power. It is merely a word we use to describe mathematical possibilities. It can do nothing. It can do nothing because it is nothing. To say that the universe was created by chance is to say that it came from nothing.” -(Kindle Locations 117-119).
I really enjoy how Sproul exposes the naturalistic worldview. The atheist says something like, “We don’t say the world came to be through nothing. It came to be through chance.” And Sproul correctly rips through their logic by saying, “But chance is no thing. It has no weight, no measurements, no power.”
The power to create only resides within God. It can be found nowhere else. That is the problem with any naturalistic explanation for how the world came to be. It always boils down to something coming from nothing. I will end this post how Sproul ends his brief discussion:
“That is intellectual madness. What are the chances that the universe was created by chance?” -(Kindle Location 119)