In Psalm 19 David writes about the creation and the word of God. David gives no indication why both of these subjects are contained within one Psalm. The Psalm reads as if these are two non-related, distinct thoughts. However, God’s creation and God’s word do have one very important characteristic in common. These are two pieces of evidence we have of God’s existence. As David writes in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” By simply looking at the world the hand of God can be witnessed. An examination of the scriptures also reveals God’s handiwork. 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” God’s inspiration is clearly visible throughout the scriptures.
Given their convicting attributes it is no wonder these pieces of evidence have been attacked so fiercely during the last 150 years. Arguably, two of the most effective lies Satan has used to keep people from accepting Christianity are: 1.The world was not made by a creator, and 2. The Bible was written by man and not divinely inspired. Consider how many people are not Christians for reasons that can be traced back to these two lies. The theory of evolution has pulled countless numbers of people away from Christianity and has been a stumbling block for many more to even consider Christianity. The Bible being reduced to a historical and fictional book created by man has kept many people from even reading or considering any passage in the Bible.
As more of the world becomes less convinced of a created world and a divinely inspired word many who profess to be Christians question the full truth of these facts. There is an attempt to stand on a middle ground. They question creation by asserting God simply laid the basic building blocks of life and evolution took over from there. This assertion is also an example of how the credibility of the Bible is questioned. If an evolutionary process is believed then creation did not take place as the Bible recorded: creation did not happen over the course of six days and man was not made directly from the dust of the earth.
Attempting to find a middle ground on these issues is a slippery slope. God’s ultimate authority comes from the fact He is our creator. Consider what Paul wrote in Romans 9:20-21: “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?” Acknowledging God as the creator is acknowledging His authority. It is from this acknowledgement that submission and acceptance of God’s will can begin. Passing human existence off to an evolutionary process places man in a position where he is no longer the pot created by the potter, as Paul wrote. To believe this places a level of separation between man and God that does not exist.
Questioning the divine inspiration of the Bible has a similar effect. If the Bible was not divinely inspired than what is it? Is it simply a book written by men? If so, what wisdom can truly be found in it? Also, if accuracy of portions of the Bible are questioned than what impact does that have on the credibility of the rest of Bible? Take for instance the above mentioned argument of the world not being created in six days. The Bible clearly states the creation was completed in six days. If a contrary view to this is taken by believing the creation took place over millenniums (a view many people hold) then it is being argued the Bible is inaccurate. If the Bible is inaccurate about creation, then what other inaccuracies exist?
God created the world as it recorded in the book of Genesis and divinely inspired the writing of the Bible. Though the world places a lot resistance against these beliefs it is critical they are not compromised by trying to find a middle ground.