There is an often overlooked but ever recurring theme in the Bible that serves as an explanation and a warning as it shows God and man in true perspective. This is the truth that God is the Creator, the ultimate Source of all things, the One whose power is infinite, the One in whom all wisdom is to be found, the One who has ultimate authority.

Behind and beyond all scientific discovery lies the majestic truth revealed in the words, “In the beginning God.” This truth may be ignored or denied, but without it there can be no satisfactory explanation of anything in this world. This One who was in the beginning created the heavens and the earth—the universe.

Science delves back and back until inevitably it reaches a point beyond which stands the mystery of ultimate source. The Holy Scriptures clearly tell us that this source is God. This truth, with its deep theological implications, also has profound scientific implications that are ignored only at great cost.

In speaking to audiences that had never heard the Gospel (this I did hundreds of times during my twenty-five years in China), I found it well first to rivet attention by going back to the question of ultimate source: “Who made this table?” “A carpenter.” Who built these walls?” “Masons.” “Who made these clothes?” “A tailor.” “Who made the cotton from which this cloth was made?” “It grew out of the ground.” Then, “Who made the ground?” To this the usual reply was, “Tien Lao I” (the heavenly spirit). “Where did you come from?” “From my parents.” “Where did they come from?” “From their parents.” “Keep going back from generation to generation: where did the first man and woman come from?”

At this point there would invariably be active audience participation, with many answering ...

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