The Faith We Keep
IT IS only natural that we should seek to understand the origin of matter as we have found it on earth. Many men have advanced their theories, but in our faith we rest on the plain statements of the Book of books. "In the beginning," we are told, "God created the heavens and the earth." And further -- "We understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear."
In the beginning, whenever that may have been, the Supreme Being created all things. Hence we know that the universe is not the product of an accident but rather of the thought and purpose of a holy God.
The same One who created matter, how long ago we know not, likewise made man on the earth. In the new order of things on this planet that is narrated in the first chapter of Genesis, the world was first filled with vegetable and animal life, and then, as a final act, man was created. "God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him." Theories are for doubters and unbelievers, for agnostics and atheists. For the man of faith, the Word of God shines as the only reliable revelation of truth on these matters.
Since we were not present, either "in the beginning" or at that time when God took dust and made Adam, we receive the knowledge of these acts of His solely by faith. And against theories, doubts and lies we stedfastly keep this faith.