Over on the Conservative Christian Free Republic forum, an evolutionist has presented readers with a typical evolutionary account of man's upward macroevolutionary ascent from amoeba-to-seaweed-to-fish-to-dinosaur-to-ape-to-man. From there he relates that in seeking to explain the mysterious workings of the natural world primordial man invented a supernatural God in order to attribute all mysteries to Him. However, with passage of time, man began to learn, and to, "understand that the world around him was not rooted in supernatural power but that of principles of natural phenomena unraveled, as such the power, the belief in a supernatural deity, a God,diminished over time and continues to do so, by those who ask questions, seek out the truth, answer questions that religion, the belief in a God simply finds itself much too inadequate to resolve."
Having presented what he believes is an ironclad scientifically validated account explaining that Yahweh is really just a figment of primordial man's imagination he asks believers to explain, if they possibly can, "How did God emerge out of nothingness??
In that evolutionary cosmogonies (origin accounts) are the inverse of the Genesis account, so too is the question. The Triune God did not emerge from nothingness. That notion properly belongs to ancient and modern evolutionary cosmogonies and the Illumined philosophies of Gnostic Theosophy, Kabbalism, and secret societies such as esoteric Masonry.
The supernatural God has always existed and He called all things into existence from nothing. Of all Christian doctrines the most difficult for unbelievers to understand is that of creatio ex nihilo (creation out of nothing). This doctrine is the complete opposite of ancient and modern evolutionary cosmogonies affirming that the universe and even the gods, emerged or evolved out of a pre-existing substance such as primordial matter or watery chaos. For example, the Egyptian Sun-God Ra calls the substance primordial matter and implies that he evolved out of it:
â€œI came into being from primordial matterâ€¦I made all the forms under which I appeared by means of (or out of) the god-soul which I raised up out of Nu (i.e., the primeval abyss of water.) (The Long War Against God, Dr. Henry Morris, p. 243)
The Triune God's miraculous creation has its' foundation in the fact that He spoke all things into existence from nothing. Early Church Father Irenaeus comments,
"God, in the exercise of his will and pleasure, formed all things...out of what did not previously exist."
Having called all things into existence,
"...God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27, KJB
For fifteen hundred years, Christendom and then later Protestant America, had followed St. Augustine (AD 354-430) in affirming that as all men are the spiritual image-bearers of the transcendent Triune God then it logically follows that each person is a trinity of being â€” of soul, spirit, and body. And this wondrous gift includes the physical, intellectual, and moral life, said the brilliant French economist, statesman, and author Frederic Bastiat:
"He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties. And He has put us in the midst of a variety of natural resources. By application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. Life, faculties, production â€” in other words, individuality, liberty, property â€” this is man (and) these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place." (How Evil Works, David Kupelian,p.8)
But if there is no supernatural Triune God, then it logically follows that there is no source for life, consciousness, soul, spirit and will, or for human dignity, worth, liberty, and property. Without God the Father America's Constitutionally guaranteed unalienable (God-given) rights are meaningless.
If man is not God's spiritual image-bearer, then he is less than nothing, a conclusion Buddha reached long before Jesus Christ walked this earth:
"Six centuries before Jesus Christ, the Buddha already knew that if God does not exist, then the human self cannot exist either......Therefore, he deconstructed the Hindu idea of the soul. When one starts peeling the onion skin of one's psyche, he discovers that there is no solid core at the center of one's being. Your sense of self is an illusion. Reality is nonself (anatman). You don't exist. Liberation, the Buddha taught, is realizing the unreality of your existence." (The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, Vishal Mangalwadi, p. 6)
The inability to account for life, consciousness, soul, and spirit (mind, will, conscience) is the insurrmountable stumbling block of evolutionary cosmogonies, not of supernatural creatio ex nihilo.
In conclusion, either the living, personal supernatural Creator has always existed or impersonal, non-lifebearing primordial matter has as evolutionary naturalists (i.e., ancient and modern pagans) believe.
In the first instance, an eternally existing living Creator transcendent to and discontinuous with His creation created everything including all life-forms ex nihilo. In the second, everythingâ€” including all life formsâ€” mechanically evolved over time by chance out of non-lifebearing primordial matter that itself emerged out of nothingness.
Supernatural creatio ex nihilo accounts for life, consciousness, mind, conscience and will. The latter does not, nor can it ever.
Supernatural creatio ex nihilo makes sense and because it accounts for man's ability to comprehend and reason it therefore logically accounts for science. The evolutionary cosmogony cannot account for science since it cannot account for consciousness, mind and will, therefore it is nonsense.