The secular (atheist) scientist says to God…
“Hey, we scientists have figured out how to make life from dirt, just as described in that book of Yours, Genesis.
God: Oh yeah?
God: Show Me.
Scientist: No problem!
So, the scientist started to gather some dirt, and just as he was about to start working with it, he was interrupted…
God: Hold it, stop!!
God: What are you doing?
Scientist: I’m gathering some dirt to generate life, just as described in Your book.
God: Get your own dirt…
I do not recall where I first heard this joke, so I cannot give it the credit that it is due. Regardless, it beautifully illustrates the creative difference between God and man. God can create from nothing, where man can only create from what already exists.
So, why does anything exist?
Because God created…
Genesis 1:1 (HCSB)
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
The opening of the Bible does not say, “In the beginning, God gathered from the preexisting matter and as a result created the heavens and the earth.”
No, it says that He spoke things into existence…
Psalms 33:6-9 (HCSB)
“The heavens were made by the word of the Lord,
and all the stars, by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into a heap;
He puts the depths into storehouses.
Let the whole earth tremble before the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it came into being;
He commanded, and it came into existence.”
We (man) cannot speak anything into existence.
If you think about it, in order for us to even speak, we must first be created from the dirt that God has made…
Genesis 2:7 (HCSB)
“Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.”
Godspeed, to the brethren!