Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 ESV)

In verse 1 the writer of Hebrews defines faith. It is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

In verse 2 the people exercise faith. As a matter of fact, Hebrews 11:4-38 describes them in vivid detail. Abel is applauded for offering a faithful sacrifice. Abraham is commended for traveling into the unknown. Moses is lauded for choosing the life of a Hebrew over the lure of the palace. These people exercised faith.

In verse 3 the writer describes the origin of faith. Faith begins by believing that God created. Theologians call this God creating ex nihilio–out of nothing. Moses, the writer of Genesis, said it this way:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5 ESV)

The earth was formless and void. Empty. God spoke. He didn’t start with raw material–He created with the spoken word. He didn’t need chlorophyll to make leaves–He spoke leaves into existence. Hebrews 11:3 states that believing God created is the cornerstone of faith, the beginning point of a relationship with God.

Why? If God didn’t create the universe, if He didn’t fling the stars into space, why in the world would He send His only Son to die for it? If God didn’t breathe the breath of life into Adam’s lungs, if God didn’t put Adam to sleep to create his wife, Eve, then why would He send His Son to die for Adam and Eve? The cross is foolish apart from creation. On the cross Jesus redeemed what He created.

That’s why evolution erodes faith. If scientists can convince us that we evolved then we are on a fast descent into doubt and self-degradation. C. S. Lewis, in his book Screwtape Letters, said it this way:

“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

Belief in evolution isn’t an earthquake. It is a light rain that gradually erodes faith until all that is left is the red clay of a hard heart. Only the crucified Creator can soften red clay.


  1. Thank you, Pastor Jerry, for your courage in stating the unvarnished truth. The Lord God is the Author of all life. I am saddened by the number of Christians who have bought in to the “materialistic/evolution” worldview. There is only one truth and that is God’s truth. He is the Great Creator of all things. And yes, He did it in six literal days……He is God!! God’s Word is our “road map” and if one disregards the map, the way can be easily lost!

    I pray that Christians will not be intimidated by accusations of “narrow-mindedness, ignorance or unsophistication” by those who think that they are so enlightened by “science.” God created science, also. Science PROVES nothing….it is the interpretation of the evidence that matters. One’s worldview determines how that interpretation is made.

    I hope many sign up for the Truth Project (Acts University) this month. It is a wonderful examination of truth claims and worldviews. (Yes, I know….it’s a shameless plug!)


  2. Never heard evolution described like this before, Jerry, but what a clear picture you’ve painted. “Belief in evolution isn’t an earthquake. It is a light rain that gradually erodes faith until all that is left is the red clay of a hard heart. ” I see society in general working the same way, particularly for the youth of today. So many things are looked at as a “softer” type of sin, for lack of a better description. I suppose that has existed to some extent for quite some time, but it’s becoming more intentional, more directed, more mainstream. i.e. some sins are “OK”, and many churches are out there teaching that those things are “OK”, warping true Christianity and clouding the minds of both old and new believers alike. Thank you for sticking to the Truth of The Word, my friend, even when it hurts or isn’t popular.


    1. Joey,
      Thanks for your encouraging words. I agree that we are on a slippery slope. Jesus clearly said the truth would set us free. God’s Word contains that very truth. God’s best to you brother.


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