Ellen G. White Statements Relating to Geology and Earth Sciences

Chapter 8—Creation of the Earth

Our World Could Have Been Spoken Into Existence in One Day—God took six days to make our world when He could have spoken it into existence in one.—Letter 7a, 1878. EGWSRGES 20.1

Dawn of the First Day of Creation—In the work of creation, when the dawn of the first day broke, and the heavens and the earth, by the call of infinite power, came out of darkness; responsive to the rising light, “the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.”—The Signs of the Times, January 1, 1880. EGWSRGES 20.2

Satan’s Resolve to Induce Adam and Eve to Sin—As soon as the Lord through Jesus Christ created our world, and placed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, he [Satan] announced his resolution to conform to his own nature the father and mother of all humanity, and to unite them with his own ranks of rebellion.—Ms. 39, 1894. EGWSRGES 20.3

As soon as the Lord through Jesus Christ created our world, and placed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, Satan announced his purpose to conform to his own nature the father and mother of all humanity.—The Review and Herald, April 14, 1896. EGWSRGES 20.4

Creation Can Only be Understood by Faith—It is not depth of reasoning that is to be productive of the most good; “the world by human wisdom knew not God” (1 Corinthians 1:21), but “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). No amount of reasoning or explanation can tell the whys and wherefores of the creation of the world. It is to be understood by faith in the great creative power of God through Jesus Christ. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”—(are not present to the eye) (Hebrews 1:3). This is a matter that can be stated, but mere reasoning will never convince one of the truth of the statement.—Letter 56, 1903. EGWSRGES 20.5

God Alone Able to Bring Order and Beauty Out of Chaos—The infinite One—He who alone was able to bring order and beauty out of the chaos and confusion of nature’s darkness—is able to subdue the rebellious heart of man.—The Review and Herald, January 14, 1904. EGWSRGES 21.1

When Genesis 3:15 Was Spoken the World was Newly Created—When Satan heard the words, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed,” he knew that man would be given power to resist his temptation. He realized that his claim to the position of the prince of the newly created world was to be contested.—The Review and Herald, May 3, 1906. EGWSRGES 21.2

God Existed Before He Purposed to Create the World—“Canst thou by searching find out God?” (Job 11:7). “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The Lord existed before He purposed to create the world. He is “from everlasting.” “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God” (Psalm 90:2).—Ms. 24, 1891. EGWSRGES 21.3

The World Reminds Us of the Hand That Called It Into Existence—Who gives us the sunshine which makes the earth bring forth and bear? and who the fruitful showers? Who has given us the heavens above and the sun and stars in the heavens? Is it not the God of heaven who has created the worlds, and who rested upon the seventh day? He blessed this day and made it holy, and is it more than justice that we respect the day upon which He has set His blessing? Every time we look at the world we are reminded of the mighty hand of God which called it into existence.—Ms. 16, 1895. EGWSRGES 21.4

Christ Had the Power to Call Worlds Into Existence—Satan and his host disputed the ownership of Christ; but His seal is upon everything He has made.... He could call worlds into existence. He speaks, and thousands of angels stand before Him.—The Youth’s Instructor, April 15, 1897. EGWSRGES 21.5

When Man Sets Up His Judgment Against The Creator Confusion Results—He who gave being to the world has not lost His power or sovereignty. He still presides over the world. It is His prerogative to speak out His purposes. By His Son, the Mediator between God and man, these purposes are executed, and the Holy Spirit gives them effect. The awful confusion in the world has been brought about because the way of the Lord has not been followed, because man has set up his human judgment against the law of Him who created the world. Men have undertaken to please and glorify themselves, to set themselves above truth and above God.—Letter 141, 1902. EGWSRGES 21.6

Christ Commanded and It Stood FastThe power that gave life to the body, had renewed the heart [of the paralytic]. He who at creation “spake, and it was,” who “commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:9), had spoken life to the soul dead in trespasses and sins.—The Signs of the Times, June 30, 1914. EGWSRGES 21.7