How does the first law of thermodynamics prove creation?


By BibleAsk Team

The First Law of Thermodynamics

The first law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of conservation of energy, states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system. Instead, it can only change forms or be transferred between different parts of the system. This fundamental principle of physics has significant implications for our understanding of the universe and its origins. All physical, biological, and chemical processes are subject to the first and second laws of thermodynamics. The First Law of Thermodynamics was formulated originally by Robert Mayer (1814-1878).

Creation Narrative in the Bible

According to the creation narrative presented in the Bible, God is the ultimate source of all existence. In the book of Genesis, it is written, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, NKJV). This foundational statement establishes God as the Creator of the universe and everything within it.

Throughout the creation account in Genesis 1, God brings the universe into existence through a series of creative acts, culminating in the creation of human beings in His own image. The narrative emphasizes God’s sovereignty, creativity, and purposeful design in bringing about the universe and all living creatures.

Interpretation of the First Law of Thermodynamics within a Biblical Framework

From a biblical perspective, the first law of thermodynamics is seen as consistent with the concept of creation ex nihilo, or creation out of nothing. According to this view, the universe was brought into existence by an act of divine will, and its ongoing existence is sustained by the power and providence of God.

The first law of thermodynamics aligns with the biblical assertion that energy cannot be created or destroyed. In this sense, the law reflects the fundamental principle that the universe operates within boundaries established by its Creator, with energy being a fundamental aspect of God’s creative work.

Countless experiments have verified this. And this law has never been disproved. To develop a theory that requires the violation of that principle would be against the scientific evidence. This principle can be demonstrated by the burning of a piece of wood. When the wood is burned, it is transformed into a different state. No energy disappeared from the Universe, and no energy was brought into the Universe through burning the wood.

Implications for Creationism

Creationists assert that the first law of thermodynamics is evidence for the existence of a Creator. They argue that since energy cannot originate from within the natural world, its ultimate origin must lie outside the bounds of natural law, in a transcendent Creator who stands outside of time and space. Thus, this law provides support for the biblical assertion that God created the universe ex nihilo. It affirms the concept of a supernatural Creator who brought the universe into existence and sustains it through His power and providence.

A consequence of the first law of thermodynamics is that natural processes cannot create itself and cannot arise from nothing. If natural processes cannot produce mass and energy (the inorganic portion of the universe) then it is even impossible that natural processes can produce the much more complex organic (or living) portion of the universe. Therefore, spontaneous generation as claimed by the evolution theory would not be possible because nothing comes from nothing.

And if matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed, then where did all the matter and energy in the universe come from? Energy must have been created in the past by some agency or power outside and independent of the natural universe. The Universe therefore must be an open system that was created by a non-physical Force outside of the physical boundary of this Universe.

This power has the capability of bringing it into existence out of nothing. That Force can be none other than a supernatural Creator. Since, science proved that it is impossible for something to arise out of nothing, and that it is impossible that everything always existed in the universe, therefore, it is reasonable to believe that God created everything.


The first law of thermodynamics is interpreted within a biblical framework to support the concept of creation ex nihilo. This law, which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, aligns with the biblical assertion that God is the ultimate source of all existence.

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BibleAsk Team

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