In the Gospel of John, the Bible says that, "In the beginning was Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." The Bible explains through John's prologue that God existed in at least two forms "in the beginning." The word used to describe "the beginning" in John 1:1 is different than the word used in Genesis 1:1. The word in John's Gospel references a time even before time existed. Thus, the Word of God existed "with God" and "as God" before creation and before time itself. Later in John's prologue, the Bible declared that the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst the disciples, who beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. In this way, the Bible testifies that there were people who witnessed the manifestation of God's Word in flesh. Credible witnesses documented their experience and relationship with He who first existed as the Word of God before time began, then changed His form into the flesh of a human being, possessing the grace and truth of the Living God! These truths are important to acknowledge when examining the creation account in Genesis since, the two portions of scripture work beautifully together to describe the work processes and habits of the Living God! In Genesis 1:3-5 the Bible documents the creation of the first day. The Bible states that God said, "Let there be light." The response to God's Word was that there was light! This is an incredible reality to fathom (or at least try to fathom). This phrase shows the triune God working collectively to create the universe that we can examine today.
Genesis 1:2 stated that the Spirit of God hovered over the formless waters of the earth as the breath of God. Genesis 1:3-5 shows that God spoke in order to execute His will to form light. When the scriptures declare that "God said," the Bible provides evidence of the Word of God being functional in creation. Colossians 1:16 states that all things were made "by Jesus" and "for Jesus." Genesis 1:3-5 supports this claim. Since God spoke the world into existence, it was the work of Jesus Christ, who first existed as "the Word of God" that made manifest the things that the Father desired. Therefore, the work process of the triune God is made evident in the first 3 verses of the Bible. In the beginning was Elohim. God the Father had the will to create and had a specific vision in mind as He did so. Since the scriptures show God speaking creation into existence, the scriptures show that God the Son was the method by which God's will was actually accomplished. Then, as the scriptures show that the Spirit of God hovered over the earth, the scriptures show that the Spirit of God serves to be the presence of God in His creation to accomplish more detailed works of functionality that the Father desires. It is important to recognize how God made light. The Bible teaches that before there was light, there was only darkness. When God made light He spoke it. When we want light, we need to flip a switch or light a candle, or turn on our cell phones. We rely on the work of another object to give us the light that we desire.
God does not operate as mankind does. According to the Bible, God did not rely on previously existing matter, or a substance of any kind in order to form light. There is a Latin phrase called, "ex nihilo" that is used to describe the manner in which God created all things, which means "out of nothing." People can create to a certain degree. However, people cannot create out of nothing. There must be a starting point of resources. If one desires to plant a flower, one must first start with a seed. In order for a person to draw a picture, one must first possess a canvas of some sort and the tools to illustrate. God - as God - was not dependent on anything but Himself. This is what makes Him God and worthy of all praise and glory! There are even some Jewish rabbis that state when the scriptures reference the creation of light, that is the first mention of Messiah! Since Jesus proclaimed to be "the Light of the world (John 8:12)," one could even say that God did not so much "create" light as much as He simply revealed the Son of God as light in a form that it could be recognized. Genesis 1:3-5 also states that God separated, or divided light from darkness. It is interesting to examine this phrase. The Bible shows that God created, or revealed light before He created the sun or any other object in space. One must then wonder, how did He separate light from dark if the objects that create light in the midst of darkness weren't formed yet? The answer to this question is really quite simple - He is God.
The prophet Isaiah dictated the words of the Living God in the 46th chapter of his book, which read, "Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me." When one examines the creation account and marvels at the claims that are made, the statement of Isaiah 46:9 and the many others like it become very real and very powerful! The God we serve is unique and holy in every way! He is not like us and we are most certainly not like Him. He is beyond figuring out. In Isaiah 9:6 the prophet wrote that one of the identity traits of the Messiah would be that He is "wonderful," which means "full of wonder." God is impossible to figure out and incomprehensible. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thought. The Bible that His ways are as far from our ways as far as the heavens are from the earth. Such is why God choose to do things in a way that seems backwards to mankind. God did not create the tool that would provide a result first. Instead, because He is God, He produced the result before the formation of the tool. There are things that we can observe today in the physical world that help explain some of the work that God does, but one must consider that God is in charge of it all and often works outside of those rules and principals to remind His creation about who is really in charge. Science says that you can't walk on water, and can't walk in a storm without getting wet, and can't multiply food from itself, and that bushes should be consumed when they burn and shouldn't talk, that donkeys don't talk, and that the dead don't come back to life. Yet the scriptures reveal that God did all of these things to prove that He is God and there is no other like Him. He didn't need the sun to produce light. He did not need various gasses and molecular elements to produce light. Based on what the Bible says, God only needed Himself. The things we observe today are simply the tools that God uses to sustain His creation. Yet history has shown that God can work outside of those tools any time He pleases.
Speaking of time, Genesis 1:3-5 states that when God created light, that "evening came, and then the morning: the first day." The Hebrew word used to define a "day" is the word "yowm." This word is used 2,287 times in the Old Testament. It is most often used to describe a literal 24-hour day - especially when one considers that this same word is used in the genealogies to describe the ages of the people. This word is used to describe the Sabbath day in the 10 commandments showing that its usage refers to a literal 24 hours since God did not desire the Jews to rest for millions of years worth of time before getting back to work. The English word refers to a 24-hour time period because the Hebrew word usage most often refers to 24-hour time period. Thus, there is no reason to believe that God took any more time to do the work that He did in that short of a time period. Once again, He is God and there is no other. He could have done the work He accomplished in a second if He wanted to. If God wanted to refer to a longer period of time, scripture shows that He would have used a different word to describe that period of time. God says what He means and means what He says. The fact that God did this magnificent work in such a short period of time is part of what makes His work in creation so amazing! Thus, the Bible plainly states in Genesis 1:3-5 that as God separated the light from the day, without the use of anything but His own sovereign power, He created time and formed a literal day. Our God is so great and so powerful, that He can create time from eternity, before He creates the tools mankind uses to keep track of time! Thus, one should be willing to entrust one's life into God's hands who can accomplish such things. If God can do these things, He can certainly remove sins from the repentant and grant eternal life to those who believe. Praise God!
The argument about creation versus evolution is one that has gone on for quite some time so that evolutionary theories have infiltrated Christian institutions - churches and schools alike. Many are starting to be swayed by the arguments for evolution and are more often seeking to interject evolutionary thinking into the scriptures. There is a slight problem with that however that causes one's interpretation of the scriptures to become very skewed. In the science world, there are essentially two forms of science: historical science and observable science. Historical science is the study of things of which a person was not present to physical observe those things as a form of evidence. Observable science is the type of science where a person does have the opportunity to observe certain things as evidence. The two forms of science don't really mix well together. Thus, one must be careful in how one conducts historical science.
Since one was not there in past history, one must be careful not to make presumptions and approach one's science with a certain set of biases, lest one risk the possibility of coloring the truth to ensure one's results match one's presumptions. This is the problem that often occurs when dealing with the origins of the universe. When one discusses the origins of the earth, one is dealing with historical science because no one was there to see what happened. One cannot come up with ideas and then seek to support those ideas through observable things because what ends up happening are the problems that exist in the theories of evolution and other such arguments. There are many holes and irreconcilable points within those arguments because one powerful truth haunts those secular theories - we weren't there so the theories cannot be proved. Instead, how one should properly conduct historical science is by examining the testimonies of those who existed at a certain point in history and then examine what is observable to ensure that it matches the testimony. The Bible claims that it is the inspired Word of God. Thus, though it was penned by men, it is the dictated ideas and truths concerning God.
Since the Bible teaches that God existed before the universe as an eternal transcendent being, then His testimony regarding the formation of the universe and life in it is the most valid because He was present during its formation as Creator. Thus, as a Christian, there should be little confusion. One should simply approach the scriptures in faith with the understanding that its contents are truth - that God said what He meant, and meant what He said. Then one can take those truths, examine the world today, and match up the facts to verify if the contents of the Bible are indeed fact. Upon taking this approach, one will find that the Bible's claims are 100% true. The challenge is that when one examines the creation account, the testimony seems so backwards to human reasoning and teaching. Thus, when reading the Bible, one is immediately forced to humble one's self, surrender one's own logic and "wisdom" and consider the testimony of the Living God without bias. For example, in Genesis 1:2, the scriptures state that the earth was formless. The Bible begins the creation account acknowledging that God existed before everything, then references earth before the formation of any other form in space. Genesis 1:2 contradicts the theories of secular science.
Once again, since the context is historical science, one must observe the testimony of those who were present and match it up with what can be observed to verify its truth. Genesis 1:2 testifies that the formless earth was empty so that darkness covered over it. Genesis 1:2 states that the Spirit of God hovered over the watery depths of the surface of the waters of earth. One of the toughest questions for evolutionists and secular scientists to answer is, "How did all of our water get here?" The earth is made up of mostly water. Many state that water covers 70% of the earth's surface (more or less). Our planet is mostly made up of water. How did it get here? Evolutionists claim that water molecules may have been dropped off by comets and other massive water-containing rocks in space. The speculation is that as they collided with one another or hit the earth, they dropped off those water molecules so that water was formed on the planet. Compare the two forms of science. Today we cannot observe the formation of water. Today we can observe that water changes forms from a gas, to a liquid, to a solid and so forth. However, water does not multiply and reproduce more water. In fact, we can observe that when water sits around long enough, it evaporates and requires a pretty intense series of processes to become liquid again. The speculation of evolutionists does not match what can be observed, especially when one considers the likelihood of many rocks from space hitting earth enough times to drop enough water but not destroy it as a planet.
The Bible matches what one can observe. Today one can observe an abundant amount of water that uniquely exists on this planet just like the Bible says and the way it got here was by God. The evolutionist theories don't explain how earth took shape and form. The Bible says that God took formless water and gave it its form so that there is direct and specific purpose that God has for Earth as He gave it its form and shape for a reason. One must also consider that the water was formed in the midst of darkness, which traditionally refers to wickedness and evil in the Bible. What is darkness doing or evil doing in the midst of the earth if nothing has been formed yet? It is possible that this refers to the existence of Satan since Isaiah 14 testifies that he was expelled from heaven before the formation of the world. If this is true, then it can be seen that God formed the world in the midst of the devil as if He was building a stage to host the events that would involve him. This again, shows that God had purpose in the manner in which He was creating the world and everything in it. The formation of the world according to the Bible, was not a series of accidents and random events. The first two verses of the Bible demonstrate that God had purpose and calculated reason in His work. Whether one understands that purpose does not negate the existence of God demonstrating reason and a plan. Lastly, Genesis 1:2 explains that "the Spirit of God" hovered over the waters. Recall that in Genesis 1:1 God was referred to as Elohim to describe His triune nature. In Genesis 1:2, the Bible testifies of the existence of His other form - the Holy Spirit. The Hebrew word that is used to describe "the Spirit of God" is "ruwach" and is also translated into "breath." Thus, the Bible describes the breath of God hovering over the formless waters of the earth as He was giving it form. This is the same word used to describe the manner in which God gave life to mankind as He "breathed" life into him. Upon examining these details, one can see that in the first two verses of the Bible, both God the Father and the Holy Spirit are involved in creation. Guess who is referred to next.
The Bible is such a unique "book." There is no forward. There is no clever introduction. There is no story that ties in a clever parallel to dramatize its contents. Instead, when one opens the Bible and turns to the beginning, one is put in a monumentally critical position of making a decision that can determine the outcome of one's life. No other book does this. The words of Genesis 1:1 are simple in literary style. However, the first 4 words of Genesis 1:1 have been controversial and the subject of debate for hundreds of years. How is that a book so old can ruffle so many feathers in such dramatic ways? How is it that one sentence can cause so much offense and inspire so many people to work tirelessly and spend millions to refute its claims? How does one sentence contain so much power and influence?
The contents of Genesis 1:1 are simple but the most powerful words ever written. The words of Genesis 1:1 may even be more powerful than other Bible verses such as those that define God as love, or reveal that Christ died for sinners. When one reads the Bible and examines scenes that take place in heaven, the angels and God's children rejoice and marvel over God as Creator before worshiping Him as anything else. It is true that God will be worshiped as Savior through Jesus Christ, but the fundamental essence of God is the face that He is the Great I AM. God simply exists and has no creator, thus making Him supreme, almighty, and sovereign. Genesis 1:1 simply states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." This phrase makes no attempt to present a allegorical or symbolic tale in a mythical attempt to rationalize complex questions about human origins. This phrase is presented plainly and boldly in the form of fact and historical narrative. This phrase reads in the ways that biology books read. There is no uncertainty presented in this phrase. There is no ambiguity presented in this phrase. There is the simple truth presented that God was in the beginning, and before moments in time existed, He created what humans refer to today as "the heavens and the earth." This phrase does not leave for the possibility of God using big booms, bangs, or "bams" to do His will. This phrase does not suggest that God relied on "scientific processes" to assist His will to create. This phrase is simple enough for a child to understand that God simply created everything we know of in the heavens (space, the universe) and the Earth.
If one cannot possess any form of trust in the first 4 words of the Bible (in the beginning God), then one is unable to put any trust in the rest and will be generally lost in life according to the Bible. Then, once one is willing to come to terms with the fact that Earth and the universe around us was created by God, one must seek to understand who this God is. One must consider that the God who created everything, for some reason chose to communicate the process of His creation. He desired to share these truths with us to answer questions He knew we would have.
There is something to be said about a God such as this. A God who is eternally self-existing, and powerful enough to create all that can be observed, and even things that cannot be observed, desired to reveal Himself to human beings. This is an incredible truth and an even more incredible privilege. The way that God chose to first reveal Himself is by referring to Himself as the Hebrew word "Elohim." This word for "God" refers to the triune nature of God. It is a Hebrew word that refers to many acting as one. This is a reference to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As one progresses through the scriptures in the creation account of Genesis, one will find evidence of each facet of the triune God participating in creation in very specific roles and for very specific purposes. This is a critical point to understand. While the Bible makes the bold claim that God created everything that is seen, one must consider God's purpose in revealing this truth. One cannot get caught up in controversy fueled by secularists to instill doubt. One must seek truth and try to understand God's purpose.
Why did God speak His word to anyone at any point in time? Why did God communicate the Bible to people? What purpose does God have in providing this book that He places more emphasis on that He does His own name? The Bible teaches that God desires for His children to know who He is. The Bible explains that God desires His creation to worship Him in response to one's understanding of His being. Genesis 1:1 then becomes a necessary and compelling starting point. Immediately, all things must point back to God and must serve a purpose of His since He is above all as creator. All facets of life trace back to God. This is the point that God wants all to understand. As He created all things in the heavens and the earth, He is the author of life - the quality of life that most desire. He is the provider of all things. As God, He reveals Himself in triune form with each facet of Himself working in a specific role and function to provide specific benefits and abilities. This God - the single unique God of the universe - desired to be connected to His creation so that He communicated things that would have otherwise been unknown. He choose to share His knowledge, His wisdom, His work, and His essence with people. One should then consider the privilege stated in Genesis 1:1 and embrace it all the way through Revelation 22:21. God bless y'all! --Bside--