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--