Genesis 1:1-5 (KJV)
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
These are the first five verses of the Bible. They start, as indicated, in the beginning. The original sense of the word “created” is that God created the heaven and the earth from nothing. There were no pre-existing materials.
I have always considered how these verses interact with the scientific idea of the “big bang”. Most scientists believe there was a point in time when energy and matter came into existence. So, they agree, it hasn’t always been here. There was a point where the Universe began. I find it far more logical to believe that there was a source or originator of this creation. Doesn’t it make more sense to believe that a supreme being caused the creation, than to believe that matter and energy appeared from nowhere?
If you do not believe in a creator, you must believe that light, energy, and the entire Universe simply came into existence out of absolutely nothing. How is that possible? How does something just appear, with no cause? Did energy create itself? Did light come from nothing? Why would it suddenly appear? None of this makes any sense.
Many people start with the presupposition that there is no God, and try to find ways to explain the Universe without the need for God. However, this is often because these people have a bias against there being a God. They do not want there to be a God that they have to answer to. They prefer a human, self centered paradigm and life. However, I believe if one looks at the Universe objectively, believing in a creator is the logical conclusion.
Often the most simple explanation is the correct one. The existence of a supreme being, not bound by time and space, who creates the Universe remains the most simple and logical explanation for the origin of the Universe. It may come with implications that some people do not like, but the facts point to a creator. This is without even discussing the evidence of design and intelligence within our Universe. This is without even discussing the existence of immaterial things like consciousness and love.
Of course, there will always be some things we cannot fully understood. How can something just speak light into existence? This is of course explained by the fact that God is an all powerful being capable of anything. But even if you believe everything the Bible says about God and everything the Universe points toward Him being, it’s still hard to fathom. How big of a God He must be, and how much bigger He is than us. Just look at the mountains and the trees. We live on an incredibly vast earth, and it’s just one small piece of the larger Universe.
One striking thing from Genesis 1:1-5, is how orderly God is with His creation. He divides the light from the darkness. He creates night and day and he names them. There is an order and thoughtfulness behind every move. God isn’t reckless or random in His creation. There is purpose, carefulness, and tidiness. We see that throughout the earth today. The tides rise and fall, the sun rises and sets, and it all happens according to a defined pattern. For example, the seasons come and go at the same time each year. These verses are in line with what we see today in terms of structure and order in the Universe.
Look for the significance in the seemingly mundane and simple. Consider the fact that the things we know to be normal, such as the existence of light, are miracles and the handiwork of God. Look at creation in all of its detail and how it functions without the need for human assistance. See the fingerprints of God on everything around us. And finally, observe the image of God on yourself and the people in your life. We are the pinnacle of God’s creation. Not that our egos should be big, but that we should appreciate Him and recognize the love and value He places on us.