In the Beginning…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was overing over the waters. (Gen. 1:1-2)

Most of us are familiar with how the Bible starts. How God’s story starts. How our story starts. It’s one of the few parts of Scripture where it’s nearly impossible for us to visualize the words. What an incredible concept! “God created.” If I’m lucky, I can “create” a fruit salad without incident, but creating the heavens and the earth? Truly remarkable.

God created the world ex nihilo, which is a Latin phrase meaning “out of nothing.” Imagine that if you will. There was nothing. And then God created something. And not merely something, but the world as we know it. So how in the world did God create…the world? Three popular creation theories are as follows:

  1. Young Earth, or Recent, Creationism – earth is no more than six thousand years old and all basic types of organisms were directly created by God during the creation week of Genesis 1-2.
  2. Old Earth Creationism, or Progressive Creationism – earth is considerably older (13.7 billion years).  These folks differ on how they view the word “day” – was it really a 24-hour period?
  3. Theistic Evolutionstates that God initiated life on earth and allowed evolutionary principles to bring man to where he is–maybe with a little help from God here and thereYes, God is included, but kind of on an “as needed” basis.

Where do you stand on this? Is it something worth thinking about? Or is it something that barely appears on your radar? Put differently, do you fall into the “Ignorance is Bliss” category regarding Creation?

Ultimately we do not have all the answers. And I’d argue we do not need them to believe in a God beyond our understanding. What we should not accept is any argument for evolution. Intellectualism and religion work in concert to ensure God’s involvement in an increasingly complicated world. If we believe that God is, in fact, the Creator, then we must believe He is infinitely powerful, immeasurably intelligent, and completely generous. Think about it: why would a perfect Being create a world for us to inhabit? It wasn’t out of need.

Perhaps more important than anything else on this page is this: The God who created the universe loves you. Regardless of how the world treats you, your heavenly Father adores you.
 
In Christ Alone,
 
-Matt

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