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In The Beginning

We are not told exactly when the initial creation took place. But the Bible hints that the original creation was followed by wide spread destruction brought about by the rebellion of Lucifer, who became Satan (Isaiah 14:12-15). Thus, it is the account of Genesis 1:3-31 that is apparently a description of a restoration of the earth that occurred just before the creation of man (Psalm 104:30). Biblical genealogies indicate that this occurred approximately 6,000 years ago, though nowhere does the Bible tell us the date when God made Adam and Eve.

Gods word does reveal that initially there was not physical creation no earth, no solar system, no galaxies. The Apostle Paul describes this as before time began (Titus 1:2). Then, by command God created the universe.

Science tells us something similar. These days most cosmologists and astronomers back the theory that there was indeed a creation…when the physical universe burst into existence in an awesome explosion popularly known as the big bang…the universe did not always exist (Paul Davies, God and the New Physics, 1983, pp 10-11, emphasis added).

Both of these accounts, one from science and one from the Bible, speak of an instantaneous origin of the physical creation.

Why was the universe created?

Science cannot of itself tell us why the earth and the physical creation exist. Carl Sagan wrote: Why it happened is the greatest mystery we know. That it happened is reasonably clear. (Cosmos, 1980, pg 246).

Yet, the Bible does tell us why! Revelation 4:11 (NIV) "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Psalm 115:16 adds Psalm 115:16 (NIV) The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man.

God created all things. He set aside the earth as the habitation of man, for the working out of His purpose. His plan is to ultimately bring many sons to glory (Heb 2:10), to offer sonship to all people through His Son Jesus Christ. This is the primary reason God brought the creation into existence by His command. The Bible explains Gods plan in considerable detail, as well as that plans implications for us.

Thus, the Bible holds true in its description of the origin of all things. In response to the statement that God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth, one skeptical scientist said, But nobody was there to see it. This is not true, God was there. John 1:1-3 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. There was no human thee to refute it. And there is no one who can refute it today. No man or woman has disproved the Bible, but there is a mountain of evidence to show that it is true.

By Arthur J Licursi, with thoughts and quotes from various sources.