Gen 1:1-2 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” NKJV
The Bible begins with, “In the beginning God…” That is the foundation for everything else seen in Scripture and witnessed on planet Earth. Without that assertion, declaration, revelation and truth nothing else has any significance or intrinsic value. It would become nothing more than theory. Some believe that is all it is but I believe the Universe, Science, human experience and the Bible verify it is more than theory. If you doubt the opening sentence in the Bible you have no basis for believing the message contained therein. Fidelity begins in the first verse of the first chapter of Genesis. In fact, I will declare that it is probably the most important verse in the Bible.
It is IN THE BEGINNING GOD – – not “in the beginning a nebular mass” or “in the beginning a pool of warm slime” or “in the beginning some hairy monkeys swinging by their tails.” NO! It is IN THE BEGINNING GOD! The Bible declares in Psalm 14:1, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God…” Until you believe that IN THE BEGINNING GOD you have no basis for accepting His Son and His sacrifice on the Cross. Once we believe this then all else becomes incredibly simple.
Imagine back when there was no time, no creation, no earth and no man. God only had Himself and we read in Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, Let US make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness…” God had nothing to begin with but Himself and He reached down His Omnipotent hand into the great abyss of nothingness and made nothing something. Some find that impossible to believe but I find that believing it was all by chance even more difficult to accept.
If I can believe the first few words of Genesis 1 I can believe Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, raised the dead, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, turned water into wine, walked on water and rose from the dead. It all begins in Genesis 1:1. We either depend on the speculations of man or we depend on the declaration of the Bible. Man tells us that it all began with a super-heated nebula and it cooled to form a solid mass. Then that mass via rapid revolution cast off other masses and those formed suns, worlds and other planets. The one called Earth was covered with slime and the slime began to crawl, developed fins and became fish. The fish changed its fins for legs and became reptiles. The reptile grew hair and became a monkey and that monkey was climbing in a tree, caught his tail in a tree crotch fell to the earth and became a man. But, the Bible says GOD CREATED MAN in His own image. Which are you prepared to believe?
The Bible offers no proof of the existence of God you have to believe. In fact, you are expected to believe. I suggest that even those in the darkest clutches of heathenism and among the most primitive cultures on the planet believe in the existence of a Supreme Being. It was civilized man that invented the theory of atheism and evolution. The Bible declares that, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) The Bible tells us that the hills skip like lamps at His approach and the trees clap their hands in glee at the mention of His Name! Of all God’s creation the one that rebels or has rebelled is MAN.
I suggest that “true science” and the Bible have no conflict. Whenever the Bible and science seem to conflict it is because our scientific deductions are incorrect or our interpretation of Scripture is flawed. Science comes from the word “scio” meaning “to know”. True science deals with proved facts, and whereas today many things called scientific are nothing of the kind for they are based on theory not proved facts. Both science and theology suffer at the hands of incapable amateur exponents. There are times science is correct and our interpretation incorrect and vice versa.
I read an illustration that I have found valuable. Up until the latter part of the 19th century, the skeptic and higher critic took incredible pains to tell us that Moses could not have written the first five books of the Bible because Moses supposedly lived in a time when there was no civilization. Man, according to this theory, was still in the Alley Oop stage and just emerging from the nebula of his slimy primal ancestors. Their assertion, “In the day when Moses was supposed to have written these books there was no culture, no extensive social intercourse, no literature and no organized government or community.” In 1877 something happened to silence those critics. An old woman living in Egypt was digging in the ruins of an ancient city to obtain fertilizer for her garden and she dug up what appeared to be bricks of clay which she ground up and spread in her garden. One day a missionary saw the bricks and as a result the archaeologist dug up what was left of an ancient library containing extensive correspondence between the Egyptians and Babylonians in the days BEFORE MOSES. Only 350 tablets remained after the old lady’s fertilizer experiment.
I do not wonder – I BELIEVE! God bless you as you go through this wonderful day in Him!