In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1
Over the past few months I have been posting two series. The first was an overview of proofs of God and now I am about a third of the way through a series on the theory of evolution. So it seems like a good time to take a look at the first chapter of Genesis and maybe a little of Genesis chapter two.
First, the Bible never claims to be a science textbook. Second, ancient writers did not always put things in chronological order. They often put things in order of importance. Of primary importance in the creation account is that God created the universe, the heavens and the earth. Up until the 1960’s scientific theory was that the universe was eternal. Carl Sagan in his PBS series Cosmos, opened the series with the words, “the cosmos all that is, all that ever was and all that ever will be.” This all changed in 1964 when two American radio astronomers, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, discovered cosmic background radiation and realized it was the same in all directions. What came from those and other observations was the Big Bank theory of the universe. The universe had a beginning and was not eternal.
Ever since scientist have been trying to come up with theories that take God out of the equation and make our universe an event caused by some pre-existing universe. But rather than answer to question about the creation of the universe these theories just push the beginning farther back in time. God however told us thousands of years ago that not only did the universe have a beginning but who created the universe.
In fact the first two verses go a bit farther, in the beginning the universe was without form. In fact atoms not only did not exist but the temperature of the budding universe was so hot that all that existed was a plasma, something without form. No, the Bible is not a science book but it is a truth book. If one approaches it with an open mind they will find that what this book says is always true, it is just that sometimes science takes a while to catch up.
For more on this, check out Hugh Ross’ web site Reasons to Believe. He takes a scientific look at Bible truths.
Have a blessed day,