Genesis 1:1~In the Beginning

The first verse of the Bible reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, NIV). If God did not create the universe then there is no point to reading the rest of the Bible. However, if God created everything that exists then human beings have a responsibility to read the Bible and to hear the words of God.

How did the universe get here? Intelligent people have been attempting to answer this question for thousands of years. Matthew Henry says “the Bible gives us a surer and better, a more satisfying and useful, knowledge of the origin of the universe, than all the volumes of the philosophers. The lively faith of humble Christians understands this matter better than the elevated fancy of the greatest wits…”

There are only two answers to the question about the origin of the universe: (1) A supernatural force created everything, or (2) the universe created itself. There are a few scientific theories that attempt to explain how the universe created itself in a cosmic explosion. But these theories do not explain the complexity of natural organisms. Frankly, it would be easier to believe that the Webster’s dictionary fell out of the sky after an explosion in a print factory than to believe that the universe designed itself out of nothing.

It makes the most sense to believe that the design in the universe is the creation of a cosmic designer. When we see a book at the library then we logically reason that the book has an author. Why is it hard to believe that the huge amounts of information contained inside of a microscopic strand of DNA was put there by an intelligent force?

Many people claim to have felt God’s presence. Many people have reported hearing the voice of God. Many more have been eyewitnesses to supernatural events. When we put together all of the evidence for the existence of a spiritual world then it is easy to understand why a majority of the people on the planet believe in a spiritual force that governs the natural world.

Moses spoke with God on numerous occasions and witnessed God’s own handwriting on tablets of stone. Moses wrote the first five books of the Holy Scriptures. Moses was an eyewitness to the reality of God. He wrote, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The rest of the scripture depends on this sentence being the truth.

~ Stephen Beagles

2 thoughts on “Genesis 1:1~In the Beginning”

  1. I have read some of your words of wisdom , as my son talked about Shamea Ministries. Do you agree that there is only 1 book of God? King James bible?

  2. Thanks for the comment and the question. I agree that there is only one Holy Bible consisting of both Old and New Testaments. But there are many different translations. While some are better than others, they are all meant to help us understand God’s word in our own language. For study purposes, it is best to use many different versions to bring out the full meaning of the text. However, the King James Version seems to be a traditional favorite for many Bible students.

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