Genesis 1:1-3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 26-27: February 16—How did we get here ... and why?
Feb 9, 2014
By W. WILEY RICHARDS

RICHARDS
The enquiry about how we got here, I take to be a question about the origin of the universe. The answer will come from one of three sources: science, philosophy, or the Bible. The investigation boils down to science and the Bible. The discussion took on new dimensions following Edwin Hubble’s 1929 discovery that the universe is expanding in all directions. Astronomers concluded that the expansion began from a single point about 13.7 billion years ago. The number of years is not my main interest. The fact that the universe grew from a point to its limits in less that one second stands out as the beginning of our exposition.

We start our analysis with Stage One: the beginning (vv. 1-2). As to the origin of the universe (“the heavens”) the Bible states explicitly that God created it. Hebrews 11:3 states that God framed it by His Word, but not from things which appear. Even if atomic structure could be smuggled into this, John 1:3 says of God and the [Living] Word “and without him were not made any thing that was made.” Revelation 4:11 says the 24 elders proclaimed: “for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Go back to the view of some astronomers that the universe came into being to its present configuration, in less than a fraction of a second. But what created the beginning point? The scientific suggestions suffer from the failure to explain who or what created the original point. It must have contained the blueprint for the development of the entire universe. During the expansion, how did heavenly bodies gain mass out of nothing?

The Bible provides the Judeo-Christian answer, God did it (Gen. 1:1). In stage one, Hebrews 11:3 says He used things which do not appear to create what does appear. Revelation 4:11 says, “[F]or thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” That quotation answers the question, “Why?” He created the world for His pleasure. First John 1:3, enlarges on the purpose. God intends to create a fellowship of the redeemed to have fellowship with Him.

We come now to the Second Stage of Creation, the appearance of light (v. 3). It was an essential part of creation. Those holding to the singularity explanation, agree. After the big hang, the point enlarged to, say, the size of a soccer ball. At that moment instantly light appeared. Light photons came into existence all within the merest fraction of a second.

Stage Three: God provided for the earth’s spatial separation (v. 6). The word firmament in biblical usage refers to the atmospheric heavens, describing the way God established order out of the chaos implied in verse two, the void.

Stage Four marked the beginning of dry land (v. 9). The earth was surrounded by moisture until dry land appeared and separated the waters into seas.

Stage Five: The creation of plant life (v. 11). Before God created animal life, needing oxygen, He put grass plants to take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. The Bible twice states that trees, herbs and grass each produces “after his kind.”

Stage Six: He established the solar system with corresponding seasons (v. 14).

Stage Seven: God created animal life on the fifth day, beginning with sea creatures (v. 20) and then land based animals (v. 21). The expression “after their kind” is used in verse 21. It is worth; noting that of the numberless examples of animal skeletons occurring in strata from around the world, not a single example demonstrates the evolution of an animal from one classification to another.

Stage Eight: God created humans. The word “create” (bara) is used three time: At the creation of heavens (v. 11), animal life (v. 21, and humans (v. 27). It indicates a new event. Once He created the original, He “made” the subsequent things. Humans, made in God’s image are unique among the animals, not evolving from any of them. They possess the imprint of the Divine, made in His image.

 

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