In the Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  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. Genesis 1:1-2

As my regular readers know, I am fascinated by science, and its beautiful interplay with faith. I was recently watching a show on Nova (a PBS science show) about the Milky Way, our home galaxy. The Milky Way is just one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe. We also understand that the universe is continuing to expand. Can you imagine that? I doubt it. Neither can I. I know it boggles my mind to even consider things like eternity and infinity.

As a limited, finite person, I cannot have any real grasp of infinity or eternity. Yet our God, the Creator of it all, has planned and executed the most marvelous things we can (or cannot) imagine.

People may get a bit hung up on the Genesis version of creation, but I think there is no need to. Ancient writers simply wrote a basic truth- God was the Creator. There was no need to explain how God did it, just that he did.

Interestingly enough, the words used by these unscientific writers may have been concepts far beyond anyone’s expectation. When they wrote that the earth was without form and void, and that there was darkness on the face of the deep, they were using language to describe “nothingness”. Yet we now know that there are things called “dark matter” and “dark energy” that might have been the description of the state that they were trying to explain.

All of that to say, we still do not have a good concept of dark matter and dark energy. Yet we do know that a Creator planned and put forth a marvelous creation that he breathed life into. We don’t really need to know how God did it, and maybe we will never know.

All we need to know is that God created the heavens and the earth, and he did it because he loves his creation and all in it.  

Prayer: Lord, when I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
 What is man that You are mindful of him, (from Psalm 8)

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