In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
This Daily Bible Verse Blog post begins a series on key scriptures in the book of Genesis. This series will highlight the many foundational truths of the Bible that are found in Genesis. To learn more about this incredible book, read our article “Genesis.”
The belief that God created everything that exists has become controversial in the world we live in. The prevalence of the theory of Darwinian evolution has led many to profess atheism or agnosticism. But the Bible makes a bold claim in its opening sentence: The heavens (the galaxies of space and our atmosphere) and the earth were brought into existence at a specific time (“in the beginning”) and by a specific Being (“God”).
No, the galaxies of the vast realms of space did not come into being by the uncontrolled explosion of hot, dense matter. No, human life did not evolve from a mixture of chemicals in a primordial soup that gradually evolved into complex, living organisms. Those ideas are man-made theories that ignore some of the most basic principles of science, including Newton’s third law of motion. This law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In simple terms, something has to be the cause that provides the energy for any movement or action to occur.
And this is exactly what the Bible tells us in its opening sentence: There is a God—a Supreme Being—and He is the cause for all that exists. This most basic truth is not just an idea. It comes with an implication that we all need to understand. This implication (which can change your life if you accept it) is found in the powerful argument the apostle Paul presented to the philosophers in Athens: “And He [God] has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26, emphasis added throughout).
Paul reinforces the basic truth of Genesis that God is the cause of creation. But Paul doesn’t stop there. He adds a vital implication in verse 27: “So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him.”
Seeking God doesn’t mean just an academic acceptance of the reality of His existence. Seeking God means investigating, accepting and instilling His standards for living in your life. It’s just logical: God created all of us and has the right to tell us how to live the life He gave us.
So where do you go to “seek the Lord”? God provided an instructional manual (the Bible) that contains His standards for human life. (A good place to start is by reading the core of His law—the 10 Commandments—in Exodus 20.) The purpose of this website is to aid you in understanding God’s instruction manual—the Holy Bible.
Genesis 1:1 is an incredible scripture, and it teaches us much more about the God who created us than we have covered in this commentary. Read this blog tomorrow for part 2 on this incredible verse.
Recommended further reading: Job 38 and Romans 1.
To learn more about how to prove the existence of God, read “Proof of God.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “In the Beginning, Part 2: The Creator’s Identity.”