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.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Comment: As I begin writing on the book of Genesis, I feel as though I am treading in a literary mine-field. As you probably know there are very divergent views on the truth of the Bible. Concerning the beginning chapters of Genesis, there is a diversity of understandings, from those who describe it as total myth to those who believe that it is an accurate description of a seven day creation leading into the history of the beginnings of history. I am not going to enter that argument but will follow my stated plan to write ‘as-I-read-it’!
Unless I accept this as complete fabrication and ‘myth’, however He did it, God was the Creator. Thus as a Bible believing person I must understand that ‘CHANCE’ is not the name of the creator. I usually think of a day as starting in the morning and would have said there was morning and later evening – the first Day. But I note that the story of Creation started with darkness and that God made light so there is a rationality in this order. But whatever else people want to make these verses mean, here in the very first five verses we have two of the basic tenants of the Biblical faith position. First – God is. And secondly that He is the Creator. Christianity is built on a number of essential ‘truths’ and here we have two of them. God exists, and He made the Universe, both ‘the heavens and the earth’!
Prayer: More than an absolutely correct understanding, help me to find You, as I search Your Book.
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. I agree with your comments. I believe that God is the Creator of all things great and small. He is able to do what we humans cannot do, because He is the Great Creator, and He has created us. God bless you.