We’ll begin with some rhetorical questions: Have you ever asked, or has someone asked you, “Where did we come from? Is all that exists just some accident of nature? Did we just explode into existence?” The Bible says everything was created by "The Word of God!" It wasn't an accident, we have a purpose...
And God said is the refrain repeated through out the first chapter! (Verses 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26 & 29) All that exists was created by “The Word of God”: Light (Day & Night), Water, Land-Vegetation, Signs (sun, moon, stars), Living creatures in the Sea & Air, and Living creatures on the land including human kind. “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold it was very good.” 1:31. Day of rest!
Side Issues (to be discussed only if questions raised): Creationism vs. Evolution vs. Big Bang theories. God created us with inquiring minds (see Subdue on page3). He gave us the responsibility to study his creation, including why and how he created all that exists. Our scientific theories frequently change as new discoveries are made. Some major changes in the past include: understanding of the world to be round instead of flat; and, understanding that the earth is not the center of the universe, instead, the earth revolves around the sun. We now know that the earth is only one of hundreds of thousands, if not millions or billions of objects in the universe!
Science tells us that a baby girl has all of the eggs that she will have at the time of birth. By the end of puberty the eggs are released one at a time. At conception a human egg and sperm become one cell, then "Explode" to form a baby 9 months later. If this is a model for the growth of our universe and the earth contains some of the material that was in the original egg, then using God’s math some of the material on earth maybe 13x365x1000 or nearly 5 million to 43x365x1000 or over 15 million years old. (A 1000 years to us is like a day to God—Psalm 90:4 & 2 Peter 3:8.)
But some scientists say that the earth is billions of years old. We do not have total understanding. We do know, however, that several earth-shaking events have happened in the past. Some of these events, which are recorded in the Old Testament, include: the birth of the heavens and earth (Genesis chapters 1 & 2); the flood (Genesis chapters 6-9); the sun stood still and delayed going down for a full day (Joshua 10:13-14); the shadow of the sun went back 10 steps (Isaiah 38:8). Any one of these earth-shaking events may have altered the characteristics of our earth—what we now measure as billions of years old instead of millions of years.
Note: Some scientists call the
genetic code in reproductive cells "The Word" or blueprint that describes every
detail of the baby that is to be born. Is it any more of a mystery that
everything in existence is developing according to a plan as "God Said"
in the Bible?
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