In the Beginning by Pastor Lloyd Pulley, February 2023

Living Stones Series: First Published in All Around Old Bridge Publication – February 2023

By Pastor Lloyd Pulley

The Bible opens with one simple yet incredibly profound statement! Unlike many ancient documents fraught with confusing and conflicting mytho-pagan ideas, the Bible opens simply and elegantly: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). It holds well in line with contemporary modern science, which also concludes origins having to do with time, space, and matter – not the fire, water, wind mythology. The Bible, however, identifies God as the Creator and Conductor of this symphony of existence and life!

To accept this first verse is admittedly holding the presupposition that there is a Designer, the One who wrote the incredible digital code of atomic structure and the DNA of life. The alternative presupposition is that something came into being out of nothing and then exploded into complexity and beauty.

In an attempt to defend the idea that science trumps the Bible, one stated that “science is self-correcting, and the Bible is fixed.” But wait! That is because science is so often wrong that it needs updating! With the Bible, written 2,000-3,000 years ago and touching on all subjects intruding into science and history, you would expect much revision – but there’s no need. It stands solidly from the very first verse on: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Hebrews 11:3 says: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” God, out of nothing, created! The order and design of creation, from the vast expanse in the heavens to the advanced machinery at the microscopic level, is a strong argument for a Creator!

It is simple logic involving the law of cause and effect! The universe we know had a beginning and therefore had a cause. But one may say then, “What caused God?” The answer: The Hebrew Scriptures reveal He never had a beginning and thus never attempt to answer from where God came. He always was. God is outside of time and faster than light, having made both! He simply is: “I Am Who I Am.” So with superior knowledge, God in the Bible can describe the “circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22) long before it was proven a sphere. God reveals the law of gravity in effect long before people comprehended the orbit of planets as Job 26:7 expresses: “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.”

And being outside of time and faster than light where time stands still, God knows all. After all, He spoke it! Read your Bible – you’ll be amazed!