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God Must Be Considered as an Answer to Creation

Genesis 1:1 (ESV) … “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

The fact of divine creation is affirmed in the opening statement of Scripture. Debate over the “how” or “when” should not overshadow the primary emphasis of this verse: the entire universe owes its existence to the will and power of Almighty God. The existence of God is not explained or analyzed; it is simply set forth as a foundational truth of Scripture. Ultimately it is a matter of faith (Hebrews 11:3); however, the evidence for believing in God as Creator is far more substantial than the evidence for not believing.

It is saddening to listen to the attempts of those who would omit God from any consideration of the world, its purpose, or its future. To imagine our universe as the product of a series of accidents or of mere chance is an insult to a person’s intelligence. In no other area of thought is such illogical thinking demonstrated. To attempt to explain the existence of all things without considering God as at least a possible factor is unreasonable on the face of it.

The word for God in this first verse of the Bible is the Hebrew word Elohim. It is commonly understood to be from a word denoting strength or power, and thus it indicates the Lord as the strong one. The word is plural in form, yet it is used with singular verbs. This indicates that it does not refer to many gods, but to the one God only. Some believe this usage to reflect a plural of majesty, or of excellence. That the word is plural is also not out of keeping with the concept of the Godhead as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.[1]

[1] Redford, D. (2008). The Pentateuch (Vol. 1, pp. 12–13). Standard Publishing.

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