God has definitely been moving a lot in my life in the past month. I started studying the Bible chronologically. I was so excited to dive right in and see what God would teach me through this. And would you believe I came to a stunning halt on the first two verses of the entire book? Yes, Genesis 1:1-2… such truth and amazement is found in what seems like a passive 3rd person summary of how the universe was formed!
I knew I was excited because I’d get to share with you what I found in these verses and how they correspond with science’s view of how the universe was formed. Now, science is all about experimentation and measurements and observations, right?
Well, what if I told you that the Bible expresses many wonders of the universe in the same five terms as most modern scientists? That would be pretty interesting and cool, right? Now, I bet you’re wondering what five terms I’m referring to? Here they are: time, space, matter, power, and motion. Now for reference, here’s the passage that caught my eye:
Genesis 1:1-2 “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 moved over the face of the waters.”
Now, after reading that a couple of times, I realized just how marvelous God is because He is and has always been in control of the universe. Science has been trying to prove for centuries,where things like matter and space originated from, and God outright tells us from the get-go!
Imagine with me for a second you were a scientist searching for these five characteristics of the universe in these verses. I’m sure it would look something like this: Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning (TIME), God created (POWER) the heavens (SPACE) and the earth (MATTER). The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved (MOTION) over the face of the waters.”
The very first thing that God tells His people is that He controls the universe. And He not only told us what was created, He showed it to us also! No one can tell you that matter and time don’t exist! But, just because God controls the universe doesn't mean that He is hindered or bound by it.
Time and matter are His creations and therefore, He exists outside of them. Sometimes when I think of the vastness and power of God, I begin to think that I am insignificant to Him. Or even that I’m not worth a moment of His attention. But, God doesn't see us that way. He loves us so much that all of the creations He made before us pale in comparison to mankind.
If you read on you can see what God says when He creates man in His image, “it was very good.” He even knew that while He was creating the universe, that His people would sin and need Him to come and die to save us.
Thank you, Lord, for creating everything in us and around us and most of all restoring us. I pray that you are empowered to stand on the truth of God’s word and be a light in a world that needs it.
Luwam is a junior at the University of Colorado Denver. She came to know Christ in her freshman year and has continued to grow closer with him ever since. She loves science and is studying Public Health. Luwam hopes to get a career in medicine to ultimately go into medical missions to third world countries using her skills to preach the Gospel to people who don't know Jesus. She has a unique gift of being able to see God's heart and character displayed in science.
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2/19/2013 12:06:01 am
Excellent. Simply excellent. Your enlightening of scripture for your readers is wonderful! Thank you for sharing.
2/25/2013 11:02:34 am
I'm so thankful that God let me be able to use this post to share with you, Steven! I pray that He reveals Himself to you in areas like this even more!
2/19/2013 10:08:46 pm
Wonderful post, Luwam! What a cool insight about the characteristics of the universe. I love how even a small phrase of Scripture can mean so much. :) Thanks for sharing!
2/25/2013 11:04:40 am
You have it right! God's word can be the tiniest phrase and contain such mighty power as this: the creation of the cosmos!
2/20/2013 12:12:01 am
What a thrill it was to read your post. As a student in the sciences, I'm sure you are bombarded with scientific interpretations that can destroy your faith. Yet, you have seen His work as the Creator and Designer of science in the first two verses of His word. There is much more to be found ; keep reading. And keep your discerning spirit.
2/25/2013 11:10:03 am
Thank you! I plan to read much more in the future. Being in the sciences can be difficult at times, but I just remember that God's word is true and infallible against the test of time. That's something a textbook hasn't managed to do. And thank you for those wonderful resources, I'll definitely look them up.
3/26/2013 10:44:19 am
When I was an undergrad biochem major, the journal "Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith" saved my faith! Although it presents a different view than the resources mentioned above, I believe it is important perspective. (I'm also from Colorado, and love medical missions!)
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