Without a beginning there can be no end. Everything that we understand in our present life consists of a past, present, and a future. Time shapes the way in which we understand God and it is important that we understand the beauty of the moment when time began.
“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.”
- Genesis 1:1-2
Inside the very concept of a beginning was God. God was in the beginning but He was not confined to it. As His presence slipped into the framework of a beginning, He had always been. Being outside of our capacity to understand such an idea, He put time into motion. Just as an author exists before he pens the opening sentence to his novel, so our eternal God existed before time was spoken into existence. We are under His authorship and this novel has the ability to give its characters the reason for their existence.
It is nothing revolutionary to think that there was a beginning. Everyone has faith in an idea or story about the initiation of how life was formed. Why faith you say? Well, our hypothesis, whether this be the Creation Story, Vishnu’s naval, or the Big Bang, cannot be tested through the scientific method.
For this reason, they are all theories that we as people put our faith in. We should not be scared to say the term “theory.” The term theory is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain a phenomenon.”
Is not Genesis 1 written by God to explain a phenomenon that we cannot truly comprehend to its utmost fullness? This first chapter is used to show us the concept of a beginning that every religion, and even science, will say must have happened. A beginning happened.
If everyone understands that there was a beginning, what is the main difference that Christianity holds? Our debates have focused on trying to find out who is right scientifically regarding that first moment of time that we have in turn traded the goodness and majesty of God’s Word and tried to portray Him instead, on the grounds of science. Science will never disprove any existence of a divine Creator. It operates in the realm of matter and our God is not limited to such substance. He created science and may have limited Himself to the nature of it to give life to something within us that is not made of matter, but from the Lord himself.
Science has no access into things that are beyond matter because science will always operate in the physical realm. Our God is not limited to matter, He is the Creator or it but not subject to it.
So, pick your theory, Big Bang, Vishnu’s naval, Tiamat’s corpse, molecules meeting on clay (dirt as the foundation of life… interesting) or God’s handy work described to us in the beginning. All humanity will place their faith in something to describe the beginning, the more important question is, what are the implications of that faith?