In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Gen 1:1-2)
Ask any engineering or physics student to quote you the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and briefly it goes like this: “it is the state of disorderliness of a system.” This basically means that, left to its own device a system will always go to disorder/entropy. Entropy is the degree of disorder in a system. What the second law of thermodynamics does state is that the entropy of a closed system will always increase. In a closed system any process can either keep the entropy constant or increase the entropy of the system.
So what does this have to do with the creation of the universe?
We know that the universe is a closed system where entropy/disorder/chaos will always increase. Left to itself, “things will never arrange themselves to a degree of higher order.” For a more relatable example let’s look at your bedroom – your bedroom being a closed system. If you remove all the clothes, shoes, books, paper etc. from the closets and drawers and strew everything all about your room; what you’ll have is a huge mess (chaos, disorder) right? You would not let your room sit like that for 10 days or 10 years with the expectation that the contents of the room will automatically rearrange themselves back to how they were prior to you creating the mess, right? YOU or someone else will have to create (bring about) a state of order.
Scientifically speaking, perhaps if you wait long enough, oh maybe 20 billion years, there’s the slight chance that the room, left to its own device, will arrange itself back to order again. One can therefore conclude that the chance of such an unlikely event happening is so ridiculously small, it’s considered an absurdity. There is just not enough time in the universe to accommodate for such an outcome – the outcome being all the contents of your room rearranging themselves to a higher degree of order by pure chance.
The Encyclopedia of the Universe states that “In ancient cultures wind, water, light and disease were personified, and the greatest social fear was that their natural order would break down and chaos, itself a personified force of evil, would engulf the world.”
Does it stand to reason then, that this ‘personified force of evil’ existed at least before the beginning of the creation of heaven and earth? Wasn’t it out of this chaos, that God called forth order. From the first chapter of the book of Genesis we see that the earth was: (From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
without form (tohuw #8414) – a desolation (of surface); a worthless thing; adv. in vain
void (bohuw #922) – a vacuity, an undistinguishable ruin
darkness (choshek #2822) – the dark; figuratively- misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness
deep (tehowm #8415) – an abyss; the deep (as a surging mass of water)
moved (rachap #7363) –to brood
And so we see that all around there was an abyss of desolation, worthlessness, a vacuity with darkness, misery, ignorance and wickedness prevailing – obviously not a pleasing or orderly situation. Verse 2 tells us that the Spirit of God “brood” upon the face of the waters; so there must have been something vexing about the situation, right? Seeing all this the Bible tells us in Genesis 1:3-5: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Something to note here: this could not be the creation of day & night as we know it, since the sun was not created until the fourth (4th) day. In the Bible, after each period of God creating order out of chaos, it says “and the evening and the morning were the 1st, 2nd , 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th day.” The Hebrew words for “evening” and “morning” are:
evening (ereb #6153) – chaos or disorder
morning (boqer #1242) – order
No where is it found “and the evening and the morning were the 7th day.” This is because God had finished creating order out of disorder/chaos. The Bible tells us in (Gen 1:31& Gen 2:1-3):
31 ¶ And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
1 ¶ Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
One cannot suppose that these were 24 hour-days or periods of time. They were not. The limits of time did not exist until Adam & Eve were evicted from the Garden realm. So before the foundations of the world, there was the existence of God; there was also the existence of the ancients.
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. (Pr. 8:22-26)
Not only was there a creation or ‘a beginning’, but there were witnesses to this creation as well.
21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? (Is 40:21)
23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. (Jer 4:23)
Yet another witness:
4 ¶ Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7)
The Bible and science should not be in conflict. Science serves to validate the Bible and not the other way round. The Bible doesn’t change to accommodate science; however, we see from time to time theories change and the eventual outcome is a validation of what scripture said in the first place. Several examples are given below:
1. The thought that the world was flat even though in the book of Job, Job clearly described a round earth hanging on nothing. Job lived on earth at least 3500 years ago. Isaiah also speaks of a circular or spherical earth.
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. (Job 26:7)
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: (Is 40:22)
2. The fact that Light can be divided/parted was also stated in the book of Job. This was validated by science in 1665 when a young Isaac Newton discovered that white light passing through a prism could be “parted” into its component colors and then recombined back to white light. An important aside: Did you know that the component colors of light (rainbow) represents the 7 spirits of God? (Will discuss in a future post).
By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? (Job 38:24)
3. An expanding universe has only been validated by science after Edwin Hubble in 1929 was able to demonstrate distant galaxies receding from earth, and at much faster speed based on how far away they were. However, this fact has been in the Bible in several places:
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: (Ps 104:2)
Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. (Job 9:8)
Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; (Is 42:5)
…..that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: (Is 40:22)
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. (Jer 10:12)
Not only does the Bible tell the beginning of the universe, it tells of a finite universe – one that has a beginning and also an ending. Science has now verified, the universe is indeed finite and aging.
Long ago thou didst lay the foundations of the earth, and the heavens were thy handiwork. They shall pass away, but thou endurest; like clothes they shall all grow old; thou shalt cast them off like a cloak, and they shall vanish; but thou art the same and thy years shall have no end; thy servant’s children shall continue, and their prosperity shall be established in thy presence. (Ps. 102: 25-28)
God who created this universe out of nothing, will also roll it up as an old garment and cast it off.
Heavenly Father, who with wisdom and power created all things, we give you thanks and praise for your marvelous works. We thank you for imparting some measure of your Spirit: (wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, might, fear of the Lord) to us as the mysteries regarding our spiritual beginnings are unveiled to us. As we come into the fullness of your Holy Spirit, we your children will overcome this world as Christ our Savior has overcome this world to reign with you. In the name of Jesus, Amen.