Creating Order out of Chaos

Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841

 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)

  1. without form (tohuw #8414) – a desolation (of surface); a worthless thing; adv. in vain
  2. void (bohuw #922) – a vacuity, an undistinguishable ruin
  3. darkness (choshek #2822) – the dark; figuratively- misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness
  4. deep (tehowm #8415) – an abyss; the deep (as a surging mass of water)
  5. 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:

  1. evening (ereb  #6153) – chaos or disorder
  2. 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.

Say What??

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)

Another witness:

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.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
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.


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2 thoughts on “Creating Order out of Chaos”

  1. You have a lot of great info in this post. I plan on talking a little about “order from disorder” in my next post as well. Can you explain the verses from Isaiah, Jeremiah and Job a little more? I didn’t completely understand the relation of those verses to the comment, “witnesses to this creation as well.”

    Check out this website, http://www.icr.org/. It is a great science based website.

    1. Thanks for reading all the way through.
      Regarding the verses- yes, I’ll go ahead and give an explanation:
      We all know that Jesus’ spirit pre-existed before he was born to Mary in the earth realm, right?
      Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
      Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

      Matter of fact, my previous post spoke of Christ being slain “before the foundations” of the world. Why would this be necessary, if the foundations of this world were not yet laid? Answer given there.

      Anyway, so just as the spirit of Christ pre-existed before his birth, would you agree that it’s possible that the spirits of Job, Isaiah, Jeremiah etc. perhaps you and me pre-existed with God before being born into the earth?
      However all this is naught if scripture doesn’t confirm this right? So we’ll look to the scriptures for confirmation.
      Job 38:4-7 God was asking Job where he was when God was laying the foundations of the earth (creating the earth). In verse 7 God himself said, “when [creation happened], the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy”. Who were these sons and daughters? Why were they joyful? And why did God ask Job if he (Job) was there at creation?

      The Lord tells Job, he knows all these things because he was there.
      38:21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? (KJV)
      38:21 Doubtless you know all this; for you were born already, so long is the span of your life! (NEB)
      38:21 You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great! (NASB)

      To understand how one can preexist before being born into the earth, one has to understand the divisions of the spirit, soul and body.
      Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground[body], and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life[spirit]; and man became a living soul[mind].

      From above we see that Adam’s spirit existed with God (breath), before he had a soul (mind). His mind would not know what his spirit previously knew, because he did not yet have a mind, while his spirit was yet with God.
      It is this veil that blocks the soul (mind) from remembering our spiritual beginnings that is slowly being removed.
      In the case of Job, his mind was able to know what his spirit already knew – that he was a witness to creation when his spirit was still in the heavenly realms with all the other sons and daughters of God.

      Likewise in Isaiah, he is saying there is just cause for our confidence in God, because didn’t we know, hear, and was told, and understood all things from the foundations of the earth. (Obviously right now, we’re like Job before his mind (soul) comprehended what his spirit already knew.)

      Jer 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
      How could Jeremiah so perfectly, describe a chaotic universe? Where was he when he beheld the earth pretty much the same as it was in Gen 1:2. Was it because like Job, his mind was able to now see / understand what his spirit previously knew?
      Didn’t God say this to Jeremiah: 4 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
      5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
      Remember the full mystery of God will be revealed in the last days as the 7 trumpets sound.
      Rev 10:5-7 (7)But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

      Remember the ancients or sons & daughters of God present at creation could only be spirits – there wasn’t a garden of Eden yet, much more an earth realm.
      I hope this helps. Feel free to ask for further clarification.
      Thanks so much for the link. I’ll be sure to have it bookmarked. My source of information is listed in my reference along with the Bible.

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