IN THE BEGINNINGâ€¦
A few reflections
By Sylvie Galloway
In the beginning, God looked out from heaven into nothingness, a huge void with absolutely nothing in it. So he decided to fill that void.
He began by creating electrons, neutrons and protons, shaped them into atoms, then molecules and set them into combinations which were the elements from which everything else would be built. He gave them properties in order to react with each other causing energy and changes when combined or set apart from one another.
Next he began, by using those substances to form chemicals, and from those chemicals, to form objects such as galaxies, stars, comets, planets, and nebulas. He also gave those objects certain boundaries in which everything would be held in balance and harmony. Boundaries such as time, gravity, andÂ relativity.
God then set his focus on one small planet in a system with an average star in an average galaxy.Â He created an ecosystem that would provide a new form, biological in nature. God not only created life forms, He created an amazing variety of life forms. He made an almost endless variety of plants. Trees, grasses, edible and poisonous plants, flowers and herbs, fungus and algae, large trees and tiny plankton, underwater and above the water line plants. A type of life that would support His next stage of development.
God then created a different type of life. The type of life that would not need to be rooted to a fixed location. This type of life depended on the plants, or others in somewhat similar make-up to themselves for nourishment. Again the variety of life form types is almost endless. He made creatures from large, slow-moving, creatures with long life spans, to the tiniest of creatures unseen by the naked eye. Balance again is supreme in the works of God, as the plant life and the animal life supported and were supported by each other.
God saved His best work for last. As any parent longs to hold a child, to nurture, teach and watch it grow. So too did God. He was taking a tremendous chance with this creative work. For this creation would very likely disappoint Him, reject Him, make countless mistakes and ruin much of the beautiful work that He had done.Â But for some reason, God felt that this next creation was worth it, that His love was and is sufficient to help this creation along the way.Â So God created man.
Next, God rested. Why? Maybe to survey the work He had done, maybe to prepare for the next task at hand, keeping His newest creation from destroying itself too soon. Or maybe to show us that we need to slow down and rest ourselves on a regular basis and just look around us.
Why is this story important? Why discuss creation at all? History shows that we have always wondered about our beginnings. All cultures throughout history have had creation stories; even the evolution theory is in its essence a creation story. For some reason we want to know our origins, and in most cases a god or gods has been the cause. Scripture tells us which God of course.
Some believe that God created everything in seven literal days, and some believe that Godâ€™s timeframe was much longer or even instantaneous. Sadly much division within the Christian world has taken place over this very subject. Years of debate, and arguments have taken place. Books, thesisâ€™s, sermons and the like have been written falling on one side of the debate or the other. Both sides are convinced that the other is dead wrong, and that their theory is an accurate depiction of the Genesis account. Both sides are smug in their â€œknowledgeâ€, so sure that they have this part of God all figured out.
Whichever you choose remember the point of thinking about Godâ€™s creation is not the event itself, when it took place or how long it took God to do so. We werenâ€™t there when God did the creative work as He so clearly point out to Job (Job 38). We werenâ€™t there when God thought about creation, planned it and implemented His plan. All we have is the finished work, and statements, after the fact of His work He had already done. The statements are concise as to the who and the why, but now so much as to the when or how. So how can we be so sure of the precise way that God created and is that of any real importance? Could God had created the world in seven literal days? Of course He could, there are things that support that. Could creation have been done in a different time frame all together? Of course it could have, there are things that support that idea as well. However, although the proof of His creative work is all around us, it is most likely that we will never know the exact way He went about creating the universe this side of heaven.
So what is the point of remembering the fact that God created?
The point of remembering Godâ€™s creation is this.Â The Creator is infinitely more important then His creation. Without Him there would be nothing. It took a creator to make the building blocks that make up our universe. It took a creator to create the laws of chemistry, biology and physics so the universe would work. It took a creator with an unending capacity of love to create us, knowing that He would have to sacrifice His deity for a time, to suffer pain and torment, and to die a selfless death for the least grateful of his creations. And the most amazing thing about it is that He has done all of this so that someday you and me, can someday see things as He does, from within the gates of His home,â€¦heaven.
So let us stop worrying about time frames, theories, charts, graphs and such in trying to convince ourselves or others that how we believe God went about creating the universe is correct. It makes for interesting conversation, but it tends to focus more on the creation then on the creator. When we do that we miss the point.Â Let us instead marvel at the vast majesty of Godâ€™s creation, wonder at the diversity and harmony of His handiwork, and be ever so grateful that He cared enough to make such a wondrous universe and to place us in it. Let us remember our total dependence on our amazingly loving God.Â Let us remember, that no matter how intelligent we are, or think we are, we are extremely limited in our intelligence compared to the God who gave it to us. That is most definitely intentional on Godâ€™s part. If we know it all, then where is wonder, the quest for learning, hope, faith?