In the Beginning God

God created the heavens and the earth

In the Beginning God

By Steve Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D.

Key Concept
The purpose of the creation of the cosmos was to demonstrate God’s power and presence everywhere.

Big Bang cosmology defies the Word of God. The Hebrew word for “created” in Genesis 1:1 could only mean that God created all the components of the universe from nothing. We know from John 1:1 that the God who created the universe is the sum total of rationality and logic. The Big Bang, however, denies rationality and long-held scientific principles. It does demonstrate that evolution is based on an amazing credulous faith. There is no evidence to reach these far-reaching claims.

All heavenly bodies came into being on the fourth day of creation, according to the Genesis account. The Hebrew word for lights, maor, means luminous lights. It was at this point that the nuclear furnaces of stars began to burn, producing heat and radiating the whole universe. The first light was not from the stars; it was from God. On the first day God spoke, “Let there be light and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes gamma rays, x rays, ultraviolet, infrared, microwave, and radio waves.

When the first light came into the universe, it was accompanied with these other forms. The Creator, Jesus Christ, who spoke light into existence, would later, as he walked on earth, relate light to eternal life. He said “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

The billions upon billions of stars in the cosmos are a majestic display. What is the purpose of all those stars and heavenly bodies? The Scripture points out very clearly that the purpose for the creation of the stars on the fourth day was that they will be “signs to mark seasons and days and years” (Genesis 1:14). A great astronomical clock that never fails was formed by God in the heavens for us to keep order and have dominion of God’s creation.

Not only do we have a timepiece to mark seasons, days and years, but as God stated, we have “a sign” to remind us of his everlasting presence—one marked in the heavenly realm that appears endless in size and space. The cosmos is filled with the evidence of God’s glory and sovereignty. It is a sign to man to remind him of his position in time and space as he probes the heavens with sophisticated telescopes. We are simply brought to our knees knowing that there is one far greater than us who created the magnificent universe. Big Bang cosmology is not science, but a belief that attempts to deny to the Creator proper recognition for His most magnificent sign in the universe.

“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing” Isaiah 40.26