There are a lot of misconceptions about the account of creation in the Bible. So let us take a look at the Bible and see what it says.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The language is simple, but there is more here, than meets the eye. Three objects are created here.
- Beginning: God first created time. This is represented by the word “beginning”. God lives in a timeless dimension. Now His divinity wants to create something physical. The physical needs time. So from the eternity, the LORD draws out a chunk and marks its boundaries. One end of this “time”, is called “beginning” and the other end “end”.
- Heaven: Next, the dimension in which God dwells has no space boundaries. But the physical, needs space. Space is therefore the next to be created, referred by the word “heaven”.
- Earth: Things have now been set for the physical to be made. The physical did not contain only the earth. It contained everything else, like the galaxies, stars, solar systems etc. One among the physical objects, was this earth.
So now the question that would arise is, “How many years before, from now, was, this point in time that is called the “beginning”? Those details is not provided to us. May be, (and it’s my view) that is left for the scientists to find out. Some would disagree with me here. I can hear some of you go, “Is the Bible not clear, that creation happened around 4000 BC?” Yes it is clear. But a closer look would reveal to us some more information. Let us take a look at the next verse.
Gen 1:2 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.
The key word in this verse, is “was”. Before moving further, let me make a statement. Many good scholars believe, (and I also do vote to this) that the KJV is the most accurate of the English translation available today. All other versions are corrupt. But, it is also well known, that there are certain minor, mistranslations in the KJV version. This again could be because of the change in the English we use today. A word in the original script, was translated as “was” in the KJV. That word in Hebrew is “haw-yaw”. That word actually means “be or become, come to pass“. Thus the earth became formless and desolate, may be as a result of a catastrophie. It however makes no sense, in trying to figure out what was in the earth, before that time, because whatever was there was destroyed completely.
Here is a picture of the dust that rose due to a simple volcano. Now imagine what would have been the state of the Earth if something massive happen to it, that destroyed the entire planet. The division of land and ocean would have gone, and everything would be one mixture. The dust that would arise, would block out light completely.
So, we can understand, that it is from this point that God starts His creation. About when God began creation, we need not have doubts as the Bible is very clear on that. God did that work in 6 days flat.
Another question that is raised is, weather God did His creation in 6 literal days. I believe, that the Bible is clear about this. Lest we have any doubts, the Bible declares, “evening passed and morning came”. That should be sufficient, to show, that those were literal days.
There are some confusions regarding Man’s creation as well. Let us look at the verse, for more on it. Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: The word “Image”, speaks of looks. God made man to look like Him. Since God does not have a physical body, we can understand, that Adam’s physical body, is not what is made after God’s image but his spiritual body. Now the “likeness” depicts character or nature. We were made with a character like His. But when we sinned this was lost. Man has only degraded since. I am led to believe that, man is now more sinful than ever. These are the time when we need our creator the most. We need to be able, to our infirmities and start rectifying them. We need Him.