The Beginning of the Universe (2 of 9) by Jonathan McLeod

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The Beginning of the Universe (2 of 9)
Series: The Beginning
Jonathan McLeod
Genesis 1:1-25

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, ''Let there be light,'' and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day (vv. 1-5).


One of the questions people often ask when they read Genesis 1 is ''How old is the universe?'' The dominant view among scientists is that the universe is billions of years old. Among Christians, there are differing views on the age of the universe. ''Young earth creationists'' believe that God created all things in six literal days and that the universe is only a few thousand years old. ''Old earth creationists'' believe that the universe could be billions of years old-though many OECs believe that God directly created Adam and Eve around ten to fifteen thousand years ago. In this debate we must acknowledge that the Bible was not written to be a scientific textbook and that the purpose of Genesis 1 is not to tell us when the universe began. As Galileo said, ''The Holy Ghost intended to teach us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.''

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Many people believe that science contradicts the Bible. And skeptics of Christianity will argue that if science does contradict the Bible, then Christianity is proven false. Is this true?

God is a ''God of truth'' (Isa. 65:16), and ...

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