In the Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1

Isn’t it interesting that the bible doesn’t begin with an argument for the existence of God? It simply declares that God is. The first verse of the bible is both simple and profound. This one short verse—backed up by the rest of scripture—sets aside several incorrect spiritual views we can expect to encounter as followers of Christ. This is important in helping us to develop a Christian worldview.

From this first verse of the bible we can infer that God alone is self-existent and eternal and he is the cause and mover from which everything else exists. That sets aside atheism.

This verse also sets aside evolutionism, which proposes that what exists, including human life, came about by chance over time through a process of natural selection, and that there is no designer or creator—just chance and time. Genesis 1:1 says creation is the result of God’s specific design.

From this verse we can also see that God is separate and distinct from his creation. He alone is divine. Nature is not divine or to be worshipped.  Only God is divine and deserving of worship.

We can also gain comfort from this verse that our existence is not the result of some inevitable course of action in time, but that a personal God freely chose to create human beings in his own image. That’s incredible.

But wait, there’s more.  Genesis 1 also implies that God created the heavens and the earth ex nihilo, or “out of nothing.” He used no source material. “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth…For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (Psalm 33:6,9).

We serve an awesome God—the creator and sustainer of the universe, and the personal friend of all who place their trust in him.

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church