“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then 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.” Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV)
I think most of us, in one way or another have heard these words before. I too, have heard them countless times and I believe them, however, I think my view is probably different compared to a lot of other Christians. I’ve taken two different classes during which I studied the Bible from an academic perspective. I really enjoyed these classes and I learned a lot. I think the main thing that I learned from these classes is that the Bible is centuries old and the stories contained in it are even older, they have also been translated countless times. Since this is the case, I really read each story with a grain of salt and look at it from the most academic perspective possible while still finding personal meaning in each story.
When I think of the Creation Story, I think of God, making the Earth, however, I also highly believe in the scientific side of things. We don’t know what is considered a day to God, the creation of light may have taken him a billion years to perfect. I mean, how do we know that God didn’t just create the Big Bang?
I’m, as I just decided to call it, a firm believer in believing. It’s very easy for me to believe in things and the creation story is one of those. If I were to create a creation story, I’d have to say that God created the heavens and the earth and all the things in the earth but he did this over the course of billions of years and in the end he created Adam and Eve as children who grew up and learned the evils of the world as we all do.
Since science has advanced as far as it has, many people have pushed away the need to use God as a way to explain our existence. I found this article from the Wall Street Journal that really emphasizes how much of a miracle our universe is and I highly recommend you read it here.
So with that, I hope you all enjoyed reading about my views of the creation of our wonderful universe. Have a great day/night!