A movie about Stephen Hawking? Who would have thought? It appears that the creation of the universe is still a hot issue with people. People ask why am I here…do I really matter?
I think there are only four options for groups to support as their belief for the creation of the Universe. Despite scientific “buy-in” with the first two options, only one option can be correct. 1) The Universe is self-created. This is impossible because you have to “be” before you “are”. 2) The Universe is self-existent. This is impossible because it would have to always have been, which is no creation at all. 3) The Universe does not exist; it is an illusion. Sounds funny, but there were Gnostics in the first century that subscribed to such a ridiculous notion. 4) The Universe was created by someone (see Psalm 8). Only a preexistent God could create something from nothing, ex nihilo. This can be the only correct answer to how the Universe came into being.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. Now the Earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:1 & 2)
Let’s look at the word “deep”, in Greek, the word is “tehom”, meaning “watery chaos monster”. Have you ever been swimming in a deep lake and have that feeling that something could come up from underneath and nibble on your toe? There is that feeling of darkness and foreboding mystery associated with the deep oceans. Everyone knows there are “sea monsters” out there; throughout history, man has made up the stories of great monsters of the deep. And in the middle of this watery chaos, what is happening? The “wind”, also called “ruah” or Spirit of God, is hovering over the face of those waters. God is near, very near! He creates! He controls! He brought order over the chaos! In the beginning there was nothing, only God. The first creation was a chaotic Earth where God was moving to define and provide structure. God is working His purpose out.
The questions asked for centuries are these: Why would God want to bring order and structure to this early chaos; what do you mean, God is working His purpose out; what is His purpose? The Bible tells us that before the foundation of the world (or the Universe) that we [you and I] were known to God (John 17:24 and Ephesians 1:4). God creates to have a relationship with you and I!
God created the Universe and mankind because:
- God is good and desires “relationship” with mankind; God, being perfect and complete lacking nothing, only creates because He loves us and wants us to love Him.
- God creates and says “It is good”; it’s both the original raw products and the assembly of those ingredients that is good.
- God is creative and thus loves to create. Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in Our image, in Our likeness…” God wants to do it; it is exciting for Him.
Now some will say that this explanation is far too simple and unscientific; it just isn’t good enough. My response would be: Are you looking for complexity in the answer as a form of self-aggrandizement and self-worth? What could possibly be more grand a reason for creation than to be in relationship with God Almighty?