God is in the beginning and, therefore, before the beginning. There is no past or future but a continual ever presence from his everlasting perspective. God’s infinite wisdom guarantees man’s finite knowledge and man’s transient temporal existence. Although it is not a prerequisite for God and his relationship with men, God has made himself evident to men in the physical universe. Psalms 19:1-3 – The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
For a man to say there is no God (Psalm 14:1 & 53:1) is a statement that reveals man’s ignorance as well as the fact man is not endowed with all knowledge. Psalms 14:1 –The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psalms 53:1–The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
Although we know that those who worship God must worship him in spirit and in truth, this does not mean God’s visible witness is diminished. It simply means the method whereby worship with God is made possible is accomplished through his Spirit. Remember, God is neither restricted by his spiritual nature nor does creation limit his omnipotent and sovereign abilities. God is transcendent which means space, time, and matter do not affect the actions of Providence.
Therefore, while in the Genesis account God shielded himself from his physical creation, it was nonetheless necessary because man even in a state of innocence could still not look upon God and live.
God’s existence, before creation, involved the fellowship between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
God’s existence is not a matter of debate, question, or even apologetics but faith. This faith is created in two ways. One is by reading the Bible. The other is by the Holy Spirit enlightening a person’s mind. Therefore one can only understand God through the eyes of faith, not experience or any combination of human sensory extrapolation— “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3) and “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20.
So without attempting to convince his readership otherwise, God assumes his audience accept the reality of his existence. Since Genesis is not only The Book of Beginnings, this objective historical treatise is the origin and bedrock of any believer’s faith. Therefore, if one does not accept the opening words of Genesis 1, one cannot know God.
“The search for knowledge and understanding of the physical universe and of the living things that inhabit it should be conducted under conditions of intellectual freedom, without religious, political, or ideological restrictions. . . Freedom of inquiry and dissemination of ideas require that those so engaged be free to search where their inquiry leads . . . without political censorship and without fear of retribution in consequence of unpopularity of their conclusions. Those who challenge existing theories must be protected from retaliatory reactions.” (Resolution from The National Academy of Sciences, 1976).
Author’s Comments. . .
With blatant hypocrisy the National Academy of Sciences not only endorses the scientific teaching of evolution but condemns creationism. Not even the teaching of the two origin models would be allowed side by side. The atheist's greatest fear would be that people would actually see how unscientific and dishonest evolution is and how creationism fits best the cosmology of the universe as well as man’s beginnings. Government has no business teaching our children!
Origin of the physical universe (who?)
God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ
God created everything by his word--Jesus Christ: John:1-3, 14 –In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. The same was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
God’s means of creation (what?)
By His Word – Jesus Christ
Colossians 1:16-17— For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17.And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
God’s method of creation (how?)
Ex-nihilo—from ‘nothing’ and in six literal days
Hebrews 11:3—Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Psalm 33:6—By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 9. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Exodus 20:11—For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Time since creation (when?)
Over 6,000 years ago
According to biblical chronology, which contains no gaps by the way, a brief period of time for man’s origins cancels out the eons needed for man’s evolutionary beginnings. The Gap Theory is nothing more than an unbeliever’s attempt to accommodate evolutionary history with the sacred Word of God. Like oil and water, they will never mix.
Location of the physical universe (where?)
According to God’s eternal counsel
Genesis 1:1--In the beginning God created the heaven
and the earth.
The Earth is the center of God's activity of all that is going on in the universe. Sin was introduced into the equation of entropy, or the death and destruction of all things. Location, longitude-latitude-minutes-seconds, and time itself began here on earth. The circular shape of the earth and therefore the universe, with its directions of north-east-south-west, had its compass re-affirmed long before the 'flat-earthers' were in the majority and observation and empiricism had proved them otherwise. The idea of multiple universes is the product of evolution and the belief that WE ARE ALONE. For if the atheist really accepted the person of Jesus Christ, he would realize that WE ARE NOT ALONE in the universe.
God is all knowing, present everywhere, and all powerful (why?)
As God, He does all things according to the good pleasure of His counsel
Revelation 4:11—Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.