The first chapter in the Bible, about the Creation, is a familiar one. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" it says. We all know that.
But what does that really mean?
What does "creating the heavens" mean?
When we think of the heavens, what do we naturally think of? Isn't it the enormous space between us and the Sun and the stars, and the furthest reaches of the Universe?
Doesn't that mean that God created Space? If God had not created Space, where would He have put the earth?
When we look outside our window at the space that God had created, we will realise that God made 3-Dimensional Space. If God had made a 2-dimensional world, everything would be flat. The moon and sun would be on the same flat plane as our planet earth. So would every other star, sun, moon, planet and asteroid. Everything would be flat. There would be no spherical planets, no hills or valleys, no trees, no grass or all the 3-D things we see around us. Life as we know it today could not exist.
Besides making 3-Dimensional Space, God also made the earth. What does it mean? Doesn't it mean that he made Matter?
Imagine, all the zillions upon zillions of stars that we see through modern mega-telescopes were not there before! All the planets and moons and asteroids around the stars were also not there.
Einstein tells us that when matter is completely destroyed it turns into energy in the well-known equation:
e = mc2,
where e is the enormous amount of energy, m is the mass of matter involved, for example one kilogramme, and c is the speed of light which is roughly 300,000,000 metres per second, (which is "squared" in the equation, or 300,000,000 X 300,000,000, which gives you a 17 digit figure, and that's just for one kilogramme of matter! ) This, presumably, is how much energy was required to make one kilo of matter out of nothing.
How much energy or power was used to create all the matter in the Universe? If you can spare a super-computer for several years to do nothing but calculate the answer, then you may receive an answer several years down the road. When we talk or think about our Almighty or All-powerful God, think of how much power he controls. It's really vast! So why do we sometimes doubt whether he can do this or that?
God made Matter in the Beginning. What kind of matter?
He made the biggest Lego-type building set you can imagine. Everything tangible in the Universe is made of Lego blocks called atoms. Like Lego blocks, all the atoms of one element are the same. Click together two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen and you get one molecule of water. Click together one atom each of Sodium and Chlorine and you get one molecule of common salt. The Universe is God's giant toy set.
When you find a Lego set on the floor, do you say, "Wow, this formed itself by chance!"
So when you find a vast Lego set in the form of a Universe, would you say it came about by "chance", or that it just "happened"?
And yet millions of people wrongly believe that the Universe was not created but just happened by "chance". Pray that their eyes will be opened, so that they might glimpse the wonderful Almighty and All-powerful God who made them all, and who made everything else in the Universe.