Pax Hart

Genesis 1: In the Beginning

Question:

Do you think the creation story in the book of Genesis is literal?

Short answer:

I think Genesis Chapter 1 is a sublime, poetic explanation of the most fundamental question of mankind: from whence did God’s kingdom come and what is this universe in which we find ourselves.

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

Genesis 1:1-3

We’ve already established His eternal presence in infinite space and time. Does this describe the Big Bang or the expression of divine intelligence and the act of creation? Why do these have to be independent? Our understanding of the known universe, astrophysics and origin of matter explain the how. Our faith explains why and who placed the stars in the heavens.

The first four days of creation encapsulate the four elements known to antiquity: earth, water, fire – light, and air – the firmament, and the sun, moon and observable cosmos. This was advanced atomic theory and astrophysics for the first ten thousand years of human history. What’s inspirational is how poetically 13 billion years of the existence of the universe is explained.