Genesis 1:1-2 – 1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
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Once we understand that God existed before there was anything else, we need to look at the creation of the heavens and the earth. Theologically, the Latin phrase “creatio ex nihilo” is used to refer to God creating the universe because its English meaning is “creation out of nothing.”
A good story to understand this is:
A scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.”
God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!”
But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”
The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.
God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”
Mankind may have learned to manipulate what God has already created, but is nowhere near creating something from nothing himself.
Science and learning are wonderful things, but they should point us to the majesty and power of Almighty God. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in what mankind has done. Instead, give praise and glory to God who created all things ex nihilo.