Dig Deeper

Dig Deeper
A Daily Devotional for our Youth.
Over the course of the next year we will be digging deeper into the words of the Bible to try and understand what we’re reading.  This week we start in Genesis 1:1 In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  A profound statement with profound implications.  Many questions may arise out of the reading of this one verse like when was the beginning? Who is God? what is meant by created? what is meant by Heavens.  Take a moment and ponder these questions.
When Was the Beginning?
If you spend any time studying the origin of earth you’ve probably been told the earth is 4.543 Billion years old, yet a cursory study of the bible would cause you to conclude that the earth is closer to 6,000 years old.  Why the huge discrepancy? If science has concluded the earth is older than what the bible appears to suggest then doesn’t that cause us to question the validity of the bible?  Well there are a couple of things that need to be considered before we take such a leap.
1. Science has been wrong before.
  • Let me preface what I’m about to say by saying that this is not an indictment on science.  Science has been and will continue to be a source of unbelievable discovery and should not be dismissed as always wrong.  But over the course of time science has made some pretty bold claims that were later proven to be wrong.
  • Scientists used to believe that life spontaneously generated.  Aristotle was a huge proponent of this idea based on his observations of the ways maggots would seemingly generate out of dead animal carcass, or barnacles would form on the hull of a boat.  This idea was believed even into the 1700s.  This was later disproved when Louis Pasteur showed that maggots would not appear on meat kept in sealed containers.  There are other examples but for the sake of brevity I’ll proceed.
 2. There are two creation theories 
  • When considering creation there are two schools of thought concerning the beginning.  One is the belief that the earth is in fact somewhere in the neighborhood of 6000 years old.  This conclusion is reached by asserting that the earth was created in 6-24 hour days as recorded in Genesis 1, after concluding this it’s relatively easy to use the bible to date the earth to around 6000 years through the recorded genealogies.  The second view is one of an old earth creation ideology.  Basically this school of thought postulates that the earth was created over a longer period of time and not 6-24 hour days as seemingly stated in Genesis 1.  This viewpoint allows for the earth to be billions of years old as science suggests.
As we look and pray over this verse I encourage you to open your hearts to what God wants you to hear and understand.  Let’s be very careful not to major in the minors of this text and focus on the implications of it instead.  In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth has grand implications on how you live your life! Tomorrow we shall dive into the who is God question.  God Bless you!