In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (NIV84)
Everything that exists exists because God created it. Man has never created anything, nor can he do so. By creation, I mean the bringing into existence something from nothing. Man cannot bring into existence even one single electron. Nor can man even conceptualize how such a thing could ever be done. Such a thing is impossible to man. Man in his arrogance and pride refuses to believe that what he cannot do cannot be done, and yet the universe is here.
Through observation man has discovered that the universe has an origin, that is, that which came into existence, in its entirety, from nothing. One moment there was nothing, and then there was something. It is impossible for man to explain.
The initial discovery of the universe’s origin created a lot of resistance and hostility, but eventually the evidence could not be denied. The entire universe came from some unknown place.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (NIV84)
That word, visible, in this context, means detectable. The undetectable God brought into existence everything that we can detect. Everything that is detectable came into existence by way of God’s command, that is, he spoke and it was so.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (NIV84)
Light, in this context, can best be thought of as energy. There was a void, and then God filled the void with energy and that energy is like its Creator, eternal. Did you know that was true? That energy is eternal.
The first law of thermodynamics is a version of the law of conservation of energy, adapted for thermodynamic systems. The law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed. Wikipedia
Basically this scientific law says that every joule of energy that came into existence at the moment of creation is still in existence, that is, that energy is like God himself, eternal.
Everything that we can detect came from this initial creation. Everything that we can detect came out of God directly. God is the origin and is himself the power that sustains his creation. Apart from the Creator there can be nothing.
There is a popular scientific saying that says that we, that is our physical bodies, are the product of the explosion of stars, and so poetically we can be said to be made of star dust. As far as I can see this statement is true, but looking one step further we can say that we are made out of the Creator himself. Everything that is detectible came out of God. God is the origin of our existence. The Bible says this poetically in the next verse…
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (NIV84)
With respect to the physical universe God is the origin, and as this verse also says, he is the end that we cannot see. Even though the energy that makes up the universe is eternal the universe itself is not, because at the determined time God will, more or less, reabsorb the energy that makes up the universe. God spoke the universe into existence and he will speak it out of existence in the end. The universe has a Beginning and it has an End, even if we cannot see it. Look carefully at these next poetic words…
At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (NIV84)
It is impossible for man to see before the Beginning, and it is impossible for us to see past the End.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (NIV84)
What this means for you and for me, is that if we want to know of our ultimate origin and what will become of us after we die, we must listen to the one for which such knowledge is possible. We cannot know such things on our own, but by listening to the Eternal God we can know what would otherwise be unknowable. That which is impossible for us, is possible for God, for all things are possible for him, even those things that we cannot even imagine.