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Many people have asked basic questions about the origins of things such as:

• “Who or what is God?”

• “What is the origin of the universe?”

• “How did life come to be?”

All these questions, and many more, are answered in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, which means origin. Here we receive God's answers about many important questions—and from Someone who was there! So let's go to this, the first book in the Bible, to find its answers to commonly asked questions.

When Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” who is God?

In this first verse, we are introduced to the majestic Creator God who made the entire universe— including us . The term for God in the original language is the Hebrew word Elohim, which is a plural term that can also have a singular meaning.

In John 1 we see why the term God can mean one or more persons. Here we read: “In the beginning was the Word , and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us … the only begotten of the Father , full of grace and truth” (verses 1, 14, emphasis added throughout).

Thus the term God applies to God the Father or God the Word (who later became Jesus Christ)—or both. They can therefore act separately or together. Notice how in Genesis 1 God can be referred to by a singular personal pronoun, “ He made the stars also” (Genesis 1:16 Genesis 1:16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
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). Or God can be referred to by a plural personal pronoun: “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26 Genesis 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
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Both the Father and the One who became Christ were involved in creation—the second acting on behalf of the first. Hebrews 1:1-2 Hebrews 1:1-2 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
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says, “God … has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…through whom also He made the worlds.” We thus see that God the Father created the universe through the preincarnate Jesus Christ (see also Ephesians 3:9 Ephesians 3:9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
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Does the description in Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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fit with scientific explanations of the universe?

Yes, it does. Many scientists, through numerous lines of evidence, have come to accept the “Big Bang” theory of the universe in which the universe has a starting point. This indicates that nothing physical existed previous to that instant. According to this model, the universe is now expanding from that initial moment and even the background radiation from the original “explosion” can still be detected.

George S. Johnston sums it up well: “The book of Genesis has held up well under the scrutiny of modern geology and archaeology. Twentieth-century physics, moreover, describes the beginning of the universe in virtually the same cosmological terms as Genesis. Space, time and matter came out of nothing in a single burst of light entirely hospitable to carbon-based life. A growing number of chemists and biologists agree that life had its origin from clay templates… I would say all this is a curious development for Darwinists” ( Reader's Digest, May 1991, p. 31).

Even without the Big Bang model, the laws of thermodynamics—fundamental laws of the physical sciences—also indicate that the universe had a beginning. The first law states that the amount of mass-energy in the universe is constant. The second law states that the amount of energy available for work is running out.

Taken together, they require that the universe had a beginning with much usable energy from which it is now running down. Both the Big Bang theory and the laws of thermodynamics are in harmony with Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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While the New International Version of the Bible translates Genesis 1:2 Genesis 1:2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.
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to say that “the earth was formless and empty,” why does it have a footnote stating that the word “was” here could be “become”?

The original Hebrew for “formless and empty” ( tohu and bohu )—“without form, and void” in the King James Version—literally means “chaotic and in confusion.” When God originally created the heavens and the earth, they were a thing of beauty.

Of the earth, Scripture elsewhere says that God “did not create it in vain [ tohu ]” (Isaiah 45:18 Isaiah 45:18For thus said the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
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). We read in Job 38:4-7 Job 38:4-7 4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding. 5 Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line on it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
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that the angels shouted for joy at the sight. But we also read in the Bible that Lucifer, one of the chief angels, rebelled against God and was cast down to the earth (Isaiah 14:12-15 Isaiah 14:12-15 12 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
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; Ezekiel 28:14-17 Ezekiel 28:14-17 14 You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. 16 By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the middle of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the middle of the stones of fire. 17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.
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; Luke 10:18 Luke 10:18And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
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It then appears that the earth became a wasteland due to Satan's rebellion, and God had to renew the face of the earth, as we read in Psalms 104:30 Psalms 104:30You send forth your spirit, they are created: and you renew the face of the earth.
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: “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.” The following verses in Genesis 1 reveal God raising the continents to the surface and filling them with vegetation and living creatures through six days of work.

Do plants and animals really reproduce according to their “kind,” as Genesis 1 says, or did they evolve as the theory of evolution teaches?

Darwinian evolution, as taught in schools, claims all plants and animals evolved from tiny, primitive ancestors. This theory asks us to believe that microscopic kinds of creatures, such as amoebas, eventually evolved into fish, then amphibians, then birds, then mammals and finally human beings!

Yet this is directly contradicted by the scientific law of biogenesis, which has never been known to fail! It states that 1) living matter comes only from living matter and 2) living things reproduce only according to their own kind. In other words, chickens produce eggs that produce more chickens—not some other type of creature.

Changes within a species, which can be called microevolution, do indeed occur. But macroevolution, or the change from one animal kind to another, has never been verified in nature.

So apple trees keep producing apples, lions give birth to lions, bears engender more bears, and rabbits keep making rabbits—and plenty of them. So in this regard, science actually backs the Bible and not evolution!

What is meant by the statement that God created man and woman in His own image?

Genesis 1:27 Genesis 1:27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
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says, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”

This means that both man and woman reflect God—that is, they are like God in some ways because “we are the offspring of God” (Acts 17:29 Acts 17:29For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like to gold, or silver, or stone, graven by are and man’s device.
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). Indeed, it should be noted that the first man, Adam, later begets a son in his own image and likeness (Genesis 5:1-3 Genesis 5:1-3 1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:
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Scriptures indicate that we share some of the same characteristics of God our Father, only in a more limited way. Some of our similarities include our general shape, having dominion (rulership) over the earth, and the ability to think and communicate on far higher levels than animals.

In short, being created in God's image is what makes us human and of a different “kind” than animals. While the theory of evolution describes early man as only being capable of crude grunts, the first chapters of the book of Genesis show Adam and Eve immediately after their creation being able to name the animals, communicate in complete sentences and reason for themselves whether to obey God's instruction to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Being made in God's image also indicates the ultimate purpose for which human beings were made. Amazingly, humankind was created to be of the “God kind.” Although God has made us physical beings for now, His ultimate desire is that all men and women accept His authority over their lives and eventually become part of His eternal family as His literal children (John 1:12 John 1:12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
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; 2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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