The book of Genesis begins with mythical and legendary primeval stories of how things came to exist. These narratives look back in time to the beginnings of the cosmos and of the first humans to the one true creator God intervening in creation and human history. They reflect Israel’s foundational beliefs. All Christian, Judaic and Islamic Scripture and tradition developed and written over centuries begin here.
“In the Beginning was The Big Bang.”
From telescopes in deep space, data prove Galaxies, everything in space, are moving away from each other in an expanding universe. Looking back in time from this data to about fifteen thousand million years ago, the universe began from a singular concentrated state in an explosive expansion of matter. All matter, everything that ever exists in the space/time continuum, comes from this explosive beginning called “The Big Bang.”
Faith tells me the one true God creates and sustains all things, seen and unseen, from the very beginning of space and time. From that beginning, God continually sends forth the Spirit of wisdom and love into the universe, into human history, into us and renews all things.
Science tells me the “big bang” is a valid theory that space and time begins at that singularity; the very beginning of all matter, including over eons of time evolution of all living things, leading to us.
Everything that ever exists comes from that explosive beginning.
Here are two concepts that seem opposed to each other that I believe are both true realities of how everything came to be: that God from the beginning created all things, and the scientific conclusion that it all started with the “big bang.”
We might ask why did the universe begin in this way; an explosive expansion of matter from a single concentrated point? We might ask why did God, perfect in every way, in need of nothing outside of himself, who exists before time and space, decided to create all this and in this way?
I don’t think these are the right questions. We should ask what is the meaning to all this? First there was nothing, then there was something. And for all we know there will always be something.
Common sense tells us time moves forward. The universe and all life are on a cosmic trajectory ever forward in time and space. I think the meaning of the universe and of life is encompassed in the mystery of what is to come in the forward flow of time. I believe that mystery lies in God’s love for all creation.
God continually renews creation from the beginning not by immutable design but by allowing creation to happen and to move forward. From our beginning God gifted us free will allowing us to self-design our own lives for good or ill. We can only anticipate with patience and faith what the future will be. We can only depend on God’s wisdom and love that allows creation and us to move toward what is to come.
And what is to come, based on Faith, trusting in God’s word through Christ Jesus, is eternal and abundant life abiding in God’s inexhaustible love with him.