Jim's Blog
May 18, 2019, 6:00 PM

What's so important about a beginning, anyway?


The Bible, like any other book, has a beginning.  like most other books, the opening narrative of the Bible is intended to be an attention getter.  Just open to Genesis chapter 1 and read the first four words; the key to all that follows.  Tell you what, let's do it together.

"In the beginning god ------"

Got your attention yet?  I mean, what a novel idea; "in the beginning God."  That's right, God.  not in the beginning an atom which formed out of nowhere and without purpose; which then danced around in the nothingness until it just happened to collide with another random atom of some other type and formed the first molecule ( and the lucky circumstance taking place in the vastness of what seems to be and in fact may very well be and endless space, for lack of a more descriptive name ) before floating aimlessly along - colliding with everything in it's path - collecting ever more atoms - forming a myriad of different types of molecules until a mass existed which was sufficient to collect  even more material at an ever increasing rate - mass equals weight equals gravity equals compression equals a singularity of material equals such great heat; until, BOOM!

Search your memory.  Do you recall any of your teachers explaining that there are reasons for everything that happens?  No?  Well then, do you ever recall anything happening for which there was no reason?  Let's step out of the conventional and very secular box and suggest - maybe not apply, but at least suggest, a possible reason.  Ready?

"IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.  NOW THE EARTH WAS FORMLESS AND EMPTY, DARKNESS WAS OVER THE SURFACE OF THE DEEP, AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD WAS HOVERING OVER THE WATERS."

Now, the truth is that this never really caught my attention until I was about 40 years of age.  Once it did catch my attention I began to wonder about some of the things I had been taught in school: elementary, middle school, high school, as well as college.  Which version of IN THE BEGINNING actually requires the most faith;  the one that begins "IN THE BEGINNING GOD," or the one that calls for me (and you) to believe in the chance encounters of atoms and molecules which had no reason to exist in a place or a space unknown?