“…God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1b)
The first verse in the Holy Scripture, called the Bible, introduces God, Elohim; one of the primary names of God, along with Jehovah and Lord. Also, the writer of the Book of Genesis, the Book of Beginnings, introduces God as the Creator of all matter (inanimate and animate).
Genesis 1:2 reveals to the reader that “the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” At this point in time, water covered all the land mass; and it was dark.
Genesis 1:1 – 2:7 reveal that Elohim (God) not only created the heavens and earth, but He gave order and life to His Creation. God gave light, and separated light from darkness. He separated the waters of the upper waters, called the firmament, heaven; from the waters on the earth. Then He made land appear by gathering the waters into one place; He called the water “Seas,” and the land He called “Earth.” He had the earth bring forth grass and herb yielding seed and the tree yielding fruit. Then He created the sun and moon to divide the day from the night; also they were to be for signs, for seasons, and for days and years.
God then created life, the fish in the sea, the fowls in the air; and they were to reproduce after their own kind. And then He made the animal world; and they were to reproduce after their own kind. Then on the sixth day, God created man in His own image and gave man dominion over His Creation. God made a distinction in man, called male and female. Then on the seventh day, God rested from His Creation work.
The height of God’s creation process was man; because God made man with a spirit, the ability to reason and communicate with his Creator. The primary phrase that God used in His creation is, “God saw that it was good.”
The Bible is the only correct history of how matter and order and life began; all others are only theories developed by the finite minds of men. It is strange that some men have figured out creation without God being involved, and yet they have no answer to the common cold; much less the “how” of the exact order of the universe as to the “laws” of nature, as they call it.
Man, in all his reasoning ability, even in his false theories of creation without God, cannot explain the “how,” or the “why,” or the “when,” of creation; and the “why” there is no real proof of the theory of evolution. They say man came from seawater; and God says man was made of the dust of the earth. They say man evolved from a lower form to the higher form. (For example: monkey to man; but they cannot produce an example of half-monkey and half-man, or any other degree of an example, if evolution is a continuing process.)
The Scriptural account of creation comes from “God said, let there be…” The Scriptures give a six-day process of creation. Man was man from the start of man’s creation. Also, God said that all living creation will produce its own kind. (For example: dogs don’t begat cats, etc.)
The Scriptural account of Creation has the Source as God (Elohim). The Scriptural account has man at the top of the creation pole. He is a body, soul, and spirit; no other living creation (that has breath) has a spirit. The Scriptural account has the Creator communicating with man, and man with God.
The Scriptural account of “why” God created man is defined in Hebrews 2:10-14; whereas all man’s theories have no reason for man’s creation. God had purposed through His own Incarnation to manifest Himself in the face of Jesus Christ:
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Who is God? He is the Creator, even Jesus Christ:
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” (Colossians 1:16)
What is a greater mystery than Creation is that the Creator can dwell in the spirit of man:
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
(See Romans 8:9-16; John 14:21-25.)
Do you possess this treasure in your earthen vessel? Until you do, all of Creation has no meaning. But when He comes to dwell in you, the Creation is all clear as to “why”:
“…that in all things he (Christ) might have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18)