Can someone explain this?
Genesis 1:1 - 31
ESV - 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1). The earth did not exist before this time. God created it out of nothing. God existed before his creation because he is eternal, without beginning or end. Scientists who are Christians show the similarity of this verse to the theory of the Big Bang. The bible says God created time (in the beginning), space (the heavens) and matter (and the earth). The Big Bang hypothesizes that time, space and matter all came into existence at this event. As Christians we believe it was the personal God of the bible who created the universe, not a Big Bang.
A casual reading of Genesis 1 might give the impression that the earth was already in existence even prior to the beginning of God's creative activity. However, I would say that Genesis 1:1-2 could also be read or interpreted as indicating that, on the first of the six days of creation, even before God commanded light to exist, He had already created the earth (as indicated in Genesis 1:1), but as a formless, lifeless mass covered by water (although the Bible does not record Him doing so by means of a specific command). (Also, I would say that God created that mass out of nothing.) In the subsequent verses, God then began to form the earth that He had created, doing so first by commanding the creation of light, at which point the first day of creation ended.
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