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Summary: When we stop to meditate on the first verse of Holy Scripture, we see not only the majesty and power of Almighty God in action, but if we look deeper, we also see the beginnings of scientific thought and the real explanation for the origin of life and the universe.

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1, KJV). Stop and think how powerful and wondrous these opening words of Holy Scripture are in terms of the work, thought, and exactness of Almighty God. You are probably saying to yourself, "Well, of course. The Bible is not going to present any other explanation of where everything originated. It's a book of miracles, divine encounters, instruction, and comfort for the soul, but it's not a book of science. We have a better grip on our origins in this day and age. Science gives us a better way of understanding data, the need and value of experimentation, the use of forensics, the discovery of fossils and skeletal remains of extinct animal and plant life, mathematical laws, and other areas of discovery and analysis."

I am not going to criticize or demean the importance of scientific work or dismiss the contributions that scientists have made in the progress of civilization. Without science, we would not have the necessities and luxuries we take for granted. Without science, we would have no idea of how things work or how to make things better, or invent new products and ideas. Science and all worthwhile subjects are a wonderful gift from God to use to strengthen our capability for thinking and satisfy our curiosity, and to give Him the glory for giving us the opportunity to do so. Johannes Kepler, a pioneer in the field of astronomy, stated that "science is thinking God's thoughts after Him." I see no reason to question his observation or conclusion.

All science and mathematics, history, languages, astronomy, biology, botany, physiology, geology, economics, theology, government, chemistry, physics, art, music, politics, the laws of nature, and intimacy with God begin with the first verse of the Bible. The argument of randomness, survival of the fittest, macroevolutionary development, and natural selection is interesting to hear and read about, but after my personal study and analysis of this theory, I cannot embrace an idea of origins without any real meaning, purpose, standards, absolutes, or ultimate goals and satisfactory objectives that such a worldview proposes and in most cases demands that I accept without question or skepticism.

All right, I can just hear some of your comments, especially from those of you who believe that science and a belief in God cannot be reconciled or that because I am a follower of Jesus Christ that I have, in your mind, cast all rationality and logical thinking aside to embrace an outdated, irresponsible, ignorant, and childish supernatural explanation of how everything came into being. Rest assured that I do not care what you think about me. Let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4). You are probably approaching this from a preconceived prejudice that some teacher, peer, or scientist has put before you that has made you dismiss any explanations for life other than naturalistic. Here's a word of advice: don't let other people do your thinking for you. You may have studied varied authors and read material that brought you to a point of honest skepticism, and I can respect that conclusion. If you have decided that any mention or talk of religious thought, the existence of God, or that the account spoken of in Genesis is not worth your time to even consider, and you would rather ridicule, mock, get upset or angry at what I am presenting, or just want to argue to make yourself look like you are an intellectual and write me off, then stop here and go visit another site, or either swallow your pride, continue reading, and open your mind. The world does not revolve around your opinion or attitude.

Let us say for the sake of argument that what the Bible describes about the origins of the universe just might be a true and sensible answer. Scientific thinking should allow for all points of view to be considered, to approach all theories and hypotheses objectively, and to come to a satisfactory conclusion, does it not? How do the authors of the Scriptures see the universe and our world? They deserve a say at the table. What harm will it do you to read about it? The subject of creation starts with the assumption and/or belief that a Being outside time. space, and matter designed a precise, orderly, exact, logical, goal-oriented, rationally functioning, expanding universe and world for a reason and purpose. All the natural laws of the universe were put into place, along with the principles of cause and effect.

The following Biblical verses describe the creation of the universe and humanity. I invite you to look them up for yourself and seriously think on the possibility that what you are reading just might be the right answer:

1) God's creation of the Universe is presented in Genesis 1:1, 2:3; Exodus 20:11; Nehemiah 9:6; Job 12:9, 26:7, 13, 40:15; Psalm 24:2, 33:6, 95:5, 102:25, 104:5; Isaiah 40:12, 28, 45:12, 48:13; Acts 4:24, 7:50, 14:15, 17:24; Hebrews 1:10, 11:3

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