Lent – Day 1: Wednesday, 17 February

Genesis 1:1-3

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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.

3 And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.

It's a very good place to start! We’ll spend a few days in the magnificent Old Testament and move on into the glorious New. Have you wondered whether this creation account is accurate? The Big Bang theory assumes that there was energy to start with, and, while the theory makes sense of what we now observe in the Universe, we still do not know where that energy came from. That God created the world is a matter of faith, and this helps makes sense of what we now observe in the Universe.

Did God set to work straight away? If so, then straight away from what? If not, then was there something before the beginning (which doesn’t quite make sense!)? Of course, time is a measure that makes no sense when nothing changes, when there is no day or night, no seasons, and no changing nature of God. There was a prologue, and it was outside time. God is eternal, and existed (should we actually say he exists?!) before time and beyond time. That the Universe was created with a purpose makes more sense to me.

Who was there when all this happened? It would appear that there are two identities – God, and the Spirit of God. We might, in hindsight, see a third character – see the opening of John’s Gospel. Are these two, or just one? God calls light and structure into being across a formless earth and the waters over which the Spirit of God hovered.

Is this all a myth, one not unlike creation myths that exist in other cultures, or is this true? My own view is to say that the Bible contains nothing but the truth, rather than that it is literally true.

What do you think about the truth of the Bible?

Why did God bother to create anything?

How do you describe eternity?

Father God, I cannot fathom the depths of love that you expressed in creating this universe, and why you should set your love upon one such as me. But you did. Alleluia, Amen.