May 7, 2011

46 Was the cosmos created from absolutely nothing

Believer says: God created the universe, something from nothing, and the Bible says so. 

But skeptic says: The Bible doesn't talk about a cosmos made from nothing. Biblicists may claim that Genesis opens with complete emptiness. But Genesis doesn’t really say it. In fact some Bible editions make it clear that a primeval ocean was there first; it was there already and uncreated.

Commentaries may take the side that says God created the primeval cosmic ocean first, anyway. And then God worked with the primeval sea. But Genesis itself fails to make it clear

Genesis 1:1 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.

Biblicists might want to believe that God worked with just total emptiness, no potential material. They say “It just happened that way, that’s all.” It may satisfy their faith to say it. But it's a God-of-the-gaps argument, rationalization that fills in mysterious gaps in scientific knowledge.

Recap: Of course a cosmos coming from zero potential is counter-intuitive. The Bible doesn’t explain how God could create the universe from nothing at all. Science doesn't explain how the cosmos came, either. It’s a gray zone for everybody. Decide for yourself, take the side of a scientific unknown or a religious faith in Genesis.

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