I was 8 years old the first time I picked up a Bible to read for myself. I found the narrative stories in Genesis and other Old Testament books deeply interesting. The lives of the characters; the drama they acted out; the love and the wrath of God; all of these were parts of a great Hollywood movie to my childish eyes.
In my teenage years, I questioned the value of the Bible. Why would a good God allow for pain and suffering? Why should there be a “Devil” with demons to command? The Bible was no longer interesting in a movie kind of way, it was now a puzzle that challenged, and a book that was sometimes uncomfortable to read.
As I have matured over the years, I have found great wisdom in the Bible, yet there are passages that are still tough to deal with, the most difficult for me being Genesis 1:1 (KJV) – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Why is Genesis 1:1 the toughest Bible passage for me? It is partly the finality, the matter of fact nature of the statement. It just says “God created” without any effort to explain the origin of God, the home of God, and the source of power with which “God created”. It is either I accept the passage as fact or I reject it.
The evidence in support of Genesis 1:1 is Jesus. All the Bible Prophets, including Moses who wrote Genesis, predicted that Jesus will come, and all the Bible Apostles testify that he came as predicted. If I accept that Moses correctly predicts the coming of Jesus, I have to accept that Moses is correct in writing that God created the world.
Dear God, give us light to understand the Bible better each day, Amen!