Wednesday, November 9, 2011

In the beginning

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

This is the first verse of the Bible, it is important to note that God is assumed to exist and he is designated as the first cause from which all affects come. Mentioned in this verse are the three main components of the universe space (the heaven), mater (the Earth), and time (the beginning).

In physics, relativity theory shows that space, matter (energy) and time are interrelated parts of the universe such they can not exist separately. It also shows that time is an integral property of the universe that can have a beginning. Furthermore the beginning of time must coincide with the beginning of space and matter and Genesis 1:1 is consistent with this.


  1. Interesting, but I don't recall relativity theory saying anything about space and matter being dependent on one another; rather, matter must be in 'space' to exist in our universe. However, if you were talking about how one of these three could not exist without at least one of the others, then all is well.

    If we are talking about Jehovah creating Earth and space at the same time (as is implied by 'In the beginning'), then I would argue that Genesis 1:1 doesn't seem consistent with our current understanding of how the universe and Earth came to be. First, the universe began its rapid expansion, and then billions of years later, the Earth finally formed into the metallic (compared to a gaseous planets) planet that sits third closest to Sol, our sun. These were definitely two separate times, and to say that that large expanse of time it simply "the beginning" is a gross oversimplification of how much time passed between these two events.

    It is fun to see how ancient people sometimes had a surprisingly accurate grasp of (or belief in) how the universe came to be!

  2. Reality clearly shows that all three matter space and time are so inter-related that at least as we know them can not exist separately because all affect one another in such a manner that they have no meaning separately .

    You are correct that Genesis 1:1 is not consistent with the Big Bang cosmology. However the Big Bang cosmology base on 2 unproven essentially atheistic assumptions those being an unbounded universe (no edge) and that we are not in a special place in the universe such as the center. If however you assume a bounded universe (there is an edge) that we started at the center then time dilation would have originally occurred on Earth producing a cosmology consistent with Genesis 1:1.