Editor’s Note: The posts this month are taken from a daily devotional called “Today” put out by the Back To God hour. All of them were published, one for each day, for the month of January in 1974 under the theme, “Book of Beginnings”.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Many stories begin with the familiar expression, “once upon a time…” But once upon a time there was no such thing as time. There never was a day on which God said, “Tomorrow I will start making the world.” Up until the very moment that God said, “Let there be….” there were no clocks, no sun nor moon, and no creatures who could get older and talk about yesterday and tomorrow.
That is why the Bible starts out by saying simply, “In the beginning,” because this was the beginning of everything. Up until that moment there was nothing except God.
It makes your mind feel funny, doesn’t it, to try imagining that God existed eternally before the world began; that God Himself had no beginning. Our little minds instinctively say, “There just had to be some place where God was before He made the world. There must have been some time at which God began to made the world. There just had to be some stuff somewhere that God could use to make this world, for nothing can be made out of sheer nothing.”
So it is not strange that non-Christians believe in the eternity of matter. They have to. If there is no such thing as an all-powerful God who can make something out of nothing, then this world must have been in existence, in some form, forever.
But if we have to choose between believing that God always existed or that the world always was here, it is far more reasonable to believe that God, and not this world, is eternal.