In Principio: Genesis 1:1


“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

The Bible begins at the very start, a fact that bears special significance for Homo sapiens. We are the species with questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How should we live? Are we alone?

To answer these questions, we’ve created myths, special stories that explain our origins. The Bible is unique in that it is a True Myth, an origins story that also happens to be historically true. No other myth can make this claim because no other authority is supernaturally authenticated by fulfilled prophecy and the Resurrection of Christ. Only the Bible can make this claim, which is the very reason we should make it our ultimate authority.

The very first verse of the Bible answers at least two of these Big Questions. We came from God. He created us and everything else. And since He exists, we are certainly not alone. I find it very interesting that God chose to answer some of our biggest questions on the nose. 

This is no Gnostic religion of secret knowledge we follow.  You dont have to prove your worth to gain hidden levels of knowledge. God is up front with us from the word go. He’s establishing trust. Just as His Word promises later:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. [James 1:5]

What we believe about who we are and how we should live is based in large part on where we think we came from. Our sense of identity and morality find their basis in our origins. Perhaps this is why God chose to begin His True Myth with a statement that points directly to Himself.

God wants us to know the Greatest Story Ever Told from the very beginning… the way that all great stories begin. 

The question is, Are we ready to hear it?



In Principio is a brief commentary/devotional brought to you by DefGen.org.


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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Herman Cummings says:

    Genesis 1:1
    4.6 billion years ago, God created our universe, starting with the planet Earth.

    1. Tony Breeden says:

      No. You’re assuming an all-natural timescale that us unnecessary in light of the fact that a supernatural God exists.

      1. Herman Cummings says:

        But “yes”. The dimetrodons and trilobites died in 245 Million BC in the first total extinction, and after the 1st Week of Restoration, the dinosaurs all died in 65 Million BC. In the 2nd Week of Restoration, eohippus and mankind (male and female together) were made in 64 Million BC.

        Adam and the modern animals were not made until after 7200 BC, during the 5th week of Restoration. That’s why the narrative is different in chapter one, than that in chapter two.

      2. Tony Breeden says:

        But no. The Bible says that death came BY sin, not BEFORE sin. Your claims make a mockery of Christian theology.

        Herman, go peddle the false “Observations of Moses” somewhere else.

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