Creatio ex nihilo or creatio ex materia.

Creatio ex nihilo or creatio ex materia.

Genesis 1:1. In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the earth.

Colossians 1:16. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

When God creates a new thing, it’s spoken into existence, and from . out of . nothing but the power of the Word of God. But when he ”makes” a thing, he does so from the pre-existing material which had . been created back ”in the beginning.”

The Hebrew word ”Bara”(create) in Genesis 1:1 is unique, for although the word is used 45 times in the O T, it’s always exclusive to God. It has a sense of perfection and completeness, and whilst man is creative, and able to make, form, or shape a thing, unlike God, it is impossible for man to create anything. He can only make use of the building material which God created in the beginning.

On the other hand, the Book of Exodus clearly states that God ”made” the heavens and the earth.

Exodus 20:11. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day…..

Whilst the Hebrew word aw-saw’ has many applications and multiple meanings, ranging from ”to do or to make,” to ”to furnish or to gather,” by dictionary definition it can never mean to ”create.”

We need to understand that the six days of Genesis do not refer to ”in the beginning,” but to a point in time, AFTER the cosmos of old had perished. The six days do not describe the ”creation of the earth,” but the restoration, ”the foundation of the world.”

Building material.

Even though Adam, as a living soul, was created in the image of God, his physical host body was formed out of pre-existing material.

Genesis 2:7. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

According to Dalton’s Atomic Theory, all matter consists of indivisible particles called atoms. Atoms cannot be created [except by God] and cannot be destroyed. The law of the ”conservation of energy” states that energy is not created or destroyed, it just changes forms.

As our body develops and grows, it is not by creating new atoms, but by drawing pre-existing atoms in the form of energy, from our surroundings, from the food which we eat, to the very air that we breathe. When we die, our physical body returns to the dust, but just like the human spirit, the atoms themselves, cannot be destroyed.

Maybe you and I are 40-50 years old, but the atoms of which we . consist, were originally created in the beginning. Even from a Young Earth Creationist(YEC) view-point, 6,500 years is a pretty long gap.

The spirits.

Chronologically speaking, the creation of the spirits must have taken place at some point between the two ”beginnings” of John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1, because as mentioned earlier, according to the Book of Job, the sons of God, the morning stars, already existed and . both witnessed and celebrated when God established the foundations of the earth.

John 1:1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

From Job 38:4-7. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?….When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Genesis 1:1. In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the earth.

But what of our spirit? The true person contained within the physical host body? Just as the angels are immortal, so too is the spirit of man. But none are eternal, as God is eternal, for each had a beginning. When did God create all things, both the visible and the invisible?

That's right! In the beginning!

Am I advocating reincarnation? Absolutely not, for the body which contains the spirit, is once-born of water, and we enter this world as a living soul. We each have one life here, and one appointment with death, beyond which lies the judgement.

Hebrews 9:27. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.

One of the reasons why the doctrine of predestination is so unpopular in modern Christianity is because most Christians today assume that the soul/spirit is created at birth. On the contrary, the Bible teaches that the true person, or the spirit, pre-existed our arrival into this world.

I’m not a theologian, so far be it from me to attempt to expound on these doctrines, but as a Bible believer, who can deny we were known by God, and chosen in Christ before ”the foundation of the world.”

Ephesians 1:4. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

To some, the idea of predestination is a prickly topic, and is one of the reasons why the King James Bible is shunned by so many,  but if the following verse is taken at face value, Jeremiah was known by God and ordained to be a prophet even prior to his conception.

Jeremiah 1:5. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Likewise Scripture would suggest that the . reason for some not believing the gospel, is because they’d not been ordained to eternal life.

Acts 13:48. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

If the verse were to state that ”as many as believed were ordained to eternal life,” then faith,or belief has to be officially established before one can be ordained. But it doesn’t. Those who believed were ordained to eternal life, or officially established, prior to believing the gospel.

As said before, ”a prickly topic.”

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