I love the first sentence of the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” There has been much discussion for thousands of years over how long it took God to create the world, how long the day was, let alone the animosity that breeds between the old and new earth theories! Purely from a human perspective it benefits every person to make sure we consciously place God at the beginning. No matter what comes next, life is well lived when Jesus is at the centre of it all!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1-3 NLT)

Most consider Moses to be the author of Genesis. This means the whole account was written down a long time after the events occurred. This does not bring the text under scrutiny. Mostly because history was handed down through the generations significantly well. Also because many other cultures have a very similar version of the beginning of creation. Reading the first 3 verses suggests that there may have been some time between God creating the heavens and earth (it being formless and empty), before day one began.

A recent read from John C Lennox, “7 days that divide the world”, shows a myriad of ways to interpret Genesis. (Watch an interview with John C. Lennox or purchase the book.)

What I admired most was his maturity to tackle what has become a hot debate, yet in a way that leaves you with an appreciation that others might think differently. My early years as a young teenage Christian found me more dogmatic than necessary and isolated me from grander conversations because I thought there could only be one way to interpret scripture. As I have gotten older, I find it easier to smile at the different interpretations as long as I hold unswervingly to the conviction that, above all meanings, I must ensure God is at my beginning!