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How was the earth created?
Thank you for your question. It is obviously a much talked about subject with a lot of debate from different sides, and Christians can disagree on the details of the answer to this question. However I want to immediately draw us to a very basic but vital question which will help us in our answer. The question is this: what is our standard of truth?
You see, we can use science as our main means of discovering what is going on in the world around us - we can learn lots simply by observation, and because we can see these things in front of us we can be pretty certain that what we discover is truth.
However, people also use science to come up with theories of what happened in the world thousands, millions, if not billions of years ago. This is quite different from observing something in front of us, and whatever anyone says, this kind of science can only really come up with theories which, though may have been a possibility, we have no way of proving that things actually happened that way.
So science is a great source of truth up to a point, but falls short of being a standard of truth in many areas, and what science cannot even touch is truth about God. The world around us gives us ample evidence that God is really there, but because God is outside of the world, for us to know anything about Him we will need more than science to do so. Thankfully, we have something more than science, and that something is the Bible. The Bible is often referred to as God's Word - it is God speaking truth into our world so that we might know not just about Him, but that we might come to know Him. The Bible is our standard of truth. If you have any doubts over the reliability of the Scriptures, I urge you to take the time to study this important question - we have written an answer regarding whether you can trust the bible as the Word of God, and I encourage you to click here to read the answer for yourself: http://www.lookingforgod.com/pdf/question/981
Let me just ask you one question though: if God wanted to reveal to humanity the most vital truth we could ever come to know - how we can gain eternal life - do you think He would allow the revelation of that truth to be full of mistakes, contradictions, and things we have to be doubtful of, or rather, would He cause it to be a rock-solid account of all that we need to know about Him? I believe it's the latter, and for that reason the answer to your question becomes very simple.
The very first verses of the Bible say this:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)
So the answer to your question is simply this:
- God created the earth we live in
- He did it by speaking
The following verses then go on to describe God continuing to speak the world into existence over the course of six days, and then it tells us that on the seventh day He rested. Does that explanation fit with that which some scientists want to tell us? No, and that brings us an important question - who are we going to trust? What are we going to take as our standard of truth? Do we trust fallible, limited scientists, or do we trust God's Word? My friend, I urge you to do the latter - God's Word is truth, a solid foundation for us to build our lives upon, and not just in the area of creation.
Fast-forward a few thousand years, and a man named Jesus lived on the same world we do. He lived a perfect life, performed miracles and signs, and taught with great authority, all declaring that He was more than just a man, He was the Son of God become a man for us. The Bible tells us that Jesus died a sinner's death in our place that we might be forgiven of all our sins, and He rose from death that He might give us new life. In John's Gospel, Jesus is called 'the Word' - He is God's full and final revelation of truth to us, and far more importantly than trusting the Bible's account of creation, we must trust in Him alone for our salvation.
So let me leave you with the question we must all face - will we trust God with all we are, take Him at His Word and lay our lives down for Him? This is what He calls us to do - let me leave you with these words that Jesus spoke to His disciples:
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" (Matthew 16:24-26)
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey: www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder
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Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Genesis 1-3
- Hebrews 11:1-3
- John 1:1-18
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