Gen:1:1′In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’
In the verse we are told the creation was set in motion by God. By God it is meant the triune God and there is no ambiguity here: God is the creator of heavens and the earth. Against the present knowledge we have of our cosmos, the creation account given in the Bible for great many would seem too simple, and impossible. For example the time frame of six days in which God accomplished it is one. Another question the narrative brings up is the nature of God. Are we created in his image or not?
Firstly let me tackle the nature of God. By God it is meant three aspects in the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son and God, the Spirit. The Bible is given from three different perspectives of God. The Will of God is ever-fixed and beyond the counting of time as we know of Time. Time and Space are human concepts and as such to give a time frame for what is immortal or eternal is an useless exercise.
The unfolding of divine Will as narrated in the Bible is solely for the man. How it is put into operation is the matter for other two aspects of God. God the Son and God the Spirit are agencies through which it is revealed to us. ‘All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking,correcting and training in righteousness(2 Ti. 3:16)’
Regarding God we have St.Paul’s word, ‘ Who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.(1Ti 6:15-16)For this reason God in the image of Man is to be understood for what it is. If what St. Paul said is true should we not ask why Isaiah has written that he ‘saw the Lord seated on a throne (Is.6:1)’Was the prophet deluded into believing something he didn’t see? No certainly not. In order to clear the confusion regarding the nature of God, allow me to refer the verses, ‘All Scripture is God-breathed’ as quoted in the epistle to Timothy and we ought not be too literal in understanding the Bible. The creation account is to be spiritually understood.
In St.Peter’s epistle we read that ‘by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed…(2 Pe.3:5-7).’ Regarding the word we know the Word was made flesh according to the gospel of St. John(1:1) He was from the beginning with God. What these verses tell us? The word is the office of God the Son. Since the divine Will made it to become flesh we may as well give the Will, a concept, the honor of being the Father. Conversely Son, in the sense Word submitted to become man, shows obedience to divine Will.
The Son of Man or the Word was with God as St. John’s gospel indicates. How can there be Son without the Father? To sum: these three offices of God are as means to instruct man and thoroughly equip him in righteousness.Owing to our limitations Holy Spirit has narrated the creation account in a certain form where the divine Will is the engine that gives its force. Similitude of heavenly Intent even when transposed into human speech and man made literary artifices-parables and symbols, the divine Will gives them the seal of truth. It is hardly surprising then we are taught to pray ‘Our father which art in heaven etc.,’
God willed the heavens and the earth and these came into being.