You’re going to love this….
There is a well known scientist, Herbert Spencer. (He lived in the 1800’s and was a great proponent of Darwinism. He was first to apply survival of the fittest to humans.) He determined, that in order for anything to be categorized according to scientific examination, it had to fall into at least one of the following categories: Time, Force, Action, Space and Matter.
These 5 categories according to Spencer, encompasses all that truly exists in the universe. So, basically, everything that is “real and true” will fall into at least one of these categories… His categories are still the standard for scientific examination today!
My husband says if you don’t believe Genesis 1:1 you don’t need to read the rest of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 is the foundation for the whole Bible.”
God’s plan for the world was planned before the beginning of time. The first picture of Jesus is found in Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. “How’s that a picture of anything, you ask?”
Well, we read in John 1:1-3 that this verse is actually talking about Jesus. “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him and without him nothing was made.”
The world was created by the spoken word of God and we read further in John 1:14 “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us”…and we beheld his glory as the only begotten of the Father.” Jesus is the Word of God.
No less than 10 times in the book of Genesis does it say “and God said…” The whole world was spoken into being by his word. Jesus was right there from the beginning. In fact, He was there with God, before the creation of the world.
Colossians 1:17 says “And He is before all things and by him all things consist.” Before anything was..He was there.
It is such a thrilling story that unfolds in the first book of the Bible.
Oh, and that philosopher….Mr. Spencer? He was sooooo smart. Really, smarter than he realized….You see:
In the beginning ~ TIME
God ~ FORCE
Created ~ ACTION
the Heaven ~ SPACE
and the Earth ~ MATTER
As it turns out…the Bible falls into, not just one…but, all five of Spencer’s categories!
….And Peter says in 2nd Peter 1: 16-21 That even though he had witnessed Jesus in the transfiguration and heard God speak….that he had a more sure witness….The word of God!!!!
Eyewitnesses of Christ’s Glory
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved,[j] with whom I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.
19 So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.[k]
Revised Standard Version…
I told you you’d love it!