In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This is the opening statement of the Bible. Skeptics like to ask me, “Who made God? What was before God?” And my answer is that there wasn’t anything “before” God because “before” is a relative time word and God is the One who created time itself!
We know this because there was a beginning. By definition, nothing could be “before” the beginning. When they have baseball playoffs, the ump will shout, “Play Ball!” and you have the beginning – there is no baseball being played there before that. The game can go on from then but nothing in the game can be ever be before the beginning. Nothing in the universe could be before the beginning either. There was nothing before the beginning – God just IS and He created the beginning!
People tell me that’s hard to believe, but when you start to think about it, the Big Bang is harder to believe in than a God who created time. The same “what was before…” argument can be made against a godless Big Bang – but when made against it, the argument works. If everything came out of a Big Bang and it was NOT created by a God who created time, where did all the subatomic particles in the Big Bang come from? Some astronomers claim it was from the Gnab Gib (the Big Bang spelled backward) where the universe imploded on itself and collapsed into a single point. Fine, but where did all that come from? Well, from a previous version of the universe that may have originated from its own Big Bang. But then where did THAT come from? If we assume that time was NOT created by a God who is beyond time, we have a paradox – we could never get to “now” because there would be an infinite amount of unidirectional “time” before “now”. Whatever you can name, something was “before” it, and something had to be “before” that, and you could never get to “now” because there would be an infinite number of events before “now” because there could never be a real “beginning”.
It is a similar paradox to the teaching of a certain pseudo-Christian cult in our area that teaches that God was the offspring of a Mommy God and a Daddy God. So where did they come from? Two sets of Grandpa and Grandma Gods, of course. But where did THEY come from? Supposedly, they had their own God-parents. The entire logic fails because there is always one more set of parents past any certain point, meaning that you could never get to “now”. It is far more sensible to believe the Bible where God declares plainly that there was no God before Him (Is. 43:10).
Yes, it’s mind-blowing to consider that God just IS and that He created time and its beginning point. But it’s not just mind-blowing but illogical to think that time did NOT have a beginning. But if time had a beginning, it makes no sense unless someone created that beginning. Otherwise, how could the “beginning” just have happened by itself?
Since we’re on the subject, I should point out that the “beginning” was not 6000 or so years go when God created Adam and Eve. How do we know that? Because the Hebrew in Genesis 1:2 says literally that the earth BECAME without form and void. Isaiah 45:18 tells us that the earth was not created void (the same Hebrew word, tohu, that appears in Genesis 1:2), so we know it wasn’t that way originally. We know that something happened between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 so that the earth became empty and had to be replenished; you can’t replenish something that wasn’t “plenished” in the first place. This time period is apparently when Satan fell to the earth like lightning, since there is no account of this in Genesis 1 and 2; Satan was on the earth already in Genesis 3. So I am not bothered by naysayers who like to bring up carbon-dated dinosaur fossils. These would belong to the period about which little is said between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). The Bible is clear that there was a beginning and that Jesus was involved in creating everything – it did not just evolve as a cosmic accident. God created this earth on purpose to be enjoyed by His created beings!