“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

1.0 God Created

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1

In the Beginning. Realize that there is a Creator, the Lord (God) of Hosts, who created heaven and earth and all things in it (and you and me). He created everything in seven (7) literal days – not over millions or billions of years as evolutionist’s claim. Furthermore, life itself did not just randomly “evolve” out of a sea of primordial goo over millions of years by accident with a lightning strike as the evolutionists would have you believe.

This “theory” (not facts) of evolution false teaching causes many to disbelieve in God and doubt the Bible – before they even begin to read it! That is its intent – they know that if you don’t believe the very first sentences of the Bible, you will not read nor believe the rest! That is why it is one of the first and biggest false teachings that you run into when trying to present the gospel message, for we are brainwashed since birth to believe the lie of evolution, which is spread nonstop, 24/7/365 from every media outlet on the planet, shouted out in the highest volume level possible, and taught from preschool through university and even seminary schools, etc.

You will see that this pattern repeats throughout this entire book – for every single step we take in presenting to you the gospel message, there are corresponding false teachings (lies, deceptions and snares of man) setup to stop you at that step from believing and continuing on to eternal life. At the end of each chapter is a list of the false teachings that you must confront to move forward. See the Wolves Chapter which talks more about these lies of man, his many false teachings; see also the chapter on Science vs. the Bible.

The truth is that God literally “spoke” the universe, the earth, and you and I into existence! He did this by simply speaking His Word! Yes, God simply spoke, and the universe was created. This is recorded in the very first verse of the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then He “breathed” life into man and woman (see the next chapter).

The enormity of the above statements should make you stop and really take wonder at what a big, great, powerful and awesome God He is. Imagine the staggering power in such statements.

The name of God first appears in Genesis 1 and is given as Elohim; this word is grammatically plural indicating the triune nature of God – that God exists as three persons: The Father, The Son Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit. Each Person is fully God, and fully One Themselves. This concept of a “Holy Trinity” (one God, three Persons) is extremely difficult for mortal man to fully comprehend. Please know that our finite minds cannot even begin to remotely approach His infinite mind, knowledge and wisdom. It is written:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9

In the original Hebrew texts, God’s name in the Old Testament is given as YHWH (or YHVH). This is called the “tetragrammaton” (i.e. 4 letters) which is unpronounceable. This name means “to be”, indicating God’s self-existent nature: having no beginning and no ending. YHWH is rendered in various English bible translations in various ways, including:

  • LORD or LORD (all caps or small caps),
  • Jehovah, Yehovah, Jahweh, or Yahweh

God’s name is also given as Adonai, which is rendered as Lord (standard capitalization) in English bibles.

Furthermore, God’s name is also given in expression (idiom) form as “I AM THAT I AM.” An idiom is an expression that has a meaning that cannot be understood by the individual words. This expression could be translated as “I will become whatsoever I may become”, again denoting God’s essential self-existent nature of “being”, or “He who becometh.”

This is the one God, from eternity past to eternity future, who is the same yesterday today and forever; He just “is (the great “I AM”). He is the Lord of hosts. He is not bound by our concept of “time”; He lives beyond (outside of) time. Nothing can surprise Him or catch Him off guard.

He is omniscient (all knowing – past, present and future). He is omnipresent (everywhere present simultaneously). He is omnipotent (all powerful). There is nothing that He doesn’t know and He Himself upholds all things through His Word. He is all powerful – nothing is impossible with God.

He is perfectly just (righteous, correct, perfect in rule of law and justice), and as you will read, He will judge all on the great Day of Judgment, which this world and everyone in it is headed for. He is majesty defined. He is love itself. Amazing!

But above all, He is “holy”. Holy means morally perfect at its core. There is not even the smallest infinitesimal amount or trace or shred of impurity, evil, or wicked thoughts actions or defect of character in Him. His holiness is beyond anything we can imagine; please do not underestimate this fact. Our human minds often fail to ascribe to God His proper holiness, and we simultaneously badly under appreciate how bad even the most trivial/minor of sins are when compared to this Holy God.  His holiness is hard for us mere mortal humans to fully comprehend.

Furthermore, God is spirit; He is not “material” like we humans are and like the physical universe is, the world around us that we can see, hear, touch, taste, smell and feel. This is one of the reasons “faith” is required in coming to believe in, and to trust in, God. God is worshiped in spirit; no man has seen God at any time.

God “dwells” in light. He appears in the brightest, purest white light you’ve ever seen, or ever imagined; not an impure light as like the sun. Imagine something a million times brighter or purer. That light cannot be approached by any man or woman at this time, due to our fallen state, our current fleshly bodies, and our sin; or in other words, no man can see God’s face and live due to our fallen sinful state (keep reading). But there will be a time coming when we do see His face (also keep reading)!

Scripture also says that God is love. And this perfect, just, holy, loving, merciful God desires to have a relationship with His created beings (us).

I realize how hard it is to conceptualize and rationalize such enormous statements, and such an enormous, powerful, awesome and splendid presence such as God. But realize this, the things we see today are actually made out of things which we cannot see; the material world is made out of the spiritual (not the other way around). The material world we see around us (the earth, sun, moon, stars), that we taste, touch, smell, hear and see is not eternal.

The Bible states that it is the spiritual world that is eternal; and that in fact this material world is made up out of things which are spiritual. Furthermore, this material world (i.e. earth) is in the middle of a raging spiritual battle (war), with the forces of evil led by Satan (the devil) and his servants on one side, and God and His saints (servants) on the other side.

(Note: Contrary to many beliefs, the devil, Satan, is very real; he is also a spiritual being who opposes God and hates you. He is not the fanciful cartoonish character in a red tights outfit with horns and a pitchfork. He is a real spiritual enemy of yours, as he opposes all that is good and of God, and he wants to kill you eternally; he opposes all that is a good.)

God rules the universe (all of Creation) by His rule of law; and we are His creatures. As you will also see in subsequent chapters, it is sin (chiefly pride) which resulted from disobedience which separates man from God at the present time (although there is a hope, keep reading). It is pride and arrogance which also causes man to refuse to see or acknowledge that there is a God: Man doesn’t want to “be told what to do.” Man doesn’t want to bow down to anyone or anything. Man wants to be his own God!

Scripture writes that man “suppresses the truth in unrighteousness” and “that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Friends, look all around you at the wonderfully synchronized majesty of this creation, God’s Creation – the Sun, Moon, Stars, all designed and put in their places to work perfectly to support life here on earth, the earth’s axis tilted just so for seasons, the Moon put in exactly the right distance from Earth for its impact on tidal forces and oceans, the earth at just the PRECISE distance from the sun to allow water which sustains life – not too close so that the sun evaporates all the oceans and not too far so that all water isn’t frozen solid. You can see all this as evidence that this world was CREATED by INTELLIGENCE; it was not randomly “evolved” and we are not evolved out of random goo and mudpuddles. The laws of Physics are just so and precise – the law of gravity, the laws of motion, the laws of thermodynamics, etc. The laws of Logic are just so and precise. The laws of mathematics are just so and precise. These did not all “evolve” out of goo. These are physical laws created by God to govern the universe and life. For our God is not one of confusion and disorder, but one of order and intelligence.

Contrary to what many believe, or have been taught to believe, “science” does not “disprove” God; in fact, the more science discovers, the more we learn about this God and His Creation and the more it confirms the truth of the Bible! And, He created ALL of this simply by speaking it into existence! Amazing.

Yes, God spoke – and it was.

Friend, if you’re looking for a “big bang” to start the universe, let me tell you right now that it doesn’t get any bigger than that!

And if you are being honest with yourself you must admit that everything you see around you in the physical world says order, and intelligence very clearly; you actually must suppress that truth and evidence to deny there is a God.

We will come to the matter of why creation isn’t perfect (any longer) and why there are earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters as well as disease and death in a coming chapter (hint: those are because of man, not God).

Don’t you want to know more about this God?

False Teaching(s) You Will Encounter:

  • The “Theory” of Evolution and “millions of years”
  • Satan (the devil) is just a myth (or a cartoon character)
  • The Bible is simply a fictional collection of “myths, folklore and poetry”

Related Scripture:

In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. – Genesis 1:3

God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. – Romans 4:17

‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You. – Jeremiah 32:19

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. – Genesis 2:1-2

For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), “I am the Lord, and there is none else.” – Isaiah 45:18

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:8

Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” ; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” – Exodus 3:13-15

The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
– Psalm 24:1

O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions. – Psalm 104:24

For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast. – Psalm 33:9

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,

and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
– Psalm 19:1-4 (ESV)

May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written,
“That You may be justified in Your words,
And prevail when You are judged.” – Romans 3:4
[Note: these verses speak to things like the lies of the “theory of evolution” and those who deny that there even is a God.]

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God
.
You turn man back into dust
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
Or as a watch in the night.
– Psalm 90:1-4

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! – Psalm 8:1

And blessed be His glorious name forever;
And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen, and Amen. – Psalm 72:19

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. – Psalm 103:1-5

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. – John 1:3

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. – Colossians 1:16

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. – Hebrews 1:1-2

At the beginning You founded the earth;
The heavens are the work of Your hands.

“Even they will perish, but You endure;
Yes, all of them will wear out like a garment.
Like clothing You will change them and they shall be changed.
“But You remain the same,
And Your years will never end. – Psalm 102:25-27

The things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. – Hebrews 11:3

For the form of this world is passing away. – 1 Corinthians 7:31

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. – Romans 11:33-36

Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” – Exodus 3:13-14

“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24

[God, Jesus] Who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. – 1 Timothy 6:16

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:8

Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” – Exodus 33:18-20

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. – Isaiah 6:5 (KJV)

It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me.

How great are His signs
And how mighty are His wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
And His dominion is from generation to generation.
– Daniel 4:2

It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how,
When He overturns them in His anger;
Who shakes the earth out of its place,
And its pillars tremble;
Who commands the sun not to shine,
And sets a seal upon the stars;
Who alone stretches out the heavens
And tramples down the waves of the sea;

Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
Who does great things, unfathomable,
And wondrous works without number.
– Job 5:9-10

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
“Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
“Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
– Job 12:7-10

“He stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
“He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
“He obscures the face of the full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
“He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters
At the boundary of light and darkness.
“The pillars of heaven tremble
And are amazed at His rebuke.
“He quieted the sea with His power,

And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.
“By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
“Behold, these are the fringes of His ways;
And how faint a word we hear of Him!
But His mighty thunder, who can understand?” – Job 26:7-14

Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him;
The number of His years is unsearchable.
“For He draws up the drops of water,
They distill rain from the mist,
Which the clouds pour down,
They drip upon man abundantly.
“Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
The thundering of His pavilion?
“Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him,
And He covers the depths of the sea.
– Job 36:26-30

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
– Isaiah 55:6-9

“At this also my heart trembles,
And leaps from its place.
Listen closely to the thunder of His voice,
And the rumbling that goes out from His mouth.
“Under the whole heaven He lets it loose,
And His lightning to the ends of the earth.

“After it, a voice roars;
He thunders with His majestic voice,
And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.
“God thunders with His voice wondrously,
Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
“For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’
“He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work.

“Then the beast goes into its lair
And remains in its den.
“Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.
“From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen.
“Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud;
He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
“It changes direction, turning around by His guidance,
That it may do whatever He commands it
On the face of the inhabited earth.
“Whether for correction, or for His world,
Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.

“Listen to this, O Job,
Stand and consider the wonders of God.
“Do you know how God establishes them,
And makes the lightning of His cloud to shine?
“Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds,
The wonders of one perfect in knowledge,
You whose garments are hot,
When the land is still because of the south wind?
“Can you, with Him, spread out the skies,
Strong as a molten mirror?
“Teach us what we shall say to Him;
We cannot arrange our case because of darkness.
“Shall it be told Him that I would speak?
Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?
“Now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies;
But the wind has passed and cleared them.
“Out of the north comes golden splendor;
Around God is awesome majesty.
“The Almighty—we cannot find Him;
He is exalted in power
And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.
“Therefore men fear Him;
He does not regard any who are wise of heart. – Job 37

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
“Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
Who set its measurements? Since you know.

Or who stretched the line on it?
“On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy? – Job 38:1-7

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast. – Psalm 33:6-9

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak,
Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
He makes the clouds His chariot;
He walks upon the wings of the wind;
He makes the winds His messengers,
Flaming fire His ministers.
– Psalm 104:1-4

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord,
the Creator of the ends of the earth

Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable. – Isaiah 40:28

Are You not from everlasting,
O Lord, my God, my Holy One?

We will not die.
You, O Lord, have appointed them to judge;
And You, O Rock, have established them to correct. – Habakkuk 1:12

Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. – Psalm 90:2

Thus declares the Lord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. – Zechariah 12:1

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:8

And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” – Revelation 4:8

For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by
,
Or as a watch in the night. – Psalm 90:4

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” – Acts 17:22-32

…because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. – Romans 1:19-20

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