The Phenomenological Phrasing of Genesis 1:1

Everything we know of, even that which we know nothing about, is summed up within God’s creation of the heavens and the earth. Nothing in the universe exists outside of these two realms. The following is a phrasing of the verse to better illustrate the two domains in which God made:

Herbert Spencer, a non-Christian scientist in the late 1800’s, determined that all of natural science is manifested and can be categorized into the following five phenomena’s:

1. Time           2. Force          3. Energy       4. Space          5. Matter[1]

Even evolutionary scientists cannot escape the reality that everything in existence is contained in the very first verse of the Bible. Imagine where we would be and what scientific knowledge we would possess if the scientists of our day would simply submit to the authority of God’s Word and choose to view their findings through the eyes of their Maker rather than attempting to force the evidence into their worldview. Robert Jastrow, an American astronomer, wrote:

“At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”[2]


[1] William Sweet, “Herbert Spencer (1820-1903),” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (n.d.), http://www.iep.utm.edu/spencer/#H4.

[2] Robert Jastrow, God and the Astronomers, 2nd ed. (New York: Norton, 1992)., p. 107.

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