Have you ever considered how much information is packed into the very first verse in the Bible?
Moses opens God’s Word by presenting the three fundamental facts of science. Anytime you want to know something, there are basic questions you should ask. Whether you are interested in something as mundane as “where are my pants” or something a little more significant, like “where did the universe come from?” you still go about investigating for the answer by asking the same fundamental questions: who, what, when.
Beyond that you can explore motive by asking “why.” But the thing is, you don’t really need to know “why” to understand the fact of something. Science is meant to bring answers–facts–about who, what and when. Philosophy (religion) concerns itself with why.
With that said, Moses writes…
“In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.”
In other words:
WHEN – in the beginning
WHO – God
WHAT – created
Moses presents a scientific explanation for how we came to be. It’s more of a scientific explanation that the Big Bang Theory, since Moses’ statement is consistent with the second law of thermodynamics. The universe is here because something made it be here. There was a cause to the universe. For every effect there is a cause. Causes don’t come from nothing. Causes don’t bang themselves into existence. That’s what God states in the opening to Genesis.
With that stated, Moses then writes the rest of Genesis-Deuteronomy to lay a foundation to help us understand the more philosophical question of “why.” But right there in the opening of Divine Revelation we’re given a very scientific breakdown, answering the most pressing questions we would have about…everything.