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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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1:1 Observe here. 1. The effect produced, The heaven and the earth - That is, the world, including the whole frame and furniture of the universe. But 'tis only the visible part of the creation that Moses designs to give an account of. Yet even in this there are secrets which cannot be fathomed, nor accounted for. But from what we see of heaven and earth, we may infer the eternal power and godhead of the great Creator. And let our make and place, as men, mind us of our duty, as Christians, which is always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet. Observe 2. The author and cause of this great work, God. The Hebrew word is Elohim; which (1.) seems to mean The Covenant God, being derived from a word that signifies to swear. (2.) The plurality of persons in the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The plural name of God in Hebrew, which speaks of him as many, tho' he be but one, was to the Gentiles perhaps a favour of death unto death, hardening them in their idolatry; but it is to us a favour of life unto life, confirming our faith in the doctrine of the Trinity, which, tho' but darkly intimated in the Old Testament, is clearly revealed in the New. Observe 3. The manner how this work was effected; God created, that is, made it out of nothing. There was not any pre - existent matter out of which the world was produced. The fish and fowl were indeed produced out of the waters, and the beasts and man out of the earth; but that earth and those waters were made out of nothing. Observe 4. When this work was produced; In the beginning - That is, in the beginning of time. Time began with the production of those beings that are measured by time. Before the beginning of time there was none but that Infinite Being that inhabits eternity. Should we ask why God made the world no sooner, we should but darken counsel by words without knowledge; for how could there be sooner or later in eternity?
Peggy's comment on 2013-05-16 06:58:20:
It says in the beginning and that is what I believe it means.
KSREDDY's comment on 2013-04-20 04:15:56:
There is no beginning and end to the universe.
paul sweezea's comment on 2013-04-03 22:44:49:
This is an affirmative statement, it must be accepted to gain any understanding of God and what his intentions for creation are, God is saying, in the beginning God DID create the heaven and the earth. Why, how and all other questions must start with the belief of this verse, or we cannot communicate to our hearts what God is revealing. As a child must trust the word of his parents and rest in that trust, likewise I must trust this verse completely and base my understanding of the Bible in the fact, God DID it!
Quincy's comment on 2013-03-09 19:03:19:
Bereshit bara Elohim et hashamayin (plural) ve et haertz. Hebrew: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
jones chisom's comment on 2013-03-06 02:33:25:
God Himself is the author of life. He alone created the whole universe and by Him all things that exist were made. All things were made by Him and for Him. All things exist and were originated through Him.
james's comment on 2013-02-03 19:41:28:
King James Version is the only bible that says in beginning God created the heaven. Because he just started creating he hadn't made the stars or sun and moon, where stars are is second heaven third heaven is where God is. After he created the second heaven he said heavens.
Ron Elloway's comment on 2013-01-04 17:14:58:
When I see evil that exists on this earth in what I observe men doing to other men, I can more clearly see what good is. How is it that I can distinguish what is good or evil? "In the beginning God, (Good) created." And everything God created, He said it was good. What went wrong with creation? Free Choice! We were created with free choice, to choose good or evil. Ezekiel 28:13-19, very quickly describes an angel, that was created perfect, better than good, and he chooses to worship me, myself, and I, setting up his own trinity. When you look away from God, (good), to serve yourself only, you turn into a devil. When you think your ideas are more perfect then your creators ideas, then you make yourself a God in your own mind. Yes itís a mystery how something created so perfect, could come up with the idea that he could go his own way, and sustain his own existence. When you turn evil, you cause war, and that is what happened in heaven according to Revelation 12:7, and he drew 1/3 of the angelic host with him in Revelation 12:4. They were cast down to earth, where our home was, while it was perfect. God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit created us, Genesis 1:26, and we were created perfect. We choose to not trust the ideas of our creator, and listen to the lies of the evil one, and we were then told to leave the Garden of Eden, which used to be heaven on earth, our first home. We now choose sides by our behavior, and how we love one another, which is good, which is Godly, which is what Christ came to do, by coming to earth at some point in time, living a life each day filled with the spirit and power of our creator to overcome evil with Good. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me, Philippians 4:13.
Josephat mushi's comment on 2013-01-04 14:13:57:
In the beginning, God created first the heavens and earth this mean that at the end, we will see a new heaven and a new earth coming down from God Himself.
ejiba matala's comment on 2013-01-03 09:45:21:
Before everything starts, was start with God which means nothing was started by themselves. It is only God who is the master of universe.
Frances's comment on 2012-12-03 13:22:56:
As a young child, Iíve always had questions about the Bible, the world, and GOD. Who am I or was I, did I exist before, what's my purpose? Samuel Abhishek, I think that you are correct about Genesis 1:1-2, there was another Earth Age before this one it was the 1st Earth Age. The one we are at the present living in is the 2nd Earth Age, and when Yahshaua returns it will be the 3rd Earth Age....Heaven right here on Earth! Most Churches will not share this part of the word...WHY?
Jamil's comment on 2012-11-28 09:44:57:
I need to ask some question regarding bible so can anyone help Me?
NWOKOLO THANKGOD's comment on 2012-10-13 23:57:12:
GOD IS REALLY GREAT AND DESERVES ALL THE PRAISE AND WORSHIP FOR EVEN THINKING OF US AND MAKING US IN HIS LIKENESS INTO HIS BEAUTIFUL CREATION, AMEN.
Ogechukwu's comment on 2012-10-03 07:23:39:
There is no doubt about it, GOD exists and He is the creator King..Praise God!
ashleigh's comment on 2012-08-06 19:51:28:
it says it all there was no big bang but God did it all and the KJV is the only bible I will use!! and I pray that you guys can keep this going it is a good thing to have you did a great job
Ann Liverman's comment on 2012-07-23 16:39:08:
I Turely thank God For JESUS from the beginning.
J S's comment on 2012-07-20 10:16:29:
Traditional science did not accept the idea of no beginning and no end, since this universe has cycles, and since is based on observable/measurable observations, etc.. If God is transcendental of this universe (or any other we may or may not be aware of) then God has no beginning or end. When considering the infinite, in all aspects (whether it be of this universe, multi-verses, other dimensions, etc.) one could say God is the existence of all and none since these terms are used to describe physical things, God cannot be defined as such.
Our comprehension is too limited to even consider we understand (what we define as) 'God', and to say otherwise is like asking a caveman what and how a computer works (as an analogy of understanding). Even sci-fi of today has a concept of 'advanced beings' visiting less advanced beings, and to a cave man, could be considered 'Gods', however this is a limited view that has its origins of what God may be. Ultimate awareness, consciousness, infinite in all aspects perhaps. How can God be classed as a single identity? Its a rhetorical question that needs no answer, but leading to a limited conception of a fundamental aspect that we cannot possibly comprehend. Thus faith is born. Faith could be considered a belief in something we cannot possibly understand or comprehend. Science seeks to understand the universe through detectable/replicated fact, and as such is a never ending search for knowledge. If God is infinite in all aspects, not just knowledge, then one could say that science is an attempt to understand God with a never-ending search of infinite truth by using a finite knowledge system.
Daniel's comment on 2012-07-06 15:24:29:
The beginnig of God is different from that of heavens and earth as well as man. Before the beginning begin, there was God inotherword God has no beginning. Man's. Knowledge should start in his beginning(life) and end in his ending(death). God regreted in craeting man because He knew that man will think above his beginning and his ending
Jean's comment on 2012-05-01 20:39:17:
God, there is no question. The Bible is where I have problems and find it confusing in many ways. Really with Genesis 6, 1-7, God had sons in heaven?, who came down, to bare children with daughters of man, that became mighty men, that were of old men of renown? God knows man is evil, yet man is the writer of all the books? Trying to understand, when you have to fill in the empty space.
phyllis s's comment on 2012-04-25 13:49:34:
I believe the big bang theory is a very carnel minded way of thinking about life when god himself made such wonderful creation around us.
G.L.'s comment on 2011-12-24 04:59:17:
I believe this was millions of years ago and God created a beautiful earth as He said in Isaiah 45:18. At that time we were with Him as its spoken of in Proverbs 8:31 and again the whole family was mentioned in Job 38:7.
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