“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Welp, that’s all you need to know here. Moving on…
Just kidding. Well, partly. Of course there is so much richness to Genesis 1:1-25, and it’s all valuable for study. But considering this is a blog, and there are many who have written enormous tomes and endeavored to explain the Creation account, I am not going to focus on it here. However, here are the key facts: God created everything. Look around you, everything you see, God created. The trees? God. The beach (i.e. heaven on earth)? God. Your dog Scooby? God. God. God. God. God. Goooooooooooddddddddd. The point is that no matter how you interpret Genesis chapter one, the point is that God created everything. We are not here by chance, the universe is not a product of a random big bang, and we did not evolve from a lower species. The universe is finely-tuned, and the earth is placed in the perfect location to sustain life. These things happening by chance are basically mathematical impossibilities. He is the Alpha, the eternal God that preexisted everything that is. He is the First Cause of all there is. He created the heavens, the earth, and all the living things contained therein with purpose, including (and especially) you and me.
Genesis 1:26-27 states,
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’… So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” HCSB
Um, what? We are made in God’s image? Why does it say “Our”? Hang on, I am getting there…
Yes, we are made in God’s image. But what does that even mean? It’s not like we are walking around healing people or creating things ex-nihilo. We are not exact copies of God, meaning we were given all His power. We were made in His likeness, meaning we are finite versions of what God is like. This is how we are different from Jesus. Jesus wasn’t simply “like” God, He was God.
So how are we like God?
1. We are beings created with the need for relationship because God is a being in communion with Himself. That is what the Trinity is, three persons in one nature, all in relationship with each other. Man was not created to be alone; he needs his fellow man (or woman if you know what I mean… bowchickawowow). This is embedded in who God is, for He is not an absolute monotheistic deity like Allah is described to be, but a compound monotheistic deity. He is One, but He is also three. That’s why Genesis chapter one, verses 26 and 27 say, “Let US make man in OUR image”. There is a plurality to the unity that is God. This is why our souls crave a relationship with the divine, because God has been in a relationship with Himself for all this time. So it’s natural for us to desire it since we are made in His image. And you can see evidence of it throughout history, I mean, how do you think religion started? It’s man reaching out for some interaction with the Divine. This is also why we crave relationship with others – because we want the perfect agape love that exists between the Father and the Son, but unfortunately we can’t attain that level of love for each other as human beings, so we settle for the highest care we can possibly achieve toward one another. This is why true satisfaction can only be attained through a relationship with God alone.
2. We are beings created with an innate sense of absolutes, especially truth and morality. God is absolute, meaning that what He says goes, and it goes for all times, and in all places. God does not change and so if morality and truth flow from Him, they cannot change either. What is good has always been right, and what is evil has always been wrong. People will deny that there is an absolute sense of right and wrong across the board, but as CS Lewis states in his book Mere Christianity, “A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.” Meaning you can’t call something evil or “bad” unless you know what good is, or what is supposed to be, to measure it against. Besides morality, truth is one of those things that we just somehow recognize as well. When we say “That makes sense”, exactly what sense are we appealing to? One inheritance we received from God when He created us was His sense of logic. Like morality, logic flows from God. Things are done with purpose, methodically, and in order. Have you ever finally figured out a math problem and felt profound relief that it was finally correct? Our heart and mind recognize truth, because we realize it is what is real. Truth is that which corresponds to reality so when we find it, it just simply sits right with us. (This of course, is assuming you live in reality with the rest of us. Some don’t and therefore their gauge is broken and should not be trusted.)
Chapter one ends with God saying, “Hey, go have some fun making a bunch of mini-humans that will grow up someday to inhabit and rule the earth.”
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31, NKJV
Application: You were created with purpose, in the image of the one true God, and to be satisfied by a relationship with Christ alone,(John 14:6). You have a high calling to live up to your innate sense of morality and truth, as well as train your children up in the same way. Be fruitful and multiply, but do not forget to equip them, and others, as well.
 The universe shows signs of an explosive beginning, so a type of “big bang” occurred. However, it was not “random”, but God-ordained instead.
 Psalm 139:16
 Latin for “Out of nothing”