The ‘Beginning’ What does that mean?


It is coming up to the second year since my mother, the author of The Many Waters, passed away. The Many Waters was her life’s work, and in honour of her work I want to share and teach you what she learned. I’ll be including excerpts from her book in the coming posts, of which may take months to share. If you have any questions please ask; I’ll try to answer them. If you want to buy the book I’ll be delighted to send you one; again, just ask.
Note: Key words that will be studied closer will be bolded

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning…”

There is no better way to start creation than at the very beginning.

The word ‘begin’ means to do the first part of an action, to come into being, and thus begins the concept of Time.

Many centuries ago, Maimonides, a physician, philosopher and codifier of the Jewish Talmud, wrote:

God created everything out of nothing. Time is also a divine creation, since without a moving thing there cannot be motion, and without motion there is no time.
-Harry Gersh, The Sacred Books of The Jews

We are made of matter, we live in a material world, and we have our being in linear time. There is motion and evolution, beginnings and endings; time and limits rule our lives.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die…
Ecclesiastes 3:12

In the first verse of Genesis, the beginning is the start of our time-period on earth. Stephen Hawking entitled his book, A Brief History of Time, and that would also be an apt title for the biblical creation story.

The cosmos had a beginning, and it will end, but Alpha and Omega always has been and always will be – forever.

We cannot fathom eternity. Time without beginning or end is a concept that our astronomers and physicists are grappling with now as they study the cosmos.

Science has come to accept that the creation of matter within the universe started out with a ‘Big Bang’ and we also know that the matter that was created with this Big Bang has been expanding for eons.

The universe does not expand. It’s the matter (the cosmos) within the universe that has been expanding. We tend to use the two words interchangeably, but there is a distinction between the two in the Bible.

At a certain point in time – when this matter has reached the boundary of the universe – it will begin to contract, and it will do so for many more eons, until it back to zero – and nothingness.

The expansion and contraction of the cosmos is just one breath of God, and only one brief history of time. Then, in another beginning, God will create the heaven and the earth AGAIN!


Each Monday I will present the next concept of the study of The Many Waters.
Next week please join me for Alpha and Omega: GOD. The Many Waters looks at GOD and how the Bible and other ancient writings define GOD.


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