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The Creation

god created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1-2)

Planet Earth from Heaven

The things of God are not easily understood except by revelation. The purpose of the creation story, as presented in the Bible, is not to explain how God did what He did. Its purpose is to show that life as we know it had its beginning with God, and that it has a purpose beyond what we can prove with science or technology. An explanation of how the earth was created, including the exact sequence of events and how long each one took, must wait for another day and another revelation.

Skeptics believe that the biblical story of creation is a myth borrowed from earlier civilizations. For some it represents what happens when a “new” religion tries to establish itself as the true one. Their argument is partly based on dates, when the Bible was “put to paper” versus the age of other creation stories. They argue that people believe in creation and a Supreme Being because life is just “easier that way.”

Even people of faith may wonder about the biblical account of creation when it’s compared to certain natural phenomena, such as the Grand Canyon (United States), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), or Mount Everest (Nepal). Didn’t the formation of these natural wonders require millions of years?

Other people consider the whole question of misery: “Why would a god with perfect love, knowledge, and power want or allow His children to suffer in a world He created?” In other words, a loving God wouldn’t, so maybe God does’t exist.

And so it goes. What’s hard to understand, and even harder to explain, can become an obstacle to faith. But why? Did Paul not ask, then answer his own important question, “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1 Cor. 2:11; NASB, NIV, ESV). The great apostle also explained, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1; NASB, NIV, ESV). The substance spoken of is a spiritual awareness that you can know the things of God, and that following the Spirit of God (choosing good over evil) will cause your faith to grow. Just because something is unexplainable by you, or by science, does not mean it is unexplainable. The challenge is to trust in God who knows all things, keep His commandments, look to His Son, even Jesus Christ, and remain true until the end of your life—when all things will become clear, including creation, and your faith will be rewarded with eternal happiness.

This video was produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.