A theory of creation. (Remember, this is just a theory.)
There is a doctrine that God created the universe out of nothing. It is a human doctrine. As far as I know, there is no Biblical support for this doctrine. I’ve got an alternative theory – that God made the universe out of himself. (Remember. It is just a theory.)
God created the universe. How did he do this? We don’t know. But Jesus said that God is spirit (John 4:24). Could another word for ‘spirit’ be ‘energy’? The universe is made up of trillions of trillions of tiny balls of energy that we call atoms. So, maybe, God didn’t make the universe out of nothing. Maybe he made it out of his spirit, his energy, his very self, his very being.
Maybe, God started the process of creation by making many, many balls of energy, which we now call hydrogen atoms. This event would be what we call “the Big Bang”. Through the processes of solar fusion, God then made other kinds of atoms and we call these, including hydrogen, elements. He then put elements together in increasingly complex structures, which we call molecules, and began using the molecules to make things. He made planets, rocks, water, plants, animals and, eventually, us. He built the universe in much the same way that a child creates increasingly complex structures using Lego blocks.
Every now and then God would take a look at what he had created and say “That’s good”.
If spirit and energy are the same thing, and God made the universe out of himself, then God is the universe, the universe is God, and the universe is, therefore, considerably smarter than we are. Also, God is not invisible. He is visible in everything we see.
Recently I found myself wondering how much of God’s available energy would have been used up in creating the universe. How much would he have left over? The answer has to be – plenty. Then I had a thought. Suppose the Big Bang wasn’t the moment of creation but the start of it. Suppose God is still creating atoms out of his own being; his own incredible supply of energy. This could explain the expanding, and accelerating, universe. And we wouldn’t need dark matter or dark energy to explain it. Although, if these things are proven to exist, it wouldn’t necessarily negate the theory. (Incidentally… Talking about the expanding universe… There are a surprising number of verses in the Old Testament that talk about God “stretching out” the heavens – check out this link.)
It is just a theory. That’s why I keep saying “maybe”.
What do others think?