The world did not start with a battle

Last updated on May 16, 2021

Why do people love darkness more than light?

“By him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Many myths all over the world claim that the world started with a cosmic battle. The famous Babylonian creation myth, for example, describes how the god Marduk defeats a sea goddess and forms the earth and the sky out of her carcass. The Canaanites had similar myths. The Bible also mentions God as the Victor over the sea and its monsters (see Psalm
89:9-10, Psalm 74:12-14). But nowhere in God’s Word is creation portrayed as a battle between God and something or someone else. In the beginning, there was just God.

Everything has been created by Him, not out of the carcass of some goddess, but by the word of his mouth. As Hebrews 11:3 phrases it, “by faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

God did not conquer adversaries in the process of creation. He did not have any. The world did not originate in a battle, but in the carefully designed plan of a loving Creator.

Does it make a difference to you whether this world started with a cosmic battle or with God’s creation plan?

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