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Genesis 1:1–3; Isaiah 9:2; Malachi 3:1; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:1–4; John 1:1–18; 2 Peter 1:16; 1 John 1:1; Revelation 13:8

How do you reconcile the biblical creation in six days with scientists’ claims that current conditions evolved over billions of years (Genesis 1:1–2)?

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God’s perspective is different from ours.
Considering different perspectives can give us a better understanding of reality.
One day isn’t much different from 365,000 days (2 Peter 3:8). Since God’s view of time isn’t the same as ours, his six days of creations might easily be the same as our 13.8 billion years. Both could be true.
A “day” is a “length of time.
The Hebrew word yowm, which is usually translated “day,” can refer to any period of time with a beginning, middle, and end. In the Genesis creation story, the six periods could even be of different lengths.
In his book The Science of God, Gerald Schroeder makes an interesting comparison between Earth time and God’s time for creation, associating distinct developmental periods with each of the six days, from the Big Bang to human beings on Earth.
What we can see is always a fraction of what God sees.
The prophet probably made an understatement when he said that God’s thoughts are as distant from ours as the stars (Isaiah 55:9). Whatever the distance is, we should recognize our extreme disadvantage in trying to discover the truth on our own. We’re like an ant building a research mound to study quantum physics.
Hypothetically, how long do you think God would need to create an adult male? Would it be an instantaneous miracle, a five-minute process, or a longer period of time? Whatever length you choose, that time can’t match what our independent observation would insist was true—that an eighteen-year-old adult male took eighteen years to develop.
Given the fact that God created the universe, we have no means to place limits on the amount of time he chose to take. As far as we know, he is capable of creating a billion-year-old rock in a day.
What we do know for sure is that he took whatever amount of time was needed for each stage of creation to perfectly suit his purpose, since each “day” was judged to be “good.”
Since God is infinitely great, learning more about him and his creation can continue forever.

What do you think is the best proof of God’s existence (Romans 1:20)?

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Nothing will prove God’s existence.
“Nothing” is the answer when someone doesn’t want to believe. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”
Everything will prove God’s existence.
“Everything” is the answer when someone does want to believe. The apostle Paul said we have no excuse for not believing, “since the power and nature of our invisible God can be clearly observed in his creation” (Romans 1:20).
Seeing is not always believing.
Many people saw Jesus’ miracles, yet didn’t believe. After Jesus was crucified and buried, more than 500 people at one time saw him alive, yet those eyewitnesses were not enough to convince everyone that he had risen from the dead.
We can believe whatever we want. It doesn’t have to be true. To believe a lie, all we have to do is reject all evidence that conflicts with what we want to believe.
Thomas, who wouldn’t accept the word of eyewitnesses, heard Jesus say, “Blessed are those who have not seen me, yet believe” (John 20:29).
The best proof is what we already know.
When an atheist quits lying to himself, he has to say, “If God isn’t real, why am I so motivated to argue that he isn’t real?” The truth is, he already knows but doesn’t want to admit it. After choosing to believe, he will say, “I always knew.”
A song by David says, “Only a fool would say in his heart, There is no God (Psalm 14:1). Someone who honestly doesn’t know would be called ignorant or uninformed, but that’s not the definition of a fool. When someone knows the truth but denies it, he’s a fool.
People don’t like being called fools.
Most people will defend the lies they believe when told they are wrong, which explains why that approach seldom ever works. If they don’t respect Scripture, quoting truth from the Bible won’t help either.
In proving God’s existence, what works best?
Do what the apostle Paul did on Mars Hill when he spoke to the Athenians. Instead of saying their gods weren’t real, he took advantage of their belief in an unknown God. He quoted their own truth that pointed to God’s existence, saying, “He is not far from any one of us. In him we live and move and have our being, as your own poet Epimenides has said, for we are his children” (Acts 17:27–28).

Why do some people deny God’s existence (Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:21)?

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John describes Jesus as the “Word made flesh” (John 1:1, 6–7), the means by which our universe was created, the physical reality where we currently live. In what way is Jesus’ identity different from or to be included with what we worship as “God” or “our Father”?

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Light is sometimes used in reference to God, darkness in reference to all that is evil. What is the value of that analogy (John 1:4–5)?

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If God doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), we might understand that his light shines upon everyone and we are all without excuse (Romans 1:20). What do you think our responsibility is for letting the light of God shine through our lives (Romans 10:14)?

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John preached a message much different from anything heard in synagogues or the Temple. Under what circumstances do you think he might have received from God the message he delivered to the people (John 1:6–9)?

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What reasons do human beings have to recognize their Creator (Genesis 1:27; John 1:10)?

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The Old Testament describes people seeing God. How do you reconcile that fact with John’s statement that no one has ever seen God (Genesis 12:7; 17:1; 18:1; 26:2, 24; Exodus 3:16; 1 Samuel 3:21; 1 Kings 3:5; 9:2; Jeremiah 31:3; John 1:18; Revelation 13:8)?

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Why did some believe Jesus while many others did not (John 1:11, 14)?

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How would you describe the difference between Law and Grace (John 1:13, 16)?

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Why might it be difficult to understand that Jesus and God have no beginning or end but have always been (John 1:1)?

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Some eyewitnesses saw the glory of God’s son, but others saw something else. They were looking at the same person, so how could people see something different (John 1:14)?

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What reasons do we have to believe the eyewitness testimonies found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are true (Luke 1:1, 3)?

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless void covered by darkness when the Spirit of God began to move over the surface.

Eyewitness

Genesis 1:1–2 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless void covered by darkness when the Spirit of God began to move over the surface.
King James

Genesis 1:1–2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God, in the beginning. Everything was created by him.

Eyewitness

John 1:1–3 He was with God, and he was God, in the beginning. The Word already existed. Everything was created by him. Nothing existed that he did not make.
King James

John 1:1–3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Nothing existed that he did not make. Life itself came from him, and this life gave light to everyone. When God said, “Let there be light,” the light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it.

Eyewitness

Genesis 1:3 God said, “Let there be light,” and light exploded into existence.
John 1:3–5 Everything was created by him. Nothing exists that he did not make. Life itself came from him, and this life gave light to everyone. The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it.
King James

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
John 1:3–5 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

The prophet Isaiah wrote: People who walk in darkness will see a bright light. Upon those who live under dark shadows of death, the light will shine.

Eyewitness

Isaiah 9:2 People walking in darkness will see a bright light. Upon those who live under dark shadows of death, the light will shine.
King James

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Here begins the wonderful news about Jesus the Messiah, the Lamb who has been slain since the founding of the world. God sent John the Baptizer to spread the news about the light so people might believe. John was not the light, but he came to testify that the true light would come into the world to shine on everyone. He pointed out Jesus, then shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, because he existed long before I did.’”

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Malachi 3:1 “See, I will send my messenger to prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you seek will come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight is surely coming,” says the Lord of Hosts.
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, Son of God.
John 1:6–9 God sent John the Baptizer to spread the news about the light so people might believe. John was not the light, but he came to testify that the true light would come into the world to shine on everyone.
John 1:15 John the Baptizer pointed out Jesus, then shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, because he existed long before I did.'”
Revelation 13:8 Earth’s inhabitants, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain since the founding of the world, will worship the beast.
King James

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
John 1:6–9 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

No one has ever seen God. However, his Son, Jesus, who came from him, has revealed him to us. Although the Word made the world, people in the world did not recognize him when he came.

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John 1:10 Although the Word made the world, people in the world did not recognize him when he came.
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God. However, his Son, who came from him, has revealed him to us.
King James

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

The Word became human and lived among his own people. Despite his unfailing love and faithfulness, most people did not accept him. But he gave those who believed and accepted him the right to become God’s children.

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John 1:11–12 He lived among his own people. Despite his unfailing love and faithfulness, most people did not accept him. But he gave those who believed and accepted him the right to become God’s children.
John 1:14 The Word became human and we have seen the majestic splendor of Jesus Christ, the Word of Life, and the glory of the only son of the Father.
King James

John 1:11–12 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Moses gave us the Law, but Jesus Christ gave us grace and truth. By being born again, not physically out of human desire but spiritually by the will of God, all believers can benefit from his rich grace by which he has blessed us repeatedly.

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John 1:13 They were born again, not physically out of human desire, but spiritually by the will of God.
John 1:16–17 All believers can benefit from his rich grace by which he has blessed us repeatedly. Moses gave us the Law, but Jesus Christ gave us grace and truth.
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John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:16–17 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

The eyewitnesses have seen the majestic splendor of Jesus Christ, the Word of Life, with their own eyes, touched him with their own hands, and heard him with their own ears. He is the Father’s only son, who existed from the beginning.

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Luke 1:1–2 Many people have written about what God has done in fulfillment of his promises. All these accounts owe their source to the early disciples and other eyewitnesses who saw him with their own eyes and touched him with their own hands.
John 1:1 He was with God, and he was God, in the beginning.
John 1:14 The Word became human and we have seen the majestic splendor of Jesus Christ, the Word of Life, and the glory of the only son of the Father.
2 Peter 1:16 We were not making up clever, fictional stories from our imagination when we showed you the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and his coming. With our own eyes, we saw his greatness.
1 John 1:1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, the Word of Life. We saw him with our own eyes, touched him with our own hands, and heard him with our own ears.
King James

Luke 1:1–2 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.

Many people have written about what God has done in fulfillment of his promises. These are not clever, fictional stories from our imagination. People have carefully investigated all these accounts, so you may be certain that this record is accurate.

Eyewitness

Luke 1:1 Many people have written about what God has done in fulfillment of his promises.
Luke 1:3–4 They have been carefully investigated, so you may be certain that this record is accurate.
King James

Luke 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us.
Luke 1:3–4 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.