Universe In The Bible

Although the measurements of time and space have changed since the Bible was written, the universe is still all around us. We don’t really know how large it is because it’s so huge, and science doesn’t really have a concrete definition of how many stars there are in our universe. There is no doubt, though, that there’s a lot more to our universe than meets the eye.

While considering the earth and sky as merely natural objects, this article is not a blame game of comparative religion. The Universe in the Bible briefly presents to the reader that a highly intelligent designer and scientist had created it, who goes by several names in different religions.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1), before that there was no Earth, and no universe. The Universe (capitalized) is God’s creation; it’s under his control. All that we see and can observe, is part of the Universe.(Genesis 1:1)

The Bible is the most sold book in the entire world, and touches on many complex topics. For example, creationists and atheists have debated for centuries whether the universe was created by a god or came into being without any divine intervention. This article will delve into the concept of creation found in the Old Testament.

Universe In The Bible

When the first chapter of the Bible says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27), what is the point? The point of an image is to image. Images are erected to display the original — to point to the original, glorify the original. God made humans in his image so that the world would be filled with reflectors of God — images of God, seven billion statues of God. So that nobody would miss the point of creation. Nobody (unless they were stone blind) could miss the point of humanity, namely, God — knowing, loving, showing God.

The angels cry in Isaiah 6:3, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” It’s full of millions of human image bearers. Glorious ruins. But not only humans. Also nature! Why such a breathtaking world for us to live in? Why such a vast universe? I read the other day (can’t verify it!) that there are more stars in the universe than there are words and sounds that all humans of all time have ever spoken. 

Universe In The Bible

Hebrews 11:3 ESV / 284 helpful votes 

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.

Genesis 1:1-31 ESV / 239 helpful votes 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …

Isaiah 40:22 ESV / 163 helpful votes 

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

Psalm 19:1 ESV / 152 helpful votes 

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 8:3-4 ESV / 142 helpful votes 

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

John 1:3 ESV / 138 helpful votes 

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Job 26:7 ESV / 135 helpful votes 

He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.

Isaiah 40:26 ESV / 102 helpful votes 

Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.

Psalm 147:4 ESV / 93 helpful votes 

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

Hebrews 1:3 ESV / 85 helpful votes 

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Psalm 33:6 ESV / 73 helpful votes 

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

Genesis 1:14 ESV / 72 helpful votes 

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,

Genesis 1:1 ESV / 70 helpful votes 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Job 26:10 ESV / 62 helpful votes 

He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.

Genesis 1:26 ESV / 59 helpful votes 

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1:2 ESV / 57 helpful votes 

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Jeremiah 33:25 ESV / 53 helpful votes 

Thus says the Lord: If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth,

Psalm 104:5 ESV / 49 helpful votes 

He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.

2 Peter 3:7 ESV / 45 helpful votes 

But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

Romans 1:20 ESV / 45 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

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