From all ages man has pondered his origins. The origins of species of the planet Earth and in the universe as a whole cannot be determined from the natural evidence which is left for us in the universe. Understanding the operation of the natural phenomena will never be able to lead us to an accurate understanding of the origination of the universe. The only way we can understand the origination of the universe for sure is through the declaration of the God Who made the universe and all that is or ever was. Some of the theories created by man are more or less intricate than others, but all necessarily fail at the point of lack of proof. Shocking to our senses of reason and logic is the false proposition made by atheists that matter is eternal since science proves that all matter had a beginning and since all matter, time, and space had a beginning then there has to be a cause for matter, time, and space that is outside of matter, time, and space. There is no refutation to the Necessary Being which is God for the creation of all things. There is no logic which can deny that the only way in which we can know how the origination of all things occurred than to read the record which the God of the Universe has left for us in the Christian Bible. And in creating the universe it is clear that God began with no preexisting material but that the universe was created out of nothing, before the Creation of the universe there was not even time and so it would be improper to even speak of what came before the creation since there was no before the creation—a fact which scientists are only beginning to understand but which Christians have known all along.
From the Torah we have the written declaration of how the creation of the universe occurred and on this point and on the points above there is not debate in the Christian community. However, when the question turns to how long ago these events occurred there is a lot of debate in the Christian community. From the Scriptures there are many different ways in which the Mosaic writings have been interpreted as historical, allegorical, or mythological. While there is a growing community of fundamentalists who hold to a strictly historical interpretation of the Torah, there are Christians who take the Bible’s record very seriously who view the Torah as presenting the reader with an opportunity to recognize the gap that is between the beginning of the universe in Chaos in Genesis 1:1 and the beginning of the ordered Creation in Genesis 1:2 as has been supposed in rabbinic traditions going back as far back as we have records. The question boils down to distinction which can be interpreted into the different phases of creation in the first two verses of Genesis:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:2 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.
Moreover, from the first chapter of Genesis there is speculation amongst the Christian community that when it is said that God created the universe in a series of days, that the Hebrew word יוםshould be understood to be a long period of time rather than a literal 24 hour day as in the passages of Scripture which refer to the “Day of the LORD” meaning time everlasting in the End of Days. While this debate continues to go on, it is important for us to recognize the sincerity of the Christian devotion amongst those who take varying positions on the time elapsed between the beginning of the Creation of God and the present. Moreover, it must be remembered that due to the nature of the debate that this debate in the Christian community will probably only end when we see the LORD face to face.