How do you explain the fact GOD had no beginning? Or explain His omniscience (all knowing) or His omnipotence (all powerful) or His omnipresence (everywhere present)?
The problem with trying to explain any of these is that we are trying to place GOD inside His creation, into our existence. Whether it is time or knowledge, we cannot use mortal terminology to explain an immortal GOD. If GOD is placed into any of these realms or limited by any of these descriptions, HE no longer is GOD. As GOD He must remain outside these descriptions. He is not limited by nor bound by His creation.
The opening verse of the Bible gives us a very simple description of the beginning. In it are the 5 manifestations of science. Here we have Time, Force, Energy, Space, and Matter. The Creator of these cannot be bound or explained by them.
GOD exists outside of these, separate and apart. If HE does not then HE is not GOD.
Consider the concept of Time, “In the beginning”. Time has no meaning to GOD. 2 Peter 3:8 says that one day is as a 1000 years to GOD and thus time has no meaning to Him. One day is defined as a 24 hour period. This comes from the fact it takes 24 hours for our earth to rotate on its axis. GOD defined a day as the evening and morning in the first chapter of Genesis. Thus this time would have a different meaning if we lived on another planet. To The Resident of heaven, earthly time has no meaning.
The idea of no beginning and no ending is hard to grasp. The concept of infinity cannot be fully understood with a mortal mind. It is impossible for us to understand that GOD had no beginning. He is outside the confines of time.
A study of GOD’S Name introduced in Genesis 2:4, translated Yahweh or Jehovah, comes from the verb “to be” meaning the Eternally Existing One.
In Exodus 3:14, Moses asked GOD for His Name to which the LORD GOD said, “I AM THAT I AM.”
In John 8:58, Jesus makes this statement, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” Don’t miss the tense of the verbs, was and am.
Each of the other ideas in Genesis 1:1 produce the same line of reasoning.
Consider Space, which is the heavens. For us to confine GOD to space means we are trying to place Him in our sphere of knowledge or existence. It is futile to limit GOD to a space that He created.
Consider matter being represented by the earth. It is not possible for us to comprehend how GOD could speak and matter come into existence. And then for us to confine GOD to the creation is futile.
Read Psalm 139
Verses 1-6 – the Omniscience of GOD – Such knowledge it too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
Verses 7-12 – The Omnipresence of GOD – Where can I go from Your Spirit? The answer is there is nowhere I can go to escape GOD.
Verses 13-18 – The Omnipotence of GOD – Your eyes saw my substance when yet there were none of them.
It takes faith to believe in the things for which we can’t comprehend or explain. In Hebrews 11:3 we read, “By faith we understand the worlds were framed by the word of GOD, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
It takes faith to believe in the Genesis account of creation. But it takes far more faith to not believe in the Genesis account of creation. To believe in any of the Big Bang accounts of how we came to be requires far more faith. To believe that mortal, moral man descended (or ascended?) from single cell organisms over billions of years of evolution is too much for me to believe. So I will choose to believe in the GOD of Creation that exists outside of any explanation for which I have.
I believe, yea I know, that we serve a GOD that is outside of the confines of space, matter and time. I may not understand it all now but I believe there will come a time when I will. HE IS.