ORIGIN 1.5
Love & free will
This is the prevailing cosmological model for the observable universe ... reported in the Bible 3,000+ years before science discovered it!
First verses in the Bible (Genesis 1:1-2)
'IN THE BEGINNING God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the face of the deep, and the spirt of God was hovering over the waters.'

God is love

God is holy, just and love.

But, as a result of better telescopes and the results of experimental observations of the universe's constant expansion by Edwin Hubble and others, by the 1980's the 'big bang' was the preferred term used by astronomers and astrophysicists.

Love is choice

Inherent in free will.

Science just discovered what Bible has said for 3,000 years

The Bible says that in the beginning the earth was formless and empty – just gasses, everything vaporized.

There was darkness over the face of the deep – light could not penetrate the extreme heat, and the earth was a deep mass of swirling vapor.

The spirit of God was hovering over the waters (as steam began condensing) – God was giving special attention to planet earth because he planned to do something special here.

Existence started with design and power outside of nature

Nothing existed except sheer intelligence and power. Scientists say ... There can be no other explanation.

Impossible for the human mind to comprehend, yet we see and experience it.

Christians call this "God,' meaning almighty being. Reverence and awe.

If the big bang is the beginning of nature, then some intelligence outside of nature, and above nature, had to trigger the big bang, to start everything out of nothing, and to establish those predetermined laws of nuclear energy, physics and chemistry that enabled it happen with orderly precision.

Billions of years passed as earth cooled

Apparently billions of years passed between Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 1:3, as the earth cooled, became liquid, and eventually developed a solid crust.

Then God started shaping the earth and putting life on it. In the first stage of transformation, light starts glowing through the cloud cover, the basic energy for all life. The stages are summarized in Genesis 1:3 through Genesis 2:3 [see 1.2].

The compiler/writer of Genesis (generally thought to be Moses) could not have had this scientific insight more than three thousand years ago without some special revelation from God.

Fie-mile crust

Earth was small, unique and special; made ready for life

Genesis 1 and the scientific community are now in essential agreement about the beginning of our physical world, the world of atoms.

Genesis 2 is another matter [see 1.5], outside the realm of science, because it's about creation of the non-physical parts, the parts that distinguish humans from animals ... our greatly enhanced soul (mind, will and emotion) ... our moral character ... and our connection to God.

There is no conflict between true science and true theology

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Theology begins where science ends

Bible was right
A REASON for Christian faith is that the Bible has been right all along about the earth's origin. It's only within the last 50 years that science has come to agree that the earth has NOT always existed but had a formless beginning from massive external power.
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5.1a - Orginal sin1.1b - Time and space
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