Amazon Review

This review appeared on the Amazon.co.uk entry for a previous edition of this book:

In reviewing a book about the “beginning”, perhaps it is appropriate to commence at the first chapter.

From the outset of this extremely well written and thought provoking study, the reader is immediately provided with the writers own personal interpretations of Scripture, where the entire Bible is described as being the Word of God which is cited as being “authoritative, sufficient, complete and inerrant”.

Concentrating on the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis, the writer proceeds to demonstrate that it is impossible to understand the remainder of the Holy Bible whilst ignoring what is described as a “foundational book”.

The author asserts that, without a belief in the truth of the book of Genesis, there is no basis for our belief in the morality taught by the Bible.

Through both a Biblical and scientific approach, whilst taking Scripture at “face value”, the author demonstrates why he does not personally accept what are described as “pseudo creation theories” such as “progressive creationism”, “day-age theory”, the “gap theory” and “theistic evolution” etc..

Citing the first four words of the Bible, “In the beginning, God….” this excellent study establishes that the truth of the Bible “stands or falls on these first four words” and proceeds to reveal how the Holy Bible is effectively the Book through which we “observe and interpret the World”.

Upon this foundation, the reader is then shown how scientific facts subsequently fall into place.

Each of the “days of creation” are scrutinized in some depth and this analysis extends to include the events before, during and after the Genesis flood, culminating in the “table of nations”, the “tower of Babel” and the implications that such have upon mankind.

The study also explains the pivotal issue of how sin originally emerged into the human race and how God’s provision for our Salvation through Jesus Christ was even embraced at that very time. The entire Gospel message itself is also provided with due reference to God’s eternal purpose so evident in the book of Genesis itself.

Throughout the book, God is shown to be “central to everything” and “before everything”, with everything and everyone having a “beginning”. God Himself (cited as the key subject matter of the universe) being shown to have been there even before that time.

Despite some scientific reference, this work is extremely easy to read and holds your attention from the very first page and I highly recommend this book to everyone, irrespective of their religious or personal beliefs.

It’s profound message needs reading by one and all. Thank you for your time.

Beginnings – Part 5

The final section of chapter 1.

These four words — “In the beginning, God” — demonstrate to us the fact of God’s existence and the futility of believing otherwise. Moreover, they state that God was there “in the beginning,” so He was there before the creation of the world. This takes Him outside nature, and makes Him transcendent, as well as immortal. The four words tell us that everything else, other than God, had a beginning and that God was the Creator of everything else. There was thus a beginning to time itself.

It is difficult to understand a world without time, but clever physicists like Stephen Hawking have tried to get us to do so, so there is no reason for Christians to doubt the beginning of time. However, our beginning is not the beginning of the new physics, as espoused by Hawking and others. They believe that the universe began in a big bang. Thus, the universe was once concentrated into one infinitesimally small dot that exploded. Much thought has gone into the mechanism of what matter might be like in such a big bang. Hawking is well known for his “popular” stylebook, A Brief History of Time, which many have on their bookshelves, but which few have read or even understood. This is a shame, because God wants us to understand the beginning easily. There was no big bang, and no complex equations. What we need to know is, “In the beginning, God. . . .” This is at once a simple and yet profound statement. It is the statement through which the rest of Scripture is to be interpreted.