How does the Bible portray God as the creator?
One need not read deeply into the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, for indications of God as the Creator of all living things. The very first line of the very first book of the Bible reads as follows:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
The first book of the Bible is titled “Genesis,” meaning, the origins of the Earth and everything on it. “Genesis” is the story of how God created the Earth, filled it with oceans and vegetation, and populated it with animals and humans. Each of the first six days of the planet’s existence, according to the “Book of Genesis,” involved God’s creation of various elements of existence, for example,
“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear : and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas : and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth : and it was so.”
The Bible has been revered by billions of people and over thousands of years as “the word of God.” Interpretations of the Bible differ, and different translations over the centuries have altered meanings, usually very subtly. But the one thing all the various versions of the Bible have in common is its acceptance as “the word of God.” There are 4,906 direct references to “God” in the commonly-used King James version of the Bible, the original English translation of which dates to the early 17th Century. To the extent the Lord giveth, then, of course, the Lord, according to the Bible, can take it away. One of the most widely-known stories from the Bible involves the catastrophic floods imposed by God as a punishment upon Man for his sins, and God’s instructions to Noah to construct an ark within which he and his family, along with representatives of every species of animal, are to survive to reestablish the Earth as a habitable place. The following passage, again from the Book of Genesis, describes this event:
“The earth also was corrupt before God ; and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt ; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me ; for the earth is filled with violence through them ; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
The Bible portrays God as the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth and living things.