Creation

 

 

3. Did God make the universe out of some pre-existent matter?

 

 

No, He didn’t. In that God made the universe out of nothing, thus without using any pre-existent matter. For the Scripture says: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3. The second part of this verse in the NIV reads: “So that what is seen was not made out of what was visible”), that is, of pre-existent things. As it is said in the Psalms: “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth …. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:6,8-9 – NIV).

When we read in some books of theology (and not only in books of theology) the expression ‘creation ex nihilo,’ it refers to the creation of things out of nothing.

 

 

 

Back