View episode 3—the beginning (english subtitles)
Welcome to the FAQ for module 3—the beginning. The following questions include video and/or written answers and are also included in the guide for your leader. You may like to raise these questions during your group time, and we also place them here for you to explore and re-explore at your leisure.
Q 1. Has the universe always existed? Or did it have a beginning?
A biblical perspective:
According to the biblical story, the universe has not always existed because it began when God created it (Genesis 1:1).
Q 2. Did the universe spontaneously come into existence by itself? If not, then what brought the universe into existence?
We know that the universe had a beginning (see Q 1 above). But is it possible that the universe could have spontaneously come into existence all by itself? There is good reason to think that this idea is impossible.
Q 3. Who made God?
A biblical perspective:
Perhaps we have heard someone ask the question, “If God is the Creator of the universe, then who created God?” Or perhaps we have even asked that question ourselves.
As we discovered in module 3—the beginning, the Bible presents God as the uncreated Creator of the universe. He is “the eternal God” (Deuteronomy 33:27). Isaiah 57:15 says that God is forever. He has no beginning and he has no end—“For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy”. God has always been the eternal God; therefore, no one made God.
Q 4. Is it possible to be a Christian and believe in evolution?
Yes, it is possible to be a Christian and believe in evolution. Some Christians believe that God used the evolutionary process to bring the universe and all life into existence. To be a Christian is to be rightly related to Christ—not to creation (John 1:11–13; 3:16; 8:24; 14:6).
The relationship between the biblical story and evolution can be a tricky topic for many people and can be one that requires exploration in greater depth. The following information is designed to help you begin this exploration.
Q 5. How do I become aware of God?
There are at least two ways in which we can become aware of God. The first is through God’s created world; the second is through the Bible.
Q 6. What about the Trinity?
As the biblical story unfolds, we find three distinct persons referred to as God: the Father (e.g. Romans 15:6), the Son (e.g. John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8) and the Holy Spirit (e.g. Genesis 1:2; 2 Corinthians 3:17). But the Bible is very clear that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4).
Christians use the word ‘Trinity’ or ‘tri-unity’ to explain how God can be one and three. Christians describe God as one ‘being’, who exists in three ‘persons’. But what does this mean?
Q 9. Is creation part of God?
The idea that creation (or the universe) is a part of God is called ‘pantheism’. This idea is found in many of the world’s religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bahá’í and Scientology. And many other people who don’t identify with any of these religions embrace this idea.
But there seems to be a big problem with this idea—the universe is not eternal.
Q 10. Is there any scientific proof that God exists?
Ultimately, there is no absolute scientific proof either for or against God’s existence but Christians believe there is very good evidence for the existence of God.
Q 11. Why can’t I see God?
We cannot see God because he is spirit, not matter.
Q 12. Is God male or female?
God is neither male nor female. God is spirit (John 4:24) and not matter and so is biologically neither male nor female.