“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen 1:1 – NASB
one of the best places to begin an inquiry into the judeo/christian world view is at the very beginning. that is, it is prudent to start the venture not with the end result of the progression of the paradigm, but rather with the genesis of the paradigm itself. that means it is best to begin with the book of Genesis.
a journey, whether intellectual, casual, or spiritual, should begin with an understanding of that journey. if you were to spend a great deal of time delving as deep as you could into something just to find out that what you thought you were looking into actually had nothing to do with what was really there, that would, well, suck. a common practice of atheists, agnostics, and christians (anybody really), when dealing with the Bible for the first time is to begin their with the Gospel of Saint Matthew. while that is not a bad place to start, it can beg a few questions about who this “God” person is any ways.
regardless of the translation used, the first words in the first chapter of the Bible has the same meaning: God created. when it was done, how it was accomplished, the particulars – these, while fascinating to think about, are relatively unimportant sidebars. ponder on that for a bit: before any theology, any religion, or holy wars, there was a singular act, creation.
creation in and of itself is enough to begin to see a picture of who God is, however the next act by God is equally as telling. after creation God evaluated what had been brought into existance and spoke over creation:
“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” Gen 1:31 – NASB
this is a very powerful truth about the judeo/christian God. the creation that God wrought was not just something that God did, rather creation was an act by God that was inherently good. it stands to reason then, that all that God has created was created with the capacity to be good. this does not mean that everything or everyone is good, but rather from the beginning God foresaw creation as something that could bring forth goodness.
from these two simple acts, creation and speaking goodness into that creation, the very foundations of the judeo/christian paradigm is established.