In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

Genesis 1:1 (ESV)

These are some of the most famous words that have ever been written. However, the familiarity of this statement should not allow us to miss how profound and unique this statement is among religions and human thought.

First of all this is a Creator who is outside of the creation. There is nothing about a being that is created out of something else, as is the case with many other origin stories. This tells about one Supreme Being who is responsible for creation out of nothing. The early Hebrew in which Genesis 1 was written did not have a word for universe as we understand it today. So, the heavens and the earth would have been the best way to describe what we now call our universe.

Additionally, this passage is clear and consistent throughout the Bible in stating that there was one beginning to our  physical universe. Other religions are oftentimes not as clear about their origin stories or have their origin stories from beings who were already part of the universe.

This passage is also the beginning of the unique story of how the Creator values the creation and made man and woman the pinnacle of creation. And the Bible points out that this is both a privilege and a responsibility that we have as human beings.

Combining the Genesis 1 origin story with the findings of science also shows the benefits of cross-pollination between science and the Bible. For example, Einstein’s general theory of relativity was the theoretical foundation of the Big Bang theory. It is also the theory that explains that the Big Bang was not only the beginning of the universe, but it was the beginning of space and time itself. Because as finite creatures we live within space and time, then we really cannot fully comprehend what it means to say something exists beyond space and time. But through combining general relativity with Biblical passages like Genesis 1:1, we have the added insight from science that the Bible is telling us about an event that is beyond space and time from a truly an unfathomable and breathtaking God. The Scriptures themselves remind us of this.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9
YouTube TitleDescription of Video
Testing Genesis with Advanced SciencePresentation in Vancouver by Dr. Hugh Ross about each of the days creation and how the Biblical description is being shown to be more and more accurate as science progresses in its understanding of the history of the earth.
Space, Time, and How New Scientific Discoveries Prove the Presence of God (Plus Q&A)Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe covers many of the latest advances in science and how they correlate very well with Biblical descriptions of creation. Includes object lesson of how a God who can operate in multiple dimensions can easily intervene in time and space in ways that seem supernatural to us.
The Big Bang to Present Day in 3 MinFilm clips of the different stages of the evolution of the universe and the earth. The total time is a little over 3 minutes.
The Entire History of the Universe in 8 MinutesVisualizations with a timeline of the evolution of the universe over the past 13.7 billion years. It includes audio summary over these time frames.
Origins of the Universe 101 | National GeographicCovers the basic physics of the Big Bang and describes the different epochs and what happened in each epoch
The Beginning of Everything - The Big BangMentions where the theory of the Big Bang came from and then covers a high level description of the physics of the Big Bang with simple conceptual visualizations.
Evolution of the Universe in 3 MinutesFocuses mainly on the evolution of the universe from a physics and chemical perspective.
A Brief History of the Study of the UniverseA university lecture of about 1.5 hours by U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Fulvia M. Fiorani that that covers what we know about the universe today and then covers the historical backdrop of how the universe has been understood through the centuries.