The world began when God spoke it into existence (Heb 11:3). In six carefully recorded, ordinary days, God created the world and filled it with orderliness, life, and productivity (Gen 1). On the sixth day God created man and woman, married them, and then gave them the rest of Creation to work in and enjoy as His image-bearers over the Creation (Gen 1:26-29; Gen 2:15-25).

The beginning is therefore a period of six days where God, already existing, created all that exists (Gen 1:1). From the carefully recorded ancestry records, we know that the beginning was approximately 6 000 years ago.

The human field of science often over-reaches its limitations to theorise about the origin of earthly realities, and over time rises and falls in its agreement with the Bible’s clear account. We are therefore very careful always to maintain the objective clarity of God’s Word as we watch the scientific world learn and grow in its observations and theories (Heb 11:3).

Because of how it all began, each person is obliged to worship God (Rom 1:19-21), honour marriage (Matt 19:6), work (2 Thess 3:12) and rest (Ps 127:2) appropriately.