Before Time and Space Began
All known ancient religious books – except the Bible – assume that time and space are eternal. Only the Bible boldly states that time and space originally did not exist.
Recent research supports the Bible by finding strong evidence that time and space had a beginning in a singularity resulting in what is commonly known as “the Big Bang.” This is also implied by the General Theory of Relativity.
The Bible, uniquely among pre-modern texts, refers to God's activities before the beginning of time:
2 Timothy 1:9 …who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began ...
Titus 1:2 …in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began…
And these verses refer to events before the “ages” of time (Greek: aions or aeons):
1 Corinthians 2:7 – But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory…
Jude 1:25 (NIV) …to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen. (This wording is found in recent translations such as the NIV and NASB).
Here are some verses in which the Bible says that God was doing things before the foundation of the world. The original Greek word for "world" in all of these Bible verses is kosmos (or “cosmos”). Many scholars believe that the word “kosmos” means the entire Universe. So, God was doing things before the creation of our space-time Universe:
John 17:5 …” the glory I had with You before the world (kosmos) was.”
John 17:24 ..."You loved Me before the foundation of the world (kosmos)."
Ephesians 1:4 ... He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world (kosmos).
1 Peter 1:20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world (kosmos).
In Romans 8:39 height and depth are referred to as a “created things”, implying that God created space and that it had a beginning;
… nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God …
Note: all quotations are from the NKJV translation of the Bible except where indicated.
Lindsay Smith 1/9/17