In The Beginning . .
. God . . .
By James Donahue
The phrase quoted in
the above headline: “In the beginning, God . . .” may be among the most familiar four words in the literate world.
They are the very first words in the ancient text of the Book of Genesis. They have been the subject of many Christian sermons
since the very origins of the church, and possibly even before when the Hebrew people were gathering text.
The Christians perceive
the significance of these words to prove that there was a beginning of everything as we know it and that the creator God is
an eternal/external power that always was and always will be. They also see this God as the source of all creation.
This is not the only
interpretation. If we perceive a universe created from our own minds, then we must think of the god as the creator that exists
within us. Thus the “beginning” becomes the starting of perhaps our own awareness of an existence.
If this is so, then when,
we might ask, did this personal awareness begin? Have we always been since the beginning of time? Did our existence begin
at the creation of the Earth? Have we gone through many existences, returning from the astral world to inhabit new bodies
time and time again? Or is this trip our first and last time around?
That the book should
begin with a statement declaring there was “a beginning,” may only mean that it is the beginning of the story
of man. Or since it was intended as a Hebrew story explaining the creation as the writer perceived it, the reference to the
beginning may only point to the origins of the Hebrew story. Man was on this planet long before the Hebrew people began keeping
There is something deeply
spiritual, however, in the phrase that puts God at the beginning. Just what and who the creator is, whether a great external
intelligence that looks down upon us from afar, a spiritual presence watching our every move, an alien race involved in manipulating
our DNA to make intelligent animals of us, or the spirit that exists within each of us, it is correct to state that the god
was, indeed, present at the beginning of the story.