How would you rephrase "in the beginning" without using the word "beginning"?

In order to know what someone thinks "beginning" means...

How would you rephrase "in the beginning" without using the word "beginning"?

Genesis 1:1... In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

John 1:1... In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


My answer is... "Starting at the creation of space-time"

So Genesis 1:1 would means... Starting at the creation of space-time God created the heaven and the earth.

And John 1:1 would mean... Starting at the creation of space-time was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


P.S. Here is an overview of what I believe...

For this creation, YHWH God (the only one who transcends all creations) determined to create a universe with a kingdom of redeemed humans (living souls) for his glory where he would reign as a living soul himself. The Scriptures describe how God would accomplish his plan. In an instant, transcendent God (called God the Father) created the supernatural and space-time of this universe and also became immanent as a spirit (called the Spirit of God) and in the form of a living soul (called the Word of God) with a glorious body. God the Father then created all things within the universe by the power of the Spirit of God commanded by the Word of God. But whereas God created a human spirit and soul for each of us, God himself as the Word became the human spirit and soul of Jesus. At his conception, Jesus' glorious body was changed to a mortal body to be made like us so he could make reconciliation for our sins. At his resurrection, Jesus' mortal body was changed back to a glorious body and he will also give each of his elect a glorious body when he returns to reign in his kingdom forever.
 

Our Lord's God

Well-known member
In order to know what someone thinks "beginning" means...

How would you rephrase "in the beginning" without using the word "beginning"?

Genesis 1:1... In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

John 1:1... In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


My answer is... "Starting at the creation of space-time"

So Genesis 1:1 would means... Starting at the creation of space-time God created the heaven and the earth.

And John 1:1 would mean... Starting at the creation of space-time was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


P.S. Here is an overview of what I believe...

For this creation, YHWH God (the only one who transcends all creations) determined to create a universe with a kingdom of redeemed humans (living souls) for his glory where he would reign as a living soul himself. The Scriptures describe how God would accomplish his plan. In an instant, transcendent God (called God the Father) created the supernatural and space-time of this universe and also became immanent as a spirit (called the Spirit of God) and in the form of a living soul (called the Word of God) with a glorious body. God the Father then created all things within the universe by the power of the Spirit of God commanded by the Word of God. But whereas God created a human spirit and soul for each of us, God himself as the Word became the human spirit and soul of Jesus. At his conception, Jesus' glorious body was changed to a mortal body to be made like us so he could make reconciliation for our sins. At his resurrection, Jesus' mortal body was changed back to a glorious body and he will also give each of his elect a glorious body when he returns to reign in his kingdom forever.

During the origin of Christianity was the word which Jesus the author of the faith proclaimed, and the word which the man Jesus proclaimed was with the Father and the word which Jesus proclaimed WAS the Father. John's Intent at 1:1

No one has ever seen God but the only begotten in the bosom of the Father expounds HIM. John 1:18
 

Stephen

Active member
In order to know what someone thinks "beginning" means...

How would you rephrase "in the beginning" without using the word "beginning"?

Genesis 1:1... In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

John 1:1... In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Perhaps the author might write a cover letter with the book or some explanation in a separate writing on the same subject. Perhaps it goes like this:

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
 
During the origin of Christianity was the word which Jesus the author of the faith proclaimed, and the word which the man Jesus proclaimed was with the Father and the word which Jesus proclaimed WAS the Father. John's Intent at 1:1

No one has ever seen God but the only begotten in the bosom of the Father expounds HIM. John 1:18


So Genesis 1:1 would means... During the origin of Christianity God created the heaven and the earth.

And John 1:1 would mean... During the origin of Christianity was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 

Our Lord's God

Well-known member
Perhaps the author might write a cover letter with the book or some explanation in a separate writing on the same subject. Perhaps it goes like this:

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

Yup.

let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 1 John 2:24
 
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