I've been studying Genesis 1, and a lot comes down to interpreting Genesis 1:1 correctly. I googled this for quite a bit, but I'm not making much progress.
Basically, I've come to the conclusion that the universe is older than the earth, and that the universe has millions of unfallen worlds in it. (I'm a Seventh-day Adventist, sorry 😉)
That changes things a bit for Genesis 1:1.
"In the beginning God created the heaven [?] and the earth." - Genesis 1:1 (KJV)
I think there are two interpretations:
- When it says "heaven and earth" (sky + land), it is a reference to Earth
- When it says "heaven", it is a reference to the universe
Option 1 - Maybe Genesis 1 only ever talks about our world (and perhaps the solar system). The phrase "In the beginning" would then be something like "6,000 years ago". The phrase "heaven and earth" generally speaking means Earth in the Bible (see verse below).
"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." - Exodus 20:11 (KJV)
Option 2 works well too, but then the question is, can "In the beginning" refer to the universe, but not to the Earth (which was created later)?
Any thoughts on the correct interpretation of Genesis 1:1? :)