Ex nihilo, nihil fit, that nothing can come out of nothing. This is a popular line…that nothing can come out of nothing and so how does one explain creation?
The skeptics argue that since the Law of Conservation of Matter, that nothing can come out of nothing but can only be transformed into another, that God must have taken something, they are vague here, and shaped it into the universe. This then also supposed that God was just a carpenter or a shaper but not a creator.
The problem with that argument is no where does the Bible ever state that there was something for God to take. Right up front, right out of the gate, the Books of Moses states:1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.1:2
– And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.1:3 – And God said, Let there be light: (lux fiat) and there was light.1:4 – And God saw the light, and it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
God created the world, and so is the maker of the heavens and the earth. The plants and animals were created, although God did form them out of the dust of the earth but this was the very dust which God had created for him to use. –rather circular here but if you think about that it makes sense. It is no different than a someone who makes tools for him to use later in another job or a needleworker that first spins her wool for her to use it later in weaving her rug-.
This is basis that God’s is part of natural process; that he created things from nothing and left these things for his various creatures to use for their purpose later down the line.
Look at this point in the New Testament where the same idea is mentioned as in Genesis 1:1-4
“By Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” (Col. i. 16, 17.)
So when ex nihilo means simply By Him, Through Him and Of Him. It’s here on the earth because God gave it to us. The Physical laws apply to us, not Him because they were not there when he created the world. These laws happened as a consequence of his creation.