This is a continuation of the following posts:
How did everything begin? How will it end?
Everything began through God and His creation of all things. This is the main teaching of Christianity, and growing up in the church, what I was told to believe. Genesis 1:1 says:
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
God created the world through fiat, a Latin word meaning “let it be.” When God said “Let there be,” it happened.
Creation is the way everything began, not only because of the existence of God, but the complexity of the world itself. Only the creationist view can account for the intelligent design of nature and mankind.
Everything will end through an event called “the second coming of Christ.” This is described as the day Jesus Christ will come again and all believers will rise into heaven to join Christ. It can also be referred to as “the final judgement.” Thessalonians 4:16-17 says:
“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
The end of the world is based on the return of Jesus and his judgement of the world. On that day true followers of Christ will go to heaven, while nonbelievers will descend to hell. The Nicene Creed, which is a widely used statement of faith states,
“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.”