Many Christians interpret the Bible as teaching that God created the heavens and earth "from nothing" or "ex nihilo"(John 1:3, Romans 4:17, 1 Corinthians 1:28, Hebrews 11:3). However, surprisingly, while this detail may seem trivial, it is integrally linked to the understanding of the nature of God and the eternal potential of man. Why? Because if mankind really are children of God and if man can literally become like our Heavenly Father as the Bible promises; then the spirits of man need to have existed forever and not have been created children of God from nothing. Why? Because to become like the eternal God, man would also have to be co-existent and co-eternal with Him. Gods are not created, they ARE OR ARE NOT. Christ is the great I AM THAT I AM or self-existent one. Therefore, the spirits of man would have to have been created children but not gods. Gods in embryo would be our species; what we are, what we have always been. And, becoming spiritual fathers like the Eternal Father would be our destiny. If, however, man were made from nothing as some believe, then man is nothing whatever like the Eternal Father. God is not our father, and we are not really children. We are instead, something closer to pets or toys.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The whole debate begins in Genesis 1:1 which the word "create." The word "created" in Hebrew is "bara" which according to most Lexicons means to "form, carve out, cut out, and to plane and polish." The word is used in Hebrew is synonymous with the verb "to build". Therefore, it makes sense that Paul would talk about creation in terms of building when he says that God is "he that built all things". Also, Paul refers to God as the "potter" and us as "the clay." Both examples involve forming and creating from pre-existing materials.
Heb. 3: 4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.