The Hebrew word for "created" in Genesis 1:1 is "bara", which means God
created everything "ex nihilo", which is a Latin phrase for "out of nothing".
Only God can do this.
Hebrews 11:3 "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's
command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."
Colossians 1:15-17 "Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He
existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.
Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth.
He made the things we can see and the things we can't see—kings,
kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him
and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all
Job 26:7 "He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he
suspends the earth over nothing."
John Wesley affirmed the literal days of creation and a six thousand year
date for creation; specifically for the purpose of placing death as the result of
sin and not prior to it. He said
""And unto dust thou shalt return." How
admirably well has the wise Creator secured the execution of this sentence
on all the offspring of Adam! It is true He was pleased to make one
exception from this general rule, in a very early age of the world, in favour of
an eminently righteous man….. But setting these two or three instances
aside, who has been able, in the course of near six thousand years, to evade
the execution of this sentence, passed on Adam and all his posterity?"
Sermon "On the Fall of Man
" 1782). "No: God Almighty, whether you know
it or not, did not make it as it is now. He himself made it better,
unspeakably better, than it is at present. He made it without any blemish,
yea, without any defect. He made no corruption, no destruction, in the
inanimate creation. He made not death in the animal creation; neither its
harbingers, -- sin and pain” (Ref Sermon "God's Approbation of His Work