This explains a lot :)
some snips from this article....
"Justin Martyr, the earliest of Christian apologists, writing 300 years before Origen, emphatically says, in the apologies, "The early Christians did not believe in creation out of nothing, but believed that when God created the world, He organized matter." Now, this is the theme that these new documents have a great deal to say about. And somebody has been writing articles on this recently, a good many of them. Richter, for example, in a number of recent studies, pointed out, "It's not until we get to the doctrines of the church in the 4th century, wholly committed to the prevailing teachings of the school, that we hear of creation out of nothing. Before the 4th century the early Christians didn't believe in that at all." They believed that God created the Universe out of stuff and that He organized it. Now, how He did this, the way he does it, is one of the most intriguing aspects of the doctrines we are talking about."
this article goes into how God organizes matter.....very interesting....you should read it...it is long...but so worth reading.
"There's a passage in this Apocalypse of Abraham which is very good on that. He sees what's going on inside of a star. It's a very exciting picture that he displays here. (Reminds you of the process of converting from one element to another; helium to hydrogen, and then later on the carbons. Cycle goes on.) And this is the way he describes it. He’s taken there by this angel. This is when Abraham was praying and he wanted to know how the stars were made, and the angel actually takes him. And he says his spirit left his body. He didn't go there physically but he saw this, and he was completely bowled over. He says he saw an indescribably mighty light, and within the light was a tremendous fire, and within that was a host of mighty forms that are constantly seething and exchanging with each other, and constantly change their shape as they move, altering themselves, one exchanging with another. Well, Abraham frankly doesn't know what's going on and he says to the angel, "Why have you brought me here? I can It see a thing. I've become weak. I think I'm out of my mind." (I think we would too if we got too near to a star! A red giant, a white giant, even a white dwarf would scare you enough!) The angel tells him to stick close to him and not be afraid. But when later they were both wrapped in something like flame and heard a voice like many rushing waters, even the angel took precaution. Abraham wanted to fall on his face, but he could not because, "there was no ground or earth anywhere to fall on." So, he couldn't even fall on his face. And he was awfully glad to get back home again. Abraham was taken out and he saw these chemical changes going on inside the stars. The most useful property of matter is its plasticity. It can be adapted, according to these writings. It submits to handling. Eusebius points that out in the Preparation: "You can't make everybody in the church responsible for sinful man in his sinful nature." Physical matter is just a tool that we use. We just put it to our purposes. Matter can't help itself--it is inert..."