In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.
If you really believe God created, you can only acknowledge Him as supreme, the One who must be obeyed.
If you don’t believe God created, you may think you are in charge of your life, and are making your own decisions, but you must eventually yield to death. If there is no Divine Creator to be obeyed, then Death is the All-Conquering Supreme Power of the universe. You will either face Almighty God or you will face Inexorable Death — no one has ever found a third alternative that works.
The only logical conclusion of atheism is despair, for atheism has (perhaps unwittingly) chosen death as its supreme master.
Hope is not the province of atheism, but of theism, the possession of those who have placed their trust in an active Creator. If He loved enough to create, knowing what His created beings would do, of course He would love enough to rescue, to bring His lost ones from hopelessness into love, joy, and peace.
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Thus, perhaps more than any other verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1, ‘In the beginning God created,’ is ‘the verse that divides.’ It tells of an all-powerful, active God.
Believe it, and all that necessarily follows from it, and you have an eternal hope, a hope that looks beyond the grave, an inheritance reserved in Heaven for you, one that never tarnishes, fades, or grows old.
Reject it? Ultimately all that’s left is hoping to stave off all-conquering death long enough to eek out a few temporary pleasures, before your eyes finally close forever. Of course, you’ll also hope against hope that your atheism is right, that you won’t have to answer, for all eternity, for rejecting Another Supreme, greater even than death. A forlorn hope indeed, but it’s all you have if you reject Genesis 1:1.