Sunday, March 21, 2010

In the Beginning

The Bible begins with Genesis 1:1:  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." 

With this one verse, two truths are established at the start of God's Word:
  1. God exists, and He has always existed.  Even before mankind and the universe were created, there was God.  He is eternal.  Based on this short verse, the proponents of atheism and agnotism do not have a leg to stand on.  The person who denies the existence of God is a fool. (Ps. 14:1)
  2. God created everything which ends any debate over how the world and the universe were created.  It does not matter how everything was created; it only matters who created it -- God.  We did not evolve from some lesser being; we are created being by the Almighty God.  He spoke us and everything in the universe into existence.  God is the source of all life.(Isaiah 44:24)  The person who denies God's existence will not be able to see God's handiwork in the heavens and on earth, and will try to rationalize and explain how everything came into being without God's power.
What Genesis 1:1 does not address is how God created the heavens and the earth, but we must realize that God told us exactly what we need to know about creation.  It is okay to be inquistive and ask questions; God made us intelligent human beings who can rationalize and problem solve.  However, to live by faith as we are called to do as children of God means being content to live with the unknown because you trust in the One who does know.

We may not know the "how" God created the heavens and the earth, but we do know the "why" which is much more important.  Everything God has ever created has been motivated by His unfailing and abounding love.  God created us because He loves us.  When you focus on that wonderful fact, all the questions on how the universe was created are pointless because God's love for us is the only thing that matters.

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