Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In The Beginning

Our most important questions are answered in the Bible.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Isaiah 45:18 For the LORD is God, and He created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. "I am the LORD," He says, "and there is no other.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

There is a lot of fascination these days with the beginning of the family tree, there is a whole new industry that caters to the desire to know more about where you came from, and for a price you can learn about your roots.

The fascination with the beginning of things goes even further back in time. The oldest ancient civilizations had crazy theories about the start of human history. There where all kinds of stories about multiple gods, most of the theories that the ancient cultures had involved chaos, in fact most of their gods spent their time fighting each other.

Some people say that there isn’t any way that they can believe the Genesis account, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to satisfy them. Imagine how overwhelming it would be for the original readers of this book if it gave enough scientific information to satisfy modern man.

Elementary school students can understand more about science than they could back then but there is still so much that we cannot comprehend about God and how he can make something from nothing.

I am thankful that the Bible gives us information that is so much more essential for us to understand, the facts about creation are not as essential as the real message and purpose of God's word.

The Most Important Message Of The Bible

There is a higher power

There is a God that created everything around us without any raw material, without God the raw material wouldn't exist and they would never be able to come together to make such an organized, complex and intelligent end product.

Our existence would be so miserable if mankind were the highest level of intelligence and if everything was just an accident without any purpose. The big bang cannot answer many questions such as:

  • Where did the emotions come from? 
  • How did humans and the animal kingdom get instincts? 
  • How did the laws of physics come about? 
  • How could an opposite sex evolve in time for the original creature to reproduce before it died?
The higher power isn't impersonal
If the Bible stopped at just informing us about God and his ability to create then we would be stuck in a very delicate situation. We would have every reason to fear this all powerful force that made all things but God didn't create us and walk away and stay at a distance from us.

Thankfully he chose to relate to us even though he didn't need to have a relationship with us because he doesn't have any unmet needs.

The higher power's most important creation
    God didn't make us the same as the rest of creation, if he had then Satan wouldn't have any reason to hate us so much, no other part of creation disgust him the way that mankind does.
    Man is dear to God because he is like Him. Vast and glorious as it is, the sun cannot think God’s thoughts; can fulfil but cannot intelligently sympathise with God’s purpose. Man, alone among God’s works, can enter into and approve of God’s purpose in the world and can intelligently fulfill it.
    -Expositor's Bible Commentary
    Rather than speaking us into existence, God's personal touch was used as he made us from the dust and breathed life into us. Since we were born as a direct result of God's creative activity the Bible says that Adam is the son of God. This truth makes evolution impossible. God didn't create us as a lower life form and then evolve us into his masterpiece that would rule over the rest of creation.

    The higher power we need
    God made us special with desires that only he can fulfill, there isn't any other source of peace and joy that can fulfill and satisfy our intellectual desires, our desire for purpose and our desire to worship. The qualities that separate us from the rest of creation would be the cause of great distress if God didn't reveal himself and minister to our needs.
    There are four fundamental questions of life. You've asked them, I've asked them, every thinking person asks them. They boil down to this: origin, meaning, morality and destiny. 'How did I come into being? What brings life meaning? How do I know right from wrong? Where am I headed after I die?'
    -Ravi Zacharias
    None of the other theories of the beginning of the world and our relationship with the creator can give a satisfactory answer to those questions. Only in God's story that he has graciously revealed to us can we find purpose, hope and meaning for this life and for eternity.

    Thankfully God didn't just put "in the beginning" in the Bible but he also included what would be at the ending. He revealed to us our position before sin, the effects of our sin, and he told us how we can overcome our sin so that we can spend eternity with him.
    Revelation 21:1-3 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look, God's home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them.
    As glorious as the first creation is, after only seven days of work, it is nothing compared to what we will see after all of the preparations that have been going on for thousands of years.

    Are you ready for the end of the story? Do you have an adequate answer for the four fundamental questions of life?