Genesis 2:8 |Comfort of Home

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Home sweet home. For some home is a place of conflict and violence. Home is a place of darkness and abuse. Hopefully however most might find home to be a place of refuge and rest. God designed the home to be a pleasurable place. It is a place where we can pray in private. Home is where close moments with family can be cherished. Any home has ups and downs but God created Adam’s very first home to be all that a home should be.

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:8-9 ESV

When God finished his creation and rested on day seven he proclaimed the creation “good”. Then God places Adam into a garden home called Eden. If the creation itself is “good” then the garden of Eden is even more grand. Eden, עֵדֶן, means pleasure or delight. God, creator of the universe, plants a garden home for Adam that is more than good it is a pleasure.

A common criticism of God runs along the lines of “If God is so good then why is there so much evil and death in the world?” But that criticism would have been unthinkable at this point in the creation history. All that has been created is “good”. Adam’s home is a “pleasure”. There is no death even Adam and the animals are all vegetarian. No one knows sickness. No one has ever died from an accident. The creation is good and Adam’s home is a pleasure.

In the “midst” or the middle of this garden is a tree of life. No long harrowing journey needed. A tree in the back yard that provides immortality. It was intended, by God, that Adam would live forever in this wonderful home.

Adam and Eve lost this home due to their own negligence and because of their rebellion against God the way to Eden, this wonderful home, was blocked. We today suffer the consequences of that event. Some people blame God that life will be painful and that loved ones die. But ultimately that blame rests on us sinners.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. Genesis 3:22-23 ESV

God’s plan for humanity was set in motion. This removal from Eden while tragic is only a temporary setback because God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ, has been given to restore our relationship to a “good” and pleasant home. Christ will return and bring all the children of God into a new and better home.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3 ESV

This future home Jesus is preparing is even more amazing than Eden. Eden is just a glimpse of the amazing future that awaits God’s Children when God’s good creation is restored. Our hope and happiness are in the future when God will restore a home to us that revolves around him. He will bring us to a home that is perfect where we will live with no more pain or death.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. Revelation 22:1-3 ESV

Genesis 1:27 | Look at the Stars

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In the beginning man is made in the image and likeness of God by God. Unique in creation men and women are created a shadow or an outline baring some of God’s characteristics like love, mercy, justice, wisdom, compassion, and free will.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 ESV

God creates in “our image” demonstrating from the very beginning the singular God exists as three persons the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “Our image” also makes mankind uniquely special in all of creation. God does not waste himself and he cannot be mocked so however one treats fellow men reflects then on how they would treat God.  Have you ever stolen from , lied to, or even simply called another person “stupid” in a derogatory way? Then you have trespassed not just against man but the image of God who is the source of our very being.

7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. James 3:9 ESV

The reason racism is such an evil is that any person who disparages another group because of physical characteristics is disparaging God himself. Racism is rooted in Darwinist worldviews where evolution is used to justify racism. Other groups, using the logic of evolutionary worldviews, are not fully man because they have not evolved enough. Also according to this logic man is in the image of animals therefore they may be treated as less than a creation in God’s image. Such thinking is evil as is the Darwinist view that there is no God. People regardless of intellect, opportunity, or being inside a womb are all still men created in God’s image. How can one pray to God on one hand and then hate God’s image bearer in the other?

God created men and women to worship him. God created the stars that men would look up and dwell on spiritual things and marvel at the infinite scope of God’s power. By looking up one might draw near to the creator. But we spend too much time looking down and marveling at our own creations. Worshiping our own marvels like buildings, technology, sports, governments, business, money, doctors, and power. Interestingly in modern times as we light up the night in cities and suburbs the stars fade away as the light pollution obscures them from the sky. Look at the stars. Ponder their creation! We are cut off from God’s creation the beast of the field, the seeds of the land, and the light of the heavens. This creates a warped view of who we are.

8 Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, 10 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking. 11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, 15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Acts 14:8-16 ESV

Paul performed a sign, God is here!, and the community was so impressed they assigned Paul to the likeness of a man-made super hero or god. Paul pointing them to God the creator not god the created and the community missed the sign because they were enamored of their own creation. Now is the time that we might turn to the living God who created the heavens and earth and all that is in them. The living God who is alive and active. We are obligated to him because he is the author. Who is God? God is the Creator and everything was made by and him and for him. Is it time to accept who you are in God’s creation?

Genesis 1:14 | No more Darkness

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Light and Darkness are a theme in life and storytelling. Darkness hides and Light reveals. Darkness is a cloud over our mind that leads to depression. Darkness halts activity. Darkness is where the fears of men hold back progress. The dark ages vs enlightenment. Light is life. Even the faintest smallest amount of light will penetrate darkness. On day one of creation God created light to separate the darkness and then God called light “good”. It is obvious even now that light is a source of goodness.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3 ESV

Interestingly when God created the light he did so before creating the sun or any other source for light. The source of light the device from which the light is produced was not created until day four. If I were to diagram an evolutionary step by step requirement for a creation God’s creation of light before a light source would seem to be an odd approach. The word “lights” used to describe the creation of the sun, moon, and stars is the same word and context as when describing light from a lamp. On day one when God said “Let there be light” that word is used in the same context as when talking about light as one might describe the “light of the morning” the description of the light is of the light itself not the sun the source of that light.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19 ESV

So then we have light created on day one and we have an ongoing source for light created on day four. This blows up any desire to reconcile an evolutionary progression of creation with a God spoken creation. Is this a contradiction in the Bible or does this revelation tell us some greater truth about God himself?

God did not say let light shine out of the Sun. Paul reveals more detail about God’s creation of light that existed before the sun was created. God himself was the source of light in darkness.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV

Just as God created the heavens and the earth from nothing so he creates light from nothing. Light shines out of darkness by God’s command on the first day of creation. He is the source of that light, by his word and his creative power. The same God that brings forth light sourced from his own desire is the same God that brings forth an even greater light in the darkened hearts of men.

God does not need a lamp or a sun or a moon to bring forth light. In fact, on the fourth day when God created a source for light he created it for our benefit as “signs and for seasons, and for days and years” while we live in this time limited creation.

In any story or event in life surrounding the war of darkness and light Jesus, who is God in flesh, overcomes the darkness. Darkness that leads to death, fear, or depression is broken before Jesus the author of light. Jesus revealed his heavenly state to the disciples at the moment of his triumph.

2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. Matthew 17:2 ESV

And the future state of creation will have light without any need of a sun or moon. God himself will be the source and lamp of light that will shine on all who are with him in Heaven.

5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:5

God did not need the Sun to bring light into this world. God himself is a source of light both physically and spiritually. We have an opportunity to be in the light to be part of the light or we may remain in darkness for all eternity. Light is found in Christ and he is near to those who would call on his name.

Genesis 1:1 | Beginning with Purpose

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The start of something is beautiful and there are usually only a few that are involved or even notice. Birth of a child. Start of a business. A new relationship. So it was at the beginning of physical reality. God acted bringing forth everything.

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

He created planets, space, time, life, laws of nature, wisdom, and anything else that is ordered and true. Our very existence points back to God. We cannot understate his influence on every moment of our lives. So why did he create? Why begin something so vast that did not previously exist?

I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ Isaiah 46:9-10

What is this creative all-powerful God’s purpose? Paul writes that God’s purpose is to “lavish” upon peoples his plan to bring all of creation into unity. He created all things not to watch disinterestedly. Many people think that the creator is passive and that we are free of any interference from Him. A passive creator is not possible. Some view him as weak and powerless to control the creation once it was unleashed. A creator big enough to create the reality we live in is big enough to control what is going on. God knew exactly what he was doing at the beginning and has demonstrated the truth that “I will accomplish all my purpose”. That purpose is revealed in Christ.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:7-10 ESV

The beginning was beautiful and demonstrated the majesty and holiness of God. What follows from Genesis 1:1 is the purpose of God to draw people to him that want to love him and that want to fellowship with him. There is more to the event in Genesis 1:1 that is revealed after the arrival of Jesus. That backstory is the amazing knowledge that Jesus was created first before the beginning. God’s purpose was evident before the beginning even started.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3 ESV

Not only was Jesus the word and the active agent through which God spoke creating everything. Jesus is the image of God the first born of everything we see today.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Colossians 1:15-16 ESV

The beginning was created through Christ and for Christ. Jesus lived and walked this earth and he left a record of his purpose that we can read and study today. Dear reader today is the moment of mercy and grace that you might connect with his purpose. From before the beginning. Before God created you, he planned a moment and provided a way of reconciliation. This is the purpose and Jesus is his plan to accomplish that purpose.

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, John 1:12 ESV

Not Science vs. Religion…

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As a nerdy kid that loved books and science fiction it is interesting for me to see how the childish things of my youth are now mainstream and celebrated in the normal adult culture. I am not sure if this validates my personal inclinations for learning and entertainment or if it is a sign of the end for western culture. Time will tell. What does aggravate me is the formulaic cast of characters that are a routine cutout based on Spock from the original Star Trek. House, Big Bang Theory, or Scorpion for example host “smart” people who are so “intellectual” that they need dumb emotional people around them to help them understand normal society. The forerunner Spock who is an alien from a race of beings that held no emotion but functioned only with logic and reason represents something our science loving culture increasingly believes is a positive direction as represented by the super smart heroes who save the day on film. The outright and sometimes subtle side effect of these reason and logic wonders is that they portray God as imaginary and thus accordingly only the stupid people believe in something not directed by math and science. The end conclusion of this worldview is that “Religion” is for stupid people and “Science” is for smart people. This narrative has become interwoven into the Hollywood and media cultures to an obnoxious level. The conclusion is that logic and reason are superior and incompatible with emotion, faith, and empathy. That conclusion as with most things seen on TV does not hold up to real people and real situations. The reality is that faith, emotion, empathy, logic, and reason are all needed and all work together as part of who people are.

We are all emotional people who rely on faith every day of our lives. Logic and reason only people do not exist in real life because that is not how we are made. Yes I said “made” as in to deny the creation is to deny reality itself. The idea that one can detach from emotion and function on pure reason and logic is simply absurd (some people reading this are getting emotional right now). Think of the smartest person you know or better yet think of the person you know who thinks they are the smartest person. Most likely you will find a very emotional and possibly sarcastic person. Ricky Gervais fits this as an example quite nicely. He is an atheist and comedian that Verizon just hired to be a spokesperson (Verizon has serious issues with marketing in my view). Ricky thinks of himself as a very smart and logical person. He will talk down to those that do not share his views and that is how his ad for Verizon works. He tells the viewer how great Verizon is and diminishes the competitor because they are only faster than Verizon in places like Kansas. The implication being only New York matters to the entire country. This kind of person roots their arguments in the appeal to a majority through emotion and shaming. He does not use logic or reason as the TV cutout Mr. Spock would have done it. Here is another example of this appeal to support his “logic and reason” worldview through emotional browbeating. Equating the belief in God to the same intellectual level as a Nazi is an interesting message but it is a far cry from the fake logical prototype in the movies.

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On the flip side of this supposed logic and reason group is the supposed stupid religious group that Ricky and those in his camp are targeting. As a nerdy teen that loved science fiction I too disliked religion and still to this day dislike many “religious” things. Religious things in my view is any activity that one does because an authority said to do it and because it is the way things have always been done. It is following a formula and a process to be received by God, enlightened, or to become one with whatever. Jesus rejected self-righteous religious things and that is what got Him sentenced to death. The religious of his day held political power, were well educated, and knew how to work the levers of power. These were not stupid people and Jesus was a threat to the power that they held through the hand of Rome.

For me I know that God exists because of logic. (Don’t go all emotional on me logic and reason crowd) For example if there is a creation then there must be a Creator. Or if there are laws, which the logic and reason crowd hold up as their god of science, then there must be a Law Giver. To deny the Creator or Law Giver then one must deny reality itself to remain consistent in the view that there is no Creation. I look at the things of the Church and seek to understand the why they might be necessary and why should I follow this or that rule. Some man made rules I have rejected outright because they have no foundation in Christ. The conclusion and the process for being religious is not blindness or stupidity it is a reasoned and conscious choice I make as I study and understand who God, the Creator, is and what my obligation to Him might be since He made, saved, and sustains me.

Jesus, who is God in the flesh, puts religion and relationship into these terms. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15 ESV) I do the things I do and I live the way I live because of a relationship with God. I do not obey and keep the commandments that make me religious to save myself from the wrath of an imaginary God. I follow the commands and laws of my Creator that I love because He first loved me. My obedience and service to Christ, His Church, my Family, and my community come from an emotional reaction to a logical and reasoned choice built on a relationship.

My religion then is relationship driven not ideology driven. Relationships are more powerful than any Science or Religious fight because we were created to be in relationship with each other and with our Creator. My hope is that all would seek a relationship with Christ who created all the logic, laws, and reason, that the current culture worships.

…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the [creation] rather than the Creator. Romans 1:25 ESV

Daily Devotion: Is God the Creator of Life?

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Is God the Creator of life? Some would say “no” and may believe that life is simply a random accident. This line of thought would argue that people are born, live, and then are no more. The Gospel of John records a truth about Jesus: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5 (NIV) God has left a rich and detailed revelation of His eternal creative power for all to comprehend both in nature and in the record of the Bible. The truth of God shines like a light calling people to know that they are loved and have purpose in relationship with Jesus.

Genesis 3:17 | The Curse with a Promise

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Genesis chapter three is a pivotal entry into the history of creation. It is the event that changed the course of mankind and explains why the world is the way it is today. Without Genesis chapter three it would be impossible to understand the evil and hardships of this present world. What happened then that directly links to now is that the first man and woman living in a perfect habitat broke fellowship with their Creator. Two people without a care or want found the one thing that was off limits and started a rebellion that is still ongoing today.

2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:2-5 ESV

Why is there evil in the world? Why is life hard? Why is there death? Why are so many relationships difficult or strained? Why is there war? Why would a loving God create such a world that we see today? The answers to these and many like them are found here in chapter three as the consequence of what happened on that day at the beginning of the created world.

As a result of what our grandparents Adam and Eve did on that fateful day God leveled out three curses one to each participant in this first transgression. I will cover the First curse to Satan and Third curse to Adam in this post and leave the second curse to Eve for another time. The Third curse that was leveled that day was on Adam and this curse impacts all of the created world.

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19 ESV

In this curse there are three parts that impact humankind in general and make up the order of the fallen world we live in. First is that Humans would live in pain and hard work all the days of our lives. The ground will not give to us without work and perseverance. Even then what we work for will be fraught with thorns and disease. Imagine the created world that God had looked at in the beginning and saw as good has now become a source of pain and toil for all that live in it.

20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. Ecclesiastes 2:20 ESV

Second Humankind will face death itself. We once were created to live forever with God in the perfect world, but now it is a guarantee that we will return to the dust from where we came. I can’t imagine the weight of such a concept on Adam since before this moment death would have only been an abstract idea and not a reality in the perfect world that God had created.

For the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23a ESV

Third this curse impacts more than just Adam and Eve it impacts all of creation including the universe itself. The weight of sin and rebellion to the Creator is so serious and is so destructive that the entire universe has fallen. A sun that was created to live forever will one day fail. We see evidence of the failure when looking out into the universe and see stars that have exploded causing destruction in all directions. A current fear of mankind is that one day an asteroid could crash into this planet ending all life. What had once been created for perfection and eternity is now temporary.

20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. Romans 8:20-22 ESV

However devastating this curse was to Adam and to everyone reading this post the First curse God made was to Satan and in this curse we find the present hope we have Christ.

14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14-15 ESV

There are two curses in this section that we should take note of. First is the curse that all animals must endure along with everything else. Have you ever wondered why God made the mosquito? They are irritating and they carry disease. Why would God have looked at the mosquito and thought to himself this is good? The result here is that animals and insects are all under the curse. Whatever their original purpose they are now only twisted curse infused replicas of the original. Animals were not originally created to kill and hunt each other. There was no death before these curses.

The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord. Isaiah 65:25 ESV

Second and take note of this is the promise of God to undo the harm Satan intended. Through the offspring of Eve God will strike a crushing blow to Satan’s head and while the blow will be painful to the offspring of Eve it will not be fatal to this future person of promise.

14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 ESV

This curse to Satan is a promise to us that God would restore what was broken. The curse that God laid out is actually a blessing because this present world must be destroyed in order to create a new heaven and new earth free from the broken relationship that was caused here in chapter three. Without the curse and the eventual destruction of what had once been perfect we would live on forever in pain and toil forever struggling without a relationship with our maker.

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV

23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:23 ESV

We live in a brief moment of grace that God has provided in this cursed and dying world. Turn from your rebellion against God and seek salvation in the promised savior. Our hope and our future lies only in Christ and the restoration he provides from what happened to creation so many years ago.

Does God Exist?

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Assume for the sake of argument that the “big bang” is true as imagined by so many. Imagine now that event or better yet take the literary narrative of Neil DeGrasse Tyson an authority on this topic…

“By now, one second of time has passed…At a billion degrees, it’s still plenty hot – and still able to cook electrons, which, along with their positron counterparts, continue to pop in and out of existence…” 1

Now fast forward in your mind how over time the universe following the all the laws of physics and time is at work until you arrive at our present place. Now ask the question “Does God exist?” WAIT hold on before asking that question let me ask you to rewind all the way back to the beginning one second before Tyson imagines electrons and positrons popping in and out of existence. Now consider what Dinesh D’souza throws into our imagination of the big bang.

                “It is very important to recognize that before the Big Bang, there were no laws of physics. In fact, the laws of physics cannot be used to explain the Big Bang because the Big Bang itself produced the laws of physics… Nothing can be known scientifically about what came before such a point. Indeed the term before has no meaning since time itself did not exist prior to the singularity. Once upon a time there was no time.” 2

Stop here and now ask “Does God exists?” Everything I can know about the creation is limited to an observation within the creation, the singularity, or from inside the big bang. There is no way to prove or disprove what lies on the other side of that event. However one can observe that there is a creation. You and I are part of the creation and we interact with the creation. So then where we find a creation it is logical and rational to assume there is a Creator.

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

Would it be easier on our minds to ask “Does a Creator exist”?

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalms 19:1 ESV

Tyson using the laws that came into existence at the same time as creation tells us that we do not need God to move forward. Everything formed at random over time however when we look at the world where do we see information and architecture randomly form anything? Everything operates based on information that was previously programed or embedded into the dna of the structure. Ducks give birth to ducks, and wordpress displays the content that was input into the blog editor. The point is that the laws of this big bang require intelligence to organize structure and life. It is a creation.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:20 ESV

God, the Creator, then reasonably exists and He has created us with a mind that can perceive that He exists. Now I know that is an impossible step for some and others may need some time to meditate on the truth of that step, but while everyone is here looking it over consider what would you do if you happened to run into the creator of the building or home you live in? Obviously the creator of that structure is an intelligent being that you could talk to. So would you have any questions for this person? Maybe you might ask “Why that closet in that location”? What about God… what would you ask Him? Why did you make me like this? Why all the evil in the world? What is on the other side of that singularity? Before you walk away from this step do you have any questions for God, if he exists of course? Why not ask Him now? If He is God can He not find some way to hear and respond?

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 ESV

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV

  1. Tyson, Neil DeGrasse. Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries. United States: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007.
  2. D’Souza, Dinesh. What’s so Great about Christianity. Washington: Regency, 2007.

God’s Not Dead. Review.

In the movie there is a central argument linked around the question “Who created God?” I get this question more than any other when I talk about the Creator God. The answer is God is not a Creation. He is eternal. He does not need a Creator because He does not have a beginning. Think about the word Eternal for just a moment. Eternal, Forever, Always, No beginning, and No end. Eternal.

Where there is a Creation it stands to reason that there must be a Creator. Where there are Laws (science is useless without laws) there is a Law Giver. God the creator of the physical material world is also the creator of the very laws of nature that hold the material together. As creator of these laws He is not bound or subject to those laws. He is the creator of Time therefore He has not subjected Himself to the constraints of time.

Our life on this earth is temporary. I know that this is a hard concept to understand for the young and ambitious who have not grappled with the reality of mortality, but our finite physical self is just that… temporary. God however made us in His image. That means some part of us is also eternal. Our souls should be with Him in the eternal, timelessness of His presence.

We stopped to dwell on the word Eternal just a moment ago. Now you have a decision to make. Are you going seek Eternal things or are you going to pursue temporary material things? What life would you have? The word “Eternal” it is a foundation of this Church…

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” | John 3:36 ESV

In the movie many of these lives are faced with their mortality. Sooner or later everyone comes to the conclusion of the temporary nature of reality. God has given common grace to live life, use that grace as the opportunity to seek Him and accept Him as Creator and Savior. You must turn away from the rebellious life you seek to live. Now is that time. Do not put it off thinking you have time to decide later on. If Jesus is standing at the door asking for you, do not delay. Eternity is at stake.

If you want the eternal that only Jesus can provide. If you have any questions please reach out to me. Jesus may have died for you, but He was raised alive from the grave on the third day for you also. Jesus is alive, he is God in the flesh, waiting for you to respond. God is not dead.

The Big Debate: Get Your Tickets Now.

This week Answers in Genesis announced that Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye on February 4th. This debate covering the evolution worldview and the creation worldview is a surprise and has been noticed by mainstream news publications. Before getting into the reasons for this debate being a surprise, I want to quickly introduce the two men for those that might not be familiar.

Supporting the Evolution worldview is Bill Nye the Science Guy famous for educational television programing that is loved by teachers and students.

Supporting the Creation worldview is former science teacher Ken Ham who is a founder of Answers in Genesis, a Christian ministry that is known for championing the Biblical narrative that God created everything in a short period of time. This is the same organization that opened a high quality creation museum outside of Cincinnati, OH and is currently raising funds to build a full scale replica of Noah’s Ark on the property.

There are very few face to face debates between creationist and evolutionists. There are plenty of forums that debate the topic, and books that go back and forth, but two scientists having a reasoned discussion is not common at the celebrity level that these two men bring. For the AIG organization, Ham has written in the past that they have turned down opportunities to be on news programs to debate, because the footage would have been edited and controlled by the network. With the rise of the 24 hour news programs and the live crossfire style debate shows the opportunity has grown, but the level of discourse on these programs and the short time slots leaves much to be desired. On the other side of the floor are the evolutionist who shy away from debates like these. I am surprised that Nye has agreed to this debate and I hope he follows through. It is a concern that he personally has not made mention of this publically that I have found at the time of this write up. I love debates and have been frustrated they are not common on this topic.

It is my opinion that the reason they are not common is because the evolutionist disgust for the creation worldview is so strong that the idea of a debate is taboo. At the root is how the evolutionist scientist views himself and his place in society. A debate between a scientist that believes in evolution and a supposed creation scientist would be equivalent to an Astronomer debating an Astrologer. This comparison is a common argument. The Astronomer has his or her life wrapped up in decades of legitimate, honorable, and intellectual pursuits that have and will continue to benefit the world while the Astrologer is a charlatan that cons people out of money for feel good nonscientific information. The Astronomer debating the Astrologer brings the honored Astronomer down to the level of the charlatan Astrologer while at the same time giving some credibility to the Astrologer that he or she does not deserve. The distain for the idea of a Creator God is that strong, and I believe it is common among evolution’s most ardent supporters, so it is no surprise that there are very few debates of this nature.

In 2012, Bill Nye participated in a video where he leveled criticism against anyone who wants to teach anything but evolution to children. This video blew up on you tube with millions of views. This criticism is nothing new, but I think Bill Nye’s association as a teacher to children and his seeming honest bewilderment with anyone that chooses to deny evolution created a real moment that captured the conversation in 2 minutes of youtube perfection. With this backdrop and Nye’s seeming honest desire to understand why anyone would stand on a foundation other than evolution, it is my hope that these two men will engage in a respectful conversation that will make everyone think about why they believe what they believe.