Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— Colossians 1:15-16a (NLT)
For the rest of this week we will look at some of the “moving parts” of the Christian doctrine of creation.
Jesus created every bit of this world. It was "by him" (his power). When an artist paints we say he created. Actually he has used his imagination and talents to re-create (re-shape, re-form) what already existed. The same with a building or an automobile; we have taken raw materials which existed, and rearranged them to produce something that suits us.
Every time the Scripture refers to man making something it is a re-creation of God's creation.
But the word ascribed only to God's activity is the creation "ex-nihilo" [to make something out of nothing]. Jesus started with nothing. As the old-time preacher put it, "They wasn't nuthin', an' Jesus reached-out an'kotched him a bit o' that nuthin' an' made him a-somthin' outa that nuthin'!"
By comparison with evolution, God’s Creation by Jesus Christ is the most reasonable of explanations concerning our existence. Someone once offered that the theory of the "big bang" of evolution being the origination of the universe has about as much chance of historical fact as if you were to open 70,000 cans of Campbell's Alphabet Soup, toss them in the air, and have the letters fall to the earth perfectly arranged in the collected works of William Shakespeare.
But, using simple logic, we understand that things left to chance tend to decay and disintegrate, rather than move upward in complexity or order (have you ever left a teenager’s room to complete chance and later notice how neat and orderly it is?).
Therefore, just as hunger presupposes there is food to satisfy, and thirst presupposes there is water to quench a thirst,
· Order suggests an "Orderer".
· Life presupposes a "Life-giver".
Science and philosophy cannot deal with the “ultimates” in life; it is only so much guesswork.
But in Jesus, the guesswork ceases.
Do you have questions about your universe and its origin…and where you came from? Good! God loves to know you’re thinking about Him.
Take time to thank Him for this beautiful world in which we live (regardless of how He made it).
And keep wondering in your prayers – God loves to reveal wonderful things to our minds during such times.