Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In the Beginning

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.   

Genesis 1:1(NLT)

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In the same way that a novel-writer will not attempt to prove that he exists, the Bible does not attempt to prove the existence of God.  The first four words of Genesis tell the story – In the beginning God....  With that the Bible assumes what addle-brained atheists, and so-called intellectual evolutionists have been wrong about for centuries...God IS

Protagoras, a philosopher who lived 2500 years ago, said:  Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are so, and of things which are not, that they are not.[2]  

That's like saying that the genius in automatic transmissions is the intricate gears, or that the beauty of the Mona Lisa is in paint and canvas.  Man (according to Scripture) may be the crown of all creation, but he is still the object of creation, and not the Creator; for that you need God! 

A car’s transmission would never have existed without the excellence of a human engineer putting it together; the Mona Lisa’s beauty never could have shown from the canvas, except it first existed in the mind of a master artist.  In just that way, the center of every original thought and deed of all time and eternity is the One we call God.  As Psalms 14:1 tells us, it is only the fool who has said in his heart, there is no God.

For those of us who believe in God, we want to do our best to persuade those who do not.  A man asked another man on the street about God; why do people say God is everywhere?  I don't see him anywhere.  With that the other man picked up a rock and clobbered him with it. 

Why did you do that, asked the complainer, man that hurts! 

The rock-wielder replied, you say you have pain in your head; I don't SEE any pain.  Show me your pain and I'll believe it exists!  The man made his point.

But it is largely unnecessary to convince ANYONE, because the Bible says the reality of God is apparent to all people even as they behold the things of nature.[3]  

Anyone who can look at the wonder and complexity of the creation in which we exist and still proclaim God doesn’t exist is either not being honest, or he’s a fruitcake and therefore dangerous.

The fact is that knowledge of God is inherent in created beings.  We KNOW He's real!  And any nonsense about Him being dead, asleep, or never was, is just THAT....NONSENSE! 

For You Today

You were never asked to prove God to anyone; just show them the reality of God in you as you live the God-journey every day.

You chew on that out on that Rocky Road today…and have a joy-filled and blessed day!

[1] Title image:  Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
[2] Wikipedia http://www.crystalinks.com/protagoras.html
[3] Romans 1:19-20

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