Starting at the Front Door – Meeting the Creator, helps us understand His creation.
Opening the Bible to the first page is like coming in the “front door” of a great and sacred library. Here is a repository that answers the questions we’ve all asked; and a book that asks question that we cannot answer. It is the book that tells us things about ourselves that we wish were not true. Here we ought to vicariously remove our shoes, for we have entered holy ground. We must not rush in with our defiling presuppositions, but as much as it is possible with intellectual humility. We come to be instructed by God, who is the first cause of all things.
Directing our attention to the first verse of the Bible, we read the following:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Ten ordinary words arranged in an extra-ordinary way. We are not meeting a human librarian, but the living God of the Universe. He is the source of all the information required to create and sustain the universe and everything in it.
The implications of those ten words are profound and comprehensive. We learn God was before the beginning and is therefore eternal. We discover that God is the very cause of the beginning. Time was created by God as an element of His creative purpose for the physical universe. A purpose that is only completely known to Himself. That creation has its source and continuing purposes in, by, and for God alone.
There was a time when there was nothing but God; so all things must have their origin in Him alone.
The name of God used in this first verse is a Hebrew plural noun. A plural in the Hebrew is 3 or more. The Trinity is hinted at in this title.
We are met at the “Front Door” of the Bible by Elohim, the mighty and eternal God who exists apart from time. He is the timeless Creator of all things.
The Materialist believes that matter, space, time, and energy are eternal. But this is contradicted by the first verse. The Bible declares that before God created them nothing existed. It is impossible for us to contemplate “nothing”. We had a school boy definition of “nothing” as a zero written on the blackboard with the rim rubbed out. But the illustration required chalk and a blackboard.
I used to play a game with the grandchildren. I would say to them, “Ok, for the next 5 minutes you can’t think about a purple elephant.” And they, like you, could not help but think of a purple elephant.
The materialist, because he cannot imagine there being “nothing” rejects that possibility. He sets himself up as the standard of what can and cannot be; and thereby disqualifies the existence of God on the basis of his own “sin limited” intellect; and then replaces God with “eternal matter” and “random processes” to account for his own existence.
It must be quite surprising to the Atheist when he or she comes through the front door of the Bible and meets the God they deny. It is terminally foolish to deny the existence of God. Proverbs reveals that this “foolishness” is, at its root, a spiritual problem. The Atheist thinks he can banish God to non existence by saying to himself, “There is no God.” God is unmoved by and unresponsive to such ridiculous notions.
The Evolutionist is completely undone when he comes through the Front Door of the Bible. He meets the Elohim of the Bible and the clear declaration that He created all things.
The Bible declares there is a Creator. The “He” is intelligent, powerful, and wise. He is behind the origin of the incomprehensible complexity and order of creation. Evolution distilled down to its essence can be stated thus: “Nobody + Nothing = Everything”.
Looking at a new car in the show room, which of the following beliefs requires more faith?
1) That the car had no designer and no maker?
2) Or that the car had a designer, and though I never met him or her I know they exist because I see their work?
I say the Evolutionist must have the most faith. He is the one taking a blind leap, because his world view does not conform to reality.
Animists / Pantheist
One day a few years ago we were driving Jorge Rodriguez home to La Estancia. It was one of those days when someone somewhere decided to burn a large corn field. The smoke of the fire mixed with the fog hanging on the mountains and formed an ashy cloud. Jorge pointed to this phenomenon and said, “The Quiche’ have a name for that formation. They call it, “Mule”. It is one of their gods.” I repeated in English, the “Smog god”. This is an illustration of Animism, the belief that there is a god, small “g”, inhabiting the items of creation. Animists believe that creation is eternal, and that various deities exist and inhabit those material things.
But the Bible makes it clear that though God created all things He is apart from all things, and above all things, and controls all things. There is but one God and He does not indwell His creation.
Polytheists believe there are many gods. Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, and other civilizations all had polytheistic world views.
The first verse of the Bible makes it clear that there is but one God. Though His first title alludes to a tri-unity of being, there is but “One” God. In Deut. 6:4 it says, “Hear o Israel the LORD our God is one LORD.” Which means: Hear o Israel, ‘Jehovah our Elohim is one Jehovah’.
Existentialists have the World View that life itself is essentially meaningless.
The refutation of the Existentialist is plain. Creation does have a purpose, and it’s God’s purpose. God is not required to gain our approval or understanding before acting sovereignly in His own universe.
God did start with nothing and called into existence matter, space, and time. In verse 2 we see the system energised as the Holy Spirit imparts every spectrum of energy to the universe. Every detail, even to giving the creation apparent age. Adam was created as a mature man. And the light holders, that is, the pathways for starlight to earth were put in place instantly. He made the universe and all life. He did it for Himself. The precise purpose in any given chain of events may be obscure to the finite, but is open, clear, and filled with purpose to the Infinite.
Creation is a visible expression of the almighty God’s wisdom and power. It is therefore attacked with insane speculations and theories. And those theories are accepted by people who understand the implications of the existence of an all-wise and Holy Creator.
All creation is a platform for God to display His perfections.
Humanity is made of the dust of the earth, but we are dust with an eternal destiny.