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August 3, 2017 / Pastor George Fike

Builder


In the beginning, GOD…

cause-and-effect: noting a relationship between actions or events such that one or more are the result of the other or others. – (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved August 3, 2017 from Dictionary.com website 

We observe that nothing discovered in our universe is without a cause. To quote Billy Preston: “Nothing from Nothing leaves Nothing.” For the longest time, people thought the universe was eternal. In the 20th century, scientists began theorizing that our observable universe began from an infinitely small dot (meaning nothing). A writing from the first century BC had already stated this:

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. – Hebrews 11:3

Since there was nothing to construct the cosmos, the Big Bang must have had a Big Banger; one who was apart from this dimension yet could affect it.

So meet my friend, God.

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

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. – John 1:1-3 (more on this Word later)

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?

“Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt’? – Job 38:4-11

“For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. – Isaiah 66:2

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” – Revelation 4:11

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. – Romans 1:20

God has done amazing work! And not just a “mush” god created from our own experience and preference, but the God of the Bible. Listen to the testimony of astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross regarding this discovery:

I found the Bible noticeably different. It was simple, direct, and specific. I was amazed at the quantity of historical and scientific (i.e., testable) material it included and at the detail of this material. The first page of the Bible caught my attention. Not only did its author correctly describe the major events in the creation of life on earth, but he placed those events in the scientifically correct order and properly identified the earth’s initial conditions.

I encourage you to read his testimony and browse his website at Reasons to Believe.

This is the God I have come to know by entering a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.  He is the Word I referred to above. I will explain more about their identities and relationship in my next post.

While I am sure skeptics do not want to acknowledge the existence of an unseen Entity who can only be known by faith, I am equally sure they cannot skirt around the issue that naturalistic explanations cannot account for the existence of this well-designed universe. I’d love for you to meet the Author of this story we are in! (BTW: He can tell you how the story ends!)

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