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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

God as creator of the universe

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers - the moon and stars you set in place - what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Psalm 8:3-4
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19:1-3
They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:19-20
Bible study is NOT the only way to learn about God. There are other ways to learn about God. These scriptures make clear that we can learn about God's glory, power and nature by observing the universe around us.
Consider these facts: There are about 7.2 billion people on this planet - a mind numbing number. You could easily fit all of them (with room to spare) in one geological feature on the surface of the earth: The Grand Canyon. The sun is more than 100 times the circumference of the earth. Our sun is an average sized star - there are stars out there that would make the one at the center of our solar system look puny by comparison. The Milky Way Galaxy contains about 100 BILLION stars. There are HUNDREDS (plural) of BILLIONS of galaxies in the universe (some of them a great deal bigger than the Milky Way).

2 comments:

  1. I have often said that just what we know of what God has done is so amazing, who are we to say, "No, he couldn't or wouldn't do (fill in the blank)?" We are very arrogant when we dare to limit what God has done or can do!

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  2. In reflecting on the second commandment, one observes how even religious folk who would never countenance the idea of making a physical image of God still try to make God in their own image by limiting Him to their own understanding of what He is and what He is doing. They make Him after their own image and likeness. Often, they go on to claim that God is with them or their group but not with anybody else's, further limiting God.

    What an irony! Claiming to know God they make an image of God they then proceed to serve and to insist is His likeness! Idolatry of this or any other kind is inane -- the God who created the universe cannot be contained by any human being's understanding.

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