How to offend God

It is always better to trust Scripture in stead of man’s fallible opinion.

Many believers get mixed up by the propaganda of the world that evolution, the big bang, et cetera is scientific.  There are even theologians and ministers of the Word that teach that the God of the Bible created through the process of evolution over millions of years (theistic evolution).   Inevitably it affects one’s faith in the authority of Scripture (if Genesis 1 is not true, why believe the rest of the Bible).

#  The authority of Scripture

  • God, in His wisdom, gave us only one revelation of Himself – the Bible.  It contains everything we need to know about God and His Kingdom.  It is the manual for how to live this life and to inherit eternal life.
  • There is not one verse in the Bible that gives people the right to change, take away from, or add to God’s Book.  On the contrary, ’All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ 1 God’s Word stands, even as people come and go.

#  The character of God

  • The Bible (the Word of God, or Scripture) reveals the character of God.  Scripture is very clear that the God of the Bible is the Creator of the heavens and the earth in six twenty-four hour days. 2
  • To change the omnipotent Creator God into an onlooking ‘God’ who trusted that all He planned would evolve randomly and naturally over billions of years, is a direct assault on the character of God.

#  Some logical thinking

Scripture is not a book that is forced upon a person.  One is free to accept or reject it, take it or leave it.  If theistic evolutionists are not happy with the Bible and its account of the six-day-creation-God, there is no pressure on them to remain in the Christian camp.  Even Jesus did not call back the disciples who left Him. 3

Conclusion

The devil, who leads the whole world astray, was originally in God’s employ. 4  He knows all about God and His plans.  He knows the authority of the Word of God.  That is the reason why he influences some theologians and preachers to chop and change the Bible.  It is always better to trust Scripture in stead of man’s fallible opinion.

References

  1. 1 Peter 1:24-25, quoted from Isaiah 40:6-8
  2. Genesis 1, Exodus 20:11
  3. John 6:60-67
  4. Revelation 12:9

The forbidden subject/the big bang

It is quite risky to question the big bang when you are among ‘Christians.’  It is because many believe the big bang ‘reconciles’ the Bible and ‘science.’  The ‘science’ they consider is not operational science, but naturalistic explanations for the origin of the universe (evolution).

God is not unfamiliar with people who don’t believe His Word.  The history of the Israelites show that they would not believe that God could do what He promised.  Let us compare the unbelief of the Israelites with the faith of Abraham.

#  Abraham

In Genesis 12, God tells Abraham to pack his bags and move to some far away country.  Shame, the poor man and his childless wife had to leave their family, friends and everything they were familiar with.  Abraham obeyed God because he had faith that God can deliver.   When God promised him a son in his old age,  ‘…he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.’ 1

#  The Israelites

  • God miraculously saved the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and brought them to the border of the promised land.  Then God commanded Moses to send spies to investigate the land.  The report 10 of the 12 spies gave, ‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’ 2  They did not believe God’s promises that He will give them the land.
  • Psalm 78: 22 summarises their attitude, ’…for they did not believe in God or trust in His deliverance.’  The result was 40 years of endless wandering in the desert.  They never saw the promised land, because all the unbelieving adults died in the desert. 3  If they had trusted God’s Word, they would have enjoyed the blessing and goodness of God in the promised land.

#  Modern followers of Jesus

God promises us a country where we will live eternally in peace under His wonderful government.  But, Scripture is very clear: faith in God’s almighty power is of paramount importance.4  We are not to doubt the power of the Creator to keep His promise of an eternal new heaven and earth.  Despite all that is said and done for the big bang, it still cannot be proven by repeated experiments.  It is very risky to exchange God as Creator with the big bang hypothesis (guesses of how the universe began).

To summarise

Abraham’s faith in God never wavered, ‘…..he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.’ 5  Because God created the first heaven and earth, He is able to create the new eternal one.  Abraham’s faith should encourage us.

References

  1. Romans 4:21
  2. Numbers 13:31-33
  3. Hebrews 3:7- 4:10
  4. Hebrews 11:6
  5. Hebrews 11:10

Earth first? Are you crazy!

To the amazement of the modern ‘scientific’ world, the Bible teaches that God created the earth before the stars, and light before the sun.  So some think Genesis 1 is the product of ancient, uneducated, unscientific men.  Yet the Bible is Holy Spirit inspired.  So what does it mean?

#  The earth before the stars

God created the earth first, because it will be His eternal headquarters.  At the end God will bring His capitol, the New Jerusalem, down to earth.  He will come from heaven to live here with His people, not on some far away galaxy. 1  So God created the earth first to demonstrate its importance in His plan.

#  Light before the sun

God created light before the sun, to prefigure His plan for man: a new heaven and earth where people bask in God’s light.

  • ‘The city [the new Jerusalem that comes down] does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.’ 2
  • ‘There will be no more night.  They [God’s children] will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.’  3

#  God’s light before the natural sun prefigured that darkness would try to envelop man. 

  • In the garden of Eden, God’s creation is at peace, basking in ‘light.’ 4  In Genesis 3, ‘darkness’ descends on the earth and man: the devil enters the earth and man is in darkness (alienated from God, under the evil rule of the devil).
  • The Genesis 1:3 ‘prophecy’ about the importance of light, became true when the Light, Jesus, came.  The four Gospels testify to it,  ‘In Him [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it…The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.’ 5

# Summary

Genesis 1:2-4 is a prophetic disclosure of God’s plan for man.

  • As Creator He will create the new earth, where His children will live with Him eternally.
  • As Redeemer He sent His ‘light’ (Jesus) to expel the darkness so that man can share His new creation.

References

  1. Revelation 21:1-4
  2. Revelation 21:23
  3. Revelation 22:5 
  4. Genesis 2:8-24 
  5. John 1:4-9;  Isaiah 60:20;  25:7;  9:2;  2 Corinthians 4:4-6;  Ephesians 5:8-14;  Romans 13:12;  1 Thessalonians 5:5;  John 12:35;  1 John 1:5.
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