Only the Creator can forgive sins.

The opening chapter of the first book of the Old Testament is about God’s creation of the universe in six days by His power, wisdom and understanding. 

The opening chapter of the first book of the New Testament is the announcement of Jesus, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham who would save people from their sins.  

What do these two introductions have to do with each other?  They are linked because the Creator God is also the Saviour God. 

As the powerful Creator of the universe, God is the Owner.  An owner sets the rules in his house, business, or whatever.  So God defined sin as rebellion against His character of peace, harmony and love.  People sin primarily against God.  

Yet God’s prerogative as Owner of His creation is to annul sin.  He accomplished that when Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, suffered and died for the sins of the whole world (‘the wages of sin is death,’ Romans 6:23).  

Jesus not only forgives sins because He took the punishment for it on our behalf.   He is also the Creator God (‘all things were created by Him and for Him,’ Colossians 1:16b).  So Jesus was able to say to the paralytic, 

‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’  Mark 2:b 

The Jews were very upset and thought to themselves, 

‘Why does this fellow talk like that?  He’s blaspheming!  Who can forgive sins but God alone.’  Mark 2:6-7

Jesus proved that He is both the Saviour and the Creator when He said, 

“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins… He said to the paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take up your mat and go home.’  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.”  Mark 2:10-12

Summary

Creation is linked to salvation. 

The lost Creation Manuscript

It was sensational.  After all these years, they found a lost manuscript.  The account is quite a change from Genesis 1:1, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ 

#  The lost manuscript

Translated very loosely from the original Hebrew, this lost document reads: ‘There is a God.  He is very strong, eternal and invisible.  Nothing is impossible for Him.  He is a miracle working God.  There is no evidence for Him, but we have the assurance that He is real.  Just believe it.’  

#  Fake news

Before you get excited or start wondering, rest assured.  This is a good example of fake news.  I created it to convey the message: God and Genesis 1 are intimately connected. 

#  The blessing of the creation account  

  • We are blessed to have a God who gives us tangible evidence that He is real because He introduces Himself as the Creator of the heavens and the earth.  
  • Why believe in a God who is invisible and gives no evidence that he really exists?  
  • The God of the Bible proves His existence by His creation.  So we can understand that what follows in Scripture is the truth.  He is not a product of someone’s highly creative imagination.

#  Evidence that God created 

The frantic efforts of the world to convince people that the universe evolved randomly, is to ‘prove’ there is no Creator God.  The claim that there is nothing supernatural about the creation of the universe and life on earth, is to discourage people to seek God and be saved from eternal destruction. 

Conclusion

  • God tells us how He created the universe. 
  • It is evidence that He is real. 
  • We can have confidence in God because He is all-powerful, fantastic and real!

Why there is no alien life.

The search for aliens continues unabated.  Billions are spent to try and detect life in outer space.  The implicit reason behind SETI (Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence) is to disprove Genesis 1.  If they find life on another planet it will prove that evolution happened there.  That will nullify the creation account of the Bible, and ‘get rid’ of the Creator God.

#  What are the chances of finding alien life?

According to the Bible, it is zero.  The present heaven and earth will only last for a limited time.  Then it will be destroyed by fire and God will create a new heaven and earth.  If God is fair, there are certain aspects that He has to give attention to.  Otherwise God is not a just God.  

# Aliens need the opportunity to choose eternal life.

They should hear about God and His eternal Kingdom, either through nature or Scripture.1  Nobody can appear before the Judgment Seat of God if he/she didn’t have the opportunity to escape eternity in the pool of fire. 2   That means somebody must go to tell them about it.

# Earth problems 

  • Where do aliens live?
  • Who will go to spread the message?
  • How long will it take to get there?
  • Do we have the technology to send people billions of kilometres into outer space?
  • Will the aliens understand our languages?

#  Alien problems

  • God’s eternal Kingdom will be on the new earth.  The New Jerusalem will be here.
  • The ‘saved’ aliens will have to move to earth.  How many will there be?
  • Will they have the technology, or will God ‘transport’ them at the speed of light or faster?
  • They will need resurrected bodies for the conditions in eternal life.
  • Were they made in God’s image?  Do they have flesh and bone bodies, and spirits?

# Life on other planets is unlikely.

Taking into account the above, and the Bible’s silence about other living beings made in God’s image, as well as the failure to detect any alien life, we predict that it is highly unlikely (around 100%) that there is life on other planets.  If the researchers with all the technology, money and resources, couldn’t yet prove the beginning of life, why would it happen on other planets?  Despite that, the news media love to publish articles about ‘possible life.’

Conclusion

NASA’s search for ETI is not necessary.   Scripture tells us there is an ETI whose throne is in heaven.  He is going to move His throne to earth eventually.  His city will be one of unimaginable wealth and splendour, something that only ‘advanced’ aliens can build.  The God of the Bible is the Extra-terrestrial Intelligence that the world is so eager to find.

References

  1. Romans 1:18-20
  2. Colossians 1:13
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