Did God promise Himself into a corner?

God called Abram and told him to settle in the land of Canaan.  God gave Abram specific promises: 

  • He will become a great nation.1
  • All peoples on earth will be blessed through him (that referred to the Messiah).2
  • The land Canaan (Israel) would be the property of his descendants. 3

#  God is very specific about who He is.  

He is not just any deity.  God’s promises are closely tied to who He is.  He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob (the Jewish people who now live in Israel). 4  This specific God made the specific three above promises to the three descendants in that family.  

#  Did they receive it?  

No!  Hebrews 11:13 is clear, ‘All these people were still living by faith when they died.  They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.  And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.’ 

#  Does that verse mean that God failed?  

  • No.  It means that their faith was a ‘guarantee’ of things to come ( things that we can also hope in).  When the apostle Paul defended himself before king Agrippa, he said, ‘…it is because of my hope in what God promised our fathers that I am on trial today.’ 5
  • Paul understood that there will be a resurrection and that some of God’s promises will only be fulfilled then.  He said, ‘Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?’ 6

#  God did not promise Himself into a corner.

  • God could make those promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob because His whole plan was worked out before He began to create this present universe.  His magnificent goal and project is a New, Eternal Kingdom.  
  • As the all-powerful God He had the resurrection of Jesus in view from the beginning.  It would lead to the resurrection of all people.    
  • Through the resurrection, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will live in God’s new country and they will see their offspring through the Messiah – all the people who were saved and prepared for eternal life.

Conclusion

We can have full confidence that what God promised will happen.  ‘God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind.  Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfil? 7  O course not.  If it is in the Bible it will happen.   We can trust God and His promise of the future Kingdom and all its blessings

References

  1. Genesis 12:2; 22:15-18  
  2. Galatians 3:16  
  3. Exodus 3:15  
  4. Genesis 15:18
  5. Acts 26:6  
  6. Acts 26:8  
  7. Numbers 23:19

Finally an Extra-terrestrial Being

Humans have the choice to either accept the testimony of the Document (Scripture) or keep on searching ad infinitum for elusive evolved extraterrestrial beings.

What is the Bible about?  Can a short summary of the main plot suffice to give people who are not that familiar with Scripture an idea of what it is about?  What follows is an effort to do that in science fiction ‘pictures.’

#  The invisible Extraterrestrial Supreme Commander (God)

A Special Document (the Bible) was sent to humans.  It reveals that there is a Supreme Commander and He is busy selecting individuals from all people on earth to live on a wonderful, gorgeous planet of astounding beauty and happiness for ever (the new heaven and earth).

#  Doctor Evil

The Document reveals that there was once an extremely gifted being in the Chief Commander’s  government who rebelled and was banned.  He entered the earth as the dictator, ‘Doctor Evil.’  His intent is to ‘immunise’ unsuspecting people with the ‘poison’ that the Extraterrestrial Supreme Commander is very evil.   This master deceiver poses as the ‘liberator’ who helps people to reject the ‘fairy tales’ of the ‘Forged Document’ and escape out of the ‘bondage’ of the evil Cosmic Tyrant, God.

#  Agent ‘Special Blood’

To counter these lies, the Document reveals what humans need to do to escape the clutches of the tyrant, who poses as the saviour of the world.  They need to choose to become part of the Family of the Commander.  For this purpose the Commander has a special Agent, code named ‘Special Blood.’  Aka Jesus, in case you wondered.  He saves people from the tyranny of the evil one.

# Doctor Evil’s future

What Doctor Evil conceals, is his future doom.  As a rebel outside the Commander’s Family, he will be banished to a lake of burning sulphur, at the end of time.  There he and his followers (humans who believed his lies and his invisible helpers (fallen angels) will be tortured day and night eternally.  About that his lips are sealed.  Logically!

#  Two options 

People have a choice: they can follow the advice given in the Document and escape the chains of Doctor Evil, or accept the eventual doom that accompanies the followers of the evil genius.

Conclusion

While the world is desperately seeking for signs of extraterrestrial life (guided by Doctor Evil), we have evidence in the Document (Scripture) of the existence of the Supreme Extraterrestrial.  That gives humans the choice to either accept the testimony of the Document (Scripture) or keep on searching ad infinitum for elusive evolved extraterrestrial beings.  So like Doctor Evil, they miss the glorious life that is waiting for the followers of the Supreme Commander.

3 Big Bangs?

There are people in the Church who believe that Genesis 1 is Three great acts of Godcorrect when it says God created the heavens and the earth in six days. Other ‘Christians’ believe that the universe evolved over billions of years. Those who believe in the billions of years, claim that they are ‘saved.’ They believe the Bible (except all the parts that deal with God’s supernatural, instantaneous creation). What is the practical impact for some-one who rejects supernatural creation?

A God who can create the heavens and the earth in six 24 hour days (no more and no less) is all-powerful. He can do what He decides to do. He can do what Revelation 21 says, ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.’ 

He can do what 2 Peter 3:10-13 tells us. There will be a decisive destruction between the two creations. A stupendous fire will erase the old to make way for the new. It will lay bare the old earth and heavens. Even the elements will be destroyed. These three events show God’s omnipotence. Only the all-powerful, supernatural God can do such things.

However, for those who accept that the first universe was the result of the big bang, there should be three big bangs.

  1. The one we usually hear about, that ‘created’ this present universe.
  2. Peter’s big bang (the fire).
  3. The new heavens and earth (Revelation 21:1).

Big bangs 2 & 3 logically follow big bang 1.

The problem is, if the first big bang took about 13.7 billion years, how many billions of years are necessary for big bang 2 & 3? You can speculate, but it should be double, more than 26 billion years. That is an immensely long period of time to wait around (maybe on clouds) for the final new heavens and earth.

Conclusion

God is either the supernatural cause of creation in Genesis 1, the fire in 2 Peter 3:10-14 and the new heavens and earth in Revelation 21:1, or not. It might just be risky to tell the Holy Spirit He lied about God’s omnipotence. It might also be risky to rely on three big bangs, because the first one has not yet been proven true.