Sunday February 15, 2015
If you missed the opportunity to view this on the other site or just want to see it again, here it is. Be sure to come back this Sunday to see where we are headed next.
Since this is the first post; one might say, the beginning of a long and exciting journey, it makes sense that we start…well…at the beginning.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NIV)
For those of you who have ever asked the question, “where did all of this come from? Where did life as we know it begin?” Here is your answer. It is not a scientific enigma; the beginnings of everything, because science cannot explain the supernatural. The very fact that we have the word “supernatural” is testament to the inability of science to explain something.
This is the root of everything known to man to date. God stepped into an endless eternity and created the heavens and earth with a finite timeline.
The key elements of this verse are simple enough, and that should make this first exploration a relatively short one. We know that the beginning represents a place in time. Since time is not an association of God (He lives in, out, through, and around time all at once) the term “In the beginning” is both for our benefit, and a reference to the finite nature of all things apart from God. If there is a beginning, there must be an end. It has not come yet, but it approaches at a pace only He who created the beginning knows.
“God created the heavens and the earth”. This is one of the greatest debates between creationists and non-creationists (I use that term rather than evolutionists because not everyone who denies the creation by God agrees with the theory of evolution). The argument at its core is rather simple. Those who believe in God know Him to be the Creator; after all, it says it right there in the first line of the Bible. Those who do not believe in God (in most cases) believe that the earth was created by something (occasionally someone) else.
The leading scientific theory is referred to in layman’s terms as the “Big Bang Theory”. This posits essentially that there was so much nothing, that it all condensed itself into a little itty bitty microscopic something that was so dense that it exploded into everything we can find in our universe. From there, the most popular theory, evolution, accounts for everything here on earth.
However, the very notion that nothing turned into something is a supernatural notion. As we have already noted, “supernatural” denotes something that cannot be explained by any known scientific method. Yet we don’t need a scientific method; we can reasonably agree that there was nothing, and then suddenly there was something. Unless we desire to attribute supernatural abilities to the inanimate objects of space, we must concede that something, or someone, acted in a way which brought about everything. Yet if there was nothing, then it could not be something that acted, so it must have been someone. That someone is God.
There is another verse about the beginning which, while reserved for a much later discussion, warrants a moment’s notice here.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NIV).
Hang on to that little nugget, because when we get to it, it is going to be something special and revealing!
I leave this message at this juncture as verse two begins a different adventure. We have the creation of the heavens and the earth, but nothing more and nothing less at present. I invite any discussion points, questions, or debate points anyone desires to bring forth, but I ask that you do so with the same courtesy and respect that you would display if asking someone on here about the latest payware; or how you would debate your opinion about which aircraft is better, or which scenery is more realistic. In other words, you may adamantly disagree with what I have to say here, and that is ok, just do so with kindness and I will be happy to discuss any points you desire. Any rude, derogatory, or mean spirited comments will simply be ignored. While this will surely garner debate, it is not intended to foster anger or discontent. If you find you are angered or offended by what I have said here…you’re probably in the right place.
For any of you that have absolutely no idea what those references above are, fear not, you are still welcome here! I am simply giving an example of polite behavior that I both encourage and expect in order to have quality and loving discussion. It just so happens that these blogs were born on a Virtual Airline Forum Site.
May God bless and keep each of you, and as my dear friend Easy says “Keep the blue side up unless otherwise instructed by ATC”.