The Bible tells us that God created the world. If you believe the Bible contains the truth of God, such a statement is enough for you. However, if you do not believe the Bible contains the truth of God, then you may be more skeptical about such a statement.Consider with me a few things about the world in which we live and why there may be more rational and logical reasons for entertaining the idea that there is a Creator God.
Consider the various species of animals and plants that exist in our world. Now consider the wide range of environments to which those diverse species of animals and plants are fitted. The intricate diversity and simultaneous specificity shows us an expansive wonder within our world. While some may take this in itself as a rationale for a Creator God, this is not necessarily the case. Some would argue from a naturalistic perspective that the self-contained processes within creation have developed what we recognize as uniquely fitted environments and species within our world.
Now, let’s take it a step further. Consider the expanse of the universe that we have come to understand, Read More »
Our ||40days|| journey through Lent continues this fourth week with attention to our theme: ‘listen’. In previous weeks, we have looked at the journey of Lent, the need to acknowledge things in our lives, and then to turn from them.
Today, with the focus on listening to God, we look at listening to God in Creation. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 19:1:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
The psalmist tells us that skies actually speak of God’s glory. Look out the window right now, if you have the chance. Take a look at the endless blue that stretches over your head. If there are clouds, consider the intricacies of light and shadow that are merely a conglomeration of condensed moisture floating on the air currents. See the tops of trees that scratch the skies with their outstretched limbs. Each of these elements of nature speak forth God’s power and creativity. Read More »
All around me in the natural world, I see reminders of who You are, oh God.
Every season reveals Your person and glory.
In the beauty of deep skies,
in the variegated contrasting colors of falling leaves,
in the slanting shadows of autumn’s sunlight
All these things remind me that You are here
ever and always
You are God unchanging
in Your creativity and power
I praise You.
[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]
Here’s a question for you that I’d like your insights, questions, or wonderings about.
In Genesis 1:26-27, we read these words:
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
What do you think it means to be made in the image of God?
Here in Wisconsin it seems that summer has finally arrived…just in time for the July 4th weekend. The sun’s brilliance floods the earth, the skies are etched with lazy clouds, and the temperatures bring more than a little warmth to our bodies.
Periodically in Scripture we are reminded of the truth that all of creation praises its Creator, the Lord:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech…Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-2, 4)
Let all creation rejoice before the LORD (Psalm 96:13).
Psalm 148 puts this in interesting terms, describing how two spheres of creation declare God’s praise.Read More »