In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
I thought it would be good to start off the beginning New Year with a verse on the beginning. This foundational verse reveals much to us about our world and God.
First, God exists. The Bible does not try to prove God’s existence, but rather assumes His existence as evidenced by His creation (Psalm 19:1) and revelation of Himself (Colossians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16).
Second, God existed before the universe was created. He was there before the beginning. He is eternal in His very nature and is separate from His creation (transcendent).
Third, God created all that exists, including the celestial bodies and life on Earth. As is shown in the remainder of Genesis 1, macro-evolution is untrue. God created the different kinds of living creatures; they did not evolve from lower forms of life. The biological processes which are observed today are those which were there in the beginning. Living creatures reproduce after their own kind (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25).
Fourth, there was a beginning. God set everything in order. Although mankind chose sin rather than obedience, God had a plan of salvation through Jesus Christ to deliver us from our sin and renew all things to their original perfection.
Romans 8:21-25 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
This is the ending that God has in store for us started with His beginning in Genesis 1:1.
Often it seems as though few in our culture know right from wrong anymore. I’m not speaking of knowing what is legal, but rather abiding by an absolute moral code, specifically the Bible.
When the United States was founded, the Bible was revered, church-going was normative, and nearly all of the people (including the vast majority of the founders) were Christian. It is no wonder that many of our founding documents contain principles from the Scriptures. Even those who would debate these facts would have to admit that the founding generation would be shocked at some of the behavior that is tolerated today. To them, most of us would be rude, crude, and socially unacceptable. We’re not totally devoid of our morals, but we are far from where we should be. Without a moral code, a people will drift aimlessly as the Jews did in the book of Judges.
Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Continue reading
In our world, there is a broad spectrum of religious systems. Without being unkind, it is safe to say that they all cannot be right since they often have beliefs that contradict each other. How do we know which is right and which is wrong? The Bible provides us guidance in this area. Continue reading