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Part 4 What creation teaches us about God

II. What do we learn about God from His Creation?

When we hear a song we can learn something about the composer or when we see a painting we can learn about the artist.  When God creates the universe we can learn something about Him.  Here are just some the things we learn about our God from creation.

  • God is the Only God: Genesis 1:1 does not say, “In the beginning gods created the heavens and the earth.”  The opening line says God created.  Isaiah 45:18 (NASB) “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, But formed it to be inhabited), ‘I am the Lord, and there is none else.’”
  • God is Trinitarian: Genesis 1:26 (NASB) “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…’” An example of one God using the words “us” and “our” in reference to Himself.  We believe in one God subsisting in 3 persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; each is co-eternal and co-equal.  Each of the persons of the Trinity was involved in creation.  The Father created (Ps. 19:1, Acts 17:28; 1 Cor. 8:6), the Son created (John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16, 17), and the Spirit created (Gen. 1:2).
  • God is the Uncreated Creator: God is eternal and the universe is not.  Universe was created and God was not.
  • God is Transcendent: God is separate from His creation.  Some religions, like Pantheism, believe God is all and all is God.  They believe God is the chair, earth, house, etc.; everything is God.  The God of the Bible is not His creation; He is separate or transcendent from His creation.
  • God is Imminent: God is separate but active in his creation.  He is sustaining and ruling over everything.
  • God is Personal: God is not an “it,” the impersonal god of some religions (New age).  God is a personal living being and He creates personal living beings.
  • God is Holy: God is without sin and so was creation until man rebelled.  In the end God will restore what was lost at the fall.
  • God is Powerful: God’s power is demonstrated by making everything from nothing.  His power rules over creation and can be demonstrated by His miracles.
  • God is the Ruler Over Creation: God is king over everything He has made, including Satan, demons, humans, planets, stars, animals, etc[1].

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[1] Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears, Doctrine, Crossway Publ. Wheaton, Ill. 2010 pgs. 86-89

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  • Tom Wright May 30, 2010, 8:38 pm

    If God is all powerful and a creator, why doesn’t he give earth proof of his existence?

  • Steve June 6, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Tom,
    This whole series is all about the proof God provides. What God doesn’t do is make his presence known the same way we know the sun exists. We are forced to believe the sun exists because we see it almost everyday. For reasons God only knows, He has presented evidence concerning his existence without forcing us to believe in Him. The evidence is within our hearts and in the world around us; people have to suppress the truth of God to not believe. In fact the evidence is so strong, archeologists acknowledge there has never been an ancient civilization that has not worshipped some sort of god. When the vast majority of humans throughout human history see this overwhelming evidence they either acknowledge the one true God of the universe or make one up to suit their desires. Paul writes about this in Romans 1:18-23 (NASB) “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.”

    The Apostle Paul is saying God is obvious but many people refuse to acknowledge the one true God and exchange Him for an idol; one in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Atheism is foreign to all human history. God is obvious, it is just a matter of worshipping the one true God or following a god of your own creation. Read on through the rest of the series and the proof is adequate to move towards belief. God says people who don’t believe are without excuse.

    Your friend and neighbor,
    Steve

  • Tom Wright June 8, 2010, 7:26 pm

    I have read in more than one book on human history that there is a “religion gene”. That is, people are predisposed to worship. This because early man was unable to explain natural phenomena such as the sunrise, season changes, harsh weather, and attributed what they saw to a God for each one (example: Greek mythology). As science advanced and more was scientifically explainable, this gene became less and less of a force in our lives. BUT, it still exists, I believe.
    Is the “one true God” the same for all, or exclusively for Christians?
    I think “atheism is foreign to all human history” is because non-believers of all religious societies, if they had the courage to speak were persecuted or murdered. This is the current situation in some parts of Islam, and thankfully no longer the case in the Western World. Because of this, I think atheism is unmeasurable.

  • Steve June 21, 2010, 9:32 am

    Tom,
    The books you are reading have some major problems to explain. Genes are physical and they determine things like the color of our eyes or number of toes or other physical developmental expressions. Religion and morality are not physical; they are immaterial. These authors have left science and are now in the area of metaphysics. They have to explain how immaterial expressions (thoughts, religion, morality) can come from a physical source like the gene. How do chemicals jammed together pass religious beliefs on through genes? These authors are giving God like qualities to genes. In order for something to be physical it would have shape, size, weight, mass, motion, or gravitational force. If a physical gene can only produce physical expressions then how much does religion weigh? What shape is it? If these seem silly, then you realize the difficulty your authors are in trying to pass religious beliefs through the genes. My suggestion is to change authors.

    [Tom] Is the “one true God” the same for all, or exclusively for Christians?

    The “one true God” is available to all but only some choose to follow Him (Christians). Why do Christians say, if you don’t believe the way I do you’re going to hell? It was Jesus who said it, so take the problem to him (John 14:6). Jesus spoke more about hell then anyone in the Bible. No one goes to hell for not believing in Jesus. Everyone goes to hell because of sin; Jesus is not the problem; Jesus is the solution. If you have diabetes and you refuse to take insulin and then die, the insulin didn’t kill you; the diabetes killed you. The insulin was the solution, not the problem. Same with Jesus; He is the solution and not the problem. Only Christianity adequately deals with the problem of sin. A good post on my site on the truth of Christian Worldview is at:
    http://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/262/understanding-the-christian-worldview-part-7/

    [Tom] I think “atheism is foreign to all human history” is because non-believers of all religious societies, if they had the courage to speak were persecuted or murdered. This is the current situation in some parts of Islam, and thankfully no longer the case in the Western World. Because of this, I think atheism is immeasurable.

    Tom this is a nice story but where can you support this from history? History says just the opposite: Atheism is the greatest killer in the history of the world. The 1995 Guinness book of World Records under mass killings lists the worst killers of all time and all were advocates of Communism, which is atheistic. Stalin, Lenin, Khrushchev, and Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung) had over 100 million people murdered. Religions have caused harm but not close to atheistic regimes. Islam murders more Jews and Christians because they feel these religions are threats. Atheism is not a strong threat. When we see atheists get in power they try to eradicate all religious beliefs. Your theory has no historical support. Atheism is still foreign to all human history when we look to the past; that is because religious belief is obvious; evidence is everywhere.

    Conclusion: Genes cannot reproduce immaterial religious beliefs; they can only reproduce the physical.

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