DID GOD MAKE THE WORLD ?
DOES IT MATTER?
Not long ago most scientists considered it ridiculous to believe that God actually created our world. Many still feel that way today. But while the majority of evidence at one time appeared to favor evolution, this is no longer the case. A growing list of scientists believe that special creation offers a more consistent explanation of the scientific evidence than the theory of evolution. New findings, as well as a re-evaluation of older data, are often putting evolutionists on the defensive. Many are beginning to see how much faith is really necessary to accept the evolutionary theory of origins.
Medieval scientific backwardness used to be blamed on the Bible. Ideas like a flat earth, or the earth as the center of the universe, were thought to come from "the book." But such teachings are not in the Bible. They were advanced by church leaders who had already departed from Bible teachings in many ways.
Evolution is still the popular view of life's origin. The media has resisted even exposing the public to scientific evidences for creation. Nevertheless, many are obtaining this evidence through books and articles in scientific journals and are coming to some startling realizations about God and the Bible. But regardless of the information coming to light, it would be inaccurate to assume that God has attempted to PROVE Himself scientifically in the Scriptures. He has given us remarkable evidence of His existence (through prophecy, etc.), but God has not left it to science to justify belief in His existence.
While most people are aware that the Bible begins with the story of God's creation, few realize the importance that the subject of creation plays at the end of the Bible. In fact, it is central to the resolution of the conflict that has been raging in the universe. This relationship is fully developed in the last Bible book, the book of Revelation. In this lesson we want to hear what God says about His act of creation.
Helps and hints: We do not question whether an automobile is the product of creation of a "cosmic accident." Yet compared to the body of an animal, or even an insect, the automobile is a very crude piece of equipment. Unlike the manufacture of automobiles, no human had the privilege of seeing the creation of planet earth. But the organisms of nature themselves testify of a more skilled craftsman. As one man remarked, "The closer I look at things made by men, the more imperfections I see. The closer I look at the works of nature, the more intricately perfect they appear to be."
Helps and hints: If you were to enter an artist's studio and see shelves fallen down and paint and supplies strewn all over the floor, you would likely say, "There's been an accident here, I wonder how it happened." If you walked into the same studio and found a masterpiece on an easel, you would not ask how that "accident" happened. You would say, "That's beautiful! I wonder who painted it." It is the folly of man that he can look at God's masterpiece, then invent theories about how that accident happened.
Helps and hints: King Nebuchadnezzar chose to disregard God's interpretation of the future (Daniel 2) and set up his own image instead (Daniel 3). Mankind has been setting up his own images ever since. These images do not necessarily have to take the form of carved images, such as wooden idols. Take science, whose influence on the world in the last 200 years seems almost unbelievable. People have come to expect so much, it seems that only the scientists themselves are aware of the vast limitations under which they work. Many have remarked that with each new discovery comes the realization of many more things that are beyond their grasp. Few scientists would say that mankind's hope for the future lies in scientific discovery alone.
Still, many people have placed science on a false pedestal. We could say they have made an "idol" of it. Some are willing to believe almost anything once they are told it is "scientifically proven." But any scientist can tell you how easily "facts" and "statistics" can be arranged to produce different interpretations.
Trusting "science" often means that we are putting our trust in the men behind the discoveries and their interpretations. Men are prone to interpret things that way they want to see them. The Bible tells us that mankind is in rebellion against God. For years men have been using science to support this rebellion by "scientifically proving" that God does not exist. They seem to overlook the fact that many of the great scientists of our day have actually been led by their discoveries to a firm belief in the Creator of the universe.
Helps and hints: The kingdoms of MAN in Nebuchadnezzar's dream represent man's attempts to rule the world apart form God. We could say that they have been conspiracies against God's rulership. God laughs at these feeble demonstrations, not because they are funny in the sense of comedy, but for the foolishness of the idea that man can dethrone God. It is like the 12 year old boy who sniffed some glue and picked a fight with three marines, thinking he could beat them up.
Helps and hints: At His second coming, Christ will come as the King of Kings Revelation 19:16 to destroy the kingdoms of men and set up His own kingdom. In Nebuchadnezzar's dream the rock was seen to become a mountain that filled the whole earth, representing the complete control of the kingdom of God at that time. In Psalm 2, the king (Jesus) is established on the "Holy Hill". We see here another prophecy of Christ's second coming.
Helps and hints: It comes as a surprise to many people that the Bible names Jesus Christ as the active agent in creation. We will see in later lessons how important this is.
Helps and hints: If God did not make us, if He Himself is just another accident of the universe, His only claim over us would be that He is bigger than we are. That certainly would not give Him the right to be worshipped. The Bible says He did create us, and is therefore deserving of our respect and allegiance.
Assuming that God did create us, but has no control over our ultimate destiny would also make Him unworthy of our highest allegiance. But the Bible clearly indicates that God has been in control of history and is in control of our ultimate destiny (witnessed by the story of Nebuchadnezzar's dream).
And knowing that God has so much power over us, wouldn't it be nice to have the confidence that He has our best interest in mind at all times? Yes, you say, but with all the suffering in the world, it would seem that if God did create us, it was only to get His kicks out of watching us suffer. Is this an accurate picture of the misfortune in the world? Are we merely instruments for God's sordid and sadistic amusement? What does the Bible say about God?
Helps and hints: The word LOVE has become so corrupted and commercialized that many people do not even know what it means any more. For many it means only the physical sex act. God's love for us found its highest expression in His sacrifice for us. That act cost Him more than the act of creation.
Helps and hints: The idea of two gods, one of the Old Testament and one of the New Testament is not correct. God's character has always been the same, a God of LOVE.
Helps and hints: This is the purpose of God's creation. He created us for fellowship and companionship. He created us as objects of His affection.To discover the origin of the suffering and misfortune in the world, we must look for a source other than God. Future lessons will discuss the source of evil and God's plan for eliminating it safely from the universe forever.
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