Posted by: gmscan | June 14, 2011

Some Thoughts on God

The fundamental starting point of any discussion of Christianity is acknowledgement of there being a God. It is stunning to me that so many supposedly intelligent people reject the very idea.

I think they must have an adolescent metaphorical image of God in their heads – some ancient depiction like Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.


This is just goofy. It is like looking at a photograph of a roast beef and deciding that roast beef must have no taste because the picture has no flavor.

The Bible starts out with Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” So God is that which created the heavens and the earth.  Anyone should be able to accept that.

There was a time when the heavens and the earth did not exist. Generally accepted cosmological theory places that time at 13.7 billion years ago. Prior to that there was – what? We have no idea. It is beyond our ability to know. Some force created the universe from what, for all intents and purposes, was nothing. We call that force God.

It is a force beyond comprehension. And this force did not just create the planets and the stars, but energy and gravity and motion and light and heat. And life. And intelligence. And morality. All created by one force. And that force is God.

That force is, and must be by definition, everywhere and all powerful. It is omnipresent and omnipotent, just as the Bible says. Is it also omniscient (all-knowing)? Why not? If we cannot comprehend that force, we cannot possibly assume that there are any limits to it at all. If it created intelligence, which is indisputable, how can we possibly believe it does not itself have intelligence? Is a creation ever greater than the creator?

If the creator has intelligence, how can it not also have emotion, including love? How could it not love its creation?

We humans certainly have limits. We are confined to five senses, and even those senses are very limited. Even dogs can hear and smell far better than we can. Eagles can see better than we do. How can we possibly conclude that our limited senses can detect all that this force is capable of? How can we ever assume that it is not capable of what we think of as supernatural or spiritual activities?

Scientists are very often very intelligent people. This intelligence often leads them to feel smugly superior to other people. This sense of superiority often leads them to act stupidly, like Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, who said in1899, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Ooops.  There is a web site that has assembled quite a collection of similar pronouncements, including:

  • “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” –Bill Gates, 1981
  • “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible,” — Lord Kelvin, president Royal Society, 1895
  • “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” –Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

These sorts of pronouncements are stated with such certainty, such superiority, that people accept them as true.

So it is today with the current crop of atheistic scientists. What they actually know today is still but a thimble of the ocean of potential human knowledge. A little humility would serve them well.

So, God exists, notwithstanding what some atheistic scientists may think. This God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present, everywhere and at all times. Indeed, God invented time.

But the Bible also said God created man in his own image. What can this mean? That God has two arms and two legs and a flowing beard like Michelangelo’s depiction? No, it means that, like God, man is a trinity. God is the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are mind, body and spirit. Or, if you prefer, we are intellectual, physical, and emotional, all rolled up into one being. We are unique in creation that way. God the Father is the creator, the intelligence. He spoke the world into being. God the Son became flesh. He is physical. God the Holy Spirit fills us with joy. He is emotional.

And this God loves his creation, much as we love our creations, our children. As we do with our own children, God wants us to live in harmony with the rest of His creation. We try to teach our children how to behave to get the most out of their lives, but they are often willful and defiant. It breaks our hearts, but they sometimes do things that are foolish and dangerous. We get exasperated and say, “Why won’t you listen to me?”

The Old Testament is like a diary of parenting. Time and time and time again Man is willful and defiant, doing foolish and dangerous things. Sometimes God gently rebukes us, sometimes he severely punishes us, sometimes we relent and apologize for our misbehavior and he forgives us, but soon enough we are back to doing the wrong things.

God loves us so much that he became flesh, he became one of us, to show us how it is done and how we will be once we enter “adulthood,” i.e. communion with Him. He sacrificed himself to show us that death is not the end. Like birth, it is just a transition from what we are to what we will become.

In this, too, we are like God. We would gladly die to protect our young children, knowing that there is a better world ahead for them even if they can’t see it or really believe it just yet.

Amazing grace, indeed.

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Responses

  1. Passing this on. Thanks, Greg

  2. And this God has made Himself known to us by His Word…true from the very first verse. AnswersInGenesis.org

  3. I recommend reading “The Language of God” by Francis Collins the co-discoverer of the human genome. Dr. Collins was an athesist who started out to discuver the scientific answer to “Is there a God” using scientific principles. For any scientist and/or “logic thinker” this is a must read.

  4. Thanks, Ron. You are right. I reviewed that book here a while ago and it is wonderful and provocative. One thing he discusses is how much garbage DNA we contain — DNA that has no known purpose. He doesn’t go there, but I was left to wonder whether that unknown DNA might have something to do with the soul.

    Greg


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