Pain, suffering, loss, love, compassion, forgiveness, joy, purpose; this is life… Though many people stop at love as if an emotionally charged chemical reaction is the chief end of man. As if purpose can be defined by my love for something or someone, an ever fleeting emotion that changes on a daily, if not hourly basis. This is not opinion, this is an observable certainty. Look at divorce, people “fall in love” and over the years (or months) they simply “fall out of love”, on to the next bigger and better thing. People are to be used for my enjoyment and when they can no longer satisfy this selfish desire in me to be filled, on to the burn pile. In the english language we only have one word “love”. It’s not enough of a word, rather, it’s too much of a word; love needs many words. I mean, I certainly don’t “love” pizza the same way that I “love” my wife. I certainly don’t “love” God the way that He “loves” me. Eternal love. Humans are incapable of demonstrating such a thing. We are broken creatures. To err is human, right?
In contrast God is the one who cannot be broken because He alone is the one that IS. He alone stands outside the realm of time itself. He created time. I believe in the God that created time. This statement is insane, I realize. To say that someone created time is to say that someone IS. Just IS… Meaning that before time existed there was God, and that’s it. Just God. He has existed throughout a timeless eternity that we shall never understand and He will exist into a timeless eternity. The crazy part? He desires to take us into eternity with Him. Like literally. That is what I believe. That God has revealed Himself to be. He has chosen to create us and bring us with Him into a timeless eternity of joy. He created joy. Actually… a better statement would be “He is the source of all joy”. God is the fountain of joy itself. How did He do it? By His will. He desired something to happen, therefore it did. Within the limitlessness of Himself He desired to bring forth creation, all of it. Boom. An explosion of life.
“Religious fanatics want people to switch off their own minds, ignore the evidence, and blindly follow a holy book based upon private ‘revelation’.” – Richard Dawkins
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.” – Albert Einstein
“I build molecules for a living. I can’t begin to tell you how difficult that job is. I stand in awe of God because of what he has done through his creation. My faith has been increased through my research. Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God”. – James Tour
This explosion (or expansion) we have observed to be true, we call it the big bang. The very idea that creation came from a singular point in time and space (the singularity) and is now expanding at exponentially ludicrous speeds is the very idea that rocked the scientific community. It is that understanding that catapulted Albert Einstein from being an Atheist to becoming an open-deist. He was smart enough to dig deep into the rabbit hole and recognize the impossibility of it all, and scientists do not like impossible things, there must be a reason!
I believe that God is the only possible catalyst and reason for this universe to come from nothing. Not only come from nothing (which is in and of itself a ridiculous statement) it brought forth energy, that produced mass, that then produced stars and planets and galaxies… At some point within the limitless universe our solar system assembled into the perfect harmonious grouping of planets around a single sun that we find ourselves in today. Not only is the earth the perfect distance from the sun to support life, life itself sprang forth from chaotic nothingness. Not just life, but life that thinks and feels and hurts and loves and empathizes and kills… My brain literally hurts to even try and consider the impossibility of the scenario that I just described. Impossible. Though we do exist so… something is possible right? I mean something did in fact bring us here to this moment in time and space. I’m just saying, literally everything in the universe has a cause for the reaction. Something then something else. Literally never has anything happened, like ever, because of nothing. It’s madness. Its absurd, it’s unscientific… The universe if finely tuned in order to allow for the formation of all things. Once again, either we are very lucky (impossibly lucky), or something calibrated the universe and placed us here.
“The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.” – Richard Dawkins
‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.’
I believe in God. I believe in the God who created all things. I believe in the God who sustains all things. I believe in the God that is in the process of uniting all things under Him; who will bring about deliverance from the yoke of man wrought evil. I believe in the God who commands all of existence to exist. That is the foundation of my faith; God is. It is absolutely easy to believe in a God that performs miracles. Here’s the real issue for many: the belief in the impossible. I have already established that God literally willed the universe to exist, ex nihilo (out of nothing). So, it would be ridiculous to claim that this God couldn’t cause a flood that covered the earth. Or, to impossibly sustain people and animals through that flood. When I stare down the depth of Hubble’s deep field view, I am staggered by creation. The trillions and trillions of galaxies, stars, and planets that are found by looking into black nothingness takes my mind into endless awe. I believe in the God that created all of that because He desired it to be. Can God flood this tiny planet? I mean… is that really the question to ask? “In the beginning, God created” Now there is the basis for the question of all questions.
I believe that with God the impossible becomes possible. Only with God. He will not be measured in a laboratory. He will not be contained within the pages of a scientific journal. He will not be put in a box of scientific enquiry that is easy to hold and understand. This is what actually angers people like Dawkins, they can’t quite put their finger on an unknowable God. The real question is, if we could measure and understand God, if we could break Him down and observe Him, would He be worthy of being called God? If He were to fit within the frame of human understanding He would not be the author of creation. He would simply be just another painted thing for us to dissect and pull apart. The bible doesn’t describe a “God of the gaps” the bible describes a God of limitless power, intelligence, authority and divinity– He is Holy. He is not a God to be trifled with and will not be understood by man. He however does reveal pieces of Himself to us, which is incredible. Who is this God? Moses asked that very question.
‘Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, ” I am who I am .” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘ I am has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord , the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.’
God doesn’t respond to Moses by immediately telling him His name. He responds by immediately telling him who He is. “I am who I am” God says to Moses, before I tell you my name you will understand this about me, I AM.