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Religion

Creator of heaven and earth: Apostles Creed 4

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 19, 2013

RELIGION – We continue in our slow moving study of the Apostles’ Creed by looking at the next phrase “creator of heaven and earth.” Now, how do we know God is the creator of heaven and earth? Our universe is of God’s most preeminent apologists. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1). I mean when we look at a house we can deduce that it had a builder, right? Just like when we look at a painting we figure it had a painter. Doesn’t creation imply a creator?

So then don’t stars suggest a star maker? “The heavens declare His righteousness” (Ps. 97:6). Just look up above you. Sam Storms writes that If you were to take every single, solitary grain of sand off of every square inch of beach on the face of the earth, you wouldn’t equal the number of stars in the galaxies of the universe. And your God made them all! More amazing still, He named them all! The psalmist declared, “He determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names” (Ps. 147:4).

John MacArthur notes that “Random noise could never produce a Bach cantata.  Random letters floating in an ocean of alphabet soup will never spell out a chapter from Moby Dick.  When we hear the music, we know there was a composer.  When we read coherent writing, we know there was an author.  How much more does this principle apply to the detailed information contained in the DNA of every living creature?”

Furthermore, we can stop and look at the intricate design of our world and learn some more things about God. The Scientific community has come to accept what is known as the anthropic principal. It states that the natural laws (gravity, cause and effect, etc…) are designed in such a way that promotes the existence of life.

Take for example that Oxygen comprises 21% of the earth’s atmosphere, if it were 25% fires would quickly burst out of control and if it were 15% percent humans would suffocate. Further, If the gravitational force was altered one part in ten to the 40th power (A 10 followed by 40 zeros) the sun could not exist; the moon would crash into earth and then veer off into space.  A very bad day!

Also, if the rate of the universe’s expansion were one-millionth slower the earth’s temp would be 10,000 degrees Celsius. Then, if the earth’s rotation were longer than 24 hours the difference in temperature between night and day would be too great to sustain life. Also, if the earth’s crust were any thicker too much oxygen would be absorbed and life could not be sustained. But if it was any thinner, the tectonic plates would constantly move and earthquakes would frequently occur.

So from creation we can learn many things about God. HE IS:
•    Supernatural in nature (as He exists outside of His creation)
•    Incredibly powerful (to have created all that is known)
•    Eternal (self-existent, as He exists outside of time and space)
•    Omnipresent (He created space and is not limited by it)
•    Timeless and changeless (He created time)
•    Immaterial (because He transcends space)
•    Personal (the impersonal can’t create personality)
•    Necessary (as everything else depends on Him)
•    Infinite and singular (as you cannot have two infinites)
•    Diverse yet has unity (as nature exhibits diversity)
•    Intelligent (supremely, to create everything)
•    Purposeful (as He deliberately created everything)
•    Moral (no moral law can exist without a lawgiver)
•    Caring (or no moral laws would have been given)

So, this is our God! Not bad hey! What does this matter, why waste our time going over all this? Our lives at times seem to be spinning and spiraling out of control. The effects of our sin and the sin of others on our lives leave us confused and worried.  But with God, this is all going to be ok. I know because this is the God that so loved our world (sin tainted, scarred and all) that He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins that we might be forgiven.

We also can know from all our above discussion that since God has no needs, we cannot tire Him out or exhaust His love for us.  Since God can never sin or do wrong, we can’t corrupt Him. Since God effortlessly created a billion stars in the sky, then He can make good out of our bad, sinful lives! He can do all these things and more.

What an awesome God we serve! Glad the moon will not crash into earth and send us flying off into space!

Pastor Phillip



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