Chapter 1- Digging Deeper in the Story

So, let’s talk about Genesis and I’m not talking about Phil Collins and the gang, but the incredibly important first ‘book’ of the Bible. Genesis actually means ‘beginnings’. It comes from the start of the book ‘In the beginning’. It’s more than an appropriate title because in it God creates and we see the beginning of the heavens and the earth, and all of life. We also see the beginning of things like life as God intended it, marriage, sin, struggle, and death.

The Bible launches off with a LOADED statement: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).

The Bible does not try to prove God, but rather makes God the starting point. There are tons of debates around this by itself. God or no God? A God or gods? A God who loves or God who hates? A personal God or a godlike force? A God that is involved with the world, or a God that is distant?

In Genesis we see God as a personal God, who creates, who is powerful, and who is engaged with His creation. If this is our starting point it opens up the miraculous in the Bible, it gives us purpose and it gives us belonging.

However, the tide of our culture has moved towards naturalism taking God out of the equation. Yes, the Bible presupposes God. In that same way naturalism presupposes no God.  While the loudspeakers in our culture would have you believe that all rational people dismiss God, or that naturalism or the theory of evolution are the only intelligent options they only present a piece of the picture. In reality there are many intelligent people who believe in the God who creates. From microbiologist to astrophysicists there are believers in the God of Genesis.

I want to give you 3 quick reasons why I believe in God as Creator.

1)   Because of What I See:

I look around and see a universe that is carefully, and perfectly fit together. When Beth and I were in the hospital ready to have our first baby. The doctor was checking on her and just had a smile on his face. A man who had delivered numerous babies said something to the extant of ‘It’s incredible that all this comes from a single cell, it divides, they divide, then they divide and you have life. And people say it just happened by accident.’ Well my wife is pregnant again (with #3 this time) and we have an avocado sized baby who is brilliantly designed and growing. He/she has a heartbeat, can move its joints, can sense light, and is developing taste buds. It’s incredible.

I look around at the beauty of the world, I see complexity, I see design and to me this points to an artist, an engineer, a designer, God. From the greatness of galaxies to the data in DNA I believe God is brilliantly, creatively, powerfully behind it all.

A classic illustration is if you came across an intricate piece of art (think M.C. Escher) in aEscher desolate field. Would you assume that it just came about through natural causes given enough time? Of course not, you would assume that there was an artist behind this masterpiece. You may not know the details of how it got in the field, but everything points to there being an artist.

Paul even uses this argument in his letter to the church in Rome. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. “ (Romans 1:20).  Even without special revelation from God (The Bible), people can see from creation something about God.

2)   Because of What I Think:

We all have a moral compass. While in the wake of the tragedy of a mass school shooting I guess it’s kind of clear that sometimes this moral compass is screwed up. How could somebody shoot innocent children repeatedly? While the families mourn, our a nation collectively mourns. My neighbors across the street had a bouquet of balloons in the front yard to show her love and support for the families and community of Sandy Hook. We knew what happened on December 14th at Sandy Hook Elementary was wrong. We ALL knew it was horrendous to take innocent lives. Children’s lives.

This is an extreme example, but in our hearts we have a moral code. We typically try to be ‘good’ people. We can choose to reject that or to live by it. But what makes us ‘good people’?

The Bible says we are made ‘in the image of God’ and I believe this moral code is God’s fingerprint on our souls.  If we have this universal moral law, then there must be a moral lawgiver. Naturalism may explain away some things, but I don’t believe it takes care of all the issues. It’s reasons like this that moved once atheist C.S. Lewis to believe in God, become a Christian and become a prominent defender of the Christian faith in the 20th century.

3)   Because of What I Feel:

This point is completely Subjective. Subjective doesn’t give you hard evidence, but you also cannot disprove it either. It becomes a ‘he said/she said’ argument. I have felt God’s presence in my life. I have experienced Him work in my life. I haven’t heard the audible voice of God (think James Earl Jones?), honestly that would kind of freak me out. But that doesn’t make His presence any less real. Times when I need Him, times when I worship Him, times when I reject Him and run from Him, He’s there.  Now God isn’t in the business of ‘forcing himself’ on us, or twisting our arms. We can reject Him to the point where He’ll let us have our way, but He’s never far off for those who seek Him. As the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote,

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”

There are many more reasons why we can believe in God, but these are some that keep me convinced.

If you have questions, doubts, or concerns I would check out some resources under the ‘Evidences’ heading under our resources tab: www.cfisforlovers.com/#/resources 

And of course, if you have questions I would love to talk and help in any way that I can because I believe that God made you, loves you, and wants you to know Him!

Peace,

Aaron

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About aaroncross

these are some of my adventures in following Jesus, loving my wife, raising my boys, and serving a church
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