Wednesday, 11/3/21 – Pressing on… Creation Proclaims His Praise!

Creation Proclaims His Praise!

This past Sunday we considered the testimony of God in His Creation as it’s marvels and beauty, design and purpose, variety and symmetry lifted our hearts in praise to our Lord and Maker. As the psalmist sang, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).

Author Lee Strobel has written extensively demonstrating how the disciplines of science support the Biblical account of divine creation.

Cosmology: Science has shown and logic demonstrates: 1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause. 2. The universe had a beginning. 3. Therefore, the universe has a cause. Astronomer Robert Jastrow states, “The chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply, at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy.” This agrees completely with the Genesis account, “God said… and there was…” (Gen. 1).

Physics: The laws and constants of physics reveal astoundingly slim odds: e.g. 1. Gravity is fine-tuned to one part in a hundred million billion billion billion billion billion. 2. The cosmological constant (energy density of space) is as precise as throwing a dart from space and hitting a bull’s-eye just a trillionth of a trillionth of an inch in diameter on Earth. Over 30 other physical or cosmological parameters require a precision so exact that a “by chance” creation of a life sustaining universe becomes laughable!

Astronomy: When one considers Earth’s position in the universe, its geological and chemical processes: e.g., a sun with just right mass, light, age, distance, and orbit in just the right galaxy and location to nurture life on a circling planet, plus multiple other factors necessary for our existence…. well, as astrophysicist John A. O’Keefe of NASA comments, “It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in.”

Biochemistry: Charles Darwin once admitted, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” Yet irreducibly complex structures like cilia and bacterial flagella, must necessarily be fully present in order to function. The same is true for system of transporting proteins within cells and the complex process of blood clotting. States Biochemist Michael Behe, “…irreducibly complex systems are strong evidence of a purposeful, intentional design by an intelligent agent.”

Biology: Human DNA contains a four-letter chemical code for that individual’s construction. Stephen Meyer has shown that no hypothesis has explained how this information could appear by naturalistic means. He further states that this kind of information is always the product of intelligence. “Information is the hallmark of a mind, and purely from the evidence of genetics and biology, we can infer the existence of a mind that’s far greater than our own — a conscious, purposeful, rational, intelligent designer who’s amazingly creative.”

Consciousness: Professor J.P. Moreland sees proof of a Creator in the simple fact of human consciousness: “You can’t get something from nothing.” He asks, “How, then, do you get something totally different — consciousness, living, thinking, feeling, believing creatures — from materials that don’t have that?” But if everything started with the mind of God, he said, “we don’t have a problem with explaining the origin of our mind.”

What a wonderful world! What a wonderful God!

Press on…

Content for today’s post drawn extensively from Focus on the Family, The Design Hypothesis.

To hear this past Sunday’s message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.

Link to video: I Believe / Creation Calls (6:22 min)

And here’s an interesting related audio message by Chuck Smith (52 min)

Tuesday, 7/13/21 – Pressing on… Knowing from whom you learned

Knowing from whom you learned

“Where’d you hear that,” my wife asks whenever I retell some suspicious sounding bit of data. Generally not one for keeping an ongoing subconscious bibliography of all I’ve learned in my near 70 years I usually can’t recall. But knowing where or from whom you learned the facts you have come to believe is important – especially so when it involves matters of eternity… matters of one’s eternal soul.

Much if what is believed about spiritual things these days has to do with what is socially popular… what is “the latest thing.” The Greeks of Paul’s day were like that. Luke records of the people of Athens, “All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.” (Acts 17:21).

I’ve always thought it odd that truth should be found in “the latest thing.” To believe that would mean truth had gone undiscovered from all previous generations. But truth has never been something hidden. Truth is shouting all around us in God’s creation and loving care of it. “The heavens declare the glory of God…” shouted the psalmist (Ps. 19:1). So clear was this revelation that Paul writes,

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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.” (Rom. 1:18-20).

You see, God desires that we know truth… that we know Him… that He is welcomed by us to be know by Him, deeply, intimately. He sent us His Son, Christ, to further demonstrate this truth to us, but we turned our backs on the revelations of nature and made every effort to destroy His gift of Son and Saviour!

Moreover He has now left us His Word, not only in Creation, not only in Son, but also in paper and ink. The Word of God, also called the Word of Truth, profitable to us for all things: “…teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Truth is neither hidden nor new. Truth is the Word of God. And when the Word of God is where you learn a thing, you can count on it – for ever!

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor Andrew’s Sunday message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.