Monday, September 22, 2008

God Will Not be Found on Your Terms

This is an interesting talk given by Richard Dawkins, a staunch athiest. Whereas he sees evolution when looking at the universe, I see God's hand in the creation. He gives an example of a man questioning his friend about the sun and the Earth.

"Tell me", he asked a friend, "Why do people always say it was natural for man to assume that the sun went around the Earth, rather than that the Earth was rotating?" His friend replied, "Well, obviously because it just looks as though the sun was going around the Earth." To which he replied, "Well, what would it have looked like if it had looked as though the Earth was rotating?"

And so I ask the question in regards to the universe. If you cannot see the hand of God in the universe in which we live, if you see a self-created, evolving universe, what do you suppose a God created universe would look like?

If you are going to think beyond self-imposed or evolution imposed barriers, why not truly do so? Why not consider all possibilities? If we have evolved to live in this "middle world," instead, why could we not have been created to live here, perfectly suited to our environment? A rock is solid to us because it needs to be solid to us. Perhaps we have God imposed barriers for a reason that suits God's purpose for us.

That is probably not something you are going to find by studying the universe. Looking at the world around us - alone, however far into the depths of what can be known - is not enough. If that is all you are doing then I can sympathize with you, I can see why you can come to the conclusion of an evolved universe.

It takes more. It takes revealed knowledge, revealed from the very Creator Who put us here, and it takes a relationship with Him for that knowledge to be revealed to us, and it takes a mind open to the possibility to start that relationship.

“Friendship with the LORD is reserved for those who fear Him. With them He reveals the secrets of His covenant.”
Psalm 25:14, NLT

It takes time, and willingness to obey what you learn, but if you are open to the possibility, and with reverent fear - not paranoid fear - reverent fear and study of His Word, the Bible, you will find it a book of endless learning. It's pages open up to you like science reveals the hidden mysteries of the world around us, no matter how closely you look, it reveals a complexity and richness that mirrors that of the universe itself.

Then you will begin to see your "middle world" in a whole new light, as just a temporary, stepping off point to a realm of possibilities that truly cannot be humanly imagined. But you will see glimpses and flashes of what is to come and the drumbeat will no longer hold you in its sway.

God will not be found on your terms, but He will meet you where you are when you are ready. Never judge God on the basis of any human being or what they believe, don't shut that door because of preconceived notions gathered from the utterances or actions of other "middle worlders." You relationship with God will be personal or it will be non-existent.

Just sayin'. Wish you were here.

God is light

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