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Denial of the Creation

It is interesting when people who are both secular and religious try to equivocate about or deny the Creation. Does this actually bother God? Are there specific consequences to believing this way?

What is actually the most important thing for a culture to know about God? That he is the Savior and Redeemer? That he was born of a virgin and was Emmanuel – God With Us? Or could his role as Creator actually be the foremost thing to know? Let’s look at this.

The Creator title is the one which our Heavenly Father and Jesus share.

The God of the creation account was ‘Elohim’, a plural title. It can’t be any clearer from scripture that creation was a joint venture. Creation, and specifically mankind, was created for God’s glory. I Cor. 11:7

God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. –Genesis 1:27

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. – John 1:1-4

When we first seek to know God, we seek to know him as Creator- the first cause of everything.

Psalm 14 and Psalm 53 are near word-for-word repetitions of each other. The Bible often uses repetition when important concepts are involved.

{To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD [Yahweh] looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God [Elohim]. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.  There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous. Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge. Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

– Psalm 14 (Emphasis added, and Hebrew translations are added in brackets)

The act of Creation illustrates an ownership interest, and right to order it the way he wants to.

In Genesis 1:12 and 1:24-25 God specifically said that plants and animals should bring forth “after their kind”, and yet people experiment with genetic modification. Simple logic gives our Creator the right to judge us. If we got here by chance, then we are accountable to no one. If a Christian denies creation, he denies accountability and the concept of sin and consequences.

The Sabbath is God’s appointed celebration of God’s completed original Creation, which was perfect.

God’s creation was perfect, and it was sin that caused suffering. Creation was a blessing, and the institution of the Sabbath was a further blessing.

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” – Genesis 2:1-3

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. – Romans 8:18-22

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. –Exodus 20:8-11

As God considers that the creation speaks for itself of the existence of God, the rejection of creation brings on his specific wrath and denial of blessings.

Biblical scholars like Chuck Missler have said that the sins mentioned in Romans 1 have been brought about as a result of the rejection of God’s creation. Rejection of the creation sets off a generational avalanche of sin.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. –Romans 1:18-32

Christians must teach their children who their Father is.

The Bible tells us to teach God’s commands to our children, and integral to the 4th commandment is the teaching of creation. God is also pleased when we glorify him as Creator.

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. –Acts 17:28-31

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:4-7

{To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.} O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast .crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! –Psalm 8

In modern times there is a general rejection of fatherhood, but Christians need to contradict that.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. –Malachi 4:5-6

We have a Creator, the Godhead who created us. Our Creator God is the only one who can save us, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

 
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Thankfulness

Generic thankfulness is just patting yourself on the back. True thankfulness is directed to another person, or to God.

 
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God’s Forgiveness & its lack of it in the Church of God

 
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Natalie Grant – The Greatness Of Our God

 
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danny gokey – hope in front of me

 
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Run, Rest, Work

 “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” – Philippians 2:16

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” – Matthew 11:29

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” –Philippians 2:12-13

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” –I Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

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Principles of Christian living are good principles for living in general. The Lord Jesus Christ does not promise a life of ease, prosperity or indulgence to his followers, but He does promise to be there for those who sincerely apply his principles and seek him with their whole heart.

There are some simple principles found throughout the Bible that can help us in our walk through life.

Run

 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 1:2

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In the limited concordance of the Defender’s Study Bible compiled by Dr. Henry Morris, the term “run” is defined as “move with swift pace”. The term implies intensity, passion, inspiration and hope. When asked by a Pharisee what was the greatest commandment, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” –Matthew 22:37

The term run also implies pursuit. We don’t usually pursue simple things, we pursue the more complex. Doing one daily task is simple; it is a chore; it is something we know very well how to do. For instance, it is easy to wash the dishes but it is more complex to pursue cleanliness in general. For the more complex goals, we must pursue with intensity. It is easy to draw a simple picture, but we must pursue a career in graphic design. A job is one thing, but we must pursue vocations and degrees. These are things we have to run after, and not give up until they are attained.

It is not enough to identify as a Christian but to follow our own path. God must be our primary and only hope and goal. We must pursue him and leave everything else behind. Luke 9:57-62 talks about a way of following Christ that does not look back. We run after what our hope is tied up in. We also run after what we worship.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.” –Matthew 6:22-23

Although there certainly have been wealthy people who have loved God, for instance – Abraham, Job and Joseph of Arimathea – those who actually love money cannot love God. Scripture confirms that such an obsession can lead to great evil because some choose to love money to the extent that they worship it (Matthew 6:24). Secular and religious people alike have goals – but the goal of Christians should be to glorify Christ with their lives.

To pursue Christ is to have hope in Christ. This intense pursuit of a primary goal is what enables us to advance, despite our sinful natures, and despite the very laws of nature such as gravity and the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” – I Corinthians 9:24 – 26

Running exemplifies the passion for reading His word. Running is something that is good to do in our youth, but also when we are older. We should learn from those to teach, but also to use the discernment that God gives through His spirt.

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” –Psalm 119:9

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” II Timothy 3:15

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” –Luke 18:16

“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” –Lamentations 3:25-27

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” –Acts 17:11

To pursue Christ we must also run away from bad things and run to good things.

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” – II Timothy 2:22

Fulfilling the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20 is to run after Christ.

“Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.” – I Corinthians 9:10

In running we sometimes become unbalanced, we sometimes make mistakes, and we sometimes stumble. But we keep our eyes on the goal.

 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” –Titus 2:11-14

Running is learning God’s ways and learning His word. Running is focus. Running is passion and intensity. Running is the hoping.

 Rest

 “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” – Hebrews 11:8-12 (NIV)

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“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6

David knew that he would die and be in a grave until the Lord resurrected him.

 David said about him:
“ ‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ –Acts 2:25-28 (NIV)

Resting is letting God be God and letting him work through us. Resting in God takes faith.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – II Corinthians 12:9

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” –Hebrews 4:1

“For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” –Hebrews 4:8-10

Resting is obeying. Resting is believing in God’s goodness and greatness. Resting is having joy in the journey. Resting is believing in a better future. Resting is delayed gratification. Resting is having faith.

 Work

 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” –Matthew 6:6

“Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.” –Matthew 26:36

“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” –Colossians 4:12

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We understand work in general and Christian works to be many things. But fundamental to all of Christian works is prayer. It is something any Christian can do. It does not require a babysitter. It does not require a large bank account. It does not require a lot of spare time or energy. It does not require status or position. It is a work of submission any can be done anywhere and anytime.

Prayer preceded the giving of God’s spirit at Pentecost and allows us the refreshing of God’s spirit in our lives. It is not about getting God to do our bidding. Like Christ showed at Gethsemane, prayer is a work of submission.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;” –Romans 15:30

“For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,” –Philippians 1:19

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” –Luke 18:1

“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” –Acts 1:14

“Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
“Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” –I Timothy 5:5-13

In the above passage, it shows that the widows that were taken in by the church were full of good works, but the first works mentioned are spiritual. The widows were ones depended on God and prayed around the clock. These spiritual works are what made the physical works that they did effectual.

“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” –James 5:15

“And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” –Mark 9:29

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:” –Colossians 4:2

Without God’s righteousness as a covering, we have nothing to commend ourselves, and our works of righteousness fall far short.

“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” –Isaiah 64:6 (New Living Bible)

“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” –Titus 3:3

Spiritual works are about mortifying the flesh, that is, submitting our spirits to God.

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” –Romans 7:18

It is interesting in the following passage, that all of the “works” mentioned, are those that are public ones. They are not the spiritual works of prayer, fasting and giving talked about in Matthew 6:1-8 which are primarily to be performed in private. Spiritual works are designed to change us within, not to show off to others. If we do these to show off to others, we may as well not do them at all.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. –Matthew 7:21-23

Spiritual work is a personal thing. It is a heart thing. It is doing the things we do not out of obligation or compulsion, but now out of love.

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” –Hebrews 13:15

Working is submitting our spirit. Work is accepting and being part of God’s order of things. Work is the daily submission of prayer. Work is the sacrifice of praise. Work is a labor of love.

Learning. Obeying. Submitting. These are important elements of a Christian life.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Faith, The Bible, Uncategorized

 

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