God and Creation

What do you believe is the purpose of creation?  Leave your comments on my latest blog post.

God was before all things because He was in the beginning.  The first verse of the Bible puts God first giving Him the pre-eminence. Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” It is important to keep Him first, giving Him the adoration and the worship which is due His name.  The God of the Bible is a living, loving, life-giving God.  Let the loftiness of man be bowed down, and the haughtiness of man be made low.  Let everyone that is proud and everyone that is high and lifted up, fall down and worship Him for the glory of His majesty.

 

The Bible pictures creation as a movement of the Spirit of God giving forth the utterance of a creative Word.  That is to say God willed the world to be and the world came into being.  Sir James Jeans says that if you wish a picture of creation, you may imagine God stirring the ether with His finger. A modern astronomer said, “The first chapter of Genesis is no handbook of science, no epitome of the course of evolution. It is the revelation of God.  “God said,” “God saw,” God created,” “God divided,” “God ended,” “God rested,” “God blessed and sanctified.”’

 

The big question is, what is the purpose of creation? The shorter catechism answers this question by stating, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”  This is one of the grand themes of the Bible.  The book of Revelation expresses this truth as well Revelation 4:11, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” This truth is strangely foreign to the modern mind.  Man does not think of himself as one of God’s creatures, made to glorify God.  He sees himself as the climax of a long evolutionary process and daringly dreams that he is the master of all things.  God, if He is to be acknowledged at all, must first stand at the bar and plead His case and justify His ways with men.  It is His business to help and bless, to forgive errors and avert misfortunes, and in general make man’s life happy. 

 

The Bible tells me that God has moved nearer and nearer to man, but that man has moved farther and farther from God. “How do you know,” a Christian Arab was asked, “That there is a God?”  “In the same way,” he replied, “that I know, on looking at the sand, when a man or a beast has crossed the desert – by His footprints in the world about me.”