Monday, April 15, 2013

How God Made Everything Out Of Nothing.

One of the age old questions is this: "How did the universe begin?" It's another one of those mind-boggling topics. When man tries to explain how the universe began in a way that leaves out God, it's laughable. One such man-made God-less explanation is the Big Bang theory, which, if you ask me, is utterly stupid, unless God is in the picture.

So if God created the universe, a better question is this: "How did God create all things out of nothing?" I mean if nothing existed except the spiritual realm, how could a physical realm be created?

Consider this incredible verse that deals with creation: “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3). Wow! What a verse! There's the answer to how the universe began.   It was formed by God's command, and it was formed out of nothing! Take it or leave it. As the verse above says, it takes faith that the universe was formed “at God’s command”. Faith is believing without even seeing, and without totally understanding, but simply trusting.

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

The phrase in the above verse, “at God’s command”, implies that God has such creative force that all he had to do was speak the words, and the entire universe and everything in it was formed. If you look at all the creation verses in Genesis chapter one, they are commands. For example, God said, “Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Now that is power! Do we need to figure out how God did it? No. The above scripture states that “by faith we understand it”. Settled. We just need to believe it. If the Bible says so, then it's truth.

Think about the last part of the above verse for a moment......"what is seen was not made out of what was visible."  That is an incredibly powerful statement. What it says is that everything in our physical existence was made out of nothing. And before the physical realm, only the invisible or spiritual realm existed. In other words, matter was not re-formed out of some previous existing materials but new matter was created, in a sense, out of thin air! “What is seen was not made out of what was visible.”  Settled. Either take that verse, the Bible for that matter, and believe it, or throw it out the window and go with the Big Bang theory. Your choice (you know where I stand).

And I know, we could, and maybe should (ha) stop here, but just for fun.....let's keep going. Because of the curiosity of our human minds which God gave us, we always try to comprehend these Bible truths. I’m no different. I just wonder – can the concept of God making something out of nothing be explained? How could this be done? It may be a crazy idea, and I may be wrong, but I've got a theory. (O boy here we go)

Here's my theory (from a non-scientist)........ If we break down everything that exists into its smallest components, there is a common building block. Whether we look at a piece of steel, a plant, an animal, a brick, a coffee mug, air or water – they all are made up of a combination of the same very basic elements. That, in itself, is incredible.

There are just over one hundred different elements that combine in various arrangements to make up everything in the physical dimension we exist in. For example, water is made up of 2 of the elements that are bonded together in a special combination: two Hydrogen atoms and one Oxygen atom, H2O, form a water molecule.

Scientists have discovered that all atoms have the same three particles: electrons, protons and neutrons. The determining factor in identifying a specific element is the number of protons within the nucleus of an atom. These tiny particles (electrons, protons, and neutrons) are the foundation of all matter, and guess what? The electrons and protons are charged! In other words, they are energized! Each atom is like a miniature solar system held together by opposing electrical energy charges, with electrons orbiting the atom. Everything we see then, material or living, has as its fundamental building block - Energy!

One way to look at it is that energy is light, or light is energy. And in a sense, God is light, or at least created light. Could it be that everything that is in our physical realm is really some form of God-given invisible energy force, formatted and organized in such an orderly way as to create physical matter? God surely has the resources and ability to have done such a thing. God could have created matter out of thin air by arranging invisible energy in such a manner as to form everything from the smallest cell to the farthest star we can see in the universe! Awesome!

Nobel Prize winner Max Planck is quoted as saying this about the structure of matter – “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as the result of my research about the atoms this much: There is no matter as such! All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. "

Regardless of how God created everything, one thing is for sure – “the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible”.

OK, so maybe it’s better not to try to figure things out like I have tried to do, and you can disregard my theory, that's fine. But don't disregard Hebrews 11:3.

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

And perhaps the best thing to do is to simply take His word by faith, and praise Him with an attitude of wonder and amazement. Yes....that's a better way! As King Solomon once said, “Much dreaming and many words are meaningless.Therefore, stand in awe of God” (Eccl 5:7).

When thinking of such things as creation, that's what we all should ultimately do..............

Stand in awe of God!

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