It appears that many believe Christians get their concept of God being the Creator of life, the universe, etc., from a passage in the very first chapter of the Bible: Genesis Chapter One. Well, for certain the very first verse of that chapter does read, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” But whenever God makes, inspires, a dogmatic and important statement to be made in the scriptures, He makes certain that statement is repeated over and over and over again in the plainest language possible. “God created man upon the earth” (Deuteronomy 4:32). “Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created, and thou renewest the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30). “Praise Him ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for He commanded, and they were created” (Psalm 148:4-5). “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things….Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary: there is no searching of His understanding” (See Isaiah 40: 26, 28). And I could go on and on quoting text, after text, after text that affirms the truth that God is the Creator of all that exists, visible and invisible, living or inanimate, now present or in the past.
One who rejects God as Creator not only has to reject the veracity and inspiration of Genesis One, they must reject ALL OF SCRIPTURE! They must say all the Bible is a lie. If you reject Isaiah 40, verses 26 and 28, then you must also reject all of Isaiah. You cannot pick and choose what you will believe written in these sacred books of the Bible. It’s take it or leave it, the whole ball of wax. “Thus saith God the Lord, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out, He that spread for the earth, and that which cometh out of it, He that giveth breath unto the people unto it, and spirit to them that walk therein….” (See Isaiah 42:5). Yep, it’s all or nothing. And if you accept it all, what a marvelous treasure house you have to draw from and, in doing so, you will realize that God indeed is real, very, very real and closer to you than your mate, yes, even your breath!! ‘Nuff said.
Not all creationists, but a goodly number of them, feel certain that the Bible reveals the earth to be but 6,000 years old!! Years ago I thought that way, too. After all, one only need count the lifespans of the folks in the Bible, add ’em up, presto-bingo 6,000 years, right? We know Christ walked the earth about 1900 years ago. Round that off to 2000 years. Then go to your Old Testament and start counting backwards to Adam. You get another 4000 years, right? Add 4000 and 2000. What do you get? Six thousand!! Right? Wrong!!!! Try it and you’ll get bogged down and confused within minutes. First of all, you can’t get 4000 years trying to count the passage of time in the Old Testament. You cannot prove the earth is 6000 years old from the scriptures. I will agree with the creationists when they say it appears that Adam and Eve walked the earth ABOUT six thousand years ago. Underline and underscore “appears.” I like to prove all things of a spiritual, or Biblical, nature. I am never dogmatic on what I cannot prove. Why must some creationists insist the earth is 6000 years old. “In the beginning” has no date. God could have said, “Let there be light” billions and billions of years ago.
If someone tells you the tree you just cut down was planted as a tiny sprout just eight years ago, yet you notice the tree has 90 distinct annual rings you know they are either lying or mistaken. When someone tells you the earth is 6000 years old, yet you examine the strata revealed by a massive earthquake that pushes the strata up and exposes it for any geologist to examine, and, in examining the strata it is abundantly clear that the exposed portion alone shows the passage of millions of years, then you know someone is mistaken should they insist the earth is just six thousand years old. Creationists who cling to an unproveable 6000 year age for the earth think that scripture will not allow for a greater age. Therefore, they must stick to their guns even when it becomes all too obvious their guns are shooting blanks. The scientific world then views them as country bumpkin types, superstitious folk who are without the powers of reason and obviously of low intelligence. Don’t tell me your grandma just died yesterday if she has already turned to dust. I ain’t stupid.
If you want the Bible’s most complete description of “an overcomer” read Revelation 14, verses 1 through 5. The apostle Paul’s best description of an overcomer is found in the letter to the Ephesians, chapter 4, verses 11 through 16. There Paul calls an overcomer “a perfect (spiritually complete, mature) man” (Greek “person” or “individual” male or female), someone who measures up to the spiritual stature of the fullness of Christ. In other words, he or she is as Christ-like as a human can become while still in mortal flesh, someone who can say with Paul, “Christ LIVES in me!” Someone who can say with Paul, “the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (See Galatians 6:14). When Paul writes “it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me” do not assume that is or was God’s desire for Paul alone. It is God’s desire that ALL believers without exception allow Jesus Christ to be fully revealed and expressed in and through them. (See Galatians 1:15-16). The overcomer is also described by Paul in 2 Corinthians 10, verses 4-5. Not only are their actions and speech consistently godly, so are their thoughts.
Many have a horribly warped misinterpretation of what Paul is saying in Romans 7. They think Paul is describing himself as a defeated Christian, carnal, sold under sin, unable to get or maintain the spiritual victory over sin. This text (Romans 7) is one of the classic texts Peter must have had in mind when he warned that Paul wrote some things hard to be understood, things that some readers would “wrest” or twist to their own spiritual destruction. (See 2 Peter 3:15-16). One needs to keep Philippians 1:20 and 21 in mind when reading Romans 7. Also Philippians 3, verses 6 and 17 and Philippians 4:9. Colossians 1:27-29 and especially I Thessalonians 2:10 must be kept in mind when reading Romans 7. It also helps to read Romans 6 and Romans 8 when reading Romans 7. Paul was a true overcomer, meeting to exactness the qualifications of an overcomer as described in his own letters as well as Revelation 14, verses 1 thru 5. (Read my posted article “Was Paul A Defeated Christian?”)
Jesus Christ is returning for a pure bride, resplendent in holiness and purity as well as spiritual understanding, not a bunch of carnal believers bickering and disagreeing with one another even as they are meeting the Lord in the air. How ridiculous!!
Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),
There is one scripture that compels me to continue writing about the things of God: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” (See Luke 12:48). The Lord has shared a tremendous amount of spiritual truth with me. He has gifted me with the ability to communicate that truth clearly to others, and the ability to do so in an interesting fashion – both via the spoken word and the written word. I am reminded of the words of the apostle Paul: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of, for necessity is laid upon me. Yea, woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly (if spreading the gospel has been my deep desire anyway), I have a reward (I am doing what I really enjoy doing anyway), but if against my will (if my life choices were initially to make my own way and go my own chosen way), a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me (then God Himself has made the choice as to what I am to do with my life)” (See I Corinthians 9:16-17).
My own personal choice would be to use my talents to generate a nice income, to become somewhat famous, to live life in selfish pursuits, live and let live. But if I use my talents in a manner actually contrary to what my own personal desires would be, then the choice has been made for me by my Lord. I’m afraid if I were to use my talents as I would personally wish I would find that my writing would become sluggish and uninteresting, if not boring. Not all who speak for the Lord find themselves addressing huge congregations, or enjoying a wide following. In fact few do. I have never felt inclined to count the sheep. Just feed them. Woe be unto me if I feed them a tainted diet. God have mercy on me if I however inadvertently feed them something that poisons them or makes them ill. I will surely answer for the same.