Knowing God (Pt I): Creation
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For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Because one God created everything, the world has consistent orders and systems inside. We cannot say everything that has happened is by coincidence. This is an intelligent design.
When we think about religion and science, we don't need to fight against science. When we come to know more about the creation, we come to know more about the beautiful and mysterious works of God. When we gain more scientific knowledge, we can know how mysterious the works of God are.
For ex. when we have all the pieces of watch, it is hard to believe that if we throw all the materials, they will become a watch. But they have to be put together in an intricate and intelligent way to make a watch.
If we depend on our feelings to conclude how apparent God is, we can be mistaken, because feelings are often deceptive and changing.
If we look at a planet, it is easy to hypothesize that it came on its own through unrelated process of star formation, but we look at how delicately its existence is balanced and preserved in universe, it is difficult to claim that it is being done by coincidence.
Psalm 19: 1-4
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
When we look at the creation, we see that creation itself is praising God for His wonderful works. Even when we can't hear, they are saying that they were created by God.
Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself,
the God and Savior of Israel.
When we look at the world, we cannot see God. We know that visible world is not everything. God is someone who is hiding himself, but there is God behind this visible world.
How can we live without believing in God? Something doesn't exist just because we don't see it? We don't see electricity, so does that mean electricity does not exist? Human senses are limited, and there are many things we cannot perceive with our senses.
Sea turtles lay eggs far away from sea, and when the baby turtles are hatched miles and miles away from sea, all of them head for the sea instead of the other direction. Who has put this longing in their hearts? It is God. Nobody gets lost.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Beginning of our faith is that God created everything. Bible clearly teaches that God is the Creator. God not only created everything, but God preserves everything.
Some people think that after God created everything, God left us so that everything operates by itself? But if we look at garden, and if no one takes care of it, it will be in shambles in short time. But when we see complicated world, and still it is being preserved, we know that it is not that God just left everything alone after creating. God is still breathing his breath into everything.
When we look at the world, many things are beautiful right? But everything comes and go. What is the fault of men? Praising them instead of God.
In the beginning, men were looking at God, but later they started putting focus on creation. So when we look at the created world, we should not just end up praising the creation, but we must know that there is a Creator who created everything. So what should we praise? We shouldn't praise the creation, but we should give all our praises to God, the Creator of everything. Besides God, there is an end to everything. So what is the right attitude? When we look at the creation, we should think about God.
When we look at food, and if we can think about the one who cooked the food and thank him, then we are really excellent people. So, Adam and Eve, their problem was that they lost their gratitude. They just ended up enjoying everything, and forgot the pains and sufferings of God who created the whole world. They did not think about the deep pains and sacrifice of God, which they easily forgot. When we can't praise God, then our heart is very shallow. Our hearts need to be full of thanksgiving to God.
So if we want to become deeper in faith and prayer, we can look at nature and everything, and grow our attitude of gratitude and praises to God. That makes us deeper person and makes our roots of faith grow more.