Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Most Amazing Things

Colossians 1:15-17

He is the image of the invisible God,

the firstborn over all creation.

For by Him all things were created:

things in heaven and on earth,

visible and invisible,

whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;

all things were created by Him and for Him.

He is before all things,

and in Him all things hold together.

When I was a child I would sometimes sit in church and ponder the incredible fact that God always was. I could easily handle “always would be”, but “always was” is pretty much unfathomable. “Always was” is like eternity having come to an end, because as humans we always think of beginnings. As in Genesis, which begins “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Comprehending no beginning is impossible. If you get back to the beginning, you find it isn’t there. God simply always has existed. He was never created. Now this fact is very logical, because if He was created then some being created Him, and that is who is God, and then we are back to where we started.

So the fact that God always has existed is a very very reasonable concept, humanly speaking. And not only is it reasonable, but it seems necessary for our very existence, because matter did not create itself. That would be impossible. This is why I find atheists to be such a silly group of people. They never discuss where everything came from. They simply seem to think that it was just there all along, with nothing responsible for its existence. Not only was it simply always there as far as they are concerned, but it just happens to be an incredibly complex thing. The tiniest particle of matter is in itself incredibly complex.

But back to the “most amazing things of all”. It is simply the fact that we exist at all, which is tied inseparably to the fact that God has always existed and was not created by another being. I think you need to try and really set your mind to these ideas to be able to fully get in touch with the incomprehensibleness of them. One factor that limits our ability to comprehend always being is the fact that we are human and are confined by time and space. We make the assumption that everything is confined this way. But God is outside of time and space. We cannot think of God in our human terms, He simply does not fit the mold.

Another really difficult concept is what is at the end of the universe. If we were to send out a space probe that could go on and on and on, would it come to the end of things? And if so, what’s on the other side? In mathematics infinity is a concept that is dealt with at great length. There’s a lot of discussion about it in general, but nothing about its reality.

With each amazing thing about God that I write down I think of another amazing thing about Him. How amazing He is is a very large subject. So for now I will end here. Theology is truly and endlessly fascinating subject. In heaven we will only know more, but we will never know all.

Isaiah 66:1

Thus says the LORD,

"Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool

Where then is a house you could build for Me?

And where is a place that I may rest?

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