February 3, 2019

Faith In Our Creator by Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

This verse describes the very first example of faith in the Bible’s great “faith chapter,” Hebrews 11. This fact strongly argues that meaningful and effective faith is to be founded, first of all, on the revealed fact of special creation—creation ex nihilo—in contrast to “creation” through some protracted, naturalistic, imaginary process of evolution. All of the “worlds” were simply called into existence by God’s omnipotent word.

“For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:9).

In no way did He have to start with some chaotic form of matter already in existence. Jesus Christ—the Word of God (John 1:14)—created space and time as well as matter/energy.

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16).

“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:3).

It is interesting that the ancient world saw this characteristic (Creator) as the fundamental factor, distinguishing the true God from all others.

Xerxes, King Of Persia (Esther’s husband, Ahasuerus) placed a huge billboard sized inscription on the stone wall seen by all who approached his magnificent castle (over a mile long) at what is now Van, Turkey. This greatest of monarchs, who “reigned from India to Ethiopia,” (Est.1:1) publicly proclaimed his faith in the Creator to his idol deluded subjects.

“…The Great God, The Greatest God Who Created The Sky And Created The Land And Created Humans Who Gave Prosperity To The Humans Who Made Xerxes King, King Of Many Kings…”

When the apostle Paul spoke to the Athenian philosophers, he proclaimed the “Unknown God,” which he distinguished from all the “gods” worshiped in Athens, the city full of idols. Paul said this was, “The God who made the world and all things in it,…” (Acts 17:24)

This is the beginning point, the foundation of true faith.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen.1:1)

Inspiration records the wisdom of Solomon urging …

“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth,” (Eccl. 12:1)

This is the faith introduced in the last verses of the previous chapter, that is the foundation of our lives and our salvation.

“BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; …But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.” (Heb.10:38-39)

Following immediately then is his description of faith.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

After that the great progression examples of faith in Hebrews 11. Heading the list of these, of course, is faith in the special creation of all things by the Word of God. The necessary conclusion is that a “living” faith and “saving” faith must be founded, first of all, on the fact of supernatural creation of all things by God in the beginning.

Evolution is also based on faith, but it is contrary to Scripture and to true science.

Richard Dawkins, known as the “Pope of Evolution,” freely admitted this fact on the BBC program, “Brief History of Disbelief,” broadcast in October of 2004. Jonathan Miller was interviewing and asked about the obvious difficulty in explaining the origin of feathers from scales by natural selection. Dawkins responded…

“…there’s got to be a series of advantages all the way in the feather. If you can’t think of one, then that’s your problem not, not, not natural selection’s problem. Natural selection um, err, well, I suppose that is a sort of matter of faith on my part…”

His conclusions are based on faith, a faith that has a fundamental weakness. Natural selection only operates on what already exists. Random mutations only change what already exists. Neither is a creative process. Neither even addresses the subject of true origins.

Our faith is in a truly adequate cause…an eternal creator. Hard to fathom? Understandable. But honorably face the only alternative… nothing created everything. When, with integrity, we face the fact that there are only two alternatives, the honest choice is obvious.

Adapted from an idea in an article by Henry Morris

 

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