PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

8/7/18

The most debated book in the bible is Genesis, particularly chapters 1-11.  It is viewed today by many as myth, metaphor or legend. In other words it is not real history, especially the creation account of Genesis 1-3. This strikes at the heart of scripture, Christianity, Judaism and reality.

The opening statement speaks volumes: “In the beginning God. .  .” Never does scripture argue for the existence of God, it always states his existence as fact and never as having a beginning.  Everything else has a beginning, but not God.

When God says; “In the beginning” it refers to the beginning of time and the creation of the material world, especially mankind made in his image. Since time had a beginning and it is not eternal, it will come to an end one day

Notice too that the word “create” is only used in reference to God and not to human activity. Man can make things out of what already exists, but God creates things out of what did not exist.

Here we learn that there is indeed a God and he is eternal; no beginning and no end. We learn that God created out of nothing what is. Not only did he create the physical earth and all that is on it but also the heavens, that is, all that exists in outer space. There is nothing that is that was not made by God. Colossians 1:16: For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

Here is a very simple truth, there is a God and he created you and me.  Therefore, we are accountable to him and him alone.  However, man in general does not want to be held accountable or responsible for his actions so he looks for another answer to explain how life came about. Anything else but the biblical truth comes from the father of lies, Satan.

Genesis 1:1 also tells us that matter and energy is not eternal; it too had a beginning and is finite.  God has everything under his control and is moving current events to creations’ climax, which is our Lord’s return. It is reassuring to know that we are not the result of random blobs that came about by sheer chance, without any meaning, purpose or future.

Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty but formed it to be inhabited—he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.

 

Pr. Bob

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