I post this article from an old Bible College room mate & Dear friend ‘Craig Fruth’, (He’s the handsome dude on the left:-)) . This wonderful well thought out treatise for me looks at a question we all we all must answer. Does God exist ? In keeping with the heart and intent of this blog that I started almost 4 years ago this is a MATTER of utmost importance in my humble opinion.
As 2013 shortly turns into 2014 many things have happened in my life this past year that I sense are of great and wonderful significance that I am excited to share with you, the reader. I want to keep it ‘As real as I can’ so with that I will just say That ‘The Creator God of All Eternity has put ETERNITY in mans heart’ (Ecclesiastes 2:11) …That is as REAL & IMPORTANT of a MATTER to discuss as it gets! Take care & stay with me, lets discuss these important issues together with open hearts and minds in the coming months. Be Blessed!
Don’t turn me off, it ‘s not that difficult….
Albert Einstein was asked if he was, in fact, religious. “Yes, you can call it that,” Einstein replied calmly. “Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in fact, religious.”
Though Einstein had spoken out against Quantum Physics as a valid science, he did in fact validate some of that science with the above statement.
Since the dawn of the scientific age and especially since our ability to observe it has increased there have always been unanswerable questions at the end of every science regarding our natural realm. For example, the big bang theory, When all the silliness has been done away with and we get down to the real facts as we can observe, either matter has always existed or something came from nothing. This answer is untenable for a scientist that does not believe in God. It leaves them hanging with unanswered questions. Where did the matter come from or what force caused matter to appear? It is usually dismissed as a lack of enough data to answer the question. However, there is a wave of new highly educated scientists that are of the “No Fear” generation and could care less what the “Good Ole Boys” of science refused to consider. They want to do more then just venerate what Einstein called, “subtle, intangible and inexplicable.” They demand that science offer an explanation. What is the intangible force that holds an atom together when the components are of opposite magnetic charge and by all the rules of science should fly apart with violence? Why is it when a human observes an atom under extreme magnification it resembles the standard model of the nucleus with the spinning electrons revolving around it BUT, if the human turns away and the same molecule is observed by a video recorder the atom changes into a another form? What is the mysterious effect human observation has on the physical/natural realm.
Because we perceive ourselves as predominantly natural physical beings, when we look at the natural sciences we inevitably look at the outset to the natural physical realm for answers. This has been one of the downfalls of science that has been slowly and sometimes painfully discovered in recent years. There are many good and reputable scientists that will now admit that there is something out there they cannot explain outside of a conscious living force with what seems to be motives and intentions in what it does. There seems to be an intelligence behind the creation for purpose and meaning.
Let me switch gears for a moment and speak of the Ancient Hebrew People and their culture. They were concrete thinkers and perceived their natural realm as integrated in the realm of God and a reflection of the Spirit of God. So, what is a spirit? Simply put, the spirit is the consciousness of a living being. God as a living being has a consciousness that consists of his expressions, thoughts, ideas, moral character and emotions. Moses as the writer of the creation story understood this truth very well. In the beginning was the consciousness of the living being we call God. John the Apostle understood it too in the opening of his gospel. In the beginning was the “Word” Logos Gr. (An expressed idea or plan) There was an intelligent design.
Since God is omnipresent in all of creation, why do we need to go to some other realm to find him? This belief comes from the Greek philosophies of Gnosticism and dualism. Furthermore if God is omnipresent, then you would find him in every portion of our existence including our natural realm. What’s he doing there? Holding the atoms together.
Spirit has to come first. The physical creation as we see it cannot exist without spirit. In fact the very nature of the physical is dependent upon spirit.
Now let’s look at the physical creation. God fills the spiritual realm with subatomic particles that are held together by his very presence. [An interesting point is that the English word “Create” is the Hebrew word “bara” and it means to fill. He arranges them and combines to make different atoms resulting in different elements. He then takes from his own life (consciousness) and begins to bring forth living things. To the plants he gives enough life to exist a living thing and the ability to reproduce. In fact this drive to reproduce life of the same kind as yourself is a part of God’s character. To the animals he does the same but adds enough spirit to produce a soul with emotions. In the Hebrew language the same word for soul is used interchangeably for human and animal. They have emotions and the ability (in various degrees) to think and make decisions. When it came to humanity God desired more then the animal that lives and reacts by instinct. To the man God breathed his spirit/consciousness in him resulting in creating a human spirit. Plants and animals do not have a moral character, but humanity, his spirit, made in the image of God, has a moral character. All humanity from then on has come into existence with a human spirit in them. They are stamped with the very expression of God’s Spirit. They have the same reasoning ability and emotional structure. Adam and Eve functioned perfectly in the intelligently designed world that was an expression of God’s own nature. Why did he do this, because like all living beings he wants to produce offspring that are like him. Mankind has a character like his creator/father, but this character needs be matured and tested.
In the Hebrew Gen 2:7 reads a bit different then we are used to reading in the English. “… God breathed the breath of life in Adam and he existed a living being.”
Prior to this Adam was a simple pile of atoms formed into molecules that had barely enough of God’s spirit to hold them together. The spirit impacted the natural atoms and what happens? LIFE, but not life like the plants or animals, but life that is a direct reflection of the consciousness of the creator himself. So why does the atom change forms when we look away? BECAUSE WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS THAT HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE NATURAL REALM.
Jesus understood the Quantum Physics of the universe because he knew the intelligent designer behind it. He knew him so well that he could manipulate those physics and walk through walls, calm the sea and make gold appear in a fish’s mouth.
NOW HERE IS THE COOL PART – ——
We are to be like Christ. Think about it.