If there is a God, just how do you think He fits into our reality? What role do you believe He plays in the lives of humans here on earth? Is He a glorified babysitter? Or a magic genie meant to grant the wishes of the people? How would God describe Himself in relation to who we are? And what position would He see Himself filling? This is actually a preface to the actual substance of what I am going to cover in this writing.
If we are to look to the Creation account and the very first words thereof, we read:
In the beginning God…
Gen 1:1 (NKJV)
This establishes right away that before anything else existed, God existed independently from His creation. Where did He begin? He didn’t. Where does He end? He won’t. In the gospel of John, we are also told:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
John 1:1-3 (NKJV)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (NKJV)
Clearly the “Word” is a reference to Jesus. Paul wrote:
…God who created all things through Jesus Christ
Eph 3:9 (NKJV)
Jesus was with God the Father before the beginning. Just to clarify, I don’t understand how that works either, but that is only because my understanding (as well as yours) is extremely limited regarding most subjects, especially the things of God. You may believe that your comprehension is more advanced than that of most, but I ask you a simple question. We can see the effects of as well as feel the wind. But we cannot actually see it. And I can guarantee you that no man has ever been able to go outside of mere theory regarding the origin or nature of wind. Where do the components that make the wind happen come from? Prove it if you think you can. The problem with theory is that it is just that. Theoretical. A person can propose a theory for almost any natural occurrence as long as there is no scientific proof to contradict that particular theory. Unless of course we propose the theory that the bible presents us with absolute truth. Secular science will not accept any concept that involves God. But renowned atheist and author Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) isn’t above accepting the theory that aliens (that’s what he said. Aliens) actually created life on the planet! This is evidence that clearly demonstrates how willing the world is to accept any concept that bars God from being the actual meaning of life. We must keep in mind that we are only demonstrating a very small percentage of what we were created to be. And history shows that we are obviously not evolving toward a more enlightened state of mind. In fact, regarding our behavior, history shows that we are drawn to finding more comprehensive ways to be cruel toward our fellow humans. Massive weapons of destruction and means of chemical and biological warfare have risen within the last 100 years that by far leave past means of destruction in the dust. And the amount of violence on an individual scale worldwide is also steadily increasing. Divorce, scandal, suicide. All of these have suffered an increase in the recent past. It all began with one man, Adam. His initial rebellion against what God had told him not to do, has cursed every man and woman since then. Until Jesus. He was the only sinless man to exist in our history and will remain so until this world passes away. The sin that is implanted within each of us at birth is what prevents us from living up to our true potential. God emphasizes His superiority to us throughout the bible, to help us keep things in perspective. The words “I am the Lord” appear in 163 different verses in the bible (NKJV). He says this to us to let us know that just because we choose to worship the devil, or Allah, or a golden calf, or ourselves, He will remain the all powerful Creator of everything, including anything we may choose to worship. I will use an analogy here to demonstrate how God remains who He is completely independent of our perspective of Him.
Let’s assume that you begin working for a certain business. Overall you are content with your position, pay and surroundings. The one thing that you are not pleased with is the owner and manager of the company. You do not like him. You don’t respect him. You don’t believe that he is proficient at his job or knowledgeable regarding the company. You think he is unfair and expects too much from you, even though you were made aware of what he expected from you before you took the job. As a result of your lack of regard toward his authority, you begin to demonstrate how you feel by not following the policies of the company. You also begin to miss days when you do not feel like working and leave early without permission. You also don’t show up for required staff meetings. Your performance continues to suffer until you are not even completing all of your assigned duties. You receive several verbal and written warnings, but you blow them all off, assuming that you are in the right. And then one day…
You know how the story ends. You are terminated. And as sincere as you are when you air your grievances, or state your case, this will not affect the fact that the owner of the company is still the ultimate authority within the structure of the company. Why? Because that is the way it is. It is his company to do with what he wants to do regardless of who likes him and who doesn’t. That is reality. He built the company therefore he can control every aspect of it. Do you see the parallel? The manager establishes the rules for the employees. Yes they can choose to disobey, but at some point their rebellion will catch up with them. How much more will this be enacted in our relationship with God in His created world as His created beings? I get the feeling that when Satan rebelled against God, he initially believed he would somehow end up victorious in his quest for self promotion. How’s that working out for you slick?