“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Science can’t account for that. The Bible moment…
When scientists speak about the creation of the world, the universe for that matter, they often refer to initial singularity. This is the point, they say when the entire universe and time itself exploded into being. And scientist can’t account for that. They don’t know when or how it happened.
Many journals have been written about the origin of the universe, questions have been posted and no real answers have been given. Has the universe always existed, or did it have a beginning? If it did have a beginning, what caused it to come into existence?
NASA describes the Universe at one second after the Big Bang this way: “According to the theories of physics, if we were to look at the universe one second after the Big Bang, what we would see is a 10-billion degree sea of neutrons, protons, electrons, anti-electrons (positrons), photons, and neutrinos. Thomas Kitching, writer for The Conversation noted, "In this early stage, the universe was extremely bright and at frequencies of light that humans cannot see.”
So, what about the beginning of time? Scientists have theorized that the universe originated with the Big Bang and, they arrive at this theory by light travel. They say that by looking at the speed of light and going back in time the Universe must have exploded into existence about 30 billion years ago. But what about time? What about the energy or force that made the Bang!? Scientists of all shades cannot come up with a working theory. Stephen Hawking a world-renown theoretical physicist lectured, “Since events before the Big Bang have no observational consequences, one may as well cut them out of the theory and say that time began at the Big Bang. Events before the Big Bang are simply not defined because there's no way one could measure what happened at them.”
While science grapples with the difficulties of the origin of time, the Universe and life, the very first verse of the Bible explain it all in ten simple words, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) God created the Universe out of nothing. OUT OF NOTHING! – ex nihlo.
One day science will accept what the Scriptures teach about the origins of everything. Robert Jastrow, an American astronomer, and planetary physicist and NASA scientist wrote, “At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
The Bible Moment, as Christians we love the truth, no matter the origin. Not all science is a lie, but all Bible is the truth. “Thy Word is truth.” (John 17:17)
The scene is that of a deer panting and looking for water during a drought. At one time the deer drank until it was satisfied with the pristine and crystal clear waters of the streams of water, but now the water is dried up and the deer pants and longs for it. The 42nd Psalm describes the child of God in exile and full of melancholy, but not necessarily sad because he is in exile. He is heartbroken because he cannot go to the house of God.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1-2)
The Psalmist says that at one time he used to lead the worship service in the temple and all he can do now is cry day and night. His enemies taunt and make fun of him as they see his devotion to God.
“My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, while they say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’” (Psalm 42:3-4, 10)
For whatever reason, the psalmist is in exile and cannot worship God in the temple with other people. While he could worship in the wilderness by himself, and he could sing and pray in the woods among nature, his deep sadness originated from the fact that he could not go to the House of the Lord and be with other saints. We should have the same desire to be in the House of the Lord, and it should cause us great sadness when we cannot be with God’s children. We should be like the deer who pants for the water.
How often do we think about the church? Do I want to be at every service? If not, why not?
Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.” Hebrews 10:23-25, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Who are the “us,” “ourselves,” and the “one another,” in these verses? It is the church, the brethren, the saved and those who are the called out of the world (Acts 2:47) How important is that? The church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23). There is only one body (Ephesians 4:4). If the church and the body are the same we should want to be in the body, Christ being the head. Man will tell you that it doesn’t make a difference what church you belong to as long as you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. That is just not so. We are baptized into one body of which Christ is the head (1 Corinthians 12:13) and we are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28). Does this sound like it doesn’t make a difference what church or body you belong to? If you are not present for worship how are you going to provoke anyone unto love and good works, exhort anyone or how are you going to be edified for that matter?
Back to the first question: How important is the church to you and me? It was important enough to Christ that He died for her (Ephesians 5:25). Why then do we take lightly being a member of the church our Lord died for? The church is our only way to God, the church is our life, our way of thinking, our love, the love we have for one another.
Love is expensive-it certainly was for Christ and He gave His love to us freely. We learn in our study of the Sermon on the Mount to overlook minor offenses (Matthew 5:39), to go the extra mile (vs. 41) and to live by the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12). A congregation that succeeds and grows must pay the price that love demands.
Visitors in our assembly may have no idea why we do what we do in our worship, but they know if we love one another and if we love them. We must contend for the truth (Jude 3) and we have to take a stand for the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We must recognize the danger of doing these things without love. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. If we love the church, then we also love one another-it is one and the same.-Amos Rowe