Whatis God up to - TODAY?
Phil Speer, M.A., S.T.B., Ph.D.
At some point amid the eons of time, God had a thought while roaming endless space.
His thought seems to have been something like:
"Within my mind, I conceive a unique creation, and I will originate existence into reality by speaking it out of nothing."
What was that moment in time like?
It is impossible for our little minds to picture the process, but God simply spoke, and conception instantly gave birth to reality.
It's as if we wanted a motorized vehicle for transportation that operated on the perfect source of cheap, replenishable energy. Like say, hydrogen, the combination of water and air. It's like we could just imagine, and just speak, and that vehicle would instantly appear - without years of analytical design, engineering trial and error, or problematic experimentation.
And so, God merely imagined and spoke the words, "heavens" and "earth," and they instantly appeared in the cosmos.
And he did that in a day!
Then, from pure thought, "water" ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ appeared.
And he did that in a day!
God just thought and spoke the idea of "plants," and from mental conception gushed forth multiplicity of every species of plants we have ever seen and read about. Instantly.
And he did that in a day!
God just thought and spoke the idea of "animals," and from mental conception gushed forth multiplicity of every species of animals we have ever seen and read about. Instantly.
And he did that in a day!
And finally, the crown jewel of creation, "a man."
The Marines thought they were first with the motto, "The Few." But God has always been searching for "just a few good men."
Semper Fidelis, or "Always Faithful," was adopted by the Marines in 1883 but the phrase dates back to the 14th century. The Marine Corps has always focused on a search for "The Few." While the Marines are looking for "The Few. The Proud.", God is simply looking for "The Few."
From the start, God came up with the idea of one man and his woman. He wanted them to be loyally dedicated to each other and to him. So he placed them in the Paradise of his creation, and enjoyed walking with them in the evening when it was cool!
It was bliss. All was ecstasy.
Adam enjoyed working with the fruit trees and raising a bountiful garden, without hearing Eve complain about how her daddy was a better farmer. And Eve enjoyed cooking a hearty square meal, without hearing Adam grumble about how his mother was such good cook.
Adam and Eve could not honestly complain about a thing. Everything was all good.Gen.1:31 They had it made! Life was a blast!
Adam was straight out of a "Mr.America Physique Contest," with supple, rippling muscles.
Eve was a "10." Maybe an "11."
God made them perfect.
It does not matter what you see when you stand naked in front of a full-length mirror after a bath. God made everything perfect when it all started out.
(And just for the sake of levity, how can the charmingly favored of the two sexes, a gorgeous young lady in her prime, look so attractive at 25 - and look so different only 50 years later!!!)
Adam and Eve opened their eyes at daybreak to the burst of effervescent joy in living. Their exploits of the day were endless excitement. Then at evening arm-in-arm together in quiet peacefulness under a giant oak tree atop a majestic towering mountain overlooking the countryside with countless valleys below, they watched the setting sun, asking God every imaginable question about the universe, life, and the future. And God cherished their love and adoration. It was a great life!
They had EVERYTHING they needed and wanted. Unpolluted, allergen-free air. Pristine water. The most sumptuous food any French cook could conjure up. Unblemished health. Satisfying sexual activity for each of them, with absolutely no desire for sex toys or porn houses. Enough challenge each day to stimulate the mind, but enough accomplishment at day's end to warrant peaceful rest in sleep at night.
No problems or pressures. No anxiety or stress. No worry. No fear. No pain. No depression.
Only excitement. True joy. Contentment. Peace. Love. Breath-taking discovery in every day.
There has never been a better description of happiness!
It was the abundant life!Jn.10:10 Tangible and spiritual blessings - every moment of every day! No need for a Lexus in the garage, or an excessive bank account. What they had was a free ride over each and every potential problem, for they had no problems. More of everything than they could handle. More than they could "ask or think!"Eph.3:20
But someone else was lurking in the shadows
Slinking in the background was a Celestial Being that didn't like all this! It was too perfect to suit him.
That Fallen Angel was bent and determined to change things. He wanted vengeance.
Long before this moment, Satan had rebelled against God in the heavens. God did not destroy Lucifer, the devil, for his rebellion, but expelled him from his presence. Seems that though God is sovereign Lord of the entire universe, he may not exercise his omnipotence to instantly crush those who oppose his goodness. God sometimes waits patiently for a change of heart in those who oppose his purpose. God champions the option to choose according to his will.
Satan had astonishing power of his own by the very nature of his being. A colossal cadre of angelic support attended him. God had allowed Satan and his entourage free reign with esprit de corps in the heavens! Jude 6-7 And Satan, the Power of Darkness, Acts 26:18; Col.1:13 could also transform himself to masquerade as an Angel of Light!!! 2 Cor.11:14
Satan roamed the entire cosmos, but he especially targeted this tiny little corner of the universe God had created as earth. He was looking for a way to get even. He was resolved to wreak havoc in revenge for his expulsion from the presence of God.
And it only took a nanosecond of time for Satan to slither into the Garden of Eden in the form of a snake...while Adam was away.
"Eve," the Salesman Serpent began his spiel. "Try this delicious apple pie recipe, and I guarantee, Adam will love it!"
"But God said 'don't eat that fruit,'" Eve wondered aloud.
"Naw," Satan retorted. "It'll make you as smart as God."
"Yeah," Satan built his case. "He knows that at the very moment you and Adam take a bite of that pie, YOU will become like God himself. He ain't that smart!!! You can have all the answers. You can make stuff like him, and even out-do his stuff. You can run this place, and you'll have a ball doing it. You'll have lots of fun. You don't have to listen to him."
"Well," Eve thought. "He does seem to know everything," she mulled. "And I sure would like to have his wisdom. Just think what Adam and I could do! And boy, does the picture of that pie look good on the crust box!"
So, Eve easily gave in, and she and Adam had a wonderful supper that night. It was their best yet.
But they could never begin to imagine the consequences of sitting down to eat such a simple, home-cooked meal!
God dropped by later. He knew what had happened. And he reminded them that he had given them only one restriction. That limitation, he said, was just for their own good. However, he said, choices have inherent results. "Whatever you sow, you'll reap." Gal.6:7 That's the law he had mandated in his creation of the universe. Now his only recourse for their disobedience was to enforce his demands. But as with Satan, God said he was not choosing to destroy Adam and Eve on the spot for their disobedience. He had given them the freedom to choose, just as he had given to Satan and his angelic host. Instead, God told them his choice was to grant them the CONSEQUENCE of their choice. Their original nature in creation would be changed to a natural craving for self-gratification, which deserves God's wrath.Eph.2:3
And with that solitary disobedient act, Adam and Eve were sentenced to a life of tiring work, unbelievable problems, and separation from the very answers to living the good life. AND SO WERE WE ALL - their subsequent offspring - sentenced and separated! The curse in the Garden became our curse.
"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground." Gen.3:19
If you have ever wondered, THIS is why life is so tough today! This is why we face problem after insurmountable problems. Satan distorts life, and we encounter problem after catastrophic problems, no matter how much we try or how much we cry. Problems are the inevitable and unending "sweat" foaming from our daily work inherited from the curse in the Garden.
Before the Sin-Curse-that-Changed-our-Nature, Adam and Eve had No Problems-No Sweat, and entered day's end contented and tranquil. But with Problems and Sweat, we face each evening tired, exhausted and stressed!
We all have problems. In fact, our lives are filled with problems, one after another, like a non-ending Soap Opra! Yet, we spend so much of our time trying to camouflage our problems from the world! The lives we live "behind closed doors" are not at all the lives we present to the public! So, no one can comprehend the murder-suicide of the "perfect family" who was so beloved in the neighborhood, school and civic affairs, and church circles.
The "sweat" caused from our day-to-day problems - whether we are housewife or an executive CEO of a Fortune 500 - is a normal part of every person's life. It starts the moment we bawl and squall as a hungry newborn baby. And it has nothing to do with whether we believe in God or not. Believing in God does not grant immunity from the bad garbage we inherited from Adam and Eve's curse. In fact, believers get just as much of a dose from "bad things happening" as unbelievers. Don't many believers look at God as some "Help-Me-Make-It-Through-the-Night" kind of God? But there is no such thing as "bribing" God with your piety to "earn" or "gain" exemption from the problems of life. God is not your Antique Cosmic Bellhop with cap and uniform and handy pen and notepad to run your errands. He is not your doting Rich Ole Granddad to dole out deserved inheritance like candy, or your Divine Sugar-Daddy to pamper you with goodies or whatever you think you deserve. We deserve nothing from simple "belief-status" or "church membership." All we deserve is the granting of blessings that meet his approval in harmony with his will, not expectations from our self-absorbed whimpering. Faith is conquest over and through the "bad garbage" and entitles us to God's blessings in accord with his will in his own time, but never as an escape from problems just because we "appeased" or "pampered" God. We are having problems every day because problems are the aftereffect of Adam and Eve's choice!
God had more or less said, "I'm just looking for a few good men and women."
It was a monumental episode in history.
In fact, it was so consequential to our everyday affairs in life that our little gray matter cannot possibly comprehend the ramifications.
And it was at this historical juncture in time that God began his remarkable unfolding activity for ages to come in his search for "a few good men and women." And Satan began his stealthy stalk like a hungry roaring lion to trick more gullible "Adam and Eves" into The Trap. Satan was bent on hurling every imaginable temptation in every situation on every person in every generation. Satan wants his "pound of flesh" by binding us in his clutches.
But God began his arduous mission from the start with a handicap!
This was the beginning point stamped in time in which God embarked on an unfolding drama. The ages of time will ultimately climax when God reopens the everlasting Paradise of Bliss out of which Adam and Eve were cast. And once again God will commune with those "few good men and women" he has discovered along the way. God invitingly knocks on the door of every man's heartRev.3:20 and is not willing for any to be left behind,2 Pet.3:9 but he knows that only the few choose the narrow path. And when he reopens Paradise again, Bliss will last forever for those chosen few that have chosen God rather than Satan.
So this story marks the beginning of God's book, the Bible.
And in this story, God began laying out his plan for sorting those "few good men and women" from the rest.
But what a job lay before him.
The God of the Bible
But wait a minute. Maybe I am confused. This first story in the Bible assumes that God is sovereign of the universe, not Adam or Eve. But in our contemporary world, we humans presume control.
Husbands attempt to control their wives. Wives attempt to control their husbands.
Parents try to control their children. Children try to control their parents. The family picnic or the family vacation can end in tears over a control issue. The battle within families really rages during the teen years. Or reading the will at inheritance time.
Friends vie for control of each other in the social pecking order. Strangers at a bar are attracted to each other because of mutual behavioral needs. The battered wife finally gets a divorce from one tyrant, and seeks replacement with another tyrant. In Berne's Games People Play, the "I gotcha, you S.O.B." personality described in Transactional Analysis is always searching for the "Pity Poor Me" personality. And the "Pity Poor Me" guy or gal is always searching for the "I gotcha, you S.O.B."
Politicians become control-freaks. Political factions and political parties polarize.
Corporations vie for control of employees with salary caps and reward benefits. Management levels are given rules. Supervisors have constraints. And employees fight back with union walkouts and subtle paybacks, like stealing pens and snoozing when unsupervised.
We proudly announce our conquest of space with trips to the moon and Mars. Why, even the weather forecast on TV each night almost implies that we are in charge of nature - at least we can predict future calamities with Doppler radar! Seems the lesson life tries to impress on us is that we humans learn to manage control with power and manipulation. Or, maybe with wily smarts or education. Or, "right time - right place." Even the Terminator can change the world. Seems control is the primary concern of life among the beasts of the field, as well as in the social realm of human behavior.
So, who is in control in this world? Is it God or man? Which really has sovereignty in life?
1. Are we humans actually the gods of the universe?
Or, does common sense mandate the conclusion that some higher being must be superior to ourselves?
Have you and I just simply evolved from an ape? Is it simply Mother Nature - not Father God - that causes droughts, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes? Can you imagine - even after you actually see - how the extraordinary power of a tornado can penetrate the trunk of an aged oak tree with the slender sliver of a tiny fragment of hay straw, or gently toss a helpless baby from its cradle in the storm to over a mile away from home to land nestled high in the branches of a tree - alive???
Are those medical marvels and creations from "life in the test tube" just an advanced capability to create the Super Race? Hitler assumed genetic breeding could create the Super Race, but the current assumption is that we can create life from experiments in a lab with enough advancement in technological knowledge.
As we often say, "Just look how far we have come!"
Must be just a hair from absolute control!
But gaze even momentarily at the gorgeous beauty of an orchid. Or, study the incomparable form of a weeping willow compared to the heaven-tilted branches of an oak. What laboratory can duplicate it? Who can surpass this creation? Maybe we can manipulate the genes, but can we create the genes? If cute Panda Bears are really that adorable, why doesn't some Chinese manufacturer just mass-produce them in some overseas lab so every kid can have one to match their Barbie Doll? After all, Louise Brown was the world's first successful "test-tube" baby born on July 25, 1978 in Great Britain. Why do we need human birth? Let's change nature's reproductive system!
The graduates parading from the halls of higher learning are intoxicated with optimism from their professors that unlimited potential is innately intrinsic. And so do the long rows of shelves offering self-help books in libraries and retail stores!
Do we slightly infer that we can eventually get all the answers, even though we might not audaciously boast of possessing all the answers yet?
But no Einstein is needed to conclude that man is not supreme, superior, paramount or greatest of everything and over everything.
The biggest braggart and strongest bully can always be beaten by someone else. Even in the Bible, the braggadocios, nine-foot giant Goliath - with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, who challenged the army of Israel with his mammoth size - was instantly killed by a single, small, smooth stone shot from the sling of a rugged but pint-size 16 year old boy.
We see all the time how the greatest person among us in any walk of life and with any distinction...can even stumble over themselves! None of us are dealing with a full deck of cards! Even the foremost among us can shoot himself in the foot with some stupid, self-inflicted miscalculation or the slip of the tongue!
But up until our Age of Information, man usually looked up to something or somebody other than himself.
The only exception has been those few vain, boastful souls that imagine veneration in Ripley's Believe or Not or The Guinness Book of Records. We have generally recognized our inferior position in the creation, despite our superior position in the ranks of the animal kingdom.
In today's pseudo-sophistication, some read their horoscope each day in the newspaper with absurd hopes that the columnist can somehow determine individual destiny with a one-size-fits-all prediction to all expectant readers.
However, psychologically, man has tended to attribute to deity what he cannot understand, manage or control.
Primitive man experienced fire, storms, and death, and gave names to what he could not understand, manage or control.
The pagans, or heathens, were polytheistic. It made more sense to them to give names and distinctive personalities to the unknowns in life and to whatever was unexplainable.
The Greeks became profuse at naming (and worshiping) their gods. Zeus was the king of gods. Athena was the goddess of wisdom. Hades was the god of the underworld. Demeter was the goddess of fertility. Hermes was the god of flight.
When we really think about our position and our standing in the scheme of life, and when we get down to common sense, most of us still usually admit that something or somebody is greater than us!!!
2. So since we humans are forced to conclude that we truly are not the gods of the universe by honest observation and logic, we must ask, "Who is?"
The God of the Bible stands alone in asserting that HE is that something and somebody that is greatest of all. He controls the waves of the sea, and even the wind obeys his command.Mk.4:35-41 And this God asserts that he is unique among all so-called "gods" known to man.
The God of the Bible is unlike any god conjured up in man's mind in claiming that he has always been existent, and that he is the sole architect, engineer, and creator of the universe.
We humans can either accept that supposition, or reject it. We cannot prove either conclusion, even with the most powerful microscope or with the Hubble telescope. But whatever assumption we accept, every subsequent decision in life is based on that "faith." We all have "faith" God existsor "faith" God does not exist. Every minute detail in our thought-determining and decision-making process reflects a faith grounded in whichever conclusion we have chosen.
This God of the Bible claims to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. God is. This is his claim within the very book that he calls his "Word."
"I am the Lord" appears over 150 times in Scriptures. God claims he is the "one Lord" above all gods.1 Chron.16:25; Ps.53:15; 97:9; 135:5; Deut.6:4; Isa.9:6
And because of his supreme position, God wants exclusive recognition. In the Ten Commandments, God calls himself "a jealous God"Ex.20:5 who refuses to play second-fiddle to the worship of any other god fantasized in the mind of man. The first of the Ten Commandments in the Law of Moses that came directly from God's personal voice was, "You shall have no others gods before me."
The specific identity of this God - that is, God's precise nature and character - cannot be found outside the content of the document that God calls his revealed Word. Yes, we can see evidences of God in creation, but no specific identity is available of him apart from his revealed Word. God claims to have spoken or given to mankind this revealed Word via a series of statements and events throughout the ages since the creation. Specific knowledge of this God can only be determined through a disciplined study of this Word of God that is a self-defining manual - called inspired and inerrant by God himself.
Because the God of the Bible is unique among all religions of the world, there is no other god like him in any of man's beliefs.
We all - every last one of us - must and do come to a point in our thought process to either accept or reject the God of the Bible as authentic, genuine and factual.
Acceptance is a mental process known as faith in this unseen God that is incapable of tangible proof.
Acceptance is based on logical, definitive evidence concluded only through careful, minute scrutiny of God's Word, using the innate power of our brain that has been trained in the capacity of reasoning.
Acceptance is based on understanding the only known resource of this God in the document which is claimed to be the inspired and inerrant revelation he has provided in the Word of God.
If we are going to understand what God is up to - in his plan for the world and in our own lives - we must first assume an acceptance of him as sovereign.
If we are going to understand what God is up to, we must have "faith" God exists as sovereign.
And in this simple assent, our lives begin to change. The intervention of God intrudes our confused and meandering life only after acceptance of his reality through faith. Change transforms our life as we believe the invisible by accepting his word as meaningful, applicable truth.
No man can know the mind of GodIsa.55:8-9
While we can't begin to know all of God's mind, some things become pretty clear.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to discover that we people are at the top of the animal kingdom.
Our "brain" matter gives us this superior position, but the distinctive character of "mind" goes far beyond any analysis of tangible evidence.
We can easily examine brain matter with the microscope, but understanding the mind escapes Dr.Phil, and the best psychologist and psychiatrist in town.
The mind, not the brain, possesses abstract concepts we identify with terms, such as "intuition," "premeditative thoughts," "instinct," and "mental resolve." What we absolutely know and understand about these abstract concepts (and so much more of what is sometimes called "the psyche") are simply manifested symptoms or actions that we have identified with names. We cannot hold these abstract concepts in our hands, or see them with our eyes.
The mind is the intangible operation within the brain, but yet much more than just brain matter.
The mind is the element, substance or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives and judges. In psychology, the mind is the conscious and unconscious mental process and activity.
The best psychological approaches to mental science and the makeup of our mentality are only guesses and postulations at best, and are certain to change with new studies and with each new generation.
The science of psychology concludes that man has an intangible mind, besides a physiological brain.
Nowhere does the Bible say God has a brain. The revealed Word does, however, say God has a mind.Rom.8:27 Surely, a bridge must span God's mind and man's mind, since we were created "in his image."Gen.1:27 Is this where we get our "reasoning capacity?" Is this how we get "creativity?"
Our inquiry into what God is up to is a search into the mind of God.
And our reaction to God is a search into our own minds as we reason about the sovereign God.
Sin in the Garden tainted our mind, and only God can open our mind in renewal. Rom.12:2; Ac.16:14
As top beings in the animal kingdom, God today has given free choice to you and me, just as he did to Adam and Eve, and even Satan. God is basically concerned with our mental or thinking process, because thought triggers behavior. We make choices within the citadel of the mind. Choices always have consequences. God puts choices into two categories. He calls "bad choices" as "sin." And sin is rebellion to his sovereignty as creator. God is searching for those "few good men and women" who honor him with obedient choices to his Will, as determined within their mind.
So, God's quest, since closing down the Garden, has been to find "the few." How he finds them gives us a clue for knowing what God is up to.
So, what can we know about what God is up to?
God wanted "good men and women."
And he wanted to give them the best of the best. He wanted to provide eternal ecstasy in Paradise for them. He wanted to continuously mingle with them in communal relationship.
So after his disappointment with Adam and Eve's choice in the Garden of Eden, God began his mission - now being continued through all the following ages - to restore Paradise for those "few good men and women" who choose to honor him with recognition and obedience.
To this point in time, Satan, God's Adversary, had been very successful in tempting the human race. Satan was proving to be a substantial opponent.
(And unlike the authors of books today, God was recording all of his failure within the pages of his own book!!!)
So, God decided to start over with just a family of eight. (The first couple had failed the test, so let's try it with eight!)
Can God get it done with Noah?
This time he chose a faithful trooper in a man named Noah. Gave him quite a task. God said, "You are miles from any sea or ocean, but I want you to give a Water Alert, a Flood Warning, to the sinful people around you. The message I want you to pass on to those wicked people: "God is going to create a flood to drown those who refuse to believe me."
Well, Noah preached the same sermon every day for over a hundred years. 2 Pet.2:5 His neighbors were certain the man was crazy! Exhibiting even more eccentricity, Noah shocked his neighbors with the absurdity of beginning construction on the hull and bulkheads of a huge ship bigger than the size of an NFL football field that would float during the coming flood he was predicting! And the sermons and the construction went on for over a century! Talk about a worn-out sermon! "Ole Noah is one more crack-pot," they wagged, as they went on their merry way doing whatever they wanted to do to please themselves.
Now at this time, man had never seen a drop of water fall from the sky. In fact, until that moment, there had never been a cloud in the sky. God had watered earth from dew that swelled up from the ground. No wonder the town folks never gave credence to Noah's sermon predicting a flood!
But when the final caulking was completed on that enormous boat and the crew of eight and their cargo had boarded, the first drop of rain fell.
Just a sprinkle at first.
A light mist.
And then a drizzle. And then a shower. And then a thunderstorm. And then torrents of frog-strangling rain splashed down from the sky.
And after that, it seemed the buckets of water would never stop.
Before it was over, the water gushed in vast waves over the top of the tallest house and even over the tallest trees and mountain tops.
And the strongest and toughest of those men scratched their fingers to the bone on the boat's stern while hysterically attempting to buccaneer it as they struggled to swim for the first time.
Until every last one of 'em drowned.
Forty days later the rain stopped, but the water did not subside for almost a year. Then Noah, his family, and the lading of every kind of creature Noah had gathered into the boat...began streaming in single file out onto dry land.
Only one man and his family had been left. Now God had cleansed the entire world with a flood. He had started over.
Don't know about you, but this experience would have scared me to death!
But God's Purging Accomplished Little
The offspring of Noah soon scattered across the nearby continents of the world, and before long, the most vile of all civilizations developed in the city of Babel. These citizens were so brazenly egotistical that they determined to build a staircase to wind up into the sky. Without instruments to measure the height between earth and heavenly expanse, they reasoned that a tower aimed toward heaven would be a feat to prove that they themselves were sovereign of the universe. They wanted to be god, thereby displacing God!
Each added brick raised the steps to the next higher level leading skyward toward the heavens...until God stopped them in their tracks. God stopped them on their own steps. Suddenly they began to speak in gibberish, and could not understand each other! They began to babble! Unable to converse intelligently, their efforts were terminated.
God confused their languages because of their arrogance, and so the consequential lingual problem was begun in international communication today.
So far, Satan had won this battle in seducing man with his temptations. He had won with Adam and Eve. As the world then populated, Satan succeeded in corrupting its inhabitants so that God had destroyed the world with a flood. Then, Satan had succeeded again with Babel, until God brought their ambition to an end. If God had any sense of shame or pride, why would he hang all his nasty wash of failures out on the line for all the world to see?
But God doesn't get in a hurry. What we preciously measure as time is a different dimension to God. "A day to the Lord is as thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2 Pet.3:8 Just as God's ways are not our ways.
According to the Word of God, he knew this would happen. Nothing surprises God. He knows the outcome in advance. He knows the sequence ahead of time. God does not have to guess or wonder how the future will turn out. He knows. All was in his mind before the world began.2 Tim.1:19; Tit.1:2; Eph.1:4 And God had a plan. He announced it when he removed Adam and Eve from the Paradise of Bliss. He had then declared to "bruise the head of Satan" Gen.3:15 in reference to the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
And everything fits into his plan! Everything is "up-to-the-minute" in God's plan. Exactly on target. Exactly according to his blueprint. And how can God keep up with the billions of humans on earth? Well, how can he keep up with the billions of stars in the heavens without constant collisions? Yet, God never takes away our freedom of choice. What a paradox!!!
(OK, even if the Big Bang theory initially set forth by Belgian Roman Catholic priest, Monsignor Georges LemaÓtre, claims that the galaxies of the universe are in constant expansion... maybe there is a God who started it all and controls it all!)
So God had start all over - once again - in his campaign to win the hearts of those "few good men and women" who would pledge full allegiance to him. Good thing he was not in a political campaign trying to win an election - he had a poor record of success!
Now we humans with our limited sense of perspective cannot comprehend all of this happening at the beginning of time. It escapes human understanding. It is mind-boggling.
So God recorded all this history in that special book of his called the Bible that covers these past events. In our fast-paced world today, we cannot recall what we had to eat yesterday, not to mention something shrouded from years ago. To relive antiquity, the relapsed must be vividly introduced into the present. This can be accomplished because ancient history in the Biblical account corresponds with all of man's records of historical events salvaged from the past. Congruity of these ancient accounts in the Bible with other chronicled and archeological records is assurance of the Bible's authenticity that claims "every Scripture is inspired of God."
Really, now, God had not done very well. He was leaving his success entirely up to man's free choice, usually refusing to enter into his life in any kind of supernatural way until he expressed at least the most elementary degree of "faith" by just slightly believing he existed. God was having trouble finding even "faith as a grain of mustard seed!"Lu.17:6
Man's free choice was just not cutting it! Almost every time, men and women chose "the good life." They wanted to "live it up." They were all about "me-first." Would God, could God, ever get beyond what he had experienced with Adam and Eve???
Rednecks in the South might greet you with "Whatcha bin upta?"
You might start a fist fight if you reply, "5'5" or 6'4"." That's not the right answer for some ole country boy with a hot temper! The greeting is just aimed at inquiring about your latest activities, not about your height!
Since we want to understand the mind of God, we are inquiring, "What is God up to?" Yes, the question breaks the rules of English grammar by ending with a preposition, just like ending with a dangling participle. But we are just curious about "what in the name of purpose and activity is this supreme God all about???"
It is becoming obvious that God did not wind up the world like a clock, and gone off into a corner of the heavens to sleep it off until the clock runs down to the last minute. Nor is God sitting in a rocking chair up in heaven like an old man, sucking on a Maalox baby bottle, worrying and hoping everything is going to turn out right. God spent six days in creating the world, and then rested. But Jesus informed us that his Father is "still working to this very day!"Jn.5:17 God is actively at work to achieve a purpose. He is vigorously scrutinizing every person in every day to discover and amplify any signal of "faith."
The first generations of man had failed so miserably in falling for Satan's ploys, what could God do?
Would Satan out-maneuver God?
Vegas would never place their bets on God!
So...what could God do next, to be more successful than before?
Chasing the end of the rainbow usually ends up at an outhouse!
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God decided to start a race of people. Yes, a race! A family, clan or bloodline, with its own distinct culture. A unique "people" within humanity, established with a covenant between God and a specific man. A race of people who would be later known as the Jews.
But think about it. God had failed with a single couple in the Garden of Eden. Though he had saved Noah and his family of eight in the flood after God had failed with that generation, Noah's successive generation then failed him at Babel.
And now God was going to start a race of people???
But to start a race of people, God had to extract a solitary man with a wife to propagate that race of people.
|We are forced to believe in a thing we call "the mind," but no one has ever seen "the mind" through the lens of a microscope. Mom and dad can get an ultrasound picture of their unborn baby, but no one has a digital photograph of "his own mind." We just know the mind is real.|
The roadside billboard where the van stopped...but someone else was not as "lucky"
my van left the road, with nearby fatality memorial
where my life was spared
|Jesus lived when the magnificent Temple built in Solomon's glory days had been rebuilt by Herod the Great after its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar. It was one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. Jesus worshipped in Herod's Temple.|
The names of the first Olympic winners were recorded in 776 B.C., but the games date back another 1500 years. Swimmers laud Michael Phelps for his feat in the '08 Olympics. But his 14 gold medals
|will someday be surpassed in another Olympics. Roger Bannister ran the first Four-Minute Mile in 1954. It was human endurance beyond the possible! But the record barrier has been broken by other athletes many times since then, including teenager Jim Ryun's 3:55 run just 11 years later on June 27, 1965.|
|"Whatever you vividly imagine,
and enthusiastically act upon
...must inevitably come to pass!"
|"For as the thoughts of his heart are, so is he."The Bible in Basic English Translation|
Don Williams in his 1980 Platinum hit, I Believe in You, sang:
"I believe in love...
I believe in babies...
I believe in mom and dad...
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Scholars and serious students of the Bible will recognize certain assumptions in this study that cannot be explicitly proved by chapter and verse. Don't get hung up on any assumption, for the purpose is not to