Archive for the ‘Creation’ Category

SharedCar3Yesterday I had a conversation with our Son about the car. He was incensed we would put our car he drives in the shop without providing another for his use. I tried to explain it was my job to administer our shared resources for the good of all — which means sometimes he has to wait and/or find alternatives to the places he wants to go.

Reasoning did no good, I guess because it combined two words: “Him” and “Wait”.

Today God had a conversation with me about almost the same thing. This world, everyone and everything in it, is a shared resource. It’s his dirt, he must administer those resources according to his wisdom and love — which means sometimes I have to wait and/or find alternatives to get me places I want to go, trusting that what I really need he will provide.

Sharing resources requires patience, a positive attitude, and perseverance.

— fritz

* Get your own dirt. April 27, 2012

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Funny how literary works and old sayings get stuck in the back of the mind and we accept wrong ideas without thinking!

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

Benjamin Franklin said, “God helps those who help themselves”, and over the years most think that is in the Bible. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism says, “Cleanliness is next to godliness”, and we think that’s somewhere in the Bible, too.

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) wrote a poem in 1922 called, “The Creation”,

AND God stepped out on space,
And He looked around and said,
“I’m lonely—
I’ll make me a world.”

And it filters down that God was somehow lonely — creating us to keep him company.

While it is a great poem (I presented it in high school drama) it is not very accurate. God was NOT lonely, did not create us from a sense of need, and has never depended on us for anything.

Why is that important? Because there is a difference between Love and Loneliness.

Loneliness focuses on self whereas Love is selfless. Ever known someone who “loved” you because they were lonely? How about someone who really loved you (regardless of what it did for them)? Notice a difference, did you?

God created through selfless love even though he knew it would cost him what was most dear (Rev. 3:8). He gave his eternal Son because he Loved (John 3:16) though most would reject (John 1:11). And throughout eternity he shall demonstrate that selfless love by pouring grace and blessing on those who enter the “secret place”1 (Ephesians 2:7)

No, God is complete within himself needing nothing but decided to share that love with the universe so they could enjoy it, too.

— fritz

1 See “A Secret Place” — April 22, 2012

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God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son … by whom also he made the worlds” — Hebrews 1:1a,2

God is universally known as the creator but the Bible tells us the agent of that creation was the Son. The point here is that Jesus was not part of God’s creation but the actual creator.

Hebrews is not the only place this is said. Though the book of Genesis indicates God spoke things into existence, the Gospel of John tells us that the Word actually did it, whom we came to know as Jesus. (Maybe that is why John calls him the Word)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) – John 1:1,3,14

Jesus wasn’t (and isn’t) just a godly man who did godly things. When Thomas, the doubting disciple, bowed before the risen Jesus and exclaimed, “My Lord and My God” (John 20:28), he was right to do so.

— fritz@langgang.com

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“God, … created all things by Jesus Christ:” – Ephesians 3:9

Essential it is to realize God, the almighty, created all things by Jesus Christ.

Paul wasn’t the only one teaching this, the apostle John wrote:

“In the beginning was the Word … through him all things were made … though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him … the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” John 1 (NIV)

Just as the physical body is our method of interacting in this world and each other so Jesus is, and always has been, God’s way of interaction with his Universe.

Paul clarifies that it was not just “Christ” but “Jesus Christ” who is one and the same.

Think about that the next time someone tries to tell you Jesus was just a prophet, teacher, or good man.

– fritz

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“For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:2-3

The accuracy of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, is important in ways not immediately apparent.

Many churches, especially main line denominations, allow “scholars” to teach the Old Testament (especially Genesis through Deuteronomy) are a later compilation of oral tradition, that the Biblical accounts of creation, flood, and such are actually embellishments of some kernel of truth – not “factual”.

What difference could that belief make? A lot!

If the biblical accounts of creation were embellishments of an uninformed world view then there is no foundation to understand the need for Christ’s death on the cross. If there was no real first man, Adam, no first woman, Eve, then Paul is wrong when he writes in the Bible that Christ’s death counteracts the sin which came into the world through that first man1. What would this say of Christ? Only a crazy person would die when there is no actual need.

And if Genesis through Deuteronomy are only a combination of various oral traditions sewn together later by an unknown person then Jesus was wrong (or deceptive) when he told his followers, “Moses said …, – not a very good foundation for faith, if he was wrong or not trustworthy then, how can he be trustworthy now?

Sometimes the best way to bring down a building is to not attack the building but to destroy its foundation.

– fritz

1 – Romans 5
2 – Mark 7:10

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And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven – Genesis 1:6-8

Scientists scoff at the Bible for saying heaven, presumably the sky, originally separated two layers of water, and especially the statement later that God put two lights, presumably the Sun and Moon, in that expanse.

When the Bible says it scientists scoff but, apparently, when one of their own discovers a star with water around it they marvel.

Wired Science reports that a 2001 discovery of a star with hot water around it requires them to re-think chemistry theory!

Scientists make some fairly bold statements for those who have a lot yet discover.

I’ll stick with God’s word – I don’t always understand the how and why of it, but it has always proven true where I can understand it.

– fritz

1 – “Hot Water Around Giant Carbon Star Creates Interstellar Mystery” by Jess McNally, Wired Science September 1, 2010,

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