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God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

Sometimes the “debate” between Creation and Evolution just gets old. Atheists and Christians ask the same basic questions: How did we get here? Why are we here? Where are we going? Grounded in his worldview, an atheist can no more dispassionately study origins with an open mind than a Christian who is anchored in her worldview that God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) created everything in six days.

Preconceived notions may seem self evident to you, but I believe it is paramount that we understand our own biases before delving into a discussion about the merits of each belief system. As mentioned, everyone asks the same questions. When responding to the questions, where you start will determine where you end up. To put it a different way, everyone starts with a viewpoint. You come at the question with bias. Either God created everything or He did not. Bias and preconceptions aren’t bad, I’m simply saying it would be refreshing if we admit we have them.

I’ll admit mine. I was born and raised a Christian, Baptized into the faith when I was a mere handful of months old. I have been taught from the Scriptures. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He told everyone in advance that He was going to die and be raised from the dead. I believe, based on the testimony of witnesses, that everything happened exactly as Jesus said it would. My faith in God comes from the fact that His Son died and rose from the dead. Thus, I put my trust and hope in Him. I find no compelling reason to doubt the truth revealed to me from the Bible. Therefore, I believe what I learn from the Bible about the Creation of all things.

I admit my bias is that God created everything and I believe the evidence points in this direction. Will atheists admit their starting place for believing in Evolution is a rejection of God? Will they allow themselves the vulnerability that their belief system is based first and foremost on a firmly held assumption that there is no God? Without a Creator, the atheist must seek another solution to the questions that press upon every human. For the atheist, such answers are found in nature. Scientists who reject God have explored nature as best they can and have come to Evolution as an adequate explanation of all things. The atheist who believes in Evolution has found no compelling reason to abandon that belief.

The real question behind our origins is not “which explanation is right?” The real question remains, “is there a God?” Neither Creation nor Evolution seek to answer this question. Throughout the pages of the Bible, the claim is made that God created everything and this same God interacts with His creation, even to the point of entering the creation as a creature. Whether you believe this or not will go a long way in determining your thoughts on the topic of “origins”.

Dear Jesus, Your word is clear about creation, yet many doubt these words because they doubt you. Stir within all a desire for Truth and share it with us through Your word. Amen.

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What Heaven’s Like

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son . . . John 3:16a

Ever wonder what heaven will be like? In our brief reading, Jesus has given an unmistakable peek through the pearly gates. Granting us a tour of the Almighty’s abode, Jesus takes us right into the Father’s very heart.

Returning to our realm, we uncover scarcely more than selfish stinginess. The Lord shows us bona fide benevolence, authentic altruism, and genuine generosity. God loved. We suppose we know what love means, but apart from narcissistic vanity, our love is wizened and undeveloped. God’s exceptionally uncommon love comes spilling from His undeniable essence. God is love, therefore He loves! So much that He gave up what is most precious. The heir of this endless love? You, dear one, it’s all for you!

That’s what heaven is like. Love dripping from every nook and cranny. May this love not merely dribble, but pour forth from us also!

Gracious Father, make your love our love. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.