by Mervyn Douglas (Clevedon Family Church)
Published 21 May 2019
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The next section will deal with proof. For now I am proposing to address the aspect of credibility.
When I was a child, my Sunday School teacher told me that God made the world and the stars out of nothing. This I found hard to believe. How could anything be made from nothing? But this had always been standard Christian doctrine, even for children in Sunday School.
Ex-nihilo: All creation from nothing. It wasn’t just baffling for a 6 year-old. The creation process described in Genesis was ridiculed by many for thousands of years.
In the mid nineteen fifties however, science finally caught up with Genesis a leading British scientist of the time, Professor Sir Fred Hoyle, who on discovery that the theory of steady state was defunct quipped, “now there’s room for God.”
The scientist with the reputation for being the father of the Big Bang was the Jewish theologian Nachmanides. As long ago as in the 13th. century, he taught that just after the beginning of creation, the universe was the size of a mustard seed and that there were ten dimension rather than the generally accepted three. This was entirely based on his study of the 1st chapter of Genesis and his scientific analysis has been found to be remarkably accurate.
Let me explain the opening words of scripture.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Genesis 1:1
In the beginning (time) God (infinity) created (in the orignial language means ‘out of nothing’) the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)
Agnostic American astronomer Robert Jastrow, planetary physicist and the chairman of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Committee, commented:
“Now we see how the astronomical evidence supports the Biblical view of the origin of the world. The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and Biblical accounts of Genesis are the same: the chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy.”Agnostic American NASA astronomer, Robert Jastrow
Atheist Dr. Peter Atkins, Physical Chemist, Lincoln College, Oxford was asked in the Daily Telegraph, “What is the greatest mystery of all?” replied, “The emergence of something from nothing without external intervention, and the stumbling of that same into the capacity to comprehend itself.”
Both look at the same evidence, but come to a different conclusion. One based on design, purpose, and morality the other on chance and aimlessness without absolutes.
Interestingly it is now accepted that all matter consists of light energy and information and scripture teaches that the first creative act of God was in fact light, “Let there be light” and also that everything was made at His word, information. God is infinite and it is fair to assume that He is the source of that light and information.
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the depths were broken up,Proverbs 3:19-20
…who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honour and everlasting power. Amen.1 Timothy 6:16
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
God is presented as the infinite source of power and the infinite source of information from which everything and everyone is created. This gives him a special relationship with His created world and His created beings, a responsibility to acknowledge Him and his purpose for creation, which is likely to be very different from the limits of human understanding.
Imagine Jesus explaining the last days and end times to Peter and the disciples saying the powers of the heavens will be shakenMatthew 24:29
Peter then explains in his epistle what he learned about atomic theory:
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.2 Peter 3:10-13
Stephen Hawking is famous for his concept of folding space, but alas was nearly 2000 years behind the writer to the Hebrews in the New Testament.
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed.Hebrews 1:10-12
The final theory of Professor Hawking is that the universe is just two dimensional and that the third dimension is an illusion. This fits well with bible teaching that the spiritual dimension is reality and what we think of as substance is temporal and ephemeral
We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NKJV2 Corinthians 4:18
If we agree that one microsecond after the big flash that the first molecule created was hydrogen which then filled space as it then existed, then we must also agree that over a period of time, hydrogen changed into the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra playing The Hallelujah Chorus in the Bristol Colston Hall and was heard by over 2000 people capable of experiencing and enjoying the effects. The options are ‘design‘ or ‘chance‘.
The reason I picked this example is because Handel chose Old Testament prophecies written long before the Messiah came to this earth and this is the basis for the next part.
“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 mountain 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.”Robert Jastrow
If God is infinite and outside of time, then He will not only know the future but can actually decide it. Whilst retaining sovereignty He has also given man a free will, or should I say a will to choose that is not always free. This is critical to His plan and purpose for mankind.
There are literally thousands of prophecies in the Old and New Testaments but initially I will outline briefly just five with regard to Jesus coming to earth as the Messiah and their remarkable fulfilment.
Bear in mind that the Old Testament was translated into Greek at the request of Ptolemy II (285–247 BCE and is known as the Septuagint, well before the birth of Jesus. This version was well used at the time of Jesus and mostly quoted by the Apostle Paul.
Every aspect of the life of Jesus was pre-written but very often God requires a seeker of truth who really wants to know. Look at just 4 prophecies regarding the crucifixion of the Messiah. They are chosen because the reveal the place, the method, the reason and the date. In other words, where, how, why and when, the latter being most remarkable.