God's Creation

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This book talks about the creation of the world and many other stuffs. So please read and learn.

Chapter 1 (v.1) - God's Creation

Submitted: April 09, 2010

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Prevention

Does God leave us Alone?

How does God take Care of my Needs?

Are Ghosts real?

Ghosts are everywhere. If you believe cable TV’s TAPS.  Or if you are a fan of CBS’s back-to-back Friday night hits, Ghost Whisperer and Medium.

Ghosts are everywhere.  That’s what people have believed for millennia.  Except for those who believe the Bible. 

God’s Word explains that at death there are only two options for souls.  Either people find themselves in heaven or in hell. Haunting houses or hillocks is not an option. 

When we die “the spirit returns to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7), and God pronounces judgment.  Jesus assured the man crucified next to him – the one who came to trust Jesus as his Savior – “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). But Jesus’ close friend, Judas – the disciple who renounced his faith in Jesus, betrayed him to his enemies, and died by suicide – found himself in hell.  Jesus described him as “the one doomed to destruction” (John 17:12).

Is it possible for God to allow the souls of those who have died to return to earth?  Of course.  This is God’s universe.  He gets to make and break the rules.  But his Word does not give us any indication that he sends souls back to earth.

OK, what about the many stories of spook-infested buildings, pesky poltergeists, midnight knockings and groanings?  If there are no disembodied souls causing these disturbances, what’s going on? There is supernatural stuff happening.  It’s just not human souls who are responsible.

The Bible makes it clear that we live in a world inhabited by active, intelligent spiritual beings.  Some are angels, perfect servants of God.  The rest are demons, fallen angels who are determined to defeat God and destroy anyone dear to him.

Masquerading as disembodied humans is part of their strategy.  What better way to lead people away from God’s plan for providing humans with heaven than to call into question the existence of heaven or hell? Though they are spirits, demons are able to impact our physical world, even appear in visible forms. And since they have existed from the beginning of the world, demons know lots of information – including an encyclopedia about every human being, living or dead. For them pretending to be a ghost is not difficult.

Here’s the good news.  Demons cannot stand against Christians, because they can’t stand against our Savior.  You know from other pages on WhatAboutJesus that Jesus has forgiven sins and opened heaven to us.  He was able to do that by defeating Satan and his demons.  The Bible says, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work” (1 John 3:8).  He did that when he “disarmed the powers and authorities [of evil] . . . triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15).

Can demons haunt us, harass us, hurt us?  Yes.  But with Jesus as our Savior and shield, we are constantly secure and sheltered.  There’s all the more reason to be sure you have an answer to the question, “What about Jesus?”

What is Heaven?

“Why are you so happy, Dad?”

Dad is holding a newborn daughter in his arms.  The five-year-old son wonders why Dad’s smile is so large.

Can a father ever fully explain?  Can a young son grasp the awe that grabs the heart of a dad when a new life comes into the world? 

The reality of heaven may be more than human minds can fully comprehend.  Yet we ask, “What is heaven?”  God does give us some answers.

What is heaven?

Jesus once told his friends, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going . . . to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

What is heaven? 

The Apostle Peter told his friends, “In keeping with [God’s] promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”

What is heaven?

The Apostle John writes, “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘. . . [God] will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’  He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new’!”

What is heaven?  God gives us answers.  Heaven is a real destination, a place.  Heaven is a place of moral perfection, available to sinful humans only through Jesus’ saving work.  Heaven is place of perfect joy, without a single tear ever again.

But what is heaven?  What exactly will it look like?  Why can’t I see it now? 

Questions.  Good questions.  Questions not so different from the sincere question of a son to the proud father of a new child.

“Why are you so happy, Dad?”

The father’s answer may not include every detail, but he will emphasize the point that matters most.  He will answer in a way the son can understand.  “Son, having a baby is like having the biggest, hugest chocolate birthday cake you could ever imagine.”

The five-year-old gets a smile on his face.  He understands.

What is heaven?

The Father replies, “Heaven is a place of perfect joy—you will never be sad again.”  We can understand that, and with a huge smile on our face.

Dinosaurs

What about Dinosaurs?

The word "dinosaur" is not in the Bible. But neither is the word "Chevy," and we've seen plenty of them around. The Bible does not deny that dinosaurs existed and seeing how we are finding their bones/fossils, we would agree that they were around. But when?

What do you think of when the Bible says "so God created the great creatures of the sea" in Genesis 1:21? Who says dinosaurs couldn't have been a part of these creatures? Or if you read "Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox" in Job 40, he may be telling us about a dinosaur!

What are the clear facts from Scripture? Genesis tells us that there were no "millions of years" before humans, because God created everything in six days - people and dinosaurs included. We also know that God, who can do anything, created everything with time already built in - for instance, the trees were already bearing fruit the day they were created.

As for the question of dating fossilized bones? The best answer I've heard about the age of dinosaur bone fossils was given by an engineer who worked on helicopters. He said they can use pressure and heat to "age metal" for their helicopters. If you would carbon date his metal it would have recorded a much older date than it really is. (Maybe it's like teenagers aging their parents!) Isn't that what happened in the flood? Perhaps this catastrophe put such age into the dinosaur bones.

I know, some people say a comet or asteroid destroyed the ecosystem and caused dinosaurs to become extinct. The Bible records a world wide catastrophe called the Great Flood. I wonder why so many won't listen to the Bible's answer?

The point is that the Bible doesn't tell us everything we want to know about dinosaurs, but our God can do anything to preserve or cause the end of any part of his creation as he desires.

I can't help but be content that the existence of Jesus isn't such a mystery. God may not have saved dinosaurs, but it is clear that God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. His Son's death and resurrection make that possible. Believing in Jesus makes it certain. And just think, in heaven some day we'll know everything we need to know about dinosaurs. When you ask the question, save me a seat - I want to hear God's answer too!

Creation

Where do we Come From?

"Where do you come from?"
"Michigan."
"Oh, you must like the Lions."
"No, actually I like the Packers. I'm from the upper peninsula."

You can't always tell what people are like by where they're from. Take human beings, for example. The Bible says clearly that we come from God Genesis 1:27. But you wouldn't know it by how many human beings act. They go from being grossly immoral to grossly proud of their morality. It almost makes you think that people come from monkeys.

But the more you think about that, the more you realize that can't be right either, regardless of how many similarities there are in the DNA sequences. Every time you closely investigate the "common ancestor" claims, you realize that they're based entirely on speculation. People don't act like they're from monkeys. But they don't act like they're from God either.

That's because people are really from their parents (John 3:6.) There's usually no getting around it. "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

"A chip off the old block."

The problem with being from your parents is that you get the bad with the good. Sometimes the bad keeps you from having a really good relationship with your father. And the bad always makes it hard for people to have a good relationship with their heavenly Father. That's where Jesus comes in. He's also from God (John 1:18). He invites you to be his sibling (John 1:12,13), a member of God's family. He's restored your good relationship with your heavenly Father, the one you're really from. And he wants you to believe and to put your trust in him.

"Where do you come from?"
"Michigan."
"Oh, you must like the Lions."
"No, actually I like the Packers. I'm from the upper peninsula."

You can't always tell what people are like by where they're from. Take human beings, for example. The Bible says clearly that we come from God Genesis 1:27. But you wouldn't know it by how many human beings act. They go from being grossly immoral to grossly proud of their morality. It almost makes you think that people come from monkeys.

But the more you think about that, the more you realize that can't be right either, regardless of how many similarities there are in the DNA sequences. Every time you closely investigate the "common ancestor" claims, you realize that they're based entirely on speculation. People don't act like they're from monkeys. But they don't act like they're from God either.

That's because people are really from their parents (John 3:6.) There's usually no getting around it. "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

"A chip off the old block."

The problem with being from your parents is that you get the bad with the good. Sometimes the bad keeps you from having a really good relationship with your father. And the bad always makes it hard for people to have a good relationship with their heavenly Father. That's where Jesus comes in. He's also from God (John 1:18). He invites you to be his sibling (John 1:12,13), a member of God's family. He's restored your good relationship with your heavenly Father, the one you're really from. And he wants you to believe and to put your trust in him.

In some parts of the world, when you're asked where you're from, you don't answer with a geographic area. You tell the questioner the name of your family. Jesus has come so that no matter how confused you are about where you are from, you can be very clear about where you are going: to God's house, the one Jesus has prepared for you in heaven



In some parts of the world, when you're asked where you're from, you don't answer with a geographic area. You tell the questioner the name of your family. Jesus has come so that no matter how confused you are about where you are from, you can be very clear about where you are going: to God's house, the one Jesus has prepared for you in heaven

Why did God Create Rattlesnakes?

Why did God create rattlesnakes?

Rattlesnakes can be nasty creatures. When they're disturbed, normally they try to escape. But if they think they are cornered, the explosive sizzling buzz of their rattles is an unmistakable warning to retreat and is a sound that will long be remembered. Very few people are actually bitten by rattlesnakes, but the bite is extremely painful and can be fatal.

Why did God create a creature like that?

Well, snakes weren't actually like that when God created them. Like the rest of God's creation, they were good (Genesis 1:25).

The devil changed all that. He came to God's perfect world and co-opted it for his own purposes. The devil, in the disguise of a snake, tempted Adam and Eve, and they fell into sin. As a reminder that the devil used a snake, God made that creature a nasty dust-eater (Genesis 3:14).

All of creation was changed by that fall into sin. Don't be fooled by "the circle of life." It's really a circle of danger, death, and decay (Romans 8:20).

Jesus came to change all that. He restored a good relationship between God and human beings; he also gave the natural world hope. The hope he gave is that "it (the world) will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God" (Romans 8:21).

I'm looking forward to the day that the wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the cow will feed with the bear, the lion will eat straw like the ox, and the infant will play near the hole of the cobra (Isaiah 11:6-8).

But until Jesus comes again in glory, I'm watching out for rattlesnakes.

Angels

Do I have a Guardian Angel?

If you believe Jesus is your Savior, then you have angels guarding you.

Even the devil knows this. He told Jesus one day as he tried to get him to jump without bungee cords from the top of the temple, "He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone" (Luke 4:10).

We don't know who wrote Psalm 91 but whoever it was believed in these guarding angels too. He's the one the devil quoted from the temple top. This writer of Psalm 91 also knew that this God sends his angels to guard his people so that they could even "tread upon the lion and the cobra." Upon one condition, however. If you make the Most High your dwelling---even the Lord, who is my refuge---then and then alone will the angels be there. And the Lord goes on to say the reason, "Because he loves me I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name" (Psalm 91:14).

David knew about his life's safety when he said, "My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me" (Psalm 31:15). This very day then, these angels have already protected us from our enemies' attempts to take our lives: with an erring semi-truck straying into our lane, with a deadly virus, with a drive-by bullet, against a slip on a sidewalk and a deadly concussion. And they continue to watch and do God's will of protecting our lives for him.

Martin Luther in his morning and evening prayers said, "Send your holy angel to be with me that the wicked foe may have no power over me." He believed in guardian angels.

We do too.

And it remains our joy and confidence as well. In this the devil was right. "He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully."

What Do Angels Do?

Idleness is the devil's workshop.

Someone said that. It seems to be a true statement too. And if indeed it is true, then angels are not going to be getting into trouble with evil because they are not busy. They are not idle. The Bible talks about angels as busy creatures.

The very name angel means messenger. The Old Testament book of Malachi literally means, "My angel." We know God sent his angels to do his bidding and work. Christmas was a time when that was especially evident. Angels came to the characters of Christmas, piercing their darkness, speaking words of instruction and encouragement. Angels were there at Easter too. Remember the angels in the tomb? And at Jesus' ascension back into heaven forty days after he rose on Easter Sunday, the angels were there too, saying, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11).

Angels are witnesses of heaven and of God. The angel spoke to the future father of John the Baptist and said, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news" (Luke 1:19).

As the protectors of God's people, angels are very busy. He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways... (Psalm 91:11). In this guarding of God's people and his little ones, these angels keep their contact with heaven. Jesus tells us about them, "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:10).

Angels travel through space on their assignments. The angel Michael said to Daniel, "Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come..." (Daniel 10:20).

And perhaps the greatest and happiest thing angels do: they rejoice over one sinner who repents. In this way you and I can make the angels do something.

Let's you and I make the angels happy!

Will I be an Angel?

There are no marriage bells in heaven. No walking down the aisle. No pledges of faithfulness to a blushing and happy spouse.

Jesus says it will be this way: "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels" (Luke 20:34-36).

We are going to be different in heaven. Life is going to be different. We will be forever in love with Jesus. He will be the center of our attention and we will be the center of his. We will be forever with him. We will be like the angels in that regard because they "always see the face of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:10).

But please notice that it doesn't say we change and become angels. We will be like angels. But we won't be angels. We will no longer die. We will be like the angels. We will be without sin. Angels are without sin. We will rejoice with the angels around God's throne. The book of Revelation tells us this. We will be in the company and presence of angels. In fact, on that last and greatest of days, when the trumpet sounds and the dead rise, we will see the angels coming with Jesus in the heavens (Matthew 24:31). They will be the ones separating God's people from the rest. But we won't be angels.

Many in the world are talking about angels these days. New Age belief doesn't have trouble encompassing the idea of angels. Songs on the radio talk about loved ones becoming angels to guard and bless the living loved ones. Various television shows promote the idea too. The Swedish singing group ABBA sang about angels. "I believe in angels, something good in everything I see," they sang. It's "cool" to talk about angels.

We like talking about angels too, but we won't be angels.

The writer to the Hebrews asks a question. Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14) The answer is yes.

We rejoice to think of seeing them. We even look forward to thanking them for their work.

What do you need? I suppose the answer to that query all depends upon the person on the other end of the question. Ask an orphan in Guntur, India. Ask a young mom with two toddlers. Ask a hospitalized diabetic. Ask the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. What do we need?

For the vast majority of Americans the answer would not be what the child in India needs, namely a little rice and something besides a dirt floor to sleep on. Still, every individual has definite needs in life, no matter the economic or ethnic background. The essential needs of food and shelter, the physical needs of safety and security, the emotional needs of being loved and accepted - all such needs are foundational and fundamental. How does God take care of those needs?

To disciples who were caught up in a mad rush toward the accumulation of things, Jesus pointed to flowers and birds. "Your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Our loving Savior is also our caring Creator! It is he who provides us with the wisdom and strength to earn our physical needs of food and shelter. It is he who allows us the contentment of a job well done as we utilize our God-given abilities. He also provides us with protection and security through his representatives of government and police. He even provides us with emotional needs of love and acceptance through family and friends.

Yet when these human representatives of God's providence fail us---and they often will---our caring Savior God will never fail us. "His love endures forever." Consider how great is the love of Jesus who died and rose for us! We now know that we are acceptable to God through Christ. Our soul is safe. We are content. We have God's promise: "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" The One who holds the stars in their place knows our names and our needs. Just remember that he defines and determines our needs using the litmus test of what is best for our souls. He seeks our happiness forever, not just for a few short years now. Look to Jesus, for he says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Laughing Outloud

There was a lot of this when some 3,000 WELS teens recently swarmed the grand atrium of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas for the WELS International Youth Rally.


But there wasn't any laughing out loud when one of the keynote speakers told about the suffering Christians endured under Emperor Nero. Even though the theme of the rally was Laugh Out Loud, it was dead quiet as the Rally hung on each word, hearing how Nero would lay a Christian family down on the ground, readied for a gruesome execution. Then Nero would ask the father of the family if he still believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior. A "yes" answer triggered in front of his very eyes the painful deaths of his loved ones.

Friends, that's suffering!

You can see it in that father's anguished eyes. It's the same suffering that wells up in the eyes of a wife who watches her husband walk away from their marriage. It's the same suffering cradled in the eyes of the man who doesn't think he'll make it home from the hospital this time. It's the same suffering reflected from the eyes of a young lady pushed out of the home and abandoned by the man she once called "Daddy."

Souls crushed in suffering. These are the very souls for whom the Heavenly Father reaches out through the embrace of his own Son, whose arms were pinned to the cross to give us eternal life. For all who endure suffering that words cannot capture, and that tears cannot relieve, there is the Spirit of the Father who pours out the cleansing, healing love of the crucified and risen Jesus. Here is heaven-sent medicine that doesn't just dry tears, but puts a smile on the face of the suffering soul. Here is the Almighty's power that works from suffering, the sure hope that God is unfolding a grand and glorious plan that has no end.

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us" (Romans 5:3-5).

In this world you will suffer, warned Jesus (John 16:33). But when you taste the salt of your own tears, you can actually smile. Why? Because you are spirited to know that your Savior God knows that taste, too. And you are spirited to know how he went to hell and back to make your suffering worthwhile.

Laugh Out Loud!

Heaven and Hell

He was a young man on the run. Threats on his life quickened his escape plans. Tearful goodbyes from his mother still rang in his ears. She promised to contact him when things cooled down. Imagine that first night away from home. Imagine being that young man, running and afraid. "Where's God when I need him?"

Perhaps you've never literally "been on the run." Yet all of us, at one time or another, have experienced the fear of the fugitive. Whether avoiding conflicts at work or ignoring turmoil within our own family, we often, in essence, run away. We even run away from facing the hard truth about ourselves. Does God leave me alone to muddle my way through the dangers and difficulties of life?

Jacob learned first-hand about God's powerful presence. Jacob was that young man on the run, threatened by the murderous plotting of his own brother. Indeed, Jacob deserved it, for he was a cheat and deceiver. Still God showed up on the very first night of the flight. Talk about love not deserved! In spite of Jacob's shady dealings, God came and comforted him. Jacob saw heaven opened, and God himself promised the young man, "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back. . . ." (You can read all about it in Genesis 27, 28.)

Does such a story from long ago have any meaning for us and for our lives in the fast lane? A better question to ask is whether or not God cares. Does God leave us alone? The answer is a resounding no. Even if we have a past full of shady dealings with each other and with God, the Lord of love still comes to us in his Word and promises not to leave us. Jesus, the One God sent to open heaven for all, is the One who promised that the hairs of our head are numbered. We have the cheerful confidence of knowing that our Savior is always with us. "Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast" (Psalm 139:7-10).


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