Friday, September 05, 2008

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

The heavens declare the glory of God. Psalm 19:1

When we look at the universe, we wonder at this magnificence. We stand in awe as the massive spheres move perfectly in their orbits. We stand in awe at the power of our sun and realize it pales in comparison to many other stars, let alone the vastness of it all.

There is without a doubt a glory declared by the universe that causes us all to marvel, but we must realize that the glory that is declared is not the glory of the universe; it is the glory of God. The experience we are having is true knowledge of His glory. Now we must not misunderstand this, the passage does not say that the universe is God. In fact, it is clearly distinct from him in this passage, but the Glory that we are experiencing is His.

This is where the natural man steps in and attempts to suppress that truth. Many naturalists say it should be enough for us to marvel at this world and all its complexities without any appeal to God. And this is what we should expect since the natural progression from trading the truth of God for a lie is to begin to worship the creation instead of the creator (Rom. 1:26), and this they do by ascribing the glory that belongs to God to the creation itself.

-Doug-

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At Saturday, September 06, 2008 1:50:00 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

Maybe it's my concrete brain, but even in my "natural" state I never could look at anything as an end unto itself. Big Bang? Okay, but who/what made it go "bang" and wind up with this food chain and ecosystem that we have, and the order to the days and nights and this perfect condition on this planet that allows for the existence of life? How did we manage to survive long enough to for our lungs to adapt to the air? How is it that you and I even came into being and can think and act and interact all because of the merging of two cells?

Even if people believe that all that was some sort of accident without design (an idea which boggles the mind), something had to cause it. Maybe it's the terminal "Why?" of the five-year-old. When they find a perfectly good scientific explanation for something, they don't take it out one step farther and ask the five-year-old's question: "Why?" "What made it that way?" There is a cause behind the scientific explanations but they're being treated as ends unto themselves. People don't keep asking "why?" or "how?" or "who?" They're stopping short of that and so they're missing the mark completely. And it is that shortsightedness that brings them to the point of worshipping the creation instead of the creator - they simply cannot see past it.

 
At Saturday, September 06, 2008 9:29:00 PM, Anonymous steve martin said...

Barbara,

"Big Bang? Okay, but who/what made it go "bang" "

Right! That's the question the scientists are afraid to ask.

 
At Sunday, October 12, 2008 6:56:00 PM, Anonymous Kirby L. Wallace said...

The Bible tells us that every man can know that God exists, because what can be known about him is made plainly evident in creation - in the pictures of the Universe that I just presented, for instance. God's tremendous glory is demonstrated to anyone who will simply go outside at night and look up and realize the vastness of what they so casually, and so fearlessly walk beneath every day and every night.

God is unbelievably, and unimaginably, and inconceivably glorious.


http://www.uniuslibri.com/UniusLibriIndex.asp?action=&articleid=53


We really seem to think along the same lines. ;-)

Sorry to keep dropping quotes into your comments section, but usually when i read somethng of yours, I find that I've already written about the same subject also. ;-)

Kirby

 

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