“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.” Ephesians 5:1-4 New King James Version
I will admit it I was and can still be a Star Trek junkie! It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s the original ‘60s series, the Next Generation, or Voyager. For whatever reason I am drawn to the sheer challenge of science fiction! In my younger days it was the intrigue of the many so called mysteries surrounding such places as the Bermuda Triangle, the Nazca Lines of South America, the wonders of pyramids that seemed to span the globe without any explanation for their similarities in construct, function, and just plain abstract mystery.
As long as I am making my confession, I was definitely a fan of Mr. Spock! When I mastered the Vulcan Salute as a boy of about 12, I was thrilled! As I grew older, it was the calm way he controlled his emotions that especially appealed to me. I was one who experienced deep emotions, wearing them on my sleeve.
It was difficult to hide the times when I would find myself crying over a movie. I can still vividly recall one incident that occurred when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Some of you will remember the TV show with Timmy and his collie, Lassie. We had been watching Lassie. It was an episode in which Lassie was lost; my mom found me crying my eyes out over the fact that Lassie was lost! Maybe that’s why I felt myself drawn to science fiction and unexplained phenomena. For me there were no emotions tied to that line of exploring life. Everything else seemed to draw me into situations resulting in too many painful experiences I could definitely do without!
I read everything on so called inexplicable phenomena including many of the alien theories being proposed in the ’70s. These theories still exist, only in greater numbers and with even more experts than anyone could have foreseen! In the ’70s it was quite controversial to expound on any theory that included aliens! Today a plethora of experts waxes eloquent on a subject which was more often ridiculed than not in days gone by.
I am no longer one who courts the dynamics of the unexplained as I once did. However, I am still curious about them, especially with questions which continue when considering those building projects considered beyond the skills of many of the people groups. Only now I have a very different perspective, one even more controversial for those who choose to follow the religion of macro-evolution.
If we are willing to accept the Biblical record as more than some form of fable, myth, fairy tale, or just plain lies, much of what is considered mysterious evaporates into the mist. I recognize for many it is not a very popular understanding of Biblical history. However, nothing explains the current status of this planet any better than the Genesis story when it is considered without prejudice.
Why would a God who repeatedly pursues an intimate relationship with those He created want to keep us in the dark about our and His story? Within the third chapter of Genesis alone there is a definitive explanation of how we ended up with a planet and people who are completely dysfunctional! It’s nothing to be ashamed about, except if we aren’t willing to accept who we are because of what happened in a garden in the beginning, how will we accept what happened in another garden 2000 years ago and all it means to us today?
I believe acceptance is crucial for an understanding or at least a willingness to know God’s Grace is meant for us! It’s meant for us because of what happened in that first garden when humanity discovered there was an enemy to be shunned and a God to be embraced. But without that story how do we ever realize how much we mean to God? If that story isn’t based in fact, then how do we ever believe anything presented in what has become known as the Word of God? And that is exactly what we have seen occurring in that last hundred years, a systematic attempt at destruction of the very words God has given conveying our history. It completely derails everything God has endeavored to communicate to us about Himself, His Love, and His Grace.
How can we possibly become imitators of a God we can’t believe or trust? How do you walk in a love that you are not even sure exists? And why would anyone want to follow in the steps of a man who was executed as just another trouble maker? There is more hingeing on the accuracy of the Genesis account than just a few so called stories! Everything comes down to this: God is exactly who He claims to be, Jesus is who He claims to be, and we are exactly who they both tell us we are. We are their Beloved in need of a Savior!
God’s Grace and Love are revelations He gives in His Word, and in His pursuit of us, in the depths of Grace to which He is willing to go to bring us into what He planned for us, His children. Just the argument of God’s Grace alone is enough for me to know there is power in our story as it begins in Genesis. Add to this the many similarities in the development of humanity, the amazing facts of pyramids circling the globe (which no one seems able to explain), the development of extremely similar religions, beliefs, stories, etc., the list could on.
What we decide about the writers of the New Testament relies heavily on what we choose to believe about the Old Testament, since the New Testament is based directly on the Old, and contains quotes from the Old Testament more times then I have taken time to count.
There you have it, all and more than you might want to know about my interests, my chosen beliefs, and how I have arrived at the position I have taken on the importance of the Beginning! I hope it will make sense to you, or at least trigger some critical thinking in areas which might surprise you!
“The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.”
“But thanks be to God, who in the Messiah constantly leads us in a triumphal procession and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of what it means to know him!” 2 Corinthians 2:14 Complete Jewish Bible