This blog is a follow-up to Epic Star Wars, Episode II: Rise of Paradise.
Last week, we learned that that the Godhead created our once-Edenic, earthly paradise in six days and rested on the seventh. This view, naturally, conflicts with the view that the universe arose after billions of years of evolution and “natural processes.”
But is there evidence that God created the universe? and that God created us in His image?
A simple way to remember the answer to this question is by these three words: law and order. Not only is it a title to a renowned television drama, it aptly highlights God’s hand in creating the universe and humanity. If there were an introduction to this type of answer, it might sound something like this.
“In substantiating the truth that God created the universe and humanity, He set down two separate yet equally important testimonies: the laws that govern the existence of the universe and the innate tendency of humans to order their lives. This is a brief summation of those testimonies.” <insert Law & Order sound effect here>
Contrary to popular belief, science is not opposed to God. Rather, it testifies that He exists. Consider the laws of gravitation, the laws that govern the rotation of the Earth, and the Earth’s axis. As asserted in the first episode of the Epic Star Wars saga, God’s kingdom is not, and has never been, a lawless kingdom. The universe has never been an exception to this understanding, but what if the Earth did not obey the law of gravity? There would be nothing to keep us and everything from falling off it or from sinking into it at a whim. What if the Earth did not rotate on its axis at its current angle? According to Don Attwood, an ecological anthropologist, there would be no seasons and the resulting weather conditions would affect food and technology production. Winter has been playing a vital role in regulating our insect population and encouraging vital crop production (corn, oats, wheat, etc.). Amazingly, a number of technologies like the steam engine were developed in the winter season.
What if the Earth had no axis at all? We’d probably be floating around in space since nothing would keep the planet in its ordered place. If these kinds of things could happen to one lawless planet, imagine the havoc that the universe would be in if its existence were ruled by varying conditions and not fixed laws.
Our understanding of these laws is still limited, but the point between them all is the same. The fact that these fixed laws exist and work harmoniously to maintain the universe’s existence testifies that God created it and everything in it.
Consider our typical daily routine. Every day, we wake up and prepare for our day. We go to work, work, and then we go home to prepare to do it again the next day.
Look at companies that utilize heavy amounts of data like Capital One and T-Mobile. Capital One specifically uses the data they collect to analyze the demographics and spending patterns of their customers to determine when to make offers to people. T-Mobile utilizes data to prevent customer turnover by looking at variables such as customer usage patterns and purchases by location.
Successful restaurants like El Celler de Can Roca, Osteria Francescana, and Noma didn’t make it to the top three places on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list by relying on chance. They created unique menus and provide unique dining experiences to distinguish themselves from their competitors.
There are many more examples you and I can name right now of the industries that impact our lives everyday: public transportation, the auto care industry, education, etc.
They all have at least one thing in common. Order. Every single aspect of our lives requires order. When God created Adam and brought him before the animals, he immediately began naming them. Adam, created in God’s image, began bringing order to the world around him and we do the same thing every day. By ordering our own lives and everything in it, we testify every day that we are made in the image of the God who created and ordered the entire universe.
But where does sin fit into God’s law and order? The answer is that it doesn’t fit in at all. Sin is not a law of God or a result of obedience to God’s laws. It is rebellion against God’s law, the polar opposite of it. Disease, decay, and death are polar opposites of the life that came from God. Sin corrupts the law and order of God. Alcohol and many other drugs are corruptions of the foods and minerals that God designed to be a blessing to us. Pornography and prostitution are among many corruptions of the relationship of marriage that God designed to be between a man and a woman.
Rebellion and disorder were the results of Adam and Eve’s encounter with sin and we will see this in detail in the next episode. But later on, we will see that the time is coming soon where true law and order will be restored to His creation. May we all be ready for that great day.
“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth… For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” (Ps. 33:6,9)
“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” (Job 26:7)
“And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.” (Gen 2:19,20)