I’ve kind of gotten away from talking directly about matters of faith lately in favor of more subtle explorations of the topic. Still, my faith is a most important component of my life. But you know me, and you know I won’t be fiery or forceful with any of this. My tactic for people coming to belief is simply to show them love and to write artistically.
I guess what I’m saying is that if you believe in anything other than what I believe, that God created the universe, that’s cool. In fact, I don’t blame you… my beliefs are not as logical as, say, believing that the universe was created by a one second explosion from a super-massive singularity, which itself is part of a linear string of universes that has existed for an infinite amount of time. This is a good time to point out that Creationism and science aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. I’m game with the thought that God may have used the big bang to create the universe.
Anyway, this isn’t the point. Here’s the point. We’re often asking how the universe is created, and everybody seems to have a slightly different interpretation of Genesis. Did it take seven literal days? Was it seven thousand-year days? Is the whole thing just liturgical poetry? Did God create more people than Adam and Eve? Where’s the Garden of Eden now? You could go on forever asking questions like this, although I tend to favor a more literal interpretation of Genesis. I think prehistoric scientific theory is overrated anyway.
So the Bible seems to be consistent in saying that “before” the Universe, there was just Heaven, the triune God (God the Father, Son, and Hold Spirit), and the angels. The angels are glorious servants of God, more akin to robots than people. They were God’s creation too, similar to how he created Earth and people and such.
What’s important to understand is that that the Bible is written in a manner that makes it easy for people to understand. It’s why it makes just as much sense here in 2015 as it did back in 100 A.D. Things are much more vast than we can imagine.
If you don’t understand anything else in this blog post, understand this: God created everything.
God created time. There was no before the universe because when God created the universe, he invented time to serve as a temporal scale.
There was no before God. God exists. God is eternal. God is.
Without God, nothing exists. We wouldn’t be anything. We would be oblivion. We wouldn’t even be an idea because…
God created ideas.
God created infinity.
God created existence.
God created light.
God created good.
God created grace.
God created everything.
The fact that we exist at all is impossible.
But with God all things are possible.
Here are some reasons that might come closer to answering the matter of why. Why did God create the universe?
1. Maybe God wanted to create a super-cool art project.
All right, so this one is probably the easiest to understand. Have you ever wondered why the universe is so big? If we’re his only creation, why’d he have to make a universe that is, as far as we know, pretty much infinite? I mean trillions and trillions of stars. Well, the idea is that God could create an infinite universe in, like, two seconds flat. To him, it’s child’s play. I mean, all he had to say is “Let there be…” and it was there. And then, he put us all on this one little moist mud ball so we could observe just how amazingly beautiful creation is.
If this is the reason, there’s also a pretty good outlook on the future. God might let us build technology to explore this massive place. Of course, I won’t be here when we do…. but still. Pretty cool. The optimist in me wants this to be the case, but I’m just not sure. The Bible talks about how important we are a little too much.
2. Maybe God wanted to create free will.
To say God is smart would be to ridiculously undersell his majesty. God is wise to a whole new level than we could never imagine. Maybe he set into motion a chain of events that would ultimately end in a new concept: free will. He invented it by creating the concept of choices.
First, the fall of the angels. Satan chose to try to become like God.
Second, the fall of man. Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit.
We are given a simple overall choice in life, and that is comprised of other smaller choices. We can accept God and spend an eternity in Heaven, or we can reject God and spend an eternity in Hell. Our salvation is contingent on God, but the one tiny piece of power we possess is the ability to chose that salvation. Because of this, we are special because we’ve actively chosen God’s side.
3. Maybe God wanted to create life.
I mentioned earlier that angels are portrayed more as robots than anything. They’re messengers, but they don’t seem to hold the same weight as people. They’re glorious, of course, but since they are part of God’s perfect creation, why wouldn’t they be? Of course, this might be a conceit because God gave us his word through scripture. But you wonder if the angels are actually “alive” in the technical sense of the word.
But maybe he wanted to create a different kind of life. This time, organic, made out of the same stuff that the universe was made out of. These creatures would recognize God, and praise him for his works. I’ve often though that the one power humans have is the ability to create life on a very very limited scale. We can reproduce. We can create vessels for a soul, but we have no real control of how they will turn out. God still handles most of the logistics.
For all the thinking and contemplating about creation and eternity, in the end, for me at least, it doesn’t really matter too much why he created the universe. Mostly, I’m just glad he did. I will constantly celebrate my impossible existence. And I will always praise the incredible God who created me.
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