August 12, 2013

Hebrews 11:3- By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

 

As far as I can tell, there are only two possibilities with where everything came from. Either it always existed or it came somehow from nothing. Now here is my problem: I can’t conceive of either. To wrap my little brain around an eternity past that always was is a bit beyond me. To figure out how everything came to be out of nothing isn’t any better. So it seems at the most basic level of understanding things I am caught in a mystery. How did we get here? Big bang? And what was here 10 minutes before that? As humans we are able, and often compelled by our nature, to try to conceive of things that are inconceivable. And so enters faith; faith that beyond what we can observe and measure is a something or someone that made things happen. It is not just that the bible calls this God, it is that my very nature reaches out to connect with what is beyond me, connect meaningfully and personally. Where our capacities end, there beyond is still something, and by faith we understand that something is God. The Greeks called it the logos, the word. John tells us that the word became flesh and dwelt among us. The temporal and the eternal connect. What do you know by faith?

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