Read Psalm 115
Focus on verse 14-15
It is difficult to fathom how the world around me came to be. Most days I just assume that it was always there, and will continue to always be there as it now is. History would remind me that this is not so. The world is constantly changing. There presumably was a time when nothing existed apart from God. Attempting to understand exactly how God could exist with nothing else is beyond my comprehension. All I have to go on is a short statement in and ancient book, which states that God brought the universe into being “out of nothing”. Some scientists after studying ancient rocks and bones and artifacts, have concluded that the universe just exploded into existence and that all that we now know and experience evolved from that explosion by chance and the process of natural selection. There are others who have attempted to knit these two theories together suggesting that God might be responsible for bringing it all into being, but used the process of evolution and natural selection over multiple millions of years to accomplish it.
We are free to choose which theory we will subscribe to, but one should understand that this will affect the way we approach our existence within this wonderful universe we call home. If we believe it that it all happened by chance it gives us the illusion that we are in full control of our lives and relieves us of any accountability to a higher authority. One would think this approach to life would leave a person to live absolutely free of anything negative. No guilt, no shame, no responsibility…only absolute freedom. On the other hand, one would expect those who believe that God is the Creator of all this would approach life in fear of screwing up and making Him angry by the way we behave or don’t behave.
Interestingly, in my experience the reverse is typically what I have found to be true. The people who choose to believe its all a big game of chance are the ones who carry the most guilt around, and who live life in fear of screwing up the environment and such, while those who have a biblically accurate understanding of how and why God made it all tend to experience freedom from fear and guilt.
I have not studied this extensively, but I have a theory as to why this is so. I believe it is the difference between living in truth and living in deception. While there may not be a conclusive way to prove which theory is the right one, it is not possible for more than one to be true. If only one is true the others are false. If God actually created the universe as the Bible describes it in Genesis 1-3, then evolution is a lie. If the big bang theory and billions of years of evolution is really the way it happened, then the Bible is a lie. They cannot both be true. If the Bible is true, then we are accountable to God. Since I have the option to choose, and since the evidence that I have found most convincing seems to validate what I understand the Bible to be revealing about God and the creation of the universe, I have concluded that the other theories are the faulty ones. If you disagree I respect that but would challenge you to consider why those who made their peace with God tend to have less dissonance in their lives than those who deny His existence?
There is little doubt in the mind of the writer of Psalm 115 who states; “Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” (v. 2-3) It is with the same confidence that he gives a blessing to those who read what he has written when he writes, “May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the Lord who made the heaven and the earth.” (v. 14-15) I find this a helpful reminder that everything I have, everything I experience even everything I am, comes to me from the Lord who made the heaven and the earth. Knowing this I would be amiss to give glory of any kind to anyone or anything other.