Starting Point

God of the Bible really and truly exists. I know this. I know this for myself, because I have experienced His power of love, of healing, of character improvement, of knowledge and insight. However, as a friend pointed out, it’s not “all about me,” and I apologize if that is the only impression you get from my little essays. I share my experiences as illustrations to make my testimony relatable. There principles as applied science. Believing that God, Yahweh, the God of the Bible, Creator of Heaven and Earth exists, is the beginning, the end, and everything in between, but most importantly, it is where one must begin.

If I have not persuaded you to consider that starting point, everything else I write will be meaningless to you — useless, and pointless. Maybe. Yet, it is not a waste of my time. I enjoy drinking that wellspring of water.

Perhaps you have never thought about where we all come from or how everything came into existence or if there is something more… more than eat, drink, and be merry. If you have never had such curiosities, you might as well scroll onwards and upwards until you find more compatible posts aligning with your current mindset. Perfectly understandable, and I love you anyways. God loves you too. He also rewards those who earnestly and consistently seek Him. (which I will continue repeating.)

So, that’s my preface for this morning. Oh. I’m sorry. You thought I was through?!?

Moving on. If everything came into being by some random thermonuclear explosion, why is everything so consistent? Why has Science been able to formulate Laws of Physics applicable to the entire Universe? Laws of Genetics? Chemistry? Biology? Archeology? Atoms and molecules and mass and materials and stars and planets, Genetics — the “the birds and bees and the flowers and the trees” — and all within the same natural order? Because it is the same supernatural order, created not in some random chaotic way, but created by one inventor, one architect, one artist, and one sustainer of all.

God knows how everything works, including us. Some imaginary perceptions of God are like He is some kind of Ogre just messing with us, a giant Troll under the bridge. (Maybe that comes from a guilty conscience protecting our egos. Maybe.) No. He is a loving Father who only wants what is best for us… “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11, NIV) God knows stuff.

He is also a jealous, as to say, caring parent who doesn’t particularly like us joining some cult or swallowing something harmful or injecting danger into our lives. (Example, “Look both ways before crossing the street.”) He knows what is best for us, and even though we wander away, not listening to His sage advice, He is willing to forgive, forget, and welcome us home… Listen to the Parable of the Prodigal Son which Jesus told in Matthew 15:11–32 — “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Matthew 15:17–20, NIV)

Enough said? I hope so. Still not my choice, but yours. In my pea pickin’ little mind, there’s only two ways to go: moving toward or moving away. Or something like that. No one can just stand still. We humans are explorers, right?



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D L Henderson

Born 1950; HS 1968; Born again 1972; Cornell ILR; Steward, Local President/Business Agent; Husband, father, grandfather; winner/loser/everything in between