God Rules

The Scriptures Verify the Creator's Authority and Humanity's Accountability

The book of Genesis is the source for the Christian belief system and the basis for a biblical worldview. For no other reason than that, everyone who has an influential position among others ought to study, comprehend, and engage the message of this book of beginnings. Genesis tells us that God rules over His creation. What then is man’s role? And how does this impact our worship?

God Rules

God Rules

As far as Genesis is concerned, the heart of the issue is authority. Is the Bible trustworthy or not? More importantly, is the Author of the Bible—God—trustworthy or not? If so, then God is supremely and exclusively authoritative on all matters about which He writes. If God is the Author of all truth and no untruth, then the very text of Scripture is purposefully and supernaturally inspired and trustworthy, even on matters of science.

The Scriptures are consistent.

God verifies, augments, describes, and cites His creative power without alteration throughout the Bible. Anyone who reads the record of Genesis understands what is written. The words and phrases are not at all complex to grasp, but they do require belief—for those words describe and present a Being whose power is limitless and whose knowledge is all-encompassing.

Neither you nor I can experience such a condition, and therefore we must either accept (believe) that there is an all-powerful and all-knowing God, transcendent to the universe, who is the First Cause of all things, or we must reject the existence of such a Being and retreat into our own experience and intelligence. Mankind, when confronted with that truth, must decide whether he will submit to the Author of that truth or reject both that truth and the Source of that truth—the Creator-God. There is no logical middle ground.

The bottom line, of course, is who rules? God? Or man?

If God—the One who could speak the universe into existence with a command—is indeed the Creator, then He is the Owner of all that exists. Man is, therefore, a steward (rather than an owner) and is ultimately accountable to the Owner for all that is done with life and resources.

Question: Do you truly believe God rules over His creation? How does this change your worship? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  1. You are right to say, “The Scriptures are consistent.” But you claim that “Anyone who reads the record of Genesis *understands* what is written. The words and phrases are not at all complex to grasp, but they do require belief.”

    The fact is that not every main crucial point in Genesis 1 is spelled out for the proverbial Complete Idiot. Of prime example, consider the following several Scripture passages as they normally ought to help interpret the phrase ‘darkness upon’ in Genesis 1:2.

    Luke 23:44, Exodus 14:20, Deuteronomy 4:11, Joshua 24:7, 2Samuel 22:12, Job 3:5, Job 17:12, Job 22:11, Job 38:9, and Psalm 18:11.

    Moreover:
    There is an unassumingly natural, God-given universal, most basic way of reading Genesis 1. In this, there are two fairly generic, merely generalistic, levels. On the first level, the account tells of

    1. the concrete origins of the cosmos
    2. over six contiguous, terrestrial-length days,
    3. at least the latter-most four days of which involved the terrestrial world’s own day-night cycle.

    On the second level, the account identifies the sequence in which the things that were created and formed…were created and formed.

    It is at this second generic level that most people stop. They do not even seek as to the depth of intimacy to which the first level is related to this second level. This is not to say they never see anything deeper in the account. But they do not systematically build their analysis of the account beyond this second level. And they treat it mainly as an account as such, not as an account that has as its sole main subject the single most universal thing that humans are made to know. Hence, they see the account’s six-day span as having no intimate natural relation to the things created and formed or the sequence in which they are formed. The best that most people ever do, even in the last few decades, is consult what little that the Bible merely spells out, specifically, about that six-day span.

    Hugh Ross has it wrong, but not in every way that you think he is wrong.

    The Earth, as Natural Life Support System (NLSS), is _Irreducibly complex_, just like a living organism. And the Earth’s NLSS is made up of both non-living and living systems.

    …and any atheist will admit that if even any one of the most basic parts of that system were suddenly and permanently cease to exist, that NLSS would completely fail in a matter of days.

    …in a matter of days.