November 28th

Why did God Create the Universe?

Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

(Isaiah 42:10) KJV

Why did God create the universe? God created the universe so that sentient beings with free will could make a choice between light or darkness, life or death.

The book of Revelation is daunting. If anyone ever tells you that they understand it they’re lying. That being said it seems to be possible to use deductive reasoning to make sense of the sequence of events which it describes.

The first key is realizing that there’s only one sequence of events, not three or five. The same sequential phenomena are described three separate times, and whole chapters are used to describe specific events in the sequence. Thankfully there are enough clues scattered throughout the scriptures to allow us to discern how each piece of the puzzle falls into place.

The second key is being diligent and systematic. Revelation is confusing and most people give up with it. The prevailing attitude is that it’s not supposed to be understood. We, that’s me and the Holy spirit, are going to show you that more may be understood than you might suppose. In fact, with diligent effort things fall into place in a starkly horrifying but logical manner.

What could be horrifying about it? How about the fact that Christians are going to be on the Earth for most of the tribulation? That’s not what you’ve been taught if you have heard preaching on the rapture in mainstream churches. There is a logical way to arrange and collate the material in the broad narrative of scripture which is unlocked by taking a systematic approach to Revelation.

Christians are “raptured” out of the world at the final trumpet. That’s trumpet number 7. That means we’re going to experience the first 6 trumpets. This is bad news for a lot of people. Sadly this is a conclusion based on a rigorous application of logic.

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So, the next line of defense could be to claim that God isn’t logical. Could it be said that God defies all attempts to understand him using logic? Unfortunately God is pure logic. God is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. That’s logic. It’s also a chemical formula. By a totally staggering coincidence, it also gives us first cause.

The Logic of First Cause

  • IF God the Father (H+)
    • AND God the Holy Spirit (O2-)
  • THEN begat God the Son (OH)
    • AND IF God the Son was God (OH)
    • AND was with God (+ H+)
  • THEREFORE first cause is the origin of the deep (OH + H+ = H2O).

What else have you got? We’ve used the scientific method to develop a model of our Earth which perfectly harmonizes the history given us in the Bible with primary sources of evidence and empirical observations. It just so happens that in the process of carrying out this diligent systematic study we find that the rapture happens after most of the tribulation has taken place. Whoops.

You could always opt-out of reality. That’s what mainstream science (SciPop) has done by becoming a pseudo-scientific validation of the Star Trek universe. SciPop and SciFi are now functionally equivalent.

We have to admit that SciFi is our first true love. Whenever we see the number 42, as in Isaiah 42, today’s passage, we can’t help but think of Douglas Adam’s wonderful Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. We read this for the first time when we were in High School. We didn’t understand a lot of the humor at first, but it expressed the mood of puffed up irreverence that we, as a society, and ourselves as a keenly interested observer of the world, had reached in our understanding of our place in the universe. It seemed as if science really had relegated God to being a doddering old fool who was absent mindedly puttering around in his own irrelevance. Now we had all of the theoretical foundation in place to be able to say that the Earth was billions of years old, there’s a clearly observable process of genetic change operating which can account for our origin from slime, and it’s just a matter of time before the unstoppable juggernaut of science figures out how to go faster than light and forward or backward in time.

Douglas Adams hit the eject button on reality and came up with the ridiculous idea that the answer to life, the universe and everything could be calculated if we just had a computer powerful enough.

What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

42

– Douglas Adams

That perfectly captures the attitude of today’s scientifically illiterate science worshipers. They figure that the truth can’t be known so why bother being serious about it? This was Satan’s master plan from the beginning. Raise up a world full of people who are so jaded from their infancy that they refuse to believe anything, meanwhile failing to teach them that their outlook on life is a belief, it’s not real.

In their mind it doesn’t matter anyway because we’re insignificant people on an insignificant planet orbiting an insignificant star in an infinite universe which just happens to be insignificant.

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think that [iPhones] are a pretty neat idea.

– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Let’s sing a new song. Truth is absolute and it can be understood. Not only that, the universe has a purpose:

The purpose of creation is to bring about the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, day from night, good from evil.

– The Purpose of Creation

The Earth was designed and created as an integral part of this purpose. There’s even a reason for this purpose:

The reason for creation is the manifestation of sentient life with free will.

– The Reason for Creation

The reason for creation and its purpose combine to give us an answer to life, the universe and everything which is relevant and has meaning:

Why did God create the universe?
The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything:

God created the universe so that sentient beings with free will could make a choice between light or darkness, life or death.

The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

Salvation

  1. Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
    • believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
  2. confess your sin.

Read through the Bible in a year

Reading planNovember 28
LinearGalatians 3-5
ChronologicalActs 18:19-19:41
– Read 3 chapters every day and 5 chapters on Sundays

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