Today we continued our study of a very important question: Who is God?
As you look at this writing, please note all the complex machinery that you are using to view it. You computer has thousands of parts, all functioning and connecting with servers and other computers, each with its own parts. So ponder: did all of these parts and complicated machinery come from nothing? Of course not! Many people were involved in the making of your computer and the services it provides. They designed, studied, watched, built, created software, and developed and perfected the concept of the internet over decades. But most importantly, the access of this document to you over your computer couldnt and didnt simply appear from nothing.
A limited object cannot cause itself. In the example above, this is saying that the computers didnt make themselves. And in the case of us human beings, we didnt create ourselves either. In fact, look all around you. Go outside and examine nature. Gaze up at the stars. All of these limited objects are designed with incredible intricacy and could never have simply created themselves.
Go outside and examine nature. Gaze up at the stars. All of these limited objects are designed with incredible intricacy and could never have simply created themselves.
1. God is our uncaused cause.
Genesis 1, the very beginning of the Bible, reveals that God created everythingfrom the stars and the moon to all the animals and even mankind. Everything had to start somewhere, and the Bible is very clear where our existence all began: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Pastor Miles pointed out that everything needs a first cause. The gas propelled automobile was inspired by Ford (ironically when meeting Mr. Edison). Disneyland was dreamed up on a park bench by the beach. And I am thankful for the person who figured out indoor plumbing. But what about the earth, sky, and atoms? God created all of these things; He is their first cause.
2. God is our sustaining cause.
Any business owner will tell you that starting a business is one thing, but it is quite another to manage it. In Job 38, God speaks to Job as all of Jobs friends give him advice to give up on God, which is precisely what the devil wants Job to do. God is tired of listening to this and gives Job an earful. In verse 8-12 we read about God boasting (and rightfully so) about creating the oceans and the clouds and how He keeps the sun coming up every day without fail. Building a car is a spectacular thing, but as all of us car owners know that cars need maintenance or they stop working. God takes care of all the natural things He created; they dont need tune-ups!
3. God is our terminating cause.
John 5:11-12 says, And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. Not only does God determine when and how we die, He decides where we go after we die. There are only two possibilities. It is up to us to take the steps to honor Him so that our life can be eternal.