“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
These are the first words in the Bible, and it is the bedrock of Judeo-Christian faith.
For Christians, the first chapter of the Gospel of John stands along with Genesis 1:1.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. . . . And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Do you believe that?
I do. And that faith brings real meaning to my life.
Of course, I realize other people may have different beliefs. Some believe in God but reject Jesus as his Son and part of a triune Godhead. Others believe in a different god, and some have no belief in a god at all. But even so-called non-believers often become involved with astrology, tarot cards, and fortune telling. Yes, it often appears that each of us wants to believe in something outside of ourselves.
Over the years I have examined the evidences and the claims of Jesus Christ very carefully, and I am convinced that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The veracity of the New Testament screams out to those who read it and open their heart to its message. I do my best to live in accordance with the its teachings. Of course, I often fail miserably, but that does not deter me from trying and trying again.
There are many things I do not understand. There are mysteries about life and death and the human condition that confound me. The Apostle Paul said that he saw through the glass darkly, as if looking through a very dirty window. I, in comparison to Paul, am relatively blind. Nevertheless, my faith sustains me.
I do not condemn or dislike those who do not believe as I do. Their faith, or lack thereof, is between them and God. Ours is not to judge others. Nevertheless, I am puzzled. As one considers the marvels of the universe and beholds the wonders of birth and beauty and human creativity, how can one not believe in a Creator God. Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could.
Praise God! Our Savior lives!