Who am I and where am I going?

“Where did Man come from? ... and where is he going to?”

The Universe around us

A - Who made the Universe - person or process?

Many evolutionists believe the stars and earth owe their existence to a gigantic explosion, known as ‘The Big Bang.’

• The evolutionary formula for making a universe is:

Nothing + nothing = two elements + time = 92 natural elements + time = all physical laws and a completely structured universe of galaxies, systems, stars, planets, and moons orbiting in perfect balance and order.

• The evolutionary formula for making life is:

Dirt + water + time = living creatures.

Quite apart from the many scientific problems this theory poses, the question must be asked, “What do explosions really make?” Everywhere in our universe explosions destroy complexity and produce disorder!

The Bible’s opening statement declares: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 cf. Nehemiah 9:6; Revelation 4:11) - underlining the fact that a Person, not a process, brought the world into existence.

B - When was the universe made - date and days?

Evolutionists tell us that our universe came into being as much as 15 billion years ago ... that the earth dates back some 3-4 billion years ... that dinosaurs existed between 225 million-65 million years ago ... and that man first appeared

3.5 million years ago, thus man and dinosaurs never crossed paths. ... But does the evidence support this?

EVIDENCE FOR A YOUNG EARTH Some reasons why the earth is probably no more than 10,000 years old:

There is no support for millions or billions of years in Scripture. Literally interpreted, Genesis clearly teaches that God took six ordinary 24-hour days to create the universe. All of this makes for some very interesting conclusions:

C - How was the universe made? ex-nihilo and exceptional

The Bible makes it clear that God created the universe ex nihilo - out of nothing. Men can show creativity with the materials at their disposal, but only God can make something out of nothing (cf. Genesis 1:1,21&27; Psalm 33:6&9; Hebrews 11:3).

“And it was good ... very good!” is the verdict of Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25&31 on God’s work of creation. No matter where you look in this world, you are confronted with the proof of intricate and intelligent design. God’s creation bears the stamp of excellence.

How did man appear?

Those who believe in evolution tell us that apes and monkeys are our cousins - and that we evolved from a common (but unknown!) ancestor about 30-70 million years ago.

Evolutionary scientists claim to have found several skeletons of ‘ape-men creatures’ - and heralded their finds as the long-sought ‘Missing Link.’ Yet, in spite of the ‘appearances’ of Nebraska Man (1925), Piltdown Man (1912), the Australopithecines (1974,etc), and others, ... the missing links are still missing!

MAN A DIRECT CREATION BY GOD

The Bible’s voice is definite and distinct. It declares man to be a direct creation by God (Genesis 1:26&27; 1 Corinthians 15:39).

The psalmist was right (Psalm 139:14), we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”! Man is God’s masterpiece - the crown of His creative genius.

Why is man here?

When God created man, He made him distinct from every other species by giving him a conscience - and a soul - and creating him “after His own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness ... .” (Shorter Catechism, Q10).

The gifts of a conscience and a soul mean that man has:

but is ultimately answerable to a higher authority: • a concern for his destiny ... he knows he is going to die - that death does not end it all and wonders where his soul will be in eternity.

Only man is made after God’s own image in knowledge. God created Adam an intelligent being. Right from the beginning, man had the ability to:

Even more impressive are the facts that he:

To be “made in the image of God” not only means that man has been created in God’s own image in terms of knowledge, but also in the realm of righteousness and holiness.

However, Genesis 3 records how man, thinking himself to be wiser than God, steamrollered through the one prohibition God had placed on him - and discovered that it is not beneficial to rebel against his Creator! Adam’s sin meant he was not righteous or holy anymore, and this has had momentous consequences.

Because of his rebellion against God’s law, he - and all his descendants - have been separated from God (Genesis 3:8-10,23&24); a curse was placed upon the ground, causing thorns and thistles to come forth (Genesis 3:17&18; Romans 8:22); death / decay was introduced into the world (Genesis 3:19; 5:5).

Rescue of Blessing

However this is not the end ... because God loved His special creation, He wanted to rescue us from our sin, and make us righteous and holy again. The only way to do this was to find a perfect man who would make an acceptable sacrifice for our sin to God.

This is where our Lord Jesus Christ steps in Jesus is God. By taking the body of a man He became an acceptable sacrifice for our sin on Calvary. He shed His blood and paid the penalty for our sins. He conquered death (God’s judgment on man because of sin) and rose from the grave. That is why 1 Corinthians 15:22 can say: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:45-47).

In Christ man finds his reason for living ... for it is only through Him that man receives the real, satisfying and eternal life which Adam lost.

We need to get back to the Bible basics: three words sum up the whole situation as it faces us today.

Creation... God made us perfect;
Desecration... Sin ruined us;
Re-creation... Jesus came that we might be remade.

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