...God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1, the first verse of the Bible, answers one of the basic questions of human existence, “Where did we come from?” Of course, many people choose not to believe this. They have the right not to believe, which will be explained in the “God is Love” blog. The curious thing about believing that God created the universe and every good thing in it is that in this post-Christian era, we who have faith in the loving creator God are sometimes viewed by evolutionists as simple, unintelligent and unenlightened.
What the debate over origin really boils down to is whether one wants to have faith in a gaseous ball of dust that exploded mysteriously billions of years ago, creating a chain of events that eventually led to your accidental existence; or faith in a loving, all-powerful creator God who created everything and everyone with purpose, including you. To avoid an ontological debate over our existence in this and all the articles to come, feel free to substitute “gaseous ball of dust” any time God is mentioned. The truth here is that the origins of the universe cannot be duplicated scientifically, so faith is required to believe in any explanation of our existence.
I believe in an intelligent, loving creator God who spoke the universe into existence. Not just because the Bible says so, but because the intricacies of nature bear the fingerprint of an Intelligent Designer. That is one powerful being.
What is really cool to consider is that since God’s words actually create reality, His promises were also created to take shape at some time in the future. God has made many promises, some which have come to pass throughout the ages and some which have yet to materialize.
Because of the creative power of His words, we can trust that what He says in His Word, the Bible, is also true. To start learning about God and His words of promise, I encourage you to read the Bible in Chronological order. Linked below are three web sites that provide a daily Bible reading schedule in chronological order that you can start today. Happy reading!
Bible Study Tools http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological.html
Blue Letter Bible (PDF) https://www.blueletterbible.org/dailyreading/PDF/1Yr_ChronologicalPlan.pdf
Bible Gateway https://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/chronological/next
Lisa Nordell-Detres wears many hats as a pastor’s wife, College Business Instructor, Sunday school teacher, entrepreneurial visionary, mother of four, and grandma to four boys. Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child live in central Oregon.
My passion is to come along side people searching for meaning in life. Together, we will come to understand more about who the God of the Bible is, while finding inner peace, purpose, and fulfillment in Christ Jesus.