Quotes and Observations

                                          Quotes

                            That make you think about Genesis


                              (Gathered from Pastor Ronnie Stevens at First Evangelical Church, Memphis, TN.)
  • Genesis is about great events, great individuals. 
  • In the beginning God created, communicated, rested, related. 
  • The cosmos itself seems narrow when we see/hear the Word of God. 
  • The story of Cain and Abel is the story of love lost. 

                                     Observations

                                               Creation out of Nothing

                         Ed Stetzer in Christianity Today July 27, 2016


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             Ex nihilo are meaningful words to Christians. They mean “out of nothing” and refer to God creating everything with nothing outside Himself as the starting point. To put it another way, the immaterial God spoke the material world into existence. He did not need to fashion the universe out of anything since everything emanated from Him. Indeed, nothing physical could come into existence without God willing it into existence.
             In our time, discussion about the Big Bang abounds. Supercolliders are used by scientists to recreate and research the first trillionths of a second after the universe came into existence. The pace of discovery is accelerating.
            But, for the believer, the ultimate question is not the mere facts of the beginning, but Who is on the other side of the Big Bang? If all mass, time, space, and physical laws came into existence at the Big Bang, why should we think there was no force that caused it? The naturalist would say, “We don’t know, but it wasn’t God.” The believer will say, “We don’t know, but it makes sense that it could be God.” Contemplating before the beginning of the universe leads to a need for faith that Someone was involved, or that no one was.
             Creation out of nothing affirms the biblical truth that all things are “from Him, through Him, and to Him” (Romans 11:36). God is the uncreated Creator, the unmoved Mover, the uncaused First Cause.