There has been a lot of research done in the past about the nature of reality and God’s relationship with it. Here are some of the things that Christians have learned about the Universe (and everything in it).
I. The Universe (and everything in it)
We believe the Universe was created by God. Why do we believe this? Is there any evidence out there to prove the universe was created by God? That depends on how you define the word evidence. Let me tell you some things that the Church has found in the past so you can make up your own mind on this issue.
Here is the first point to consider:
#1. We have eye witness testimony explaining where the Universe came from: the Bible says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 ESV)
The Bible tells us that God was there when He created our universe, and we are also told that God came and explained to a man named Moses how He did it, and Moses wrote down the information God shared about the origin of the Universe and everything in it.
#2. We believe scientists can provide evidence to support the Bible’s claims.
Here are three examples:
(also known as map making):
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ was crucified outside of the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a place I can show you on a map. The Bible also tells us that the children of Israel were slaves in the land of Egypt. I can show you where the land of Egypt on a map (its that real).
(also known as digging up really old stuff):
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ was crucified, but is there any proof that the Roman Empire actually nailed people to trees and left them to die? The answer is yes. Some archaeologists digging in England actually found a human bone with a nail in it.
You can see the evidence for yourself by clicking on this link to another website:
Zoology (also known as different kinds of animals):
If you want more information about Creation, I recommend visiting Answers in Genesis on YouTube, an extension of the Creation Museum, which you can find online by clicking on the link below:
II. We believe that God is personally involved in maintaining order in our world.
We believe the reason water is wet and rocks are always hard is because God is working to make sure they never change (on their own). We also believe that God allows water to become steam when exposed to heart and ice when exposed to cold.
This also extends to how we make choices in life, but that has been something that Church leaders have not been able to agree on in the past. We are not sure how to think about the way that God is personally involved in the decision making process we use in our day to day lives.
Here is short video explaining the basic disagreement:
III. We believe that miracles are possible.
We believe there are supernatural events that have taken place in the past, and they can happen in the any time in the future. These events occasionally happen when God wants to prove the contents of His character in a situation where a situation would only become worse when the present circumstances would unfold naturally.
IV. We believe in prayer.
The Bible contains stories about God making plans to do something, only to have someone praying to him about it, asking him to reconsider His plans and God decides not to follow through on it. The simple reality regarding prayer is that we can talk God out of a decision He has already committed to.
Here is an example:
“This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and behold, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.
When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said, “O Lord GOD, please forgive! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!”
The LORD relented concerning this: “It shall not be,” said the LORD.” (Amos 7:1-3 ESV)
V. We believe in the existence of angels and demons.
Angels are invisible spirits working behind the scenes in our lives to limit the influence of supernatural evil and its impact on our world. Demons are invisible spirits working behind the scenes in our lives to destroy anything that is vulnerable to their supernatural influence.
The Bible offers a lot of information about advice on how to deal with influence of these supernatural beings, but I would like to recommend another (more recent) book to anyone who wants to know more about the existence of angels and demons:
VI. Concerning Mankind
#1. We believe men (and women) were made by God.
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27 ESV)
This “Image of God” has been corrupted, and the change of heart listening to and trusting the eye witness testimony about Jesus that I mentioned in the Message of Christianity is God’s plan to repair the damage caused by the corruption.
#2. We believe men and women have been given different responsibilities in society.
We believe men were appointed by God to be authority figures in human culture, and women have a subordinate, supporting role. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18 ESV)
#3. We believe that God intends for men and women to form families through marriage.
We believe that God intends for one man and one woman to be united in marriage for the purpose of having children. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 ESV)
#4. We believe that all men and women possess a body, soul and spirit.
The Church has had some disagreements about this in the past. The reason those disagreements exists is because the words for “soul” and “spirit” are 1) never clearly defined by God in the Bible, 2) they are also used interchangeably – something said of the “soul” in one point in the Bible is described as being “spirit” in a different place.
#5. We believe in sin (the corruption in human nature).
We believe that men and women are born distant and disconnected from God. We also believe the choices we make in life can increase the distance and depth of the disconnection we are born with:
“for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 ESV).
#6. We believe in the covenants described in the Bible.
In the Bible, we are told stories about how God made formal agreements explaining what He was willing to do for people living in this world, as well as what God expected from people in return.
There are three major covenants in the Bible. God made a covenant with Abraham, Moses (and Israel) and Jesus Christ. These three covenants provide insight into who God is, what God wants, and how He accomplishes His goals in our lives.
Here’s the most important book recently published about mankind I have seen:
I. Books To Read:
If you want to take a closer look at these ideas, I recommend reading chapters 15 through 25 of Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem (in addition to the books and videos I shared above):