Katelyn’s Question #7

This is a continuation of the following posts:

Is There a God? If So, What is God Like?– Or Katelyn’s Question #1

Katelyn’s Question #2

Katelyn’s Question #3

Katelyn’s Question #4

Katelyn’s Question #5

Katelyn’s Question #6

How did everything begin?  How will it end?

Everything began through God and His creation of all things.  This is the main teaching of Christianity, and growing up in the church, what I was told to believe.  Genesis 1:1 says:

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

God created the world through fiat, a Latin word meaning “let it be.”  When God said “Let there be,” it happened.

Creation is the way everything began, not only because of the existence of God, but the complexity of the world itself.  Only the creationist view can account for the intelligent design of nature and mankind.

Everything will end through an event called “the second coming of Christ.”  This is described as the day Jesus Christ will come again and all believers will rise into heaven to join Christ.  It can also be referred to as “the final judgement.”  Thessalonians 4:16-17 says:

“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

The end of the world is based on the return of Jesus and his judgement of the world.  On that day true followers of Christ will go to heaven, while nonbelievers will descend to hell.  The Nicene Creed, which is a widely used statement of faith states,

“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.”

 

Katelyn’s Question #6

What makes me think my worldview is true/correct?

This is a continuation of the following posts:

Is There a God? If So, What is God Like?– Or Katelyn’s Question #1

Katelyn’s Question #2

Katelyn’s Question #3

Katelyn’s Question #4

Katelyn’s Question #5

I think my worldview is correct because I base it on the Bible.  While there is no way I can ultimately prove that what I believe is true, I have faith that it is.  I have developed my worldview through reading the Bible, attending church and school.  I grew up going to church with my grandfather, who is also my Pastor.

I know what I believe is correct because the Bible has proven to be the true and inspired Word of God.  The universe and the human body are proof that they could only have been created by an intelligent designer.  Christianity and the Bible can answer questions about how to live a life following Jesus.  When I have doubts, I use prayer to talk to God and come to an understanding of who He is and the purpose that He brings to my life.

The point of my faith and why I believe it to be true is not based on facts, but on the experiences I have had.  I know God is real because I have experienced Him working in my life and in the lives of those close to me.  There is no other way to explain the feeling of hope in dark times, or the way my chest feels when worship music plays, none other than the work of the Holy Spirit in my heart.  I have a personal relationship with God, that can not be replaced my any earthly relationship.

Film Review — The Case for Creation by Lee Strobel

In this documentary Lee Strobel investigates the scientific evidence for Creation, i.e. intelligent design.  As a teenager, Strobel became convinced that the theory of evolution was correct after studying an experiment conducted by Stanley Miller in 1953.  Miller was able to produce amino acids (the building blocks of life) by sending an electrical charge through a flask of methane, ammonia, hydrogen and water(assumed to be the original atmosphere of earth).  This experiment has since been discredited as scientists now believe the combination of gases was incorrect.

After becoming a Christian, Strobel embarked upon twenty years of study of the scientific evidence supporting evolution.  After interviewing reputable scientists in many fields of study he came to the conclusion that science supports the case for a Creator.

There are many reasons, and I can’t possibly go into enough detail to explain them in a post.  However, I will list a few of the things Mr. Strobel bases his beliefs upon:

  1. There is no fossil record of small, transitional changes in animal life — the “missing links” that Darwin supposes would be present as part of the evolutionary process.
  2. In fact, there is a phenomena called “the Cambrian explosion,”  a period when most of the animal forms presently in existence suddenly appeared.
  3. Einstein’s theories and the Hubble microscope have revealed that the universe is expanding — the implication of this is that there was an absolute beginning.
  4. Physics has discovered that all matter is governed by certain laws and in order for life to exist, over 30 of these laws must be “fine-tuned” to specific parameters.  The possibility that this happened randomly is virtually nil.
  5. The cell, which is the basic unit of life is far from simple.  Human beings have trillions of cells that must work together to maintain life.
  6. Many biological structures are irreducibly complex, in other words, they have multiple component parts which are all needed in order to function.  They could not have evolved separately.

There is much more in the film.  The bottom line is, according to Strobel, science leads us to God.  The arguments were easy to follow and convincing.  If you’re like me, you’ll learn some things by watching this.  I definitely recommend it as a resource for churches and individuals.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.  Psalm 19:1