—Treasure Beyond Measure

God Almighty

Over the years I have heard a very widely varying number of descriptions of God. I read a series of fantasy books that described God as "The Ancient of Days" and portrayed him as so totally old that he was completely unaware and ineffective. "The Ancient of Days" eventually died in the last book of that series.

Ancient of Days

Like most lies there is an element of truth at the core. The name for God, "The Ancient of Days", is an accurate name for God.

Isaiah 43:12-13

You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God. 13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he. (NIV84)

Yes, God is very old. That is the kernel of truth behind this first lie. To buy the decrepit God image we are required to apply our understanding of old people to God. Well, the bottom line is that it just doesn't apply. You might as well compare old ice cream to the age of the moon. It would make just about as much sense.

Years ago, I heard tell about a survey that was made on a number of US university campuses. The students were asked if they thought that God could understand how modern RADAR worked. I was told that 90% of the students said that they believed that God could NOT understand RADAR. I guess those students had a pretty high opinion of their own knowledge.

I have read that nocturnal bats can catch a mosquito, at night, with their feet, in mid-air, using only their SONAR blips. I guess that God must have created those bats when he was younger. In principle SONAR and RADAR are very similar. In practice God's implementation of the theory far exceeds anything that man has ever even dreamed of.

There is a movie that has just come out called Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey. I have not seen the film so I know nothing about it other than the tag line that says that Jim is given almighty powers by God after he is heard complaining about what God has done. The gag being that God challenges Jim to do a better job than he. Well, I imagine that this story makes for some pretty funny episodes. But, I am quite sure that the screenplay was not written with any degree of wisdom. (I have now seen the film and I was very surprised to see that it was accurate in that a man is not smart enough to do the things that God does.) Let us imagine that God gave you, my dear reader, similar powers. So, you now find yourself with the power to create anything that you can imagine. Now, I want you to imagine yourself creating anything that is not man made. Are you imagining it? Do you now have it fixed in your mind exactly what you would create and how you would do it? Oh, wait a minute, did you think that the 'how' was wrapped up in the power? It is not! Having the power to create is one thing, knowing how to create it is another. What I mean is, do you know how to make the particles that make up the elements that make up the compounds that make up the object that you created? Let us keep it very simple. Can you imagine what exactly it takes to create the simplest of all atoms, the Hydrogen atom? Forget for now what knowledge and wisdom it takes to create rubber; just make a Hydrogen atom. Well I know that I couldn't. I don't even have a clue about how to make the energy that the sub-atomic particles are made out of; do you?

Jeremiah 10:12

But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. (NIV84)

God's view of the world is not your view

My friends, my point is that just because your view of the creation is kindergarten simple doesn't mean that God's understanding is too. God's understanding of any and every thing, is so far above yours, and mine, so as to be completely out of our sight. You, and me, would be foolish in the extreme to suggest to God that he should have created anything differently than he did. Honestly my friend, what do you know about anything compared to God Almighty?

Matthew 12:9-14

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" 11 He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." 13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. (NIV84)

I want to show you how easy it is to underestimate what God does. Did you read the above passage? I must have read that passage a dozen times before I stopped and thought about what must of have been done to restore that man's hand. God had to sort of grow it at high speed. Think about it. A man's hand is not a simple plastic blob on the end of an arm. The cells that make up the hand all must be exactly right. The nerves have to be formed so that they connect to the sensors in the hand and to the brain. The arteries must all connect correctly, as must the veins. (Did you know that the veins have little check valves in them to help direct the flow of blood back to the heart?) I am quite sure that there are a million little details that only God knows that are required to be exactly right for a hand to be grown right on the spot, and yet for years I didn't even consider a one of them.

I hope, my friend, that you can now better appreciate the completely infantile understanding of the universe that you have compared to God's. Now, I am not trying to insult you. I too am a total rube when it comes to understanding the universe. I don't have a clue about how God made all of the energy that makes up the universe simply by imagining and then speaking the words. I do now, however, know that what God did make, he made to his exact specifications.

Along these lines I have something that I want you to consider. By examining the universe carefully and with growing understanding and wisdom we can see that the universe is very big and very old. We can understand, on a very elementary level, just how the energy of the original creation was cooled and formed into matter. We can, through mathematics understand the process of the fusion reaction that takes place every moment in our own sun, whereby, simple elements are fused together to form more complex elements and releasing copious amounts of heat energy in the process. We can also come to understand, also through our understanding of mathematics, that the most complex elements cannot be formed in that way, therefore, they had to have been created in much more energetic ways. Mathematical models suggest that the more complex elements were formed when stars like our sun ran through their life cycle and ended their existence in a huge explosion called a supernova. Honestly my friend, I don't know if this explanation is accurate or not. But, if this explanation is true, then we can understand from it that God is also very very old (by our standards) and also very patient. What we must NOT conclude, is that this is evidence that God did not create the universe. To do so implies that because we couldn't do it then therefore God couldn't either. That is complete arrogance on our part. If we couldn't create even the most simplest of things, why should we balk at God creating the whole thing? The fact that it all took a very long time means something only to us. God doesn't live in time. God is eternal. I don't exactly know what that means, that God is eternal, but I can surmise that it means that 15 billion years doesn't mean the same thing to him as it does to me.

What I am trying to do with this paper, is to expand your imagination with respect to God. Even if you got your entire imagination into high gear you could never really grasp the breadth and depth of God. The most you can hope for is a glimmer.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV84)

Immeasurably more than you can imagine--that is a lot! So it is clear that God's capabilities are infinitely greater than our own. His power, his understanding, and his wisdom are all beyond any attempt on our part to fathom, but I can truly appreciate that he knows what he is talking about. I mean, I can think of nothing more foolish than to argue with God. Even the picture of a flea arguing mathematics with Sir Isaac Newton doesn't even come close.

Matthew 18:2-4

He (Jesus) called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (NIV84)

Jesus is saying that our view of God must be like that of a little child toward his or her parents. To the little child with very little knowledge and experience his or her parents are a fount of all wisdom and knowledge. A little child completely believes this of his or her parents. They come in faith asking any manner of questions completely expecting to receive an answer. This is the exact attitude that you must have concerning God. Jesus just said that unless you do, then it will be impossible for you to go to heaven.

In the case of human parents there is soon room for doubt, but God has clearly made his wisdom and knowledge superiority known to you through his creation.

Romans 1:18-20

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (NIV84)

You, my friend, should now understand the situation well enough to understand what this passage is saying. Every piece of evidence that we see makes it abundantly clear that we should listen to God. To ignore his words in the face of the evidence of his clearly superior understanding is foolish folly. Things are really as simple as that. You judge for yourself; to ignore the words of the universe's foremost expert on everything is ridiculously foolish, is it not?

God's resume is clearly laid out before us. We can see his qualifications. But, I have a very important warning to set before you. Many people that don't know God, use his name to claim all manner of erroneous doctrines as being true. These people are called false prophets in the Bible's language and they are present everywhere. There are hundreds of false prophets for every real prophet. Most things that these false prophets tell you about God are not true. To the thinking person their error is frequently obvious, but the fact that they are not really God's servants is not obvious, and neither is the fact that the Bible doesn't really say what they say it says. For many years before I came to know God in truth, I dismissed the clearly ridiculous words parroted to me by well meaning, but ignorant, people that claimed to know the truth. Without even knowing it, they were false prophets for they told me that God, or the Bible, said certain things that neither God, nor the Bible, ever said. I remember being told by this guy in high school that the world was created by God on some exact date in the fall about six thousand years ago at 9:00 am. That is all that I remember now. He did tell me the exact date, but I can't remember what it was. Well, this is clearly wrong information. I am no expert, but I can easily see that the world is older than that! I can easily see that the world is many thousands of times older than that.

What I concluded from this guy, at the time, was that the Bible is clearly a fairy tale book. What I didn't know at the time, was exactly what the Bible does say about the creation. I mistakenly condemned the Bible because of what that foolish messenger told me. I was in the wrong, and so was he. It was my duty to read the Bible for myself and see what it does or does not say. I didn't know that then, but I know it now, and that is why I am writing this paper for you to read. I want to warn you against listening to people that don't know what they are talking about and encourage you to read the Bible for yourself.

My friend, the bottom line is that God is who the Bible says that he is. The Bible is God's revealed truth in the world. You WILL be held accountable to what the Bible says. This is a very frightening and sobering thought. Whether or not you realize it, I am doing you a tremendous favor by writing this so that you can read it and understand the implications. I have spent more than twenty-five years of my life ignoring what the 'church' says and reading the Bible for myself. God has been pleased with me for doing this and was also pleased to reveal many very interesting and important things to me so that I could tell others of what I have come to understand. You are a very fortunate person in that you can benefit from my studies free of charge. You have been given some true and accurate knowledge that is very important to you. I don't expect you to believe me with respect to the things that I have said about God, but I do hope that you will consider the possibility of them. One other thing that you should consider is the total importance of your understanding these things. Your life is literally on the line. God has not left you in the dark about this. The Bible is his light that tells you what you are up against. If, after hearing all of this you choose to ignore it, well, that doesn't change the truth now does it? If nothing else you might wonder at my earnestness at your seeing the Bible's truth and responding accordingly. I have spent many years reading about this and coming to understand what is what, and I have concluded that it is far and away the most important thing you will ever hear or see. Imagine, if you will, that you are on your way to the State Penitentiary with a life sentence (without possibility of parole) and I am telling you how to obtain a full pardon while you still can. My last warning is that once you are incarcerated the possibility of any kind of pardon or parole is no longer viable. God has instructed you about what to do to avoid incarceration and there is a time limit. You can decide while you are yet alive in the body.

Luke 14:31-33

Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (NIV84)

This is the meaning of the above parable. Before the war starts, (while God is still far away) judge if you are able to defeat him. If you are not stronger than God, then see what he wants and give it to him. And as Jesus says in the last sentence, he wants everything from you. He wants you to give him your life, because he gave his through Christ. Nothing less will do. If you do give him your life, then he will give you everything. If you withhold your life then God will withhold everything from you. This is a very simple decision for you.

Deuteronomy 30:11-14

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. (NIV84)


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