Life’s Big Questions

In his best-selling book of all time, Stephen Hawking explains that no human is content until he or she has complete answers to the following three questions:

What is the nature of the universe?
Why is it the way it is?
What is our place in it and where did it and we come from?

I agree with him 100%!

In his book “The Grand Design” Hawking said, “A deity no longer has any place in theories on the creation of the universe.” Recently, Hawking said that heaven is a “fairy story” for people afraid of the dark. Some might say that Mr. Hawking is not a man of faith. I would strongly disagree! He has great faith… in his remarkable intellect and its ability to rationally lead him to the truth as he defines it.

The Bible alone, among the scriptures or “holy books” of the religions of the world strongly exhorts readers to test before they believe. “Test everything. Hold on to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Testing before believing is at the heart of the biblical concept of faith. The Hebrew word for faith, emend, means a strongly held conviction that something or someone is certainly existing, firmly established, constant, and dependable.

In every instance in the Bible, faith connotes the acting upon specific established truth. Everyone functions on faith. Faith is the biblical response to truth. Faith is something you decide to do, not something you feel like doing. Believing the truth doesn’t make it true; it’s true, so we believe it! Many today believe that we create reality through what we believe. We cannot create reality with our minds—we face reality; it is what or whom we believe in that counts. Everybody believes in something.

I believe that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and I believe that He also created me, (As David put it) knitting me together in my mother’s womb.

So, this week, exercise your faith, by praising God; for the grand universe that He has made, and that you were fearfully and wonderfully made. Indeed, His works are wonderful!

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21