When I decided to write for publication, I took a refresher course in grammar and English at the local college. Part of the course involved study of allegory, simile, metaphors, and hyperboles. Most of the students saw sex alluded to in every poetic stanza. One student, however, said, “I believe the eagle in this poem refers to God.”
“God!” the professor said with contempt. “There are many gods—Buddha, Baal, Krishna, Brahma. Which god are you talking about?”
Recent Gallup Polls put American (US) belief in God at about 85% and belief in God as creator of earth and man at 42%. The question must be asked, “Do you believe in the god who created the heavens and the earth and humans?” If your god is not the creator of all, who is your god?
From the first verse of the Bible to the last book, God or YHWH is called the god who created the heavens and the earth and human beings. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:11).
This distinction of being the creator of the heavens and the earth is found throughout the Bible. Moses, David, Isaiah and Jeremiah said the God of the Israelites was the one who made the heavens and the earth. The Apostles John, Peter, and Paul spoke of God and specifically Christ as being the creator of the heavens and the earth. (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16) The creeds of Catholic and Protestant faith start with, “I believe in God the Father, almighty, creator of heaven and earth.”
Do I understand the mysteries of dinosaurs and diamond formations and adaptation and extinction of species? No, but I am a member of that group of people from ancient time who have faith. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:1-2).
Who is your God?
Did your god create the heavens and the earth?
If not, who is your god?
Martha Hawn VanCise©2014 www.signpostsonhightrails.com