BEYOND OUR HUMAN UNDERSTANDING 3-31-19

Beyond Our Human Understanding

March 31, 2019

When the serpent tempted Eve in the garden of Eden, did he promise her riches, or beauty, or any of the myriad of other things that people chase after during their brief earthly lives?  No.  She had everything anyone could ever want in the garden of Eden.  Everything except to be God.  So the serpent promised her if she ate of the forbidden fruit she would indeed be like God, knowing both good and evil.  And so our original sin was wanting to be like God, on His level, with his knowledge and his power - which was also satan’s original sin.  Did the serpent deliver?  The ‘knowing evil’ part yes.  The ‘being like God’?  Not even close. 

Since Jesus spent 33 years on earth in human flesh in order to redeem us, we sometimes overlook his true nature.  Just as it says about him in Philippians 2:6-8, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!”  But make no mistake, Jesus was, is, and always will be the second person of the Holy Trinity, God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

It is human nature to want to put everything into a box, with a label, neatly identified and easy to understand.  And yet it is impossible to do this with God.  God is so far beyond our human understanding that we can’t even begin to comprehend all that he is.  Scientists are continuously trying to answer the tough questions without God, in their minds trying to make themselves God, by believing our origins, our universe, and our destinies are something that can be answered in a lab or with a telescope.  Could any of them create time, space, and matter before any of those existed?  Can we even comprehend what existence was like before there was time, or a future without time.  We can slap a label on it and call it “eternity”, but it is not something the human mind can fully grasp.  We can picture a void, a space that contains absolutely nothing, but can we picture no space at all?  Zero dimensions?  We can label natural forces such as gravity, but can we truly explain how or, better yet, why they exist?  I love science, but instead of it elevating mankind above God in my eyes as it does for some, it just makes me love God even more.  The more we are able to look deep into the universe, the more we are able to see the incredibly small, yet complex, under the microscope, the more we should come to realize how magnificent God is, and how far beyond our limited minds He truly is. 

I asked the children, “How big is God?” and then went on to tell them how big scientists think the universe is, but that we are limited in trying to assess its size.  And how God is even bigger than the universe, because he not only fills every part of it, but exists beyond it as well. 

God knows all things - we know only an extremely tiny fraction.  God is all powerful.  He created everything in the universe from the largest galaxy down to the smallest subatomic particle, and He could do it again in an instant, or destroy all of it in an instant, which he will someday.  (Read 2 Peter 3:10-13, Isaiah 65:17, Hebrews 12:27 and Revelation 21:1.)  And we think we are mighty for being able to send a man to the moon or destroy part of the earth with an atomic bomb?  God is present everywhere, and yet can also live within a human body as did Jesus.  We are limited to these physical bodies which weaken and die, and only dream of instantaneous travel and unlimited strength.

And yet, the most incomprehensible attribute of God is His love for us.  He created us in His image, made an incredible universe for us to live in, and yet we turned on him.  But still He loved us.  Loved us enough to become one of us.  Loved us enough to allow us to hang him on a cross, knowing it was the only way to restore us to who we were created to be.  Loved us enough to prepare a place in heaven for those of us who would return to him (John 14:1-3), put our faith and trust in him, and give him the worship he so truly deserves.  And then for those few who are willing to humbly accept that they are not God, but that the one and only true God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - is their maker and redeemer, He promises all those things which are beyond our human understanding, as it says in 1 Peter 3:13, “we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God's righteousness.”  And we will dwell there for all eternity, never again to know death, or pain, or sorrow (Revelation 21:4).  And we will realize just how little we now know, because then our knowledge will complete, just as the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

But those among us who refuse to give up their silly notion of superiority, who still want to place humanity above God, who refuse to admit to their need for salvation, will all one day discover how foolish they were, and will join satan and his angels in the lake of fire by their own choice (Revelation 20:10, 21:8). 

And so what should be our response to all of this?  As it says in Hebrews 12:28, “Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

Amen.

VIDEOS:

"Overwhelmed"  (Big Daddy Weave)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFlIREX-nB4

"I Can Only Imagine"  (MercyMe)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPGjfuoBwL8

Children's Message:

How big is GOD ???

He fills the entire universe.

Scientists know the universe is at least 93 billion ‘light years’ across. 

(A light year is the distance light travels in one year) 

And each ‘light year’ is 5,878,625,373,183.6 miles wide.

That means the universe is at least 5,467,121,597,060,747,500,000,000 miles wide.

That is five septillion, four hundred sixty-seven sextillion, one hundred twenty-one quintillion, five hundred ninety-seven quadrillion, sixty trillion, seven hundred forty-seven billion, five hundred million miles wide.

And that is just how much of the universe astronomers are able to see.  Scientists believe the universe is still far larger than what we can observe.

AND, God also exists outside of our universe in what the Bible calls the ‘highest heavens’, a dimension outside our physical universe.  (1 Kings 8:27)

So how big is God?  Bigger than we can possibly imagine!!!

So, remember…

There is no problem too big for God.

Nothing is impossible for God.

God knows everything.

And best of all, God loves you!

An artist named Pablo Carlos Budassi crammed the entire universe into a single image, using logarithmic maps from Princeton and Images from NASA.