Saturday, May 05, 2007

THE SUNDAY POST ed. 4
Sunday, April 22, 2007 9:39 AM

The big three or "...What is man...?" part. 2

"1. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2. Out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and avenger.
3. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have ordained,
4. what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
5. For You have made him a little lower then the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
7. all sheep and oxen-even the beasts of the field,
8. the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.
9. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!" (Ps 8 NKJV)

A few more preliminary comments.
1. God cares-one of the first things about this psalm is the use of the word "you"; "..You have ordained strength...You are mindful of him...You visit him...You have made...You have crowned...You have put..."
contrary to deism-
"The belief that God exists but is not involved in the world. It maintains that God created all things and set the universe in motion and is no longer involved in its operation."www.carm.org/dictionary/dic_c-d.htm
We see that God is proactive in His creation. This is shown over and over again throughout scripture. His interaction with His creation begins as early as Genesis; " And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the cool of the day,..." (a picture of God coming down and actually looking for Adam and Eve, evidently for some type of fellowship), and continues throughout the rest of scripture,-e.g. G'n 4:9-15, the book of Exodus, Joshua 10. To say that God simply "wound up" the universe and then left it to "wind down" would simply deny scripture. God is very active in this world and through His activity shows He cares about all of His creation.
2. It all belongs to Him-The second thing is the use of the word "Your"-"...Your name...Your glory...Your heavens...Your enemies...Your fingers...". This possessive pronoun shows two things; a) the psalmist realizes God created all that exists and b) the psalmist recognizes everything belongs to the One being Who created all that exists.
3. It's all about Him-finally, the use of "You" and "Your" show that this whole psalm is about One Being and that Being is God (as is the rest of scripture). Just as the psalmist considers many things in this particular psalm and yet his focus is on God, so the Bible is also full of many stories, many characters, many events and many ideas that all point to the One who inspired the Bible in the first place. it is God that brings unity to all of the books in the Bible and consequently makes them one book, i. e. the Bible.

THE SUNDAY POST ed. 3
Sunday, April 15, 2007 9:49 AM

"WHAT IS MAN THAT THOU ART MINDFUL OF HIM...?"

Unfortunately, our computer crashed so I was unable to finish my posts on the resurrection of Christ. At this point I feel I should move on as that season of the year has passed. So here I go again.

"The Big Three?"

What are "The Big Three"?
1. Where did I come from?-The question of Origin
2. Who am I?-The question of Being/Purpose
3. Where am I going?-The question of Destination

I will begin an attempt to look (not necessarily comprehensively, but definitely very simplistically) at the first of these three questions because the first determines the other two, i.e what I believe about my origins determines how I live my life and, where and how I will end. It seems that everyone on the face of this planet either intentionally or unintentionally ends up asking at least one of "The Big Three". Scripture puts all three of these questions much more succinctly when it asks, "What is man that Thou art mindful of him...?" (Ps 8:4). Now, there are two main veins of thought related to this question-intelligent design and evolution. Please understand that I use these two terms to encompass a great many ideas and philosophies (i.e. very loosely). Intelligent design would cover everything from Christianity to the belief that "little green men" came to earth and "seeded" it so life could start here on this planet. Evolution would encompass everything that argues against any type of intelligent design. Of these two veins of thought I will discuss the first-intelligent design-and of all the ideas that intelligent design encompasses I will again narrow these posts to that of creationism from a Christian perspective. Also, please allow me to state very clearly that I am not including "theological evolution" as that is akin to something like "Amish-techno" music, i.e it goes beyond being an oxy moron like "jumbo-shrimp" or "wild-justice", and beyond being a simple literary paradox. "Theolgical evolution" is simply an attempt to combine two beliefs that are contradictory (not compatible). It appears that the preliminaries have taken up more time then I had anticipated. I will continue with this next Sunday and begin by discussing Psalm 8.

"Simul iustus et peccator"*

*Martin Luther
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