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Science in the Bible: God Hides Himself

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Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.  Isaiah 45:15

Playing Hide & Seek (Sun & Clouds)

If you’ve watched the movie Expelled, you will remember that right near the end Stein talks to Richard Dawkins, one of the men that really wants you to not believe in God or at least start to hate Him. Stein asked Dawkins something about what he would say to God if he ever met Him. Dawkins said,

“Bertrand Russell had that point put to him, and he said something like: sir, why did you take such pains to hide yourself?”

Sun Rays

Well, as you can see, Isaiah noticed this same aspect of God’s character. So, what’s going on and what should those of us who love and know God through His Son Jesus do about it?

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

If you read the verses around Isaiah 45:15, you will see that the people God was hiding Himself from wanted to worship idols. They didn’t want to know or worship the God who had created them.

Romans chapter 1 seems to contradict the Isaiah passage where it says,

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Romans 1:19,20

But if you keep reading, you will see what is really going on:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own Trusthearts,…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:….
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;…Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding,

I’ve taken out all the really disgusting stuff these people get into, but notice what happens to people who knowingly refuse to glorify God or be grateful to Him for all He has given them:

  • Their thinking becomes empty and meaningless
  • Although they claim to have great wisdom, they are actually fools [Greek: Morons]
  • They exchange God’s glory for the image of mankind and animals
  • They follow the disgusting desires that were already in their hearts
  • They exchange the truth for a lie
  • They worship the creation instead of the Creator
  • God gives them over to shameful passions
  • They didn’t want to know God so He turns them over to an unapproved [base metal] mind
  • Their words and actions show that they care only about themselves

Why would God go out of His way to do something miraculous in order to prove He is really there? Even if God spoke to them out loud and made the ground shake, they would find some way to deny the truth. It isn’t evidence they need in order to see God, it is a new, humble heart.

There will come a time when God won’t hide Himself any more, but then it will be too late:

gavelWe shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  Romans 14:10b-12

Every single being in the universe will bend the knee and admit that God is the Ruler.

Now, what shall we do since all this is true?  Here’s the very next verse:

So we should stop judging each other. Let’s decide not to do anything that will cause a problem for a brother or sister or hurt their faith. Romans 14:13 Easy-to-read Version

and also this verse at the end of a long description of such people:

Help those who have doubts. Rescue those who are living in danger of hell’s fire. here are others you should treat with mercy, but be very careful that their filthy lives don’t rub off on you.  Jude 22,23 EtrV

We also need to take this command very seriously:

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.  II Thessalonians 3:1,2

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.  II Timothy 2:25,26

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13

For more check out these articles:

Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: An Atheist Says There Is No Evidence For God

Proof of God Conference 2012

Answers in Genesis: “Does God Exist?”

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Words: Isaac Watts, Di­vine and Mor­al Songs for Child­ren, 1715

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I sing the almighty power of God,

That made the mountains rise,

That spread the flowing seas abroad,

And built the lofty skies.

 

I sing the wisdom that ordained

The sun to rule the day;

The moon shines full at His command,

And all the stars obey.

 

I sing the goodness of the Lord,

That filled the earth with food;

He formed the creatures with His Word,

And then pronounced them good.

 

Lord! how Thy wonders are displayed

Where’er I turn mine eye!

If I survey the ground I tread,

Or gaze upon the sky!

 

There’s not a plant or flower below

But makes Thy glories known;

And clouds arise and tempests blow,

By order from Thy throne.

 

Creatures that borrow life from Thee

Are subject to Thy care;

There’s not a place where we can flee,

But God is present there.

From Scripture and Music.com:

Although he never married, Isaac Watts always loved children and wrote much for them. In 1715 he wrote a book of songs especially for young people titled Divine Songs for Children. This hymnal, the first ever written exclusively for children, includes the text for “I Sing Mighty Power of God.”

Creator God? or Mother Earth and Father Time?

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

Our mother, or our specially designed home from God?

When my siblings were young, we had a copy of the cartoon version of Charlotte’s Web.  Near the beginning there was a lovely lullaby for Wilber that was all about “mother earth and father time.”  Well, this idea of earth being our mother and time being our father is rather common in our society.

I’m not going to send you to the pages that make this claim, because the idea of the earth being our mother is bumping into straight up religion.  Have you ever seen the name “Gaia” on a product?  It’s the title of one of the Greek goddesses, the one that symbolizes the earth.  In Latin, her name was Terra.  Yup, like Terra Firma: Land.

According to the Greeks, the goddess Gaia was the first thing to exist after Chaos (I think you know what he symbolized).  Her story is really disgusting, so I’m not telling it here except that Kronos [Time] was supposed to be one of her sons.   Odds are you have run into this name because it has become very popular in our culture.  Exercise equipment, health food and many other things are named after her.  Can you guess why she is so popular now?

I even ran across an educational page from the University of Barcelona on Evolution that is named after Gaia.  It’s not terrible, but it won’t teach you anything you didn’t know before.  Not surprisingly, the Greeks were the first group to believe in something much like Darwin’s Evolution.

Recently, modern scientists have developed something known as the “Gaia Hypothesis” which claims that everything on earth, living and non-living, is connected.  If you’ve ever watched Star Wars you know what I’m talking about.  Have a look at these quotes from Wikipedia’s page:

English: Earth has a hydrosphere, lithosphere,...

“Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect (and in some cases contribute to) the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere and other factors of habitability.”

“The Gaia theory posits that the Earth is a self-regulating complex system involving the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrospheres and the pedosphere, tightly coupled as an evolving system. The theory sustains that this system as a whole, called Gaia, seeks a physical and chemical environment optimal for contemporary life.”

“In 2001, the International Humanist and Ethical Union signed the Amsterdam Declaration, starting with the statement “The Earth System behaves as a single, self-regulating system with physical, chemical, biological, and human components”.”

If you’re paying attention even a little bit, you know that how people are messing up the wonderful world is a big deal right now even for people who want to say that there is no Creator God.  Well, knowingly, or unknowingly, they are falling for this earth goddess idea.  I did a search for “Gaia hypothesis” at .edu sites and came back with schools like the U. of Michigan, Hawaii, Stanford, Yale, and a whole bunch of other schools that are talking about this idea.  I even found a page where professors from around the world can announce that they believe this hypothesis.

The older name for this kind of religious belief is called Pantheism.  This means the idea that everything and everybody is a little piece of “god”.

Not surprisingly, there are scientists who don’t like this idea either because they want to worship themselves or the true Creator God.  But you will find this idea of Mother Earth and humans upsetting “her” balance all over the popular science world.

As for Father Time, you already know how much the Evolutionists are in love with that idea.  Without millions and billions of years of the stuff, they are sunk!  I’ve written a little on this and Answers in Genesis has written much more.

Let us turn our hearts to our true Creator, Designer, Lord and Savior and worship Him and Him alone!

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the [creation] more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  Romans 1:25

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.  Psalm 119:73

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  Psalm 139:14

For more info check out these Creationist pages:

Creation Sensation: Millions of Years – The Idea’s Origin and Impact on the Church – Dr. Terry Mortenson

Creation Ministries International: The illusion of millions of years

Global Christian Center: Results of Millions of Years Creation Belief

The online Book Under the Spell of Mother Earth: Chapter 1 Is Earth our Mother?

Answers in Genesis: News to Note: Canada.com: “UN document would give ‘Mother Earth’ same rights as humans”

and their VERY long article on Can an Evolutionist Celebrate Earth Day?

Institute for Creation Research: Pantheistic Evolution

ICR’s Science Essentials: Mother Earth or Creator God? Activities K-12