Introduction: Have you ever thought about how long God has been
around? Just saying, “How long” implies a specific period of time.
Can you imagine a God who has always been? There is much scientific
evidence for the “Big Bang” theory of the origin of the universe. We
can observe that the universe is uniformly expanding outward at a set
rate of speed. Two logical conclusions flow from this. First, the
universe had a creation point (the “bang”). Second, since the rate
of expansion is perfectly timed, an Intelligence guided the “bang.”
If time was created when the universe was created, then the
“Intelligence” exists in a realm outside of time. Let’s dive into
the Bible and see what it says on this subject!

  1. Creator God

    1. Read Psalms 102:25. Do the heavens and the earth have a
      beginning, according to the Psalmist? (Yes.)

      1. Read Genesis 1:1-2. Just looking at these two verses,
        does it appear to you that the heavens and the earth
        were created at a point in time before our specific
        world was further developed? (These verses can easily
        be understood this way. God “bangs” the universe
        into existence, and then He sets to “work” to improve
        our “formless and empty” earth into the Creation. The
        amount of the time lapse is not indicated.)

    2. Read Psalms 102:26. Does our earth have a finite time to
      exist? (Yes.)

      1. What happens when the earth wears out? (God creates a
        new one.)

    3. Imagine a God who is so powerful that creating a new world
      is like you putting on new clothes. What would you do if
      it turned out that the set of clothing you had just
      created had a defect?

      1. Consider the options open to God when Adam and Eve
        sinned. What would you have done?

    4. Read Psalms 102:27-28. What does this tell us about our
      Eternal God and the future of His defective children? (It
      suggests that humans will live in His eternal presence.
      Their earth will wear out, but God will make a place for
      them in His presence.)

      1. Which member of the Trinity is the one who created
        our earth? (Skim Hebrews 1:8-12. The writer of
        Hebrews tells us that Psalms 102:25-27 refer to Jesus
        (the Son). He is the Creator.)

    5. Read Isaiah 65:17-19. We learned that God will make a
      place for His people after this earth has worn out. What
      place is that? (He makes a new heaven and a new earth.)

      1. Will the new earth remind us of the old earth? (God
        mentions a new city with the name of an old city –
        Jerusalem. I think that the new earth will have
        places we recognize from the old earth.)

        1. What major differences will there be in the
          geography of the new earth? (Read Revelation
          21:1. The sea is gone. Most of the present earth
          is covered with water.)

  2. Loving God

    1. So far we learned that God (specifically Jesus) created
      the earth and will recreate it. The good news is that we
      do not need to die when the old earth dies. That does not
      make logical sense, because we are defective. We sinned.
      If God can make a new earth as easily as He changes His
      clothes, why not just create a new, better grade of humans
      while He is at it? What interest would He have in
      preserving us?

    2. Read 1 John 4:9-10. What interest does God have in us? (He
      loves us.)

      1. Why? Look at the person to the right of you. Would
        you give up your only son for that person?

        1. Would you give up your son if that person was in
          trouble and facing death due to their own fault?
          Let’s say that person is dying of AIDS because
          of an improper sexual relationship and your son
          has always been pure sexually?

        2. What if you could easily create a new, better
          version of the person sitting to your right?
          Would you give up your son then?

        3. Let’s go beyond a simple trade – your son for
          that person to the right of you. Assume that
          person to the right of you (and that person’s
          family) planned to torture your son in this
          trade. Would you do it then?

    3. Read 1 John 4:7-8. Do you know God? (My brain is not big
      enough to “know” God. That He would give up Himself, give
      up His Son, to death and torture for me is beyond my
      ability to grasp. It is a love beyond my comprehension.)

      1. Does this mean that I (and you, if you just agreed
        with me) do not fit within 1 John 4:7-8? (I don’t
        think any honest person can say they completely grasp
        the enormity of God’s love. These verses say that an
        attribute of a born again person is that we will love
        that person sitting to the right of us (and left of
        us and those all around us).)

      2. We are the beneficiaries of a love that we cannot
        completely comprehend. What fortunate people we are!

  3. God Without Equal

    1. Read Isaiah 40:25-26. What is your answer to the question
      in verse 25? (Based on what we just learned, God has no

      1. What is the pagan’s answer? (Time and chance.)

      2. Time and time again, God pins His claims, His
        entitlement to our allegiance, on His Creation of the
        world and His recreation of humans through Jesus’
        redemption of us. In that light, is it fair to call
        the Genesis account a myth or an allegory?

      3. I was just reading something written by retired
        Professor Irvin Taylor, a cultural anthropologist.
        He said that “most educated” members of my church who
        live in the more developed countries “have matured
        past the point” of taking the Genesis account of
        God’s creation literally. What do you think? If we
        become more “mature,” live in a certain place and
        have “higher” education, will we start believing that
        time and chance are the true explanation for God’s
        amazing claims? (Full disclosure: I am not familiar
        enough with Prof. Taylor’s views to know whether he
        has “matured” to the point of believing in time and
        chance as opposed to simply disbelieving the Genesis

        1. It is hard for me to believe that Professor
          Taylor really thinks that geography and age make
          the real difference in a person’s thinking.
          What I suspect he is really talking about is
          higher education. Should a highly educated
          person be more likely to disbelieve God’s
          claims? (My goal is to reconcile God’s eternal
          truths with whatever science currently claims is
          the true. If the Christian God stakes His claim
          to our allegiance on His Creation and
          Redemption, logic says that people who
          disbelieve Him need to seek out another god who
          makes no such claims.)

    2. Look again at Isaiah 40:26. The Psalmist says not one of
      the stars is missing. Missing? How could you lose a star?
      (This is one of the astonishing things about the rate of
      expansion of the universe. If it expanded too quickly, it
      would blow apart. If it expanded too slowly, gravity would
      take over and it would implode. God has precisely ordered
      the universe.)

    3. Read Psalms 139:1-4. God has a universe to mind. He has
      nations and rulers to mind. Has He time for you? Has He
      the capacity to know about your (my) little life? (The
      Psalmist tells us that God knows everything about my

    4. Friend, do you need to expand your thinking about God? Do
      you need to expand your view of the love He has for you?
      The idea that we can scratch a rock, and then with our
      limited mental ability extrapolate truth which contradicts
      the plainest teaching of Scriptures is the ultimate
      arrogance. Will you today decide to repent and give God
      His proper place in the universe He created?

  4. Next week: Cosmic Crisis: The Disruption of God’s Established