Welcome to Day 1 of the challenge! If you are reading this, then you are off to a great start. Genesis 1-2. God in his infinite creativity created everything there is. This is where it all begins. The opening act to the story of God’s love for his people.
You may be tempted to skim through these chapters. Maybe it’s past midnight and you feel like you already failed at this challenge (though in typical Georgetown fashion I maintain that the next day doesn’t officially start until I wake up in the morning). But I challenge you to focus. To imagine the holiness and the mystery that is the beginning of God loving us into creation.
This is the beginning of the story, and if you don't get this, the rest won't make sense.
- We don't understand the fall until we understand that God is a holy God.
- We can't understand the incarnation (God becoming man) until we realize that God is inherently not human, He is spirit.
- We can't understand how we partner with God to restore his creation until we know what it was supposed to be in the beginning.
We are made in his image, created for relationship with Him and with each other, and we live in complete freedom when we live lives that reflect his character.
As a special treat to kick off this challenge, here is an excerpt from On Common Grounds written by chemist and Chi Alpha leader extraordinaire Haydee Dalafu about how we as Christians reconcile God and science. Feel free to leave your questions in the comment section.
Many find it hard to reconcile the God of the Bible with the cold hard facts of science. Most of the debates are about the origin of the universe, evolution, and the creation account in Genesis. But there shouldn’t be a debate at all. With the risk of being too simplistic, I submit that science attempts to answer the when, where and how, while the Bible talks about the Who and why. The Big Bang Theory tells us that the universe began, created out of nothing, some 13.8 billion years ago. And of the infinite number of planets in the universe, life began on earth 3.8 billion years ago. Theories of evolution, while still containing gaps, attempt to answer how life came to be.
God gave us the intellect to be able to make these discoveries. In the past century, we have made tremendous strides into understanding the universe. But our arrogance blinds us of the fact that whatever we are just starting to uncover, God has known all along. Maybe this is why instead of revealing to Moses how He made the universe; He instead revealed that He is the creator, and that He created us because He loves us. And God has known that our curiosity and intellectual capability will eventually lead us to uncover so many mysteries of the universe. The more we understand about His universe, the more we will see His boundless creativity and undeniable glory. But in His infinite wisdom, He revealed himself in scripture to remind us of what is most important: faith, hope, and love. He gave us what we really need, that we may go and explore the world without losing sight of these three. So go ahead and open your science books. Read it through the lens of faith and you will be surprised how much it reveals about our Creator.
God, thank you for giving me the ability to explore your magnificent creations, for allowing me to catch a glimpse of your beauty, power and love through the world that we live in. Help me open my mind to your revelations, and to never lose sight of what is truly important.