What is the Truth about God?

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the following program is made possible by the friends and partners of God Quest ministries. What is the truth about God, jesus christ said, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. That’s what we’re talking about today on the creation today’s show where we believe the bible is literally true and scientifically accurate in every single detail and were not ashamed to say. So, I’m one of your hosts erIC and I’m paul taylor, We’re looking at the beginning series, this is the seventh and final of our special creation Today’s show is based on ERIC Heaven’s Beginning series and we’re looking at the truth taken from the sixth of the sessions in the beginning series. Stay tuned. Welcome back, you’re watching the creation today’s show with me paul taylor and with eric Hovan and we’re looking at the beginning series that you produced ERIC, you produced this about a year and a half ago at at the time of recording this particular show and we’re coming to the end of that, this is our seventh and final set of excerpts we’ve reached the end of the beginnings. That’s right, and we we’ve covered a lot of ground and the whole point about the beginning series is to make sure that you’ve got the foundations for this whole important area of teaching, because genesis is the foundational book of the bible. It really is. So why would you not want to study the very foundation of our faith, not to mention the fact that there is a huge debate between Creation and evolution out there. It is not dead, it is going strong. We need to know the truth about what the scripture says and as we come to the last of these special creation today shows on the beginning series, remind us again why you wanted this particular series of sessions put together what you were trying to get across. There’s so many people out there in churches that I’ve met that are confused over the creation versus evolution issue and they’re confused quite frankly, when you hear them talk, they’re confused about who God is. I went, you know, they need to understand the truth about creation versus evolution and at the very end, I want to tell them the truth about God, the truth about the creator of the universe. And and that’s why I am, you’ll find I am very, very passionate about this last one right here called the truth because we are declaring the absolute God of the bible Humanism. This is something I like to tell people. Humanism is the belief that the reason we do things is for man’s happiness. That’s the end of of of all being, is the happiness of man. According to humanism, Christianity says, no, the end of all being is the glory of God. And here’s what I believe has happened. I believe in churches, We have allowed humanism to come in and mixed with our Christianity and we have a humanistic Christianity where we say, we believe in God, but the way we live our life is all about number one, which is us instead of the god of the bible. And I wanted to do this, I titled this the truth because we talk about who God is and we just present the absolute truth of who God is and to be honest, you’re gonna wrestle with this. This is gonna be a difficult one. This is gonna step on your toes because we like to keep God in a box and God is not in your box. I can promise you God is a big big God. He is the creator of the universe God and your job is to submit to and serve that God. I mean you you talk about God being a big God and remember, you know, we look at the universe, we look at how many stars in the sky and the acts that we’re looking at, You give an example of going camping with with your daughters and looking at the stars and you see how big the universe is. But of course there’s something in scripture that says something on that particular subject isn’t Yeah, there is God goes on and says he meted the heavens with his span, the word meat. It is where we get the word measure. He literally measured the heavens with his span. I mean you talk about as you’ll see the billions of Galaxies filled with billions of stars, there are and I don’t remember if the clip goes as far scientists have estimated the number of stars in the universe stars in the sky. If you were to compare that to get this, the number of grains of sand on planet Earth, you would find there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on planet earth. And God says I know them all by name, he calls them all by name Isaiah. Chapter 40. You and I need to get rid of our little bitty image of God. We need to stop breaking commandment number two creating a God to suit ourselves to suit our own needs. We need to start worshiping the one true god of the bible. That would be the truth and that’s what we want to declare in this episode. It’s such a sobering thought to think of the greatness and the bigness of God and it’s such a wonderful thought to think that the God of the universe is the one who actually is mindful of someone like me. Well this is a very important excerpts indeed, this excerpt really puts into a nutshell, Everything that ERic’s been saying in the entire series. So you don’t want to miss this. You want to take very careful attention to eric Hovan talking about the truth from his beginning series. You need to know this, it’s so important. Now some people don’t believe that there is a God, there is no God, science has proven that there is no God is what they try to claim. However, I disagree, the idea of there being a God is what’s known as an axiom or a self evident truth, it proclaims itself, let me give you an example. How do you know that there was a builder that built this building that we’re in right now? How do we, how can we tell what’s the evidence that there really was a builder that actually built this building that you’re in the building? Exactly right. This building is evidence of the Yeah, of the builder. Let me ask you this, you find a painting hanging on a wall, How do you know there really was a painter for the painting? Mm, How can you really? What’s your evidence? How can you tell the painting exactly? Right. The painting is evidence of the Hey, when you look around at creation, how do you know that there really was a creator? Okay, because we have a creation, it’s an axiom, it’s a self evident truth. The idea of there being a God is obvious, it’s self evident. Now, some people still claim to be an atheist, even though there really is no such thing as an atheist, because an atheist is a person, as a person who says there is no god, However, you cannot know that there is no God, because you don’t know everything. Let’s pretend that you knew half of everything. Is it possible that God existed in the other half of knowledge that you don’t even know yet. Okay. Yeah. So can you say there is no God? No, you can’t say there is no God. Now you’re welcome to say, I don’t believe that there is a God, but that’s committing intellectual suicide right there. That’s like looking at a building and saying, I don’t know if there really was a builder for this building, That’s really what that’s doing. It’s inconsistent with logic. It’s inconsistent with what we see. You’re watching an excerpt from beginnings with eric Hovan, we’ll be right back, beginnings is a creation experience for small groups, churches and individuals from all walks of life. Creation speaker eric Hoven explores the age old questions of life, the evidence for a young earth and how dinosaurs fit in with the bible. The included guide provides an introduction to each lesson. Creative challenges. Great discussion questions and practical ways to apply each lesson to everyday life to order this DVD go to www dot creation store dot org. Yeah. You’re watching an excerpt from beginnings with eric oven on creation today and now, back to the show. I really believe that there was a creator that created this world, even though evolutionist and humanist reject this idea. Humanists even say the world was not created, it’s always existed. This universe has always existed. That’s really what they believe. How do you how do you have the world exist forever. Now, you’ve got the universe as God and we didn’t look at this. But man, The Second law of Thermodynamics goes against that. The second law of thermodynamics tells us everything tends toward disorder, more and more chaos, more and more entropy. So you can’t have something lasting forever and still have energy, can you? It just is not possible romans. I love the book of Romans Romans. Chapter one has some very good insight and it tells us a lot about kind of what’s happening today. Actually, verse number 20 says the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen. You look around and it’s obvious there was a creator says being understood by the things that are made even his eternal power and godhead so that people are without an excuse, verse 21 says because when they knew God. they glorified him not as God. Neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was actually darkened. Then it says professing themselves to be wise, they became what they’ve become fools. And they’ve changed the glory of the of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and the birds and four footed beasts and creeping things. That’s evolution right? There changed the glory of the incorruptible God and said, no, no, no, no, it’s not about God, it’s all about nature. Nature has created everything. Wherefore the bible says God also had given them up. He gave them up to unclean us through their lust of their own hearts to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshiped and served the creature more than the creator and that’s exactly what we have today. Ladies and gentlemen, as we have people worshiping the creation rather than the creator. Let me tell you something. There really was a God and he even told us how he made this world in the beginning genesis 11 God created the heaven and the earth and the earth was without form and void. And darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters and then God said, let there be let there be light. Let me just tell you something. You did not want to be standing in front of God’s mouth when he said, let there be light. Light had to come cruising out of the mouth of God. Okay, light is extremely, extremely fast. You guys know how light, how fast light is traveling? Who knows here? How fast does light travel? Anybody know faster than sound? Okay, very good. That is true. How fast everybody got the number. What is it? 100 and 86,000 miles in one second. Whoa! Lights booking it? Dude, light is cruising, That’s the equivalent of 11,160,000 miles a minute. That’s the same as 669,669,600,000 mi in an hour. And you think you drive fast light is cruising, that is the equivalent of 5.88 trillion miles In a year. Now, don’t jump over that too quickly. Okay, let me say that again. 5.88 trillion miles in one year. You’re going? Yeah. So what? Well, you must not understand what a trillion is. Don’t worry. Congress doesn’t either. But let me just give you a little example here. Okay, if we were to go back in time, one million seconds ago, you go back in time a million seconds ago. How long ago would that have been? No, it would have been 12 days ago. Okay, 12 days ago. Okay, that’s a million seconds now, let’s go back a billion seconds. How far would a billion seconds be? A million seconds was 12 days a billion seconds would be 32 years ago. Whoa, now let’s go back a trillion seconds now. How long ago are we talking 32,000 years ago. Whoa, Is there a difference between million, billion and trillion? Has Congress figured that out? No. Okay. I mean, wow, there is a big, big difference now. The sun is the mack daddy star of our solar system. The sun, is that thing that keeps us alive right now. Okay. And it is like demand when it comes to our solar system, our solar system is the sun and eight different planets. Now, I know there used to be nine. Okay, back in 2007. Pluto got the boot. Okay, it’s no longer a planet anymore. So we got the sun and eight different planets that make up our solar system. Now people wonder how big is our solar system. Well, let me just give you an example here. Here’s a picture showing all the different planets and the relative size comparison. You can see the earth right there, you’ve got Pluto real small and you get up to the earth and there’s Neptune and well they really ought to rename that other one but then you got Saturn and jupiter and you can kind of see how big the planets are. Okay, now let’s zoom out a little bit, let’s compare that to the sun, You get the sun in there and you’re going, whoa, this earth is just a little bitty speck, isn’t it? Yeah, you can fit more than one million of these earths inside of the sun, wow, it’s big. Now some people think, wow, the sun is like the biggest thing ever, oh no, it gets a lot bigger than that. Take a look at this and see for yourself. Yeah, welcome to Creation minute I’m eric Hovan in this episode. We want to discuss how big is big to find that out. Let’s go to the simulation room with a diameter of nearly 8000 miles the earth is big, but not that big. When you compare it to say jupiter or even the sun or when you step outside of our solar system, stars like our tourists or and terry’s and just when you don’t think it could get any bigger, it does, wow. Mhm. That’s the Earth kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? No wonder God says heaven is my throne and the earth, my footstool to learn more about creation, visit us at creation minute dot com. Mhm wow, wow. No wonder the bible says the heavens are declaring the glory of God. Oh my goodness! You look up and you know what, you’re gonna see the glory of God, you’re gonna get to check out God’s glory. I don’t know if you live in a big city or if you live out in the country, but if you live in a big city, you probably look up and go, wow, look at that star. Well there’s more than one out there. Okay, you ever gone camping, anybody here ever gone camping? I got to go camping a couple of weeks ago with my two little girls, it was so fun. Oh we had an absolute blast on this camping trip. You go camping and you get away from the city and you lay out under the open sky and hope that it’s not raining and you look up and you see the stars and you’re gonna go, oh my goodness, there’s a lot of stars up there. The bible says there is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard, You cannot look up and see God’s creation and not say and say I don’t believe in the creator, I don’t believe in God. He says I’m sorry, I’m speaking loud and clear. The whole universe is saying check out God. You need to tune into what God is playing on the scheme of the universe and you need to realize God is awesome. God is big and he said his glory above the heavens. I mean some people to say well eric I don’t trust in the bible. I I trust in Science. Okay Science will lead us to absolute truth. Science can give us truth. Science is based on facts. Well here’s the problem. Science can never give us absolute truth. I don’t know if you realize that this took me a long time to comprehend but you will never get absolute truth from science. It’s impossible because science is what we call inductive. Science is kind of like this, it’s kind of like a detective going to a crime scene and checking out different clues and he goes over here and a little piece of hair there and over. Okay. Uh huh got it. Alright so Colonel Mustard did it with the candlestick in the ballroom. I got it figured out. Yeah we got this thing figured out. Science is like a detective trying to figure out what happened and science can get very good at examining the evidence to try to see what happened. But they can never be 100 absolute sure because it’s inductive. It’s starting from the bottom and working its way up. It’s looking at clues and trying to gather what is truth. Well what is the final truth? What is absolute truth? But it will never ever ever be able to get there to absolute truth. What if I told you that? You could use you could gain absolute truth though. Instead of starting at the bottom looking at clues and working your way up. What if you were starting to start from the top and work your way down. Suppose you go to a crime scene and you’re checking out all the different clues trying to figure out what happened. And and you think you got it all figured out and somebody comes in and hands you the DVD of a surveillance footage camera that took video of the whole crime that just took place. Well now you can watch that DVD, you can watch the surveillance footage and you can know exactly what happened. You don’t have to guess anymore, do you? It’s not from the bottom, working its way up, trying to figure out what happened that surveillance footage would be from the top, working its way down and if you had that footage then every single clue, every single piece of evidence would fit perfectly in place Well, guess what God has given us their surveillance footage. He has given us truth. He has given us what starts at the top and works its way down because he was there. He actually made the world and he recorded for us exactly how he did that. Now there’s still the two basic worldviews, the humanist world view and the creationist worldview. The evolutionary worldview or the Biblical creationist worldview. You remember what you believe determines everything about you. The way you think determines absolutely everything about you, What you believe will determine the way you answer those four fundamental questions we talked about in session number one. Remember those, Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here and where am I gonna go when I die? What you believe? Either creation revolution is going to determine how you answer those questions. And if you believe in evolution, you will answer those questions very differently than those that believe in a creation Biblical world view. And by the way, if you do believe in evolution, what are the implications that it brings on your world view? What are some of the things that that it would imply? Well, an evolutionary worldview would imply that morality is relative. There is no absolute truth. It would imply that there’s no purpose to life. You can do whatever you want to because it’s not gonna matter you live and you die And that’s it. It would imply that there really is no authority. I mean authority is all just made up, it’s all man made. God says he’s the one who gives authority. Authority comes from God Almighty. It would mean that nothing you ever do or say would ever matter if evolution is true because there is no God, your stardust you live and you die the end, wow! So it makes me wonder why evolutionists argue so hard about evolution because it’s not gonna matter nothing they do or say will ever matter 100 years from now. So why are you arguing about it? I just don’t get it, go have fun in life, man live it up if it feels good do it because this is the only thing you get I on the other hand believe that God created this world, I believe he made it with a purpose in mind and I believe that I was created for a reason. A welcome back, you’re watching the Creation today’s show with me paul taylor and with eric Hovan remember we love answering your questions on the creation today’s show, we haven’t answered your questions for a few episodes because we’ve been doing this special series of episodes based on erIC heavens beginning series but please keep your questions coming in, remember that you can email us questions at creation today dot org or you can go onto facebook facebook dot com forward slash Creation today or you can even use twitter at creation today, so make sure you use one of those technologies get the questions to us and we will soon be back to answering your questions on these particular shows, but really what you’ve been talking about today, eric is in this particular clip that we’ve looked at is perhaps the most fundamental question of all and I’m sort of reminded of pontius pilot actually phrasing the question, saying what is truth and then he didn’t even wait to find the answer, just turns away washes his hand when the person who is the answer to that question was stood right there, which is an amazing fact. He turned away from the very essence, the very foundation of truth itself, jesus christ and really that’s what we love talking about more than anything. Um we love using creation to share the gospel, that’s what it’s really all about. Um so getting to, jesus, getting to the very point, the bible describes jesus as the creator of the world, he was there, he’s the one who made it and not only did he make the world that means he made you and he made me now. If God made the world, that means he owns it. He can put rules down, he can do whatever he wants, this is his world, he can even wreck it if he wants to and he did, but he put rules down like the 10 commandments, not like that, asking people hey how do you think you do? Uh on the 10 commandments? Let’s take a little quiz, it’ll just take a second answer these questions to yourself. Have you ever told a lie? Have you? I have I have to, what do you call somebody that tells a lie? A lie. A lie. Have you ever taken something that doesn’t belong to you? Yeah. You call them a thief. Have you ever used God’s name in vain? You’ve taken the name of God that gave you life and you’ve used it as a curse word to to say oh my G. O. D. Or you just used it in in a disgusting Distasteful way. The end of the bible says he will not hold him guiltless. Who take his name in vain? The bible says All liars will have their part in the lake of Fire you say? Well what I did isn’t that bad? No, you don’t realize who you have sinned against. That’s why we need to see the truth of who God is. The big, big creator God of the bible demands perfection. You and I have fallen short of God’s Glory bible says for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. So How are we going to fare when we’re judged by those 10 commandments? Are we going to be innocent or guilty of breaking God’s laws? We’re going to be guilty. We’re going to be guilty. Therefore do we deserve heaven? Or do we deserve hell? Well we deserve. How here would be my question. Does that concern you? It should hell is a real place And it should concern you. If it does, I’ve got some great news 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ came and he lived on earth and he lived a perfect life. The truth came, what became one of the humans and he died on the cross so that you could accept his payment for your sins? A legal transaction took place. And if you’ve never repented and trusted in christ as your savior, you need to get that taken care of and I would encourage you to take care of that today. Behold today is the day of Salvation. Well, if that message has spoken to you, you can get in contact with us to find out more on that information, make sure that you get the rest of the beginning series from Creation store dot org. For use in your small groups. This has been a production of God quest ministries, Thank you so much for watching God bless you. 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