By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.(Hebrews 11:3) NKJV
We (that’s me and the Holy spirit), deal with the ridiculous notion that God created the universe from nothing. The doctrine of Ex nihilo is neither Biblical nor is it physically possible.
This is important to know because something happened to the message that we’re preaching in between Paul teaching it and us teaching it. Somehow invisible became nothing.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
What happened to the message?
2,000 years ago
- The Apostle Paul: God created the universe from things which are invisible.
- Ancient heathen: Wow, your God is powerful!
- Modern Christian: God created the universe from nothing.
- Modern heathen: According to the first law of thermodynamics that’s impossible, your God is a fraud. In fact, since you mention it, why would anyone believe in something so utterly ridiculous? You realize that it makes you sound like an idiot? If you think that saying something like that, which proves how uneducated you are, is going to make me want to believe in your God, then you really are an idiot.
People generally have a tenuous grasp of who God is, but they also have a tenuous grasp of Physics. These combine to prevent people from being able to understand God in a way that makes any sense. Atoms are invisible but they’re not “nothing.” Given what the Bible clearly states, that the universe was created from water, the deep, and given that we can deduce a resolution between the Holy Trinity and the elementary particles necessary to form the water, there was never, ever, nothing.
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