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CHAPTER 2

GOD’S POWER
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
—Isaiah 55.8-9

A SIGNIFICANT REASON for our difficulty understanding God or even believing in Him is that He is so incredibly more powerful than we imagine. God creates anything and everything just by saying it or thinking it.1 The creation of the earth, the universe, and life itself are but mere thoughts for Him. Intelligent life, human beings are His creation. Yet God is ever so much more powerful than even these great things. God has chosen to show us so little of what He can do, but plenty to keep us in awe of Him.2 There is a massive amount of information pointing to His existence. Men in their true foolishness try to show the creation could have all happened in a large pop or even a big bang. What popped? What banged? There is only one answer: “In the beginning, God!”

Let us consider God’s power

God knows your every action and your every thought. For every person who ever lived, He knows every motive, every kind and every selfish moment, and every noble deed.3 He created a world in three physical dimensions, and time is the fourth dimension. God may exist in billions or infinite dimensions, and we toy with the big bang or evolution as though we correctly understand a little about where we came from or where we are going. The power of God is beyond our comprehension.4, 5 God did not enable us to unravel many of the mysteries that surround us. The (four) dimensions of our existence for one thing limit those possibilities. Einstein reached farther than most when he discovered the relation between the speed of light and time. However, he was only “tying his shoestrings” in kindergarten. It was no big thing for God to create man as a physical being limited by spatial and time dimensions and as a spiritual being locked inside a physical body. Man is uniquely associated with time, which God created for a framework of past, present, and future that are certainly not limiting parameters for God. We are just learning about genetics and beginning to see the seemingly endless possibilities.God understands all there is to know about genetics and all the possibilities since He created them. What so many people fail to realize is that God can do whatever He wants, and when we think that we know something about God or His creation, we are invariably wrong unless it is something He revealed or within the creation allowed us the potential for discovery.6

Albert Einstein—desire to understand God’s power

I often look at scientists and wonder why any would support the theory of organic evolution and/or the big bang theory. I conclude it is because they have no good answer for man’s existence or the existence of the universe, and they support the best of man-made ideas even if it is incredibly lacking. Einstein and other great scientists have never doubted God was the source of all things. Einstein was always trying to figure out the universe and hoped man could rationally realize that existence. Yet he would say, “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

Einstein was not a particularly religious person according to many but when I look at his quotes and his speeches, God was on his mind. As I read about his life in some detail, I must conclude that like so many others, Einstein viewed the religions of the world as a disappointment. God, on the other hand, was always very real for him. Here are a few of his quotes:

  • I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
  • It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
  • Morality is of the highest importance—but for us, not for God.
  • There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
  • That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
  • Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
  • When the solution is simple, God is answering.

Einstein was raised a Jew but was an avid reader of the Old and New Testaments and held the greatest respect for Jesus as indicated in this 1929 interview with the Saturday Evening Post.

QUESTION: To what extent are you influenced by Christianity?
ANSWER: As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.
QUESTION: [Do] you accept the historical Jesus?
ANSWER: Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.


Albert Einstein in 1921 (1879-1955)

I only point to Einstein because he was perhaps the greatest scientist of modern times, and he had a focus on understanding the existence of the universe and life. Although he was in conflict with God’s ways (reward good and punish evil), he always saw the creation and all its order as the “cosmic intelligence.”

God’s power—incomprehensible

In this chapter, the point is that understanding God is beyond man’s ability when it comes to creation. God has not revealed the technical details of creation and yet every bit he has revealed is scientifically accurate. I have no idea how God created the world other than he has revealed, and I personally believe God did not create man in a way he can understand creation in a technical sense. How can man understand that God can create things from nothing as we live in a very limited four-dimensional world created for us? It is my belief that, in some way, the entirety of existence is in the mind of God or it would not exist at all. The miracles of the Old and New Testaments are simple in such a world as God controls everything except the one thing he chooses not to control. There is a discussion of that one thing later in this chapter. The bottom line is that science will never understand creation correctly other than God has revealed, and they will never prove what God has revealed to be in error. In the world of poor science, man cannot be an eternal being since he is just part of something that happened from nothing. I do not know of anything that violates every good principle of man’s science more than creating something from nothing. Imagine creating the universe in a single thought and then imagine the science of man providing an explanation. The very fact that any matter exists, much less intelligent matter like you and me, who are capable of contemplating existence, points to “in the beginning God.” [For much more on the subject, see chapter 40, “Existence: The First Understanding”]

God’s power—the one thing that interests Him

When it comes to a book written by God, like the Bible claims to be, there are all kinds of efforts to find some indication of error. Some simple rules of logic along with a careful study of the Bible can provide answers relative to its authenticity. John N. Clayton’s The Source is an excellent reference for those who want to know if the Bible is from God. His Web site can be found using his name and/or searching Does God Exist. However, the real test is you. Study the Bible yourself. If you have an open mind and a good heart that desires the truth, you’ll find as millions before you that God is the God of the Bible.7 The Bible has such uniqueness in its characteristics that there is no other book like it although there are imitations that clearly are imitations. God could have chosen any number of ways to reveal Himself. God chose to use inspired writers to provide a gradual revelation of His plan for man beginning with hints of the plan in Genesis to the elimination of the mystery as the New Testament is completed.8, 9

What God made simple, man makes complex, confusing the masses with their ideas, usually just missing the obvious. The obvious error is so often the result of underestimating God’s power. More fundamentally, most men do not read the scriptures with a profound desire to know the truth. I have observed numerous radio or television programs where so-called men of religion gather to discuss the subject of their careers, but at some point, I just wonder if any one of them has any idea of truth. Religion appears first to be a business with many who claim to be spiritual leaders. It seems like there is an attempt to explain God or Jesus with their opinions. One television program having a panel of about ten representatives from so-called Christian groups was discussing Jesus entering Jerusalem and questioning if Jesus understood the impact of going to Jerusalem at that time. One of the theologians said, “If He only knew what would happen to Him.” Of course, Jesus knew exactly what would happen and was exactly where He should be to fulfill His mission. Moments later, someone says the miracles of Jesus were just symbolic. They were not real! These “religious leaders” are like the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ time, who did not understand, even denying the miracles seen by them or the people. Many of today’s “religious leaders” also deny what is clearly contained in God’s Word. They trust their wisdom and the wisdom of other men—how foolish! Men spend their whole lives studying religion and do not understand what a person with a good heart can understand in five minutes. That person who loves the truth at all costs “passes by” these “great” religious scholars in a few mere moments. This is not true in science or business, but it is true of God’s Word. God has predestined a certain type of person (a type that anyone can be) and only with him or her to share eternity. Although the truth is in front of all, it is only beneficially visible to those who have “good hearts.” So with all of God’s power as seen in the creation, God in His wisdom has created a system of communicating to man what life is all about and how to be successful, which is seen by those with a “good heart” and not seen or rejected by all others. God’s directs His power toward His focus, namely, reestablishing His relationship with man. Thus, we see Paul referring to the Gospel of Christ as the power of God unto salvation.10

Science will never correctly explain man’s origin, man’s purpose or “what life is all about.” In his best scientific endeavor, man will find nothing that conflicts with what life is truly all about as God has revealed. God’s interest is not in the “trivial to Him” scientific enterprise but in much larger stakes that man quite often views as trivial. God has control over His creation, every atom, quark, boson, and “so-on,” the vast, perhaps infinite universe, every process that He put in place, and really everything, except for one thing. God is interested in the one thing over which He does not exercise control. That one thing is man, whom He gave a free will. Man is His special creation. Of all the things that amaze me, nothing is as strange as the fact that man does not understand that he is at the center of what life is all about.11 Imagine God’s power, and then understand the focus of His power is not to amaze you, but to provide for you an opportunity to share eternity with Him.