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April 25, 2010 Tags: Worship & Arts

Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

Romans 1:20

Psalm 93

The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty;
the LORD is robed in majesty
and is armed with strength.
The world is firmly established;
it cannot be moved.
Your throne was established long ago;
you are from all eternity.

The seas have lifted up, O LORD,
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea--
the LORD on high is mighty.

Your statutes stand firm;
holiness adorns your house
for endless days, O LORD.



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Charlie - #11194

April 26th 2010

I still have yet to see how Biologo’s claims beauty is a product of God.  How do you make that connection?


John VanZwieten - #11230

April 26th 2010

Charlie,

Where does beauty lead you?  Think of a moment you witnessed truly sublime beauty—where did your thoughts go?


Charlie - #11250

April 26th 2010

My thoughts went to the beauty.  How does the fact that we can find beauty in something mean that the “beauty” came from God?  Also, beauty is subjective.


Darrel Falk - #11333

April 27th 2010

Charlie,

Beauty is not evidence for God, any more than the existence of “mind” is evidence for God, or the existence of “body"is evidence for God.  When you, Charlie, listen to a worship song, or read a Psalm, you are peering over the shoulders of believers who, having come to accept the reality of God, now understand that everything, including beauty, is derived from God.  In the face of beauty, they fall down on their knees in amazement.  “He is before all things and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17).  “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God…”  John 1:1.

So our worship blogs have little to do with evidence.  We have already sorted that out.  We already believe.  Given that belief though, we look at nature in a whole new way.

Of course, that just raises the question: but how did we come to believe?  See Tim Keller’s “The Reason for God,” and read it prayerfully.  Ask God “If you’re real, speak to me through these words.  God, if you really exist,  I want to come to believe.  Help my unbelief.”  Consider reading other great Christian writers, like Philip Yancey. 

Only in this way do you begin to see beauty in a whole new light.

Prayerfully,
Darrel


Charlie - #11380

April 27th 2010

Darrel,

Why then focus yourself on beauty.  Our world is full of the ugly side as well, war/genocide etc.  Why does the Christian not marvel at this as well, after all it’s “derived from God”.  Picking one side of the spectrum is sheltering the other don’t you think?


Darrel Falk - #11384

April 27th 2010

Charlie,

The Christian does not ignore evil, quite the opposite.  To the extent that we ignore evil, we fail in the Christian mission.  Our response to it, in contrast to our response to beauty, is to fight against it and to try with every ounce of our being to lessen its consequences so that beauty might shine through.  Nothing represents the Christian’s response to evil more poignantly than the Cross.

Of course that just raises the question of the ages, and it is your question too—why is evil still here?  Why is it all around us?  The Old Testament doesn’t ignore that question.  The Psalmist asks the question over and over again, sometimes in anquish.  The first 41 chapters of Job, ask the question and, after 41 chapters, Job finally accepts the answer—we do not know, so we simply acknowledge that God is God, and we move on with living our lives in a manner that trusts God’s wisdom. 

Now, centuries later, we the followers of Jesus,  do everything possible to lessen the effects of living in a world that is still far from perfect.  No one writes about this better than Paul—in Romans 8.

Darrel


ttotto - #11538

April 28th 2010

God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.

Is this part of God’s accommodation to ancient people or is it part of the theology of Genesis that we should accept?  It seems to me that this is only true if one is well enough, young enough and has sustenance enough otherwise it seems false even before mankind sinned.


Charlie - #11561

April 28th 2010

Darrel,

I’m just commenting that I find it interesting when people attribute all this beauty to God, yet say evil exists but we don’t know why it exists (not attributing it to God).  I don’t understand their reasoning.


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