Why there is something instead of nothing?

The following excerpt from “Water to Wine” by Brian Zahnd gives a view on why there is something instead of nothing. I love the description of creation that each and everything is an expression of God’s love, God’s love in physical form for us to see and feel and take delight in. We cannot see God but we can see the expression of his love through his creation around us.

“The great monotheistic faiths have always answered the question of why there is something instead of nothing in the same way, the only way it can be answered: GOD. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). But why? Why did God bother? Why did God create? Why did God say, “Let there be”? The mystics have always given the same answer — because God is love, love seeking expression. From what the Cappadocian Fathers called the perichoresis — the eternal dance that is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, there burst forth an explosion of love. Some call it the Big Bang. Some call it Genesis. If you like we can call it the genesis of love as light and all that is. What is light? God’s love in the form of photons. What is water? A liquid expression of God’s love. What is a mountain? God’s love in granite, so much older than human sorrow. What is a tree? God’s love growing up from the ground. What is a bull moose? God’s love sporting spectacular antlers. What is a whale? Fifty tons of God’s love swimming in the ocean. As we learn to look at creation as goodness flowing from God’s own love, we begin to see the sacredness of all things, or as Dostoevsky and Dylan said, in every grain of sand. All of creation is a gift — a gift flowing from the self-giving love of God.

Why are there light and oceans and trees and moose and whales and every grain of sand? Because God is love — love that seeks expression in self-giving creativity. Unless we understand this we will misunderstand everything, and in our misunderstanding we will harm creation, including our fellow image-bearing sisters and brothers. Existence only makes sense when it is seen through the lens of love. At the beginning of time there is love. At the bottom of the universe there is love. Admittedly freedom allows for other things too — from cancer cells to atomic bombs — but at the bottom of the universe it’s love all the way down. Cancer cells and atomic bombs will not have the final word. At the end of all things there is love. When the last star burns out, God’s love will be there for whatever comes after. In the end it all adds up to love. So when calculating the meaning of life, if it doesn’t add up to love, go back and recalculate, because you’ve made a serious mistake. Love alone gives meaning to our fleeting fourscore sojourn.” – https://brianzahnd.com/2020/03/why-did-god-create-the-world

The Prodigal Son – A fresh view

I was awake at 4am a few mornings back, I had been tossing and turning and could not get back to sleep. I picked up my Kindle to continue reading Brian Zahnd’s latest book, “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God” of which I am still in the early stages of.. Brian in one of the early chapters refers to the parable of the Prodigal Son in order to illustrate a point about the nature of a loving God. As I read the chpater I came to see the story of the Prodiogal Son in a completely new light.

I saw that the son was never actually lost, he had always been the son of his father, he was still the son of his father while he was away from home and he continued to be so when he came back home. His relationship (or sonship) with his father never changed while he was up to his neck in Pigs**t, just his view or perception of it. His father never stopped loving him, it was the son’s view of his fathers love that changed while he was away. He didn’t need to come crawling back to his father pleading forgiveness, his father welcomed him back with open and loving arms and he put the ring and cloak on his son to re-affirm his sonship.

So what I understood is that when the Prodigal Son went his own way, or when we go our own way in this life and do out own thing, no matter what pigs**t we end up in, it is not God’s love for us which changes nor his view of us, nor out relationship with him, it is our view of God that changes, we think how can he love us and we seperate ourselves from God in our own minds. It is not God’s mind about us which needs to be changed but our mind about God!

 

Tear Fund Tour of Scotland 2015

Being a keen recreational cyclist and wanting to do something more that just cycle for fun, I have signed up for the 2015 Tear Fund Tour of Scotland to raise money for Tearfunds Children at Risk project. This is a hilly 500 mile / 7 day cycle ride in June 2015, starting in Inverness, up to Ullapool and then working down the west coast to Glasgow. The full route can be found here.

The reason for this is that over 8.4 million children are in slavery and we must do everything in our power to stop this horror. Which is why Tearfund want to protect 50,000 children vulnerable to trafficking, disease and disaster.
Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world, ravaging the lives of 1.2 million children across the world every year. Tearfund’s staff and partners are doing all they can to protect children like Nang from trafficking.

I have pledged to raise a minimum of £500 for this cause, please consider sponsoring me using my JustGiving page.

Thanks for your support

Andrew

A Faithful God

I admit that I often struggle with the Christian Faith

I struggle to read the word of God regularly

I struggle to pray regularly

I struggle to Love others as the Bible teaches me to

I struggle to live by faith

I struggle with the temptations of this world

I have wanted at times to give and go my own way

BUT

There is nowhere else to go

There is no-one else reliable and trustworthy enough to put my Trust in

There is no other Truth but in God, through Christ alone

Even when I feel that God is against me, there is no-one else to go to, but to Him (Psalm 60)

Even when I fail and am not faithful to Him, He shows how great He is by His Faithfulness to me (Romans 3v1-8)

My Jesus

Heard this song a couple of days ago and just wanted to share it, it is a reminder of who Jesus was, the people that he came to save and also a reminder that we should not sanitise Jesus to make him more acceptable and less offensive to others.