In his book ‘Generous Justice,’ author Tim Keller points out:
The Jewish Scripture were virtually unique in their view of how the world began. Most accounts depict creation as the result of a battle or of a struggle between warring cosmic forces.
A Chinese account describes how the primordial giant Pangu emerged from the ancient cosmic egg, and when he died, the parts of his body became the world – his eyes the sun and moon, his body the mountains, his blood the waters, his muscles the lands, his beard the forests…
One African story tells of a giant who got sick and vomited out the world; first the sun, moon, and stars, and then vegetation and human beings…
The Gnostics taught that the high God was unknowable, and in contradiction to God’s will, some lower deity, a “demiurge,” created the profoundly flawed material world…
In Norse mythology, the god Odin killed the giant Ymir and used his body to create the universe and its inhabitants…
The Babylonian account, the Enuma Elisha tells a similar story of the god Marduk who defeats the ocean goddess Tiamat and produces the world out of her members.
In most ancient myths, therefore, the visible universe resulted from conflict; powers in tension with one another.
The Biblical creation account, however, stands in stark contrast.
Biblical scholar Gerhard von Rad has argued that, unlike any of its neighbours, Israel could conceive of no divine powers on par with those of the Lord.
Creation was therefore the work of a God without rival, who made the world not as a warrior digs a trench, but as an artist paints a picture or shapes a sculpture.
God is a craftsman, an artisan.
He made you and I in His image which is why we, likewise, desire and craft His creation towards the beautiful – through music, design, architecture, food, hairstyles, dance – sometimes soft and gentle – sometimes aggressive and bold; speech, fashion, art – with sometimes with rich dark colours and sometimes with bright vibrant ones, and a multitude of various cultural expressions of each!
The trillion upon trillions of diverse personalities that have ever existed in all of human history are merely the unimaginably wide array of eternal combinations that God continues to breathe out.
Now, that’s not to imply that the ‘bad’ expressions of God’s creations doings were on account of His design. This is the nature of sin’s entry into the world on due to demonic deception and our own free will as we ‘missed the mark’ of God’s original intention – and each of us are guilty of it in our own unique ways.
But through Jesus Christ, God has made a way to justified those who live by faith; He’s blotted out our sins, cancelled all our debt, and even though the fullness of His glory and of what that now means for us has future implications, it has already begun the moment we first believed. He has prepared for us an eternal dwelling where sin shall no longer hinder, death shall have no place, but righteousness, peace and love – along with eternal life – and all the beauty that exists in those precious moments when we get right, will do so… forevermore.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Therefore, I implore you: