Living in the city of San Francisco has alerted my heart to something: not everyone believes in God. That people are able, willing, even desirous of creating their own gods is clear. While “spirituality” is a value, pluralism or, to coin a term, “self-ism” is most common. While my friends are uncomfortable with being created in God’s image, they race to the idea of creating a god in their image. Irony. In either case, creation is the issue.
Allow me to do a dangerous reach-back to my seminary days: The ontological argument for God’s existence is relevant here (and by “here” I mean for the city, but I also refer to a cultural/generational dynamic experienced by all in today’s political/educational climate). If we can imagine a concept of “God,” even enough to form the word in our mouth, then it must at least be possible that He exists. If it’s even possible, then it may be most probable, and perhaps the easiest explanation for the existence of all things in a complex universe.
When it comes to faith, in general, but saving faith in particular, a faith that eventually and actually finds its completion in Christ, the idea of “Creator” is where this all begins. Good news of being saved from imputed sin only makes sense in the context of intelligent/personal design. A Creator is inherently omnipotent, sustaining, and authoritative by virtue of His being the source of all life…all things. When we launch into the particulars of our existence and relationship with Him, the demands of the gospel come screaming into play. But if a person is able to dismiss God, generally, and the one and only, living and triune God (of the Bible) in particular, then nothing of the gospel makes sense. We have no reasonable bounds for universally applicable laws, values, justice, morality, or what we’ve come to understand (even in the political realm) as inalienable rights endowed by…who?
So, our Father canonized His story beginning with the words, “In the beginning, God…”