Many people speak about “the universe” today, and how “the universe” responds to our actions. Some with a Biblical faith may automatically think this is “unbiblical,” or may even think it is evil to speak this way. And from that perspective, will shut themselves off from the truths that many sincere individuals are tapping into in our present day. I have also had grapple with these kinds of automatic feelings and responses, because of programmed religious perspectives and fears. Yet now, I would like to suggest that these concepts concerning the universe are not necessarily unbiblical (yet, I believe they are only a part of all that is true and gloriously possible, as we develop a relationship with the Creator of the universe).
We need only open our Bibles to the very first chapter of Genesis to consider the truth of these matters, and to rejoice in the beautiful, perfect and transcendent design that is ever-present in the universe that God created for a home for us.
In Genesis chapter one, we have the chronological history of the creation of our world. Though we are not given a great many details about the process of creation, we know from Genesis chapter one, that the Bible speaks of six days in which our Creator was carrying out His creative work in bringing forth this beautiful creation, and that on the seventh day He rested. And, though we are given little in the Genesis account in terms of technical information concerning the creative process, we have certain details which are repeated over and over again.
Six times during the creation week, we have the phrase “and God saw that it was good,” in relation to the things that He made. Then, at the end of the six days of creation we have this phrase:
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31)
From the eyes of the Creator, when He looked at the creative works of His hands, the creation (in other words, the universe) was declared by Him to be “very good.” So, if God thinks something is very good, what can this possibly mean? The truth is, it would seem that we don’t fully know. Yet, we should expect that it is so incredibly, extraordinarily good, that we can barely even conceive of its intrinsic and transcendent value. The experience of this astounding goodness has been gifted to every one of us who has been blessed with the amazing thing we call life, upon this magnificent planet that we call home.
And, so, when we hear people commonly talking about the design of “the universe” as though the universe itself has the capacity to bring about amazing good in the lives of people who tap into its design, this should come to no surprise to us. Rather, we should sit up, take notice and consider the amazing possibilities that were designed into the universe by the astounding wisdom of the Almighty.
Doesn’t it make perfect sense that this “very good” universe would be designed to support people who are pursuing “good” things? – even with people, who may not have come to personally know the Creator? Now, I am not saying that it is not important to come to know God in a personal and intimate manner, or that it is not important to recognize the true Person and power behind everything in the universe. It is my strong belief that this is an important element of our design, and of His Will, to be close to Him and know Him. Yet, when people speak of the amazing and miraculous things that happen by pursuing good things in the world, out of love, we can lift up our hands in praise to our God who has created this home ours to be this way, to automatically support love and our good works, as human beings. I believe that it is far better to recognize the potential in the intrinsic realm of the creation, than what has been previously attributed in times past to some other god of man’s design. So many elements of supposed “spiritual magic” down through the ages were based on false claims that certain miraculous happenings came from the power of some god or another, when in reality, it was an intrinsic part of the design and laws of the creation. One very obvious example would be the healing plants and herbs that have been used alongside of “magical” rituals performed by the priests of various false religions (commonly the case in Egypt for an example). In these cases, healing was attributed incorrectly to “the gods,” rather than to the true healing properties of the plant, that was simply a part of God’s loving design.
Much confusion comes about by misunderstanding God’s original design by means of human assumption. Yet, God has also gifted us with the ability to gain understanding if we really want it, and if we are willing to set aside our own fears, and our ego, in order to pursue truth and real wisdom. Wisdom is something greatly cherished by our God, and it is something He is more than willing to give to those who love Him and who are pursuing truth in their lives.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.” (Pro. 4:7)
“For YHWH gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Pro. 2:6)