September 13, 2004

Creation
"God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid 
the sound of the shofar" (Tehilim / Psalms 47:5 
[Hebrew: 47:6]).

This Wednesday evening begins the Jewish holiday of 
Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah means "New Year" and 
marks the beginning of the Jewish civil year. In the 
Bible the holiday is known as Yom Truah Ė the day of 
the blowing of the shofar - the ram's horn. I am not 
sure when Yom Truah took on the additional meaning of 
new year's day in Jewish society, but it seems that it 
had to do with this day being the anniversary of 
creation.

I cannot find anything in the Scriptures that 
indicates the actual date of creation. It may be that 
it was because of the association with the shofars 
mentioned in Psalm 47, which I read, with the 
acknowledgment of God as King over all the earth. God 
as King is thought as stemming from his being earth's 
creator.

Remembering God as creator is especially crucial, 
since this truth is continually assaulted these days. 
Recently I took my family to our city's "Museum of 
Nature." Throughout the exhibits exists the constant 
theme of our world being the product of billions of 
years of natural process. The story of life is told 
from the perspective that all that exists is of the 
natural realm and developed through interaction with 
itself over a very long period of time.

Those of us who believe in creation claim to reject 
this notion. We say that the so-called natural world 
is the product of the design and activity of a 
supremely powerful and loving God. He who existed 
before the physical world came into being, caused all 
that we see, feel, and hear to be created out of 
nothing.

Yet I wonder how much effect the constant barrage of 
evolutionary thinking has on us. In the society at 
large evolution is the Great Assumption. It has 
influenced education, morality, art, politics, 
economics, and so on. We daily interact with people 
who see the world this way, most often causing us to 
deal with life on their terms. Most of the time we do 
this without realizing it. 

Could it be that while asserting faith in God we often 
put our faith in natural process just like the most 
committed evolutionists?

If God is the Creator, if the world is his creation, 
if we along with all living things are his creatures, 
then we are claiming to believe in a power more 
powerful than any so-called natural power that exists. 
But when we encounter problems in life how many of us 
put more faith in natural processes than we do in the 
God in whom we claim to believe.

There have been those who believe in a creator God, 
who, after putting natural process in place, distanced 
himself from his creation, allowing it to then take 
care of itself. This belief is called Deism and has 
had far more influence in the foundation of Western 
society than many people are aware of.

Too many people who claim belief in God are actually 
Deists, thinking that they can appease some spiritual 
need in their life, while at this same time denying 
Godís continued involvement within that which he 
himself has made.

Maybe you have never thought of yourself as a Deist, 
but stop for a moment. Where is God in your life right 
now? Do you see him at work in your life or is he just 
a sentimental concept that warms your heart from time 
to time?

As the shofar sounds this Rosh Hashanah, maybe it is 
time to once again remember that he truly is God our 
Creator.