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Mysteries
By: Robert Berendt (published May 28, 2015)

We humans have an inquisitive nature that we sometimes find frustrating. We observe and see things and wonder where they came from, how they could even exist, why they are as they are. Our inquisitive nature has made us seek great amounts of knowledge about the earth that we live on and to have control over almost everything about us. We have even managed to reach out to the immediate bit of the universe about us and gain some understanding of our moon and one or two nearby planets. We see distant stars and realize they are often galaxies of billions of stars that are so far away that they appear as a single star. For most humans, their inquisitive nature is somewhat satisfied and life continues in the physical realm.

In our gathering and understanding of that which is about us, the question of the origin of all things comes to mind. Where did the earth we live on come from and how is it that we observe such intricate balances which make this earth able to support physical living creatures? How is it that there are land, sea and airborne creatures? How is it that just the right elements of this earth when put together in a most complicated and intricate manner can actually be a living thing? Where does life come from? What or who is responsible for the perfect design of the numerous creatures on earth? What makes a pile of inert matter alive? We have learned that we are made of the dust of the earth and when life departs from that body, it once again becomes dust (science agrees with the Bible (Eccl. 12:7). Dust does not think, act or live - it just exists. How can dust live?

We have learned much through observation and the gaining in knowledge that has taken place by the efforts of humans on earth. Some are driven by the desire to know, to explore, and to unravel mysteries. It has taken thousands of years for mankind to reach the point where we now are - that we have an understanding of what living bodies are composed of and how the various parts of a body work in order that the body functions. We know about laws of physics and chemistry that can be relied upon when we study matter. But for generations some humans who have desired to know and struggled to know have had to admit that there are mysteries they cannot unravel. That does not prevent them from trying, but it does lead to frustration and developing theories that cannot be proven. In the perfection we witness on earth and the awe with which we glimpse the universe, one truth is clear, but it is the truth we humans avoid. Nothing happens by accident. The only way that the perfection we see can exist is if it was planned, designed, organized and controlled by a supreme being whose mind and ability is beyond our understanding and who designed laws that cover everything. Some shrink away from this truth, some develop ideas about that being which they come to believe with no validity or proof. They believe in one or many gods who are superior to humans, but who are responsible for what we see.

Jesus said there were great mysteries (Matt. 13:11). A mystery is something that we do not know or understand. Once humans have learned about that which to them was a mystery, it is a mystery no longer. We have solved many of the mysteries about physical things, but there are many more that we have not yet fully grasped. However, there are other mysteries that still remain mysteries. The Bible is the one book that has existed for thousands of years that has something to say about mysteries which we cannot unravel. In the book of John we read: "In the beginning there was the Logos and the Logos was with God and was God." We read that God created the heavens and earth and all things (Gen. 1:1, John 1:1-3). That makes sense because what we have observed cannot have come about by accident. There is no chaos about us, only that which functions according to laws that govern everything. We do not fully understand all of those laws, but we are learning. We do not know how God made everything.

Where God came from is a mystery. Why there is a God is a mystery. What God is is a mystery. Whether there is only one God or more is a mystery. Why He created a universe is a mystery. Why He created millions of angels is a mystery. How did He create angels that are not physical as we are, and a universe that is physical when He is not physical, but a spirit Being? Why does He allow suffering and evil in His creation? Why is God so silent when we pray to Him? Why does He allow we humans to pollute and ruin this earth? What are angels and how did they come to be? Why would the Logos and Word have to become flesh and die to pay for the sins of mankind when the only One who is judge of all is God? Why would God make a law leading all living things to death? Why was Jesus Christ's life and death planned and necessary from before the foundations of the earth (Rev. 13:8)? All living things die - animals, fish, birds and humans. Life can be short and measured in days or longer and measured in years, but it does end for all creatures including bugs and bacteria. What is the purpose of this cycle?

The only book with some of the answers or with thoughts that point to some answers is the Bible. It simply tells us that God exists and He has created all things for His pleasure (Col. 1:16). That is, He has a purpose and reason for the creation of all He has made. The Bible tells us that life was given from God (Gen. 2:7). That He loves His creation and is working to bring about His plan and desire (John 14:10). That humans were created in order for them to develop and learn what He expects of them so that one day He can give them a part or inheritance in all that He has created. (Rom. 8:17).

The Bible tells us that we humans were given the ability and permission to do work on this earth, to control and develop it (Gen. 2:15). We have proven that we do not know how to properly take care of this earth. We have polluted the oceans, rivers, land and air. We will destroy the earth, given enough time. With 7 billion people now trying to wring out every last bit of use from the earth (use that we define as necessary) we are corrupting living things as well as the earth itself. Even our Creator admitted that He sometimes regrets that He made us (Gen. 6:6). But He also inspired some to write about these mysteries in the Book He has written - the Bible.

Humans were created a little lower than the angels in order for them to learn and develop to become like Him (Psalm 8:5, I John 3:2). This universe is to be shared among His children. God does not coerce or force us to love Him, although He loves us and we ought to love Him (I John 4:19). Mysteries are good and necessary. Being inquisitive is good and necessary. We are to yearn for a better life in a better place. That something is not clearly defined, but it is offered with a glimpse of what God is through the life of Jesus Christ. Once we have arrived at the destination that God has planned - that is received spiritual bodies and minds that are like His - all mysteries will have become clear. Until then, ask, seek, observe, think and look for Him. All that is right and good leads to eternal life - all that is wrong and evil leads to death. Some mysteries will have to wait.



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