See the Creation, See the Creator – Part 2

When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”

A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.

Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. You don’t create and then destroy a masterpiece. Oh, you may experiment, realize it isn’t working, and then start over, drawing on your newly acquired knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. But you don’t destroy your final masterpiece; you work to save it.  God is reaching out to you now; salvation can be yours.

[For more discussion on Creating, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

God’s First Gift – Asymmetry

Since God dwells in perfection, there must be a perfect environment that is beyond any of our categories of understanding. Knowing there was both matter and antimatter created, one can easily see that if you had a balanced situation then there would be a perfect symmetry between matter and antimatter, each cancels each other out and you have…? You cannot say there is nothing, because there is indeed something! Our definitions of reality breakdown at this point, but one thing is for sure, it has to be a perfect state of being. In this perfect realm, there is no need for forces or laws or time or any dimensions to measure with. Perfection! Our world is not this world so something must create an imbalance, an asymmetry, to have something physical that can be touched and sensed. To a finite creature, what good is a gift if you can’t see it or touch it or sense its beauty? Nature itself cannot create the imbalance, by definition, Nature doesn’t exist yet. Coming out of perfection, how can the asymmetry get started to have this physical gift for us? This action must take an all-powerful Creator. It is from this balanced perfection position that God created “ex nihilo”!

 In the realm of balanced perfection, God has no need to “do” anything, unless God wants something. God, desiring to be in loving relationship with us, gave us a gift, a most unbelievable gift. It was God’s first gift to us, the gift of asymmetry! God kicked things off in the Big Bang, “Let there be light”, and continued His creative involvement by designing and creating every little quark to every large galaxy. This joyful creative effort includes you and me, my brothers and sisters.

We are so very limited in our ability to “see” the 7 divisions within the electromagnetic spectrum; we are limited to understanding only 3 physical dimensions with little sense of the miraculous. God’s creative actions are a reaching down to create a perfect “Garden” for us, for the purpose of seeking relationship with us. This creative effort is borne out of perfection, but it is not a “forced perfection” on us, where would be the love in that? We are not chained to a wall, with limitations only controlled by God. We are free to listen to the snake and eat that apple. God is not interested in having a relationship where He controls “the prisoners” of “The Garden”. We can blindly go day to day not listening to God’s instructions and doing our own thing, thus breaking trust and relationship. But beware, maybe one day you will look over your shoulder to see God’s bright light; what a wonderful light, a light you can believe in. I know God wishes to share a loving walk. It will be a loving walk in “The Garden” with us, oh, that would be so wonderful…that is, if we don’t mess it up again!

 

God's First Gift – Asymmetry

Since God dwells in perfection, there must be a perfect environment that is beyond any of our categories of understanding. Knowing there was both matter and antimatter created, one can easily see that if you had a balanced situation then there would be a perfect symmetry between matter and antimatter, each cancels each other out and you have…? You cannot say there is nothing, because there is indeed something! Our definitions of reality breakdown at this point, but one thing is for sure, it has to be a perfect state of being. In this perfect realm, there is no need for forces or laws or time or any dimensions to measure with. Perfection! Our world is not this world so something must create an imbalance, an asymmetry, to have something physical that can be touched and sensed. To a finite creature, what good is a gift if you can’t see it or touch it or sense its beauty? Nature itself cannot create the imbalance, by definition, Nature doesn’t exist yet. Coming out of perfection, how can the asymmetry get started to have this physical gift for us? This action must take an all-powerful Creator. It is from this balanced perfection position that God created “ex nihilo”!

 In the realm of balanced perfection, God has no need to “do” anything, unless God wants something. God, desiring to be in loving relationship with us, gave us a gift, a most unbelievable gift. It was God’s first gift to us, the gift of asymmetry! God kicked things off in the Big Bang, “Let there be light”, and continued His creative involvement by designing and creating every little quark to every large galaxy. This joyful creative effort includes you and me, my brothers and sisters.

We are so very limited in our ability to “see” the 7 divisions within the electromagnetic spectrum; we are limited to understanding only 3 physical dimensions with little sense of the miraculous. God’s creative actions are a reaching down to create a perfect “Garden” for us, for the purpose of seeking relationship with us. This creative effort is borne out of perfection, but it is not a “forced perfection” on us, where would be the love in that? We are not chained to a wall, with limitations only controlled by God. We are free to listen to the snake and eat that apple. God is not interested in having a relationship where He controls “the prisoners” of “The Garden”. We can blindly go day to day not listening to God’s instructions and doing our own thing, thus breaking trust and relationship. But beware, maybe one day you will look over your shoulder to see God’s bright light; what a wonderful light, a light you can believe in. I know God wishes to share a loving walk. It will be a loving walk in “The Garden” with us, oh, that would be so wonderful…that is, if we don’t mess it up again!

 

God Wants “Good” for You

I am an architect. I know about the “feelings” of a creator. I mean, I know that part of me is in the architecture I create. I have left my mark, my signature is on my creation; my hand is over the design and its outcome. I created form out of my innate creative decision-making which is firmly part of who I am; therefore, part of me is left behind (not gone from me, but shared) and found in my creations.

Forced into despair, what happens when the creator has to destroy his or her creation, a creation composed of self, a creation of physical and emotional love and caring? This has happened throughout history with many an artist. A situation arises that “forces” the creator to destroy the very part of his being; what is to come out of that? After all, the created object is part of his life and consists of the dust of his lifelong experiences; it would be like cutting part of your body off…devastating. I am talking about destruction of a quality effort; not of an artist destroying his laziness. Of quality, I would suggest that it is exactly like cutting part of your body off, cutting to your heart, your lifeblood; the very thing that keeps you alive. No doubt, cutting part of your core would be a severe blow to your life; never would life be the same again to realize such a loss. So, what’s the point you say?

From a Biblical point of view, what would drive a Creator to destroy His creation? The Book of Genesis tells us in the sixth chapter, verses 5 through 7 (NIV):

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air – for I am grieved that I have made them.”

We will never know the extreme magnitude of the Lord’s pain and how He grieved over mankind [a proper non-sexist term] making the wrong decisions, and the need to destroy His creation. It would have to be like losing part of Himself [we were created in the image of God]. We are the poema [poetry] (Ephesians 2:10), the grand workmanship of God. Of course, what He actually destroyed wasn’t exactly the way He originally created it. Something had happened. In the first chapter of Genesis we see God saying, “It is good”, after viewing that which He had just created. However the creation He destroyed wasn’t good; the creation [we people] had been altered for the worse by our own selfishness and by our desire to be like God (Genesis 2:5+6). God gave us an easy life of complete freedom with indescribable blessings, but only made one very small request; namely, don’t eat from the one tree (in the middle of a whole forest of fruit bearing trees), the Tree of Knowledge. We made our own choice to not obey God; that is the same as putting ourselves above God. As a child disobeys a parent in focused protest, so we, in disobedience, thumbed our noses at God and ate of the Tree. The ability to go against God was made possible through the gift of free-will, lovingly granted by God at His great risk. Great risk? Yes, God took a great risk because of His love for His creation.

To not grant free-will would have been the same as placing us in prison chains, manacled to a dungeon wall; we would simply be marionettes on the end of strings dancing to the whim of the “Master Controller”.  Though able, God does not cause things to happen to us like we were only pawns moving about some grand chessboard. Where is the love in that type of relationship? Evil is active in the fallen world, but it is God who loves us so much, as a shepherd would leave 99 to look for the 1 lost sheep! Though our fallen society thinks otherwise, it should be obvious that love does not control a person! Despite the rantings of the nonbelievers, God is not into control; God seeks relationship! We read that one afternoon God was walking in the Garden of Eden and rhetorically called out to Adam, saying where are you (Genesis 2:8+9)? Of course God knew exactly that Adam and Eve, who already had discovered with newfound knowledge that they had done wrong, were actually hiding nearby.

Look deep enough and you’ll find that a loving open, non-controlling relationship is sought by all, because God also wants the same. We find this to be “a God part” left within us by our Creator. As the architect leaves part of themselves behind in their architecture, so too, God longingly wishes for us to return to Him as was first planned and noted at the original creation, “it is good”. To walk in the Garden of Eden with God…it just doesn’t get any better than that, but the people [Adam & Eve…and us] do not have the vision of our Creator. We have only incomplete vision! How could Adam and Eve think they could stand equal to the One that got the whole universe started ex nilhilo in the first place? Let’s not be too hard on them, my friends, we are doing the same thing today!

We are created to glorify the Creator God. To cover the earth with water and start again would have grieved God to depths we can’t possibly understand, but it had to happen, for God is in control, and yet still seeks the original relationship with us…again, for God knew us before we were formed in the womb. Since mankind messed it up, not God, there had to be another way to re-create a non-controlled relationship. This is the whole of the Bible, from beginning to end, to show us the way, the pathway to get back to the Garden of Eden!

Jesus tells the parable (Luke 20:9-19) of the Landlord [God] and the tenants [mankind] in the perfect vineyard [Earth before the fall]; where the evil tenants go against the initial contractual arrangements [same as the instructions, “don’t eat from the Tree of Knowledge”]. The tenants selfishly wished to keep all the produce for themselves, and not pay the Landlord his due by agreement. The Landlord, trying to reach the tenants, sends two sets of servants to whom the evil tenants murder. Finally, out of love to reach these evil tenants and recreate the earlier agreed relationship, the Landlord sends His Son [Jesus]. Due to the evilness nature within the tenants, they kill Him as well. Just look around today and view the multitudes that are still rejecting Jesus; metaphorically killing Him again and again, saying Jesus is not who He says He is, nor is He even real.

Maybe we’ll learn one day! Through undeserved grace, in God’s effort to finally reach us again, God sent His Son Jesus to show us the way back to the loving Father. A loving God running with arms open wide ready to celebrate your return as did the father [God] in the parable of the “Two Sons” [sometimes known as the “Prodigal Son”] (Luke 15:11-32). As in that parable, God will bring the best clothes, the best shoes, and serve up a great banquet in a mansion for those that turn back to Him. God wants good for you and for you to have an easy life in relationship with Him! We need nothing else, but ask ourselves, have we repented [turned] and changed from our evil arrogant selfish ways? If you feel like doing so, tell your Creator Father that you want and desire a rebirth into the fullness of relationship; stop hiding from God, step out, ask for forgiveness and embrace your Creator God who is standing with open arms for you!

The Relationship between Creator and Creation

It is a God given wish of all humans to create, yes, I mean each and every one of us. Why? Because it is a reflection of you; we all wish to leave a mark, part of you ends inside that creation.

There is an inner spirit in each of us, yes each of us, created by God and in His image and character. Besides the Holy Spirit, this other inner spirit is the creative “juice” that will move to do creative things. I like to call it “juice” because it (whatever “it” is) this creative essence in each of us, “flows”. You can feel it when it is moving and you know when it dries up. Haven’t you heard an artist say things like, “I don’t have it anymore” or “nothing was coming to me”? Every artist has a dry period; a period when the “juice” is not flowing. The juice hasn’t dried up forever, gone and never to be experienced again. No, the juice is still within you; it has only ceased to flow at that given time. It is best to just get up and do something else for a time. When the juice is flowing, you can do amazing things. Michelangelo’s statue of David can be carved out of a rough block of marble. Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, called “Fallingwater” in Bear Run, Pennsylvania can be designed. Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century painting of the “Mona Lisa” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” can all be created out of nothing, ex nihilo baby!

Every time you read a novel, a poem, a sonnet, a play, any literary work, you have revealed something of whom the writer is and about their life. You can see that Michelangelo understands human anatomy when you view his drawings, such as the portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling called the “Creation of Man”. Most architects display “their style” to the point that a person can view a set of buildings and place the architect’s name beside each one. In the created object, there is indeed part of the creator.

When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”

A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.

Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. You don’t create and then destroy a masterpiece. Oh, you may experiment, realize it isn’t working, and then start over, drawing on your newly acquired knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. But you don’t destroy your final masterpiece; you work to save it. God is reaching out to you now; salvation can be yours.

[For more discussion on Creating, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

The Relationship between Creator and Creation

It is a God given wish of all humans to create…each and every one of us. Why? Because it is a reflection of you; we all wish to leave a mark, you see, part of you becomes part of your creation.

There is an inner spirit in each of us, created by our Triune God, the Holy Spirit, this inner spirit is the creative “juice” that will move us to do creative things. I like to call it “juice” because it a creative essence in each of us that “flows”. You can feel it when it is moving and you know when it dries up. Haven’t you heard an artist say things like, “I don’t have it anymore” or “nothing was coming to me”? Every artist has a dry period; a period when the “juice” is not flowing. The juice hasn’t dried up forever, gone and never to be experienced again. No, the juice is still within you; it has only ceased to flow at that given time. It is best to just get up and do something else for a time. When the juice is flowing, you can do amazing things. Michelangelo’s statue of David can be carved out of a rough block of marble. Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, called “Fallingwater” in Bear Run, Pennsylvania can be designed. Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century painting of the “Mona Lisa” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” can all be created out of nothing, ex nihilo baby!

Every time you read a novel, a poem, a sonnet, a play, any literary work, you have revealed the character of the writer and their life. You can see that Michelangelo understands human anatomy when you view his drawings, such as the portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling called the “Creation of Man”. Most architects display “their style” to the point that a person can view a set of buildings and place the architect’s name beside each one. In the created object, there is indeed part of the creator.

When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”

A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.

Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. Black, white, yellow or red…male or female…we are all created in His image. Don’t fall for the “cultural quick-sand” of race & sex division, most often used politically by selfish sides for their power, not their resolution. You don’t create and then set aside or destroy a masterpiece. God is reaching out to you now; He wants to see how His “mankind poem”, His very fine workmanship has turned out. Won’t you turn to Him and say, “thank you Lord for first loving me, so now I wish to love you Lord.”