Friday, June 26, 2009

Quote of the Week

There is a kind of creation that only God can do.  For God to bring something into being required nothing other than his eternal, loving reality as a starting point.   We, on the other hand, always start in the middle of things, working with raw materials given to us by God and by the generations before us.


Craver Vii said...

I love creating things, but that's a misnomer, isn't it? After all, we're not really creating, we're re-creating... we're re-arranging other things that have already been created.

I like the story about a scientist that tells God, "Ha! I too, have figured out how to create a living being. See, first you take some dirt..." God interrupts and says, "Wait a sec; get your own dirt."

Every Square Inch said...

When we create stuff, we need to start with stuff. Your story made me laugh - "get your own dirt" indeed

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes. And creativity is surely a part of our being made in God's image. Of course God did it "ex nihilo". But God takes human creativity as part of his new creation in Jesus, I take it, in the works humans do in fulfilling God's creation mandate. So that while all is a gift from God, what we humans do with that gift, in God's sovereignty and will, somehow does make a difference, having both God's fingerprints, and our own on it.

And I think somehow in the new creation, we as Christ's Body have our special parts now, that will somehow go through eternity.

Every Square Inch said...

I think it speaks of God's love and kindness to us that He allows us to participate in the creative process... albeit as a 2nd order creation whereby we create from what God has first created "ex-nihilo". Yet no other creature in all of creation has that privilege or ability