Only when we accept as true, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth ..." does the rest of the Bible make sense.
If we cannot accept the first verse as true, then we might as well close the book. If we claim God as our creator, then we will be more willing to follow the biblical guidelines for how to derive the most benefit from our time on this earth.
Buying an item and following the directions from the manufacturer for how best to derive service from it is analogous to this biblical concept. If we ignore the owner's manual, we run the risk of having the product malfunction or break down. The creator knows best.
During World War II, gas rationing pushed some people to experiment with liquids other than gasoline for fuel. In Atlanta, some not-to-be-denied teens decided to use alcohol in place of gas (this was before ethanol). All was well until the Model T Ford exploded in Five Points. Henry Ford never designed the Model T to use alcohol for fuel without serious repercussions.
Sometimes we disregard God's guidelines with equally disastrous results. We abuse our body by choosing stressful lifestyles, by overindulging in items that should be consumed in moderation, or partaking in products that God never intended us to have.
We tend to worship at our work, work at our play, and play at our worship. God wills that we be gainfully employed but not to make work the priority in life.
He wills that we take time to relax and to play, but not to play so seriously that we neglect to have fun.
God wants us to regularly take time for worship, study and prayer so as to maintain the essential spiritual dimension in life. Wellness is three dimensional: mind, body and spirit.
Claiming God as Creator, redeemer and sustainer means affirming that God is in charge, knows what he is doing, and always has our best interests in mind.
In the beginning, God created a virtual paradise for us to live, move and have our being. Our purpose now is to live in such ways that the kingdom of this earth will be restored to God's original design and purpose.
God has not left us to wonder how to accomplish that goal: We have only to live according to his plan as spelled out in the Bible.
Dr. Gene Norris is a local Presbyterian pastor.
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