Who alone has immortality

I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.                          1 Timothy 6:13-16

None of us is immortal. No angle is immortal. Both will have eternal life but we each have a creation date. There was a time when we did not exist. There was a time when the angels did not exist. But, there was never a time when God did not exist. He alone is immortal. He alone has no beginning and no end. And contrary to what some believe, Jesus was the only person to preexist His physical birth.

Skeptics will often bring up the question of whom or what caused God. They will argue that everything has a cause so God too must have a cause. Then they sit back hoping to see the believer squirm. Even small children will ask when was God born. Everything that we can see or touch has a beginning, it was caused by something. The skeptic has missed something. Not everything needs a cause, only things that have a beginning need a cause.

Things can be caused by something else such as a table is caused by a carpenter. This is how everything we see around us came in existence. Things could be self caused, that is it created its self. This is a logical impossibility since in order to cause itself it would first need to exist. Finally something can be uncaused. That is it has no beginning and since it always existed it needs no cause. This was how the universe was once seen. Eternal, always existing and therefore no creator was needed. This thinking started to change in the 1960’s when evidence started to be discovered that the universe had indeed a beginning. Not only the universe had a beginning but so did time. Both were created together.

So if everything in the universe and even the universe had a beginning and therefore a cause then what or who created it? The Bible has the answer, “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. God needs no cause, He needs no creator because He was not created. God is outside of space and time, He is the only immortal one. The creator of everything seen and unseen. He alone is immortal, all else existed because of Him.

Scientist, philosophers and atheists spend countless hours devising ever more complex scenarios in order to explain away a universe that has a beginning and try to show that in some way it needs no creator. Yet all they seem to come up with is something that only pushes back the creation. Not explain how things were created. They ignore the one true and simple answer because their minds refuse to admit God’s existence. To admit God’s existence means to admit His power and glory and that the just cannot do.

Have a blessed day,

David

PS I have just touched on the uncaused cause and the caused. For more on the philosophical underpinnings of our faith check out my friend’s blog Thomistic Bent at http://humblesmith.wordpress.com.

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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