Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 5th, 2020
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)
In The Beginning
While most historians believe the name Canada came from the Iroquois word for village, there is an alternative theory. It suggests that the name originated when Portuguese or Spanish explorers, having explored the northern part of the continent and unable to find gold and silver, wrote cá nada (“nothing here” in Portuguese), acá nada, aqui nada or el cabo de nada (“Cape Nothing” in Spanish) on that part of their maps. Philologist Marshall Elliott linked the name to the Spanish word “cañada”, meaning “glen” or “valley”.
One of the unique features of the Christian faith is that it is historical. It begins at the beginning. When the Gospel is shared in a Buddhist culture, it always begins with creation. There is no creator in Buddhism and so people always wonder where this world came from. So the best place to begin is in the beginning. The question of creation is answered in the first book of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 says simply “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is the foundational statement of the entire Biblical narrative. There was nothing before God. He stood outside of time, existing before there was time. He is Spirit who spoke the material into being. First there was just God. Then there was His creation. That includes us. We are part of all that God created. This fact gives us the assurance that we are not a matter of chance. We have been created by a loving God, as has everything else we see around us. This gives us, and our world, meaning and purpose. You have been brought into this world by a personal Creator God who loves you dearly.
These have been words from the heart.