Creation of Adam by God
The Creation of Adam was painted by Michelangelo in 1511-1512. It is part of a larger painting which covers the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Was Adam created by God or is each of us just a mass of highly evolved pond slime? Which is truth? Why is it important?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The Lord God formed man from the dust of the earth. He breathed the breath of life into man’s nostrils. Man became a living soul.
These well-known words come from the book of Genesis. The Bible continues, saying God has a plan for Adam. Adam is to rule over the earth and all creatures. According to the Bible:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1: 26-27, NAS)
Mankind is made in God’s image. What does this mean? That question’s difficult to answer. I think it means people have abilities not found among animals. We can read and write and add. We can speak. We are able to form tools.
But it means much more than that.
Man Can Reach Beyond
We have the ability to reach beyond the physical world. We wonder about life. We ask questions about our environment. We stand in awe of nature. We are able to talk with God. We worship.
We have no evidence that animals share these abilities. Do animals worship or pray or wonder about the stars? We can’t say for sure. But there is no evidence that they do.
We can appreciate beauty. Beauty is impossible to define but we all know the concept. What makes a woman beautiful? Why is one sunset more beautiful than another? Beauty has qualities beyond the physical world. It reaches toward perfection. Beauty carries us into a metaphysical world.
We value art. Art inspires us. It arouses our emotions. Great art lifts us to a higher level. Music also inspires us. It arouses feelings of love, despair, joy, and even awe.
Atheism Denies Existence Beyond this World
All of these gifts from God are denied by atheists.
Atheism denies the existence of anything beyond the physical world. Goodness, beauty, love – these concepts are not acknowledged by atheists. These ideas are not part of the material, physical world and, for atheists, these concepts do not exist.
Art, as defined by atheists, does not inspire. Atheists consider art as a tool. It has the ability to expand our world. They use it to show us the world “as it really is.” But for atheists the real world is empty, dark, and ugly. An atheist sees the world as distorted and chaotic. Yes, their art can shock us. The art of atheists transports us to their version of “reality.” But is that where we want to be? Not me.
Their art cannot inspire. Inspiration lifts us upward. For atheism, “upward” does not exist. There is no escape from the ugliness of existence. Even death is not an escape. Death is merely a surrender to the nothingness of non-existence.
Is this really what atheists believe? Am I just making this up? Don’t take my word for it. Read Camus or Sartre or Nietzsche. It’s all right there. I don’t understand why anyone chooses to believe in nothingness.
The Great Gulf
Art reveals the gulf between atheism and Christianity. Which do you think is better? Atheism offers darkness, emptiness, and death. Jesus Christ offers love and beauty and hope.
Which belief is the truth? That’s the purpose of this website. Consider the ideas presented on this site. Start your own search for truth. Seek and find.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Bible begins with these words. God created man in His image. Man has a special place in God’s creation.
God loves us. God places us in a beautiful but flawed world. Beauty and ugliness, good and evil coexist here. Is this world a beautiful creation? Yes. Has it been marred by intentional evil? Yes.
Is this world an ugly, meaningless prelude to an eternal nothing? Then why is this ugliness interrupted by irrational acts of kindness? How can beauty overwhelm us if it does not exist?
God or nothingness? Beauty or ugliness? Acts of kindness or brutal apathy? God or atheism; only one is truth. Which do you choose? Choose wisely. Only one is truth.