In the beginning, God created time and space, matter, energy, and all living things. He created every galaxy – beautiful spiral and elliptical galaxies that lie around invisible filaments, every star, every atom, every planet, and everything in the heavens and on the earth. God can choose to violate the laws of nature. He existed before the universe, and He was intentional about everything He created. God IS. He brought our universe into existence and exquisitely fashioned it to provide a home for physical life and human beings.

I believe in God. And Hugh Ross, Author of Big Bang – The Bible Taught It First! while addressing cosmology in one of his published articles, hit the nail on the head:

“The Bible’s prophets and apostles stated explicitly and repeatedly the two most fundamental properties of the big bang, a transcendent cosmic beginning a finite time ago and a universe undergoing a general, continual expansion. In Isaiah 42:5 both properties were declared, “This is what the Lord says—He who created the heavens and stretched them out.”

Every natural wonder and joy of the universe is an opportunity to know God. Experiencing an eclipse for example, is an opportunity to stop and marvel at the majesty of God’s creation. Although, we live in a world with a bias for material. The world finds it hard to acknowledge God as real because they cannot physically see Him. As such, they place their faith in things they can physically see and touch. Some people might even argue that if you cannot physically touch God, then He must not be real. Except that is not how it works with God. God Himself may not be physically present, but He influences the world in a way that is constant, steady, and reliable. And He makes Himself known in so many ways.

Among all God’s creations, he distinguished us humans by giving us intelligence and the ability to reason. That is responsible for the ability of humans to build knowledge that has landed people on the moon, developed research tools like the telescope and many others, and all the numerous advancements in science over the last hundreds of centuries. This unique ability to think and reason has also enabled us to create communities and spaces where like-minded individuals can interact and spread ideas.

Before we can describe the purpose of life, we need to first understand and believe that God has a specific purpose for each of us. This is not an irrational idea. And to enable us to achieve our purpose, God has put in us everything that we need: wisdom, knowledge, faith, love, creativity, beauty, hope, morality, kindness, and curiosity. He also gave us free will, the ability to make our own choices – and each of these choices has a consequence.

God is the source of light. And the only way we can fulfil our purpose is by spreading the light of God.