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1 John 5:4
4 For [hoti] whatsoever [pas] is born [gennao] of [ek] God [theos] overcometh [nikao] the world [kosmos]: and [kai] this [houtos] is [esti] the victory [nike] that overcometh [nikao] the world [kosmos], even our [hemon] faith [pistis]. KJV-Interlinear
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith. NASB
The world, or the known universe, if you will, is all that is visible, all that is measurable, all that can be detected by man such that man will have an environment in which he can grow up and come to know the power and depth of the wisdom of God.
Everything that is, was not created by or of itself, but came into existence out of nothing. Recall our study of Genesis where God created the heavens and the earth. The word used for created is 'bara' which is to create out of nothing.
In addition to this word, the Bible uses three more words to describe the various forms of creation. They are, 'asah' to make or create according to a pattern. The soul was fashioned after the pattern of the image of God.
Then there is 'yatsar' to form something out of something such as a pot out of clay material. Adams body was fashioned out of the dust of the ground.
Then the last term is 'banah' which means to build, redesign, or to sculpt something and is used in the forming of the woman out of the rib of Adam. Eve was sculpted out of the rib.
The world, the universe, did not create itself from preexisting material. This Biblical principle defies the scientific law which concludes that matter can neither be created nor destroyed, which I'm sure you learned in school.
So there was no big bang, no imploding of the universe and then and huge explosion which sent the material of the universe out to parts unknown to form the known galaxies and so forth. No evolution. God did not use this method to bring the universe into existence as though all things came about by some natural order by themselves with God only giving the whole thing a start. None of this.
The universe at one time did not exist. Nothing existed. Then the angels were created and they all were a very happy bunch. We have studied this in our angelic conflict studies in the past. Then God created the universe right in front their eyes and they all sang together.
Then something else happened and Lucifer became arrogant and the whole thing fell into a shambles. Now we are here.
We were not there for the creation of the angels. We were not there for the creation of the universe. We were not there for the fall of Lucifer (now known as Satan). We were not there for the destruction of planet earth. We were not there for the restoration of the earth (the six days of Genesis). By the way the universe was not created in six days. That is the story of the restoration of planet earth. The universe had a lot of history prior to the restoration of planet earth - dinosaurs, the angelic conflict beginnings and such.
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. NASB
We were not around for most of the history of planet earth prior to our coming into existence. We only have our scientific speculation as to what things occurred in the distant past.
But the Word of God gives us enough truth such that we can believe in what it teaches even though we have never seen these things and even though there is a huge amount of theory out there in the world which suggests many concepts in opposition of what the Bible teaches.
We do not close our eyes to logical explanations, but we do however use the Word, the power of fellowship, and the love of God (principles of doctrine) to establish our discernment between truth and the lies of life.
Faith then becomes the victory armament of God which will defeat all fools who see it as foolishness and nothing more. How people can arrogantly conclude the past when they were never there, and even when their theories do not hold up when placed under intense scrutiny. To surmise that life came into existence by accident, in all of its many different forms, designs, DNA configurations and so forth, once in the universe and only on planet earth is a stretch of the imagination.
But to suggest that life came about again by accident, in a much shorter period of time, even a second time after the destruction of the world is really a stretch. So science has to come up with another theory suggesting that the second round of life came to planet earth riding on an asteroid. Sort of a Noah's space ship ark.
Faith is the confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of God, the scriptures, and the power behind them. It is a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence, but does not follow blindly after something which has no substance in reality whatsoever. Faith rests solely on the teaching of God and His power to support and the consistency of all that the Bible teaches.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.