Chaos, Order and Faith

Signpost "Order vs. Chaos"

 

 

Order and Chaos are two ideas that divide the concept of a created universe and a random universe. People look at order as being rules and laws and chaos being freedom. Christians are mocked for needing to have an outlandish belief system, in order to explain creation etc. However, what the world doesn’t realize is that it takes far more faith to believe in a chaotic system. The mere notion of “nothing” turning into everything all of a sudden, openly defies scientific reasoning.

Ironically the only logical explanation for how life pervaded the universe is written in scripture.

 

In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

 

The very first verse of scripture describes creation as something prepared, formed, and fashioned. All of these things suggest an order, a design, and a plan. So the rules and the freedom we have been given (tasked with understanding) in Christ, all have an order and purpose to them. In fact, the very nature of God in scripture is anything BUT chaotic.

 

Many Christians fall into the trap that God is merely an emotional being that moves us to feel certain ways, creating spiritual highs, so that we can vaguely understand what He wants us to do. If this were true, then it would be confirmed and demonstrated in the actions of God.

He said to them, Behold, when you have gone into the city, a man carrying an earthen jug or pitcher of water will meet you; follow him into the house which he enters, And say to the master of the house, The Teacher asks you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover [meal] with My disciples? And he will show you a large room upstairs, furnished [with carpets and with couches properly spread]; there make [your] preparations. And they went and found it [just] as He had said to them; and they made ready the Passover [supper]. (Luke 22: 10-13)

 

Most of scripture is pretty vivid (prophesy, revelation, instructions to disciples and prophets) and detailed. All throughout God’s Word we see Jesus directing His disciples and He is pretty clear and precise with His instructions. Jesus is purposeful and intentional, and does not seem to be random or chaotic at all.

With this being said, many look at “having order” as “legalistically following the rules.” However, grace also has an order to it, just like love, joy, peace, patience, etc. In light of that, the world has crept into our places of worship, attempting to blend freedom with chaos in order to blind believers to who God really is. Such is the way of Satan. He mimics something in the Kingdom of God and then changes it slightly so that we might see it as “good” when it is indeed “not of God.” One simple way to test the validity of something you are doing, is if you have to justify it outside of scripture, it may not be of God. Truth does not need defending.

 

It takes a larger amount of faith to believe that the impossible happened by chance and then just perfectly put itself together, going against all the rules and properties of science etc., than it is to believe that an infinite being created everything with order and intent.

 

Out of all of scripture, there is only one verse we need to know in order to understand that God does not do anything haphazardly or without purpose and it is:

 

For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)

 

If the same Lord that created the Heavens and the Earth, all the creatures in it, the 10 commandments, etc., and never changes… then it is safe to assume that this same God of order and purpose does not instruct His followers with vague details or random happenstance. We as believers need to make sure that we are not misrepresenting Christ by taking our spiritual freedoms to the point of chaotic behaviors and teachings. This goes against the very nature of our unchanging God.

 

Chaos and order are completely opposite of one another and therefore since scripture clearly states:

 

For He [Who is the source of their prophesying] is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order. As [is the practice] in all the churches of the saints (God’s people) (1 Corinthians 14:33)

 

Then we can safely assume that there is nothing Chaotic, random, or whimsical about our God who does not change.

 

Test everything to the existing Word and body of Christ and do not create a new [incorrect] gospel out of chaos, emotional highs, and confusion.

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