First things first: How we know God can raise the dead
The Bible opens with a declaration that God loves life. Genesis’ account of the origin of life does not describe the supposed long and lethargic mutation of evolution, but an explosive, noisy, springing forth of creatures at God’s command.
The water teems and bubbles with living creatures, the birds fill the sky, the land breaks forth with walking, crawling, slithering, hopping things. I assume they didn’t take long to begin making noise, looking for food, moving, snorting, rooting. Activity everywhere. Colors, sounds, and textures of every kind. Creatures ranging from bizarre to cuddly. And God loved it.
Genesis 1 provides the foundation for the biblical hope of resurrection. Were it not for God’s delight in life, his determination to bring forth life where once it did not exist, and his power to do so, we would have no hope that he is able or that he even desires to bring us back to life from the darkness and void of sin. Genesis 1 provides a thesis statement for the whole Bible:
God loves life, and he loves to give life!
And on that premise, the story continues. Read More…