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Heb 1:1 ESV – [1] Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets

God is distinguished from all of the other gods in the OT because he is a God who speaks.

Psa 115:3-6, 8 ESV – [3] Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. [4] Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. [5] They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. [6] They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. … [8] Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.

Hab 2:18-20 ESV – [18] “What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! [19] Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it. [20] But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”

God is different from all other gods because he is a speaking God. Now before you dismiss as primitive these ancient peoples, we are still doing the same thing today. It is amazing to me to see people ascribe to science almost god-like attributes. I myself am a lover of science, but I can recognize when someone treats it as a god. We know, almost beyond all doubt that the universe is not eternal, but came into being. All matter, energy, space and time came into being. Logic demands that something outside of the known universe had to create the universe. So scientists will postulate that there are these branes (not brains). Sheets that are very close together and when they occasionally touch they bring a universe into being. Some theorize about an multiverse that exists as a kind of cosmic sea foam. Our universe came into being through this cosmic foam. P-branes, M-branes, and sea foam – these theories sound just as far fetched as many of the ancient myths like the universe coming into being out of the watery chaos of a dragon’s body torn in two.  

And just like these ancients gods, the god of cosmic foam or P-branes do not speak. One of the most amazing thing about the universe that we live in is thought itself. Information is something that exists beyond the material world. A fantasy story can be told as the information is communicated through ink and paper. The ink and paper hold the information, but they are not the same thing as the information. The same story can be told on a computer screen, or on the structuring of air itself in sound waves. The story or information is independant of the physical storage of it.

In this universe, without God, there is not teleos. There is no higher thought or reasoning. There is no epistemic basis for it. Only God as a personal agent can speak and reason. And therefore only God can account for a world of information. A world without telos is a world without meaning or purpose.

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