C is for Creator

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter C

Creator (of the universe) describes the Almighty God, who in the statement of belief used in many acts of worship, “made all things seen and unseen”.  The Bible gives the story of creation in the early chapters of the Book of Genesis.  (Some people say there are two stories there.)  One reason often given by atheists and agnostics for not believing in God is that they cannot believe these stories.  At the risk of having some believers disagreeing with me, I’d like to point out that many parts of the Bible are written in the style of poetry and picture language.  Not everything is meant to be read as a literal account.

My view is that the universe is amazingly complex in design and the odds against it having come into being by a series of random events are very high.  A God, who could bring everything into being, is worth investigating.  How the universe came into being is far less important than why it did.  Having studied scientific subjects to degree level, I find no problem believing in God as the Creator.  Science and religion are not mutually exclusive.

Many scientists are believers.  In fact, western science developed using the belief that everything worked according to physical Laws, because the Creator had set everything up in an ordered way.  Scientists were looking for the details of how the physical world worked.  The history of scientific thought has not undermined these principles.  More and more detailed knowledge has been gained as better methods have been developed for observing and measuring both smaller and smaller and more and more distant objects.  Uncertainty and probability are part of rational predictions in modern areas of research such as quantum physics.  (Thanks are due to Gillian Straine @GillianStraine on Twitter for clarifying this.)

Christ is a Greek word meaning Messiah.  The Messiah was spoken about by prophets throughout the Old Testament.  Jesus claimed to be the Messiah.  The two names Jesus and Christ are often linked.  Prayers are offered to the Creator through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Christ is not a family name, but a title.

Further reading:  Introducing Science and Religion: A path through polemic Gillian Straine (This is on my “to read” list.   The link is to Amazon, but please buy books from shops/stores if possible.)  Update: Gillian Straine is offering her book to you, my readers, at the special price of £9.50 for a signed copy, free p and p in the UK.  If you are overseas, please contact her for the postage price.  (Any transaction is strictly between you and Gillian.  I am just the messenger!)

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B is for Blessed

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter A

The names or descriptions of God beginning with B, which first came into my mind were Blessed and blessing, Bountiful and the Bread of life.  These are mostly rather specialised words and phrases.

Many people use the expression Bless, or sign something they have written with blessings.  “Bless you”, often follows a sneeze.

God’s blessing is worth receiving.  In his generosity (being bountiful) He is willing to pour out blessings on people.  He desires that people should bless Him.

Bread of Life is a description Jesus gave himself.  John 6:48

The final name I remembered for this letter is Brother.

This is the easiest of these ideas, but in some ways the most difficult.  People belong to families.  Male siblings are brothers.  What is amazing is that God (in the person of his Son) could be our Brother.  Matthew 25:40, Romans 8:29 and other passages of the New Testament use this idea.  We cannot be equal with God, but he came down to earth to be our Brother.

Here is a well-known prayer, which addresses Jesus as our Brother.

The prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly
and follow Thee more nearly, day by day.

Further reading:

Holy Bible (If you do not possess one there are online resources and free translations for Kindle.)


How can it be all right when everything is all wrong?

Forgetful Heart by Lucy Mills, who is taking part in the A to Z Challenge.


A to Z theme reveal

Last year I revealed that my theme for the A to Z Challenge was going to be musical instruments.  I prepared all my posts in advance.  There was some interest in my posts and I made some new blogging friends.

Having chosen my theme and written all my posts I woke up on 1 April 2014 with an idea for another theme.  I dismissed the possibility of having two themes running in parallel.  It seemed practical to save this new idea for 2015.

There is a famous line in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet.

There is also the expression to make a name for oneself.

Names and reputations are closely linked.  During April I propose to look at the names of God and what we can learn from them about his nature.  I have no formal qualification in theology, but I study the Bible and worship God.  Whether you share my faith or not, I invite you to join me in this exploration of what the ways people address God tell us about Him.

The Challenge was founded by Arlee Bird and could not go ahead without the help of his co-hosts and assistants.  Will you be joining bloggers from around the world taking part in this year’s challenge?