Without music, the world could not exist! This is not merely a declaration of aesthetic sensibility or support for the importance of the arts. But quite literally, theoretical physicists have hypothesized that multi-dimensional vibration accounts for all the particular arrangements of protons, neutrons and electrons into the atomic structures that constitute matter. This view, known as “string theory,” resonates remarkably with how the Bible claims the world came into being.
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” Hebrews 11:3
Consider, however, that God did not think the world into existence, but spoke it. The original language of God’s speaking in Genesis does not exclude the idea of singing – an idea common in the creation accounts of many cultures and in popular literature. Both Tolkien in the Silmarillion and C. S. Lewis in the Chronicles of Narnia describe the creation of their fictional worlds through the singing of a supreme being.
But there is another singer in each of these stories – a glorious, but prideful, envious creature who sings a different song, slightly off pitch in order to lead creation to resonate with discordant vibrations. He weaves doubt and dissonance, asking “did God really say?” and introducing a “better truth” than God’s truth – a truth that man himself should be the captain of his soul and the master of his fate. He does not deny God’s existence or that he has spoken. He only suggests that God’s word is not enough, not sufficient, not completely trustworthy – suitable only for moral and practical suggestion. He does not sing a new song, just God’s song off pitch and out of tune. He sings of man’s essential goodness and God’s overbearing and unreasonable demands. He sings of God’s justice and implacable wrath or perhaps of his basic apathy toward us and our concerns.
This accuser, this destroyer, this father of lies sings a soul destroying and life depriving dissonance. For this reason, the scripture commands us to close our ears to his choir of false singers, teaching a different doctrine and another gospel, contrary to God’s Word, the Bible. When the Apostle Paul writes to his young protégé, Timothy, to instruct him in giving guidance to the fledgling church in Ephesus, he charges him strictly to refute those who are teaching off-key. In his exhortation he gives one of the simplest, most concise, articulations of the gospel in all of scripture.
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” 1 Timothy 1:15
Paul sings out the song of redemption with clarity of voice and perfectness of pitch in order that men might reject Satan’s song. Join us this Lord’s Day, August 26, as we examine 1 Timothy 1:12-17 and consider why it is imperative to resist those who sing the gospel off-key. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions. Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.