Chris has told this so very well and hit’s the nail on the head. I trust you will enjoy it as much as I.
I want to apologize up front if this post comes across a little stronger than usual. Time is short. People are dying. As a Church, we need to take a long, hard look into the mirror, and figure out real quick-like how we are representing the word, Christian.
It’s not our job to change people. Let’s start with that.
We sow seeds. Sometimes, we get the amazing opportunity to water those seeds. God brings the increase. God, through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, brings conviction into people’s hearts. He brings change.
We’ve got to stop thinking everyone is wrong if they don’t believe exactly as we do. To put it quite simply…that doesn’t matter at all.
We need to stop debating with atheists, agnostics, and Mormons. We need to stop boycotting every single business that supports gay marriage. We need to stop pointing out everyone’s faults.
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The mind is such a valuable asset we each have. It ability to grasp the true nature of life, not to be swayed by someones individual agenda to prove the unprovable, lies within each of us. While some will choose to accept a given theory as proof based on a need for personal comfort and desires, some will challenge man’s desire to discredit creation when all odds point in the direction of creation. What is it that makes man take a positions that in the end has all the odds stacked against it? Why do our sciences try so hard to prove there is no God, no Creator, that this universe just happened? When instead they could use the idea of God and that all was created to set the foundation for science. To have a desire to understand how it works is the same in either case. If we were created, we have meaning. If we just happened then maybe we don’t. Thoughts to ponder don’t you think!
I so was fascinated by this opinion piece in yesterday’s paper that I have shared all but a few sentences from the article by Eric Metaxas, Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God:
In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.
Here’s the story: The same year Time featured the now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion—1 followed by 24 zeros—planets in the universe…
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It is stated that the human race can be traced back to one person. This is found in the journals of science and also found in the first book of the Bible “Genesis” which is one of if not the oldest book on record. So it should make no difference if you believe in evolution or creation – the human race began from one or maybe we better say two humans as we know them – one woman and one man. The bible tells us that God created man on the 6th day of creation and created woman from a rib of man and this is how the human race began. Evolution tells us that man evolved from something other that itself and somehow woman came along at the same time. What evolution cannot explain is why most every living thing requires male and female of the same kind to reproduce when it states that everything began as a single cell of living mater. Both beliefs do agree that the human race began with one male and one female which makes us all decedent’s of those two humans.
We are all one race called humans regardless of what we look like. It makes no difference if we are red, black, brown, yellow, white, or any other color – we are essentially all brothers and sisters , aunts or uncles or cousin’s of the original two. We are all related one way or another. We attempt to group different ethnic races by regions of the world. However, if we all came from that first couple, we are still all related. We may have different religious beliefs but we are still related. We may have different skin color, but we are still related. We may come from different countries, but we are still all related. We may be highly educated or have no education, but we are still related. No matter how we attempt to split up the world population into different groups, we are still all related. We all started out equal. One man and one woman.
One might argue that this all started millions of years ago and that the different human races each evolved separately. However, if this would have happened then it still had to take place approximately 4500 years ago or the population of the earth would be so large we would not have much standing space between us. Using the average population growth equasion that is statistically agreed too and we start 4500 years back, we find that we would reach our current global population of today. For evolution to have evolved each race independently, it would take millions of years. However, we just statistically proved that if we started more than 4500 years ago that the global population would be a lot larger than it is today. So evolution has not had enough time for each race to have evolved on its own if in fact each race originated from something different than the original two humans.
Science has proved that each of us have the same everything in our bodies except that our skin and our outward appearance may look a little different. We are still all part of the human race! Reproduction happens between a male and female of the same kind. The human race is a kind. A person of any color can reproduce with someone of another color. What they reproduce is a child, a brother or a sister, an aunt or an uncle or a cousin. They do not reproduce a new kind, just another precious child. When we peal that onion of life down to the core, we find that we are all brothers and sisters. We should love one another even if we don’t always like each other all the time. We should treat our brothers and sisters as we would like them to treat us. Evolution would have us believe we should let the fittest survive which is at the core of their philosophy; allowing the evolving process to continue transforming what we are into whatever nature requires as it changes. What will we become next? God said he created us with a purpose, that we were special and we should love Him for everything he created and gave us and to love one another.
So lets ask ourselves, why do some people view those of a different color or a different country or a different education level, or any way we would like to split humanity into different segments as someone different or anything less than themselves when we all started out from the original man and woman? I have a sister that does medical transcribing, a sister that is a nurse, a brother that drives truck, a sister that is a master of phycology, and a sister that is a certified public accountant. We are not all the same, but we are brothers and sisters. We each look different, live in different places, believe a little differently, make mistakes, upset each other at times, get into arguments, and even stay away from each other for long lengths of time, but we are still brothers and sisters.
So what color do you think humanity is? I think humanity is whatever color you are looking at!
I believe each person on earth is needed. I believe that each person on earth should love and be loved. I believe that if we followed this rule that the world would be at peace with itself. I believe that we each have a gift of some kind and that if we were all allowed to use it with a mix of love attached the sky is the limit to how great and peaceful this world would be.
Have you ever listened to a comment that you just could not comprehend how anyone could believe what they were saying? I know I have. I also know that I have had opinions and did not hesitate to state them and later finding I was incorrect had no way to go back and correct it. An observation that is so often the reality is that someone will lock in on a belief after discovering what they feel is a good answer and it makes them comfortable. Their investigation will stop. Little thought goes into any other side of the story. Mental and sometimes physical comfort is what human nature generally searches for. Once achieved we don’t want our boat of comfort rocked. We are sailing along in the tranquil waters not remotely aware of the possibility of an underlying iceberg. If someone tells us that they all melt before they reach this area, we believe them. We are comfortable.
There’s a rumble and the boat shakes. We start to fall forward reaching for anything we can get our hands on. We see water rushing in and our feet are getting wet. The water continues to rise as the boat begins to on settle slowly into the icy water. We no longer are on our comfortable ride and we have no time left to go back and alter our course.
Things that are not visible or that we are not ready to comprehend will sneak up and surprise us when we least expect it. We often wonder why. We might become upset with someone or even our self. We might wonder what were the odds of that happening. In the world of science we work to disprove an idea. If we cannot prove it wrong, then we assume it is true and start promoting the theory as a fact. The problem with this type of thinking or problem solving is when we work to disprove the truth, we also can start believing it is true because we haven’t disproven it yet. Just because someone cannot disprove something does not make it true.
One can win the lottery assuming you buy a ticket. If you were to check the odds of winning you would probably not go and pick out your new car or house quit yet. Your chances of winning the Powerball lottery with one ticket are 1 out of 175 million or 1 chance out of 175 to the 9th power. However, it has been proven that somebody will eventually win. In the world of numbers using the globally accepted Borel’s Law of odds, states that for the odds of anything to happen it must be just a little better than 1 chance out of 10 to the 50th power. Yup that’s 50 zeros not 9 zeros. However, with that said, one could argue that it also gives leeway for something to be true if it falls below that 1 chance in 10 to the 50th power. However, anything worse than that would be mathematically impossible. Dr. Harold Morowitz of Yale estimates that for the simplest life form to have happened the odds would be 1 chance out of 10 to the 340,000,000 power and Dr. Carl Sagan of Cornell, one of the worlds leading supporter of evolution has stated that the odds of evolution happening are even narrower giving it 1 chance out of 10 to the 200,000,000,000th power. If the odds of winning the lottery were the same would you play it?
If we only really knew what we think we know.
What do you believe? Were we created or did we evolve? Don’t sit on the sidelines and all of a sudden be faced with the ice below the surface of the water while you are cruising through life. Check it out. Make sure that hidden ice below the surface is not there. Make sure you know your future.
The comprehension our mind has as our eyes focus on the subject we are viewing is a miracle in itself that we generally take for granted. To comprehend the beauty in front of us will take but a second. The impression becomes locked into our memory and we can recall the moment as we close our eyes and let our mind pull it back into our thoughts. Our bodies warm with the mental image as we allow our mind to continue processing the imagery. We enter into a state of calmness allowing our bodies to feel the emotions our eyes had presented and our mind had comprehended. We allow our internal clock to stop ticking if only for a few moments while an internal warmth flows from our head to our toes. Our body grabs a relaxed state allowing our day to stop, to forget the daily struggle if only for those few moments. Life can be wonderful!
Science continues to explore how this all happens. The millions of tube and cones in our eyes that gather the light as we view the object. The nerves that transport this image to our brain. The brain cells that view this image, the electrical pulses fly around in just the right areas allowing our comprehension, our ability to recall, and the chemicals that are released surging through our bodies giving us those feelings of comfort just happens. If we visualize the opposite of beauty, or something that alerts our mind, the opposite reactions take place in our body. We quickly close our eye lid to keep the bug out. We stop or jump out-of-the-way to avoid an accident. It all just happens!
Our bodies are such a remarkable work of art. Each and every part play a role in the other. It is all totally connected. What are the odds that the human body evolved from a single cell, a single cell that happened to come to life by some strange event billions of years ago? Where do we place our faith? Do we place it in the sciences that continue down a path working hard to prove we just evolved or the science that has proven that it is IMPOSSIBLE without someone putting everything in its proper order? Do we place our faith in the science that wants to prove God does not exist or the science that proves He must exist?
Where should we place our faith? I choose God.