Just a thought for the day!
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.
This post speaks about each of us and the role we have in who we are, what we have become and what we can do to change. Our brain and how our mind comprehends is based on what we feed it. Research shows that what we knew or thought we new is continously changing, being modified, substantiated, and refuted. If we allow ourselves to remain left behind by locking in our beliefs in any subject and not opening up our mind to possible change, we miss the chance of becoming all that we can be. I have always said that one is never so smart that they can’t learn something from a dummy. I trust I will always ask those questions, listen to what I hear and continue down the road of an enlightened life. God gave us this brain and mind to think with. He gave us the ability to think and reason and make choices for ourself. We should do just that! We should never allow ourselves to lock into what someone else wants us to believe until we look in all direction even if it make us uncomfortable. Think on!
Lifting my eyes towards the sky
Imagining I am an Eagle that can fly
With wings spread wide and head held high
Feeling that uplift can bring tears to one’s eye
The view below was sitting so still
It felt so good it must be God’s will
When looking around the clouds I could see
All puffed up big but soft as can be
As the updraft of air starts to dwindle
Down, down, down I continued
With life’s past thoughts quickly emerging
Both worlds start converging
I start to wonder just what I had seen
Soring so high where the air is so clean
Where it was easy to see and to feel so free
God’s wonderful world came in focus for me
Again I looked down with a new open mind
Treating my past as one of a kind
The updraft was back and rekindled my though
On my wide spread wings it had caught
Higher and higher I began to climb
Above the scant clouds in a very short time
The view from above I could see the earth
I really began to feel my true worth
Life took on a new meaning
A little like spring cleaning
Everything seemed so clean and so free
I just couldn’t believe it, it just couldn’t be
But God opened my eyes so I could see
All is not lost if you just believe in Me
Open your heart and let Me in
And I promise I will forgive all of your sins
I opened the door into my heart
And then my life began a new start
With God by my side I wondered no more
My life had changed right down to the core
As the Eagle flies high
With his eyes he can see
Gods wonderful gift
It’s so great to be free
By: Wm. Forbes
A couple years ago, I needed to put a stake in my yard to hold a Christmas ornament from blowing away. After thinking about it just a little I remembered I had a sprinkler system. I didn’t know where the main pipe feeding that area was located, I only knew my yard was large and this water line was only 1 inch in diameter. So what are the odds I could hit it when I was only driving a 3/4 inch stake in that little spot in that large area. I told myself that it would be pretty much impossible. Yes, you guessed it. I drove it right into the middle of that pipe and never had a clue what I had done. Come spring I found I had an issue. I told myself that there was no way but there was. I guess we can say the wrong choice was made by me.
When it comes to choices we have to make vs. choices we want to make, I find that they can both get us into trouble. When we make a choice based on only our thoughts which is what I did with that nasty stake, we only have ourselves to blame. I don’t think it was the fault of the company that installed the sprinkler system and if I would have called them up and asked what they were thinking when they put that water line right where my stake needed to go, I’m sure they would have told me that they were their first. Your problem – You caused it – What were you thinking!
But what happens when I make a choice based on someone else’s guidance and it proves to be wrong? Many times in today’s world we blame things going wrong on someone else. It’s many times hard for us humans to admit we could be wrong. So we blame the mistake on someone else. Maybe we might take them to court or just make a serious threat. We might stop being friends with them even if we asked them for the advice. Many things can happen when we make choices. We make them everyday of our lives. Getting up in the morning, eating or going to bed is a choice. It maybe started by making a choice that takes little thought like being hungry, tired or rested. However, it is a choice. Maybe we make a choice to do something because it makes us feel good. We really like a special kind of desert. Then 20 years later and 60 pounds over weight we realize maybe we should not have eaten the whole thing! We realty want something that we think we cannot live without, we don’t have the money, so we charge it! Then we can’t sleep because we can’t pay for it. Must have been that sales person’s fault!
Those pesky sales people can be a bit of a pain if you are not aware of the goods they are selling. They are either there to genuinely help or they are there to make a sale. It is the one that is there just to make a sale that we generally need to be aware of. If we choose to wrap our arms around our own ability to listen, rationalize and ultimately determine for ourselves what we want to believe, we can begin to see who we really are. We can buy into things that are good for ourselves.
I believe that God also gave each of us choices to make. He made a choice and gave each of us a brain and a mind to think with and allows each of us to make our own choice about Him. The problem we all need to be aware of is that there are people out there that don’t want us to believe in God. They have their own agenda no matter what it is. The problem that happens if you follow just their advice, you could be making one of those choices that you have to repair later or it is also possible that you won’t be around to repair it and it will be too late. So we need to be careful when we are making choices about something so important and careful about who influences us and also about who we influence. Clearing our mind of all the junk that clouds the issue and making sure we understand the results of our choices and then moving forward with it is up to us. One way or the other – it is our choice!