The Lower Lights> Oct 2001|
Alan Jones, Editor
"Brightly beams our
From the lighthouse
But to us He gives the
Of the light along the
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When we think of Autumn, we
think of leaves. Certainly, we call this season Fall due to the leaves
falling from the trees as the crisp wind blows. This month, as the leaves
change from green to bright red, orange, and yellow and fall to the
ground, let us look beyond what our eyes behold and appreciate to see that
this wondrous process provides us with a basis for belief in God.
What outdoor scene would we
place on a calendar for October, 3001? Would it not be one which showed
trees with beautiful color with leaves scattered about beneath them? The
changing of sea-sons is so predictable that weather forecasters can tell
you the peak time for viewing the fall colors in any particular area. Is
this by design or merely be chance? This predictability was promised by
God after the flood when He said to Noah, "While the earth remains,
seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day
and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22)
As we marvel at the brilliant
Fall foliage, do we stop to wonder- Why don't the leaves just turn black
when they die? How is it, that of all the creatures on the earth, only man
can see the colors and appreciate them? How marvelous is our eye-sight
which enables us to see the spectacular show? How marvelous is our mental
capacity for the aesthetic, our love and admiration of beauty?
All of these questions point us
to God and His glory and to man's place as the crown of His creation. As
Paul wrote, "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being
understood through what has been made" (Romans 1:20).
1:20) Truly, to look at the leaves and to deny God is to be as Paul
goes on to say, "without excuse". And, when we behold all that has been
made just for our appreciation, we must humbly marvel as David, "What is
man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man that Thou dost
care for him? (Psalms 8:4)
What do we do when the pretty
colors fill our yard? We rake them. Why? We see them as clutter which has
to be cleaned up. There is in us a desire for order. This same desire
prompted us to mow our yards, to plant our flowers and vegetables in rows,
and to weed our gardens.
Where does this compulsion we
have for order come from? It comes from the One who made the universe, the
" cosmos" (from Greek for "orderly or harmonious arrangement", cp. our
word "cosmetics"). As the changing seasons and the changing leaves point
out, He created an orderly world.
The special theory of evolution
has a giant flaw. After the "big bang", how did the chaos which resulted
become the "cosmos" which we see today? Did disorder become order by
accident? By chance? By the passing of time?
Why do we rake our leaves? We
are compelled from within to be orderly because we were made in the image
of God (Genesis 1:26), who is orderly. As the saying goes, "Like Father,
As the leaves change and fall,
may they turn your heart toward God, establishing (or strengthening) your
faith in your Creator, creating within you (or stirring up) a desire to
worship and obey Him.
IS THERE A LINE AT THE BANANA TREE?
We do it (or did it) at school. We do
it at the store, the bank, the doctor's office, the ball game or the
amusement park. We would hate to know the grand total of the time we have
spent doing it. What am I talking about? Waiting in line.
Why do we wait in line and expect
others to do so? Is there a country in the world where "cutting in line"
would be considered acceptable? Is "cutting in line" wrong because there
are national, state, or local laws against it? No. Man conducts himself
according to a universal sense of proper behavior.
Where did man's sense of moral "law"
come from? Evolution? Have you ever seen pigs at the trough waiting in
line? Or even monkeys (man's nearest relative?) standing in line for
bananas from the zoo keeper? If
true, at some point one monkey must have decided he "ought" to let the
monkey who got to the banana tree ahead of him go first. This creature
who, prior to that time lived by selfish instinct, began living by a moral
code of what it "ought" and "ought not" to do. And, just why would it do
Isn't it far more logical to believe
that our sense of moral law came from a Moral Being who created him in His
image? (Genesis 1:26).
The next time you are annoyed when
standing in line, think of how the line argues for the existence of God
and remember and be thankful for the moral order that he has placed among
men. Think of trying to buy your bananas without it!
A sign I saw in
front of a church building read, "Faith closes its eyes to reason". We do
not believe that. Faith is based on reason. In the N.T., converts to
Christianity were made through someone reasoning with them through the
presentation of evidence. The hearers then weighed the evidence and were
persuaded to believe in Jesus (Acts 17:1-4).
We would like to
offer you more opportunities to study the evidence that there is a God,
that the Bible is the Word of God, and that Jesus is the Christ, the Son
of God. The following are available:
Faith": A 10 lesson course we will present to you in in your home
or you may complete at home and then mail to us for grading.
Sermon Tapes On Evidences:
"Dinosaurs, the Bible and Evolution"
"Egypt in Prophecy"
"Jesus is the King"
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you in laying a foundation for your faith or in strengthening the faith
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