No Excuses!

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,    Romans 1:20 NKJV

Let’s get back to basics. God made everything that exists, and He did it through Jesus per John 1:1-5:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

This is clearly a world that did not happen by accident. From the microscopic to farther than we can see with our best telescopes, the universe is a thing of such complexity that an open-eyed look at any piece of it screams “Intelligent Design!”

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All Had to Happen at Once!

 

I reviewed a book last year, DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral.  Click on the title to see a recap on the series.  Our bodies are an amazing piece of electrochemical engineering.  Once you learn how independent structures within cells and between cells operate, you’ll understand that all of these independent yet smoothly interacting components cannot have happened by evolutionary chance.  Each component would have had to randomly evolve in synchronicity with each other to validate its worth and be “accepted” by evolution.  It is mathematically impossible!

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Just ONE Cell!

 

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The earth is in a very precise orbit which allows life here. The moon also is part of our system, controlling tides as it orbits earth.  We spin.  The moon doesn’t.  How does that happen if everything comes out of a swirling mass?  Did the moon just independently decide to put on the brakes against that momentum or did Someone decide this system works better with a non-revolving moon?Water

Speaking of tides, water is a miracle in itself. Why is it that everything in the universe contracts when cold and expands when hot…except water?  Why would there be one substance in all of creation that behaves contrarily to every other type of matter in existence?  If it didn’t have these and other properties, life on earth would be impossible.

WaterUnversalSolventWater is often called the Universal Solvent; H2O. That’s one oxygen molecule with two hydrogen molecules.  They bond together in such a way that one end of a water molecule has a negative charge, the other end a positive charge.  Water is essentially positive and negative, enabling it to latch onto almost anything.

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Planet-Wide Sprinkler System

 

But water is so common we take it for granted in the grand scheme of things. It is the “oil” to the “engine” of earth.  It’s what keeps the planet alive.  Only a very special substance can do that!  We simply fail to see it, because we’re so used to it!

Our cells, us, earth, our solar system, and the universe are so complex that it cannot have happened by chance. These are God’s fingerprints all around us!  That is why we are without excuse if, in light of creation, we refuse to recognize those prints and choose the lies of men and their Father of Lies, Satan.

Free yourself from believing the lies of the ruler of this world, the Devil. Don’t listen to them, listen to God!  Listen to what His creation is telling all of us; there is a Designer, an Originator of all that exists.

See my recent article Evolution and the Geologic Record for some more info and insight into Creation and the evidence that surrounds us.

Just take a real, hard look at the facts for yourself and see if what the evolutionists are telling you really does make sense or not.

Take look at the world around you, at all of God’s finger prints all over Creation.  How could all that we are and live in be a cosmic accident?

Eden

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.    Genesis 2:7-9

I entered a persuasive speech competition in college. I managed second place.  My topic: We should abandon all technology.

I had recently read a book on all the damage being done to the planet by pollution. I decided to take the position that the only way to save the planet was to stop everything; manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, and even medicine.  Everything.  I spoke about the inevitable die back that would happen, but how it’s bound to come anyway.  Let’s just bite the bullet, so to speak, and do the right thing.  I took that extreme stance mostly as an intellectual exercise.  I experimented with the concept of going overboard to make a point.

I hadn’t thought of that for many years, but a recent experience brought it all to mind again. I visited a steel manufacturing facility on a sales call.  “Facility” doesn’t do the place justice.  This is a sprawling campus; roughly ten square miles.  It has its own railroad and railway equipment repair building.  I didn’t get to see the blast furnaces, but that’s fine with me.  What I saw was…enough.PittsburghSteel

It took my colleagues and I a solid two hours just to get our passes, process ID’s, and even watch 40 minutes of training videos on all of the ways I could die on the other side of the fence. There was a test afterwards.

For example, hazardous gasses. They use a LOT of them.  If I were to see someone keel over, I should not under any circumstances try to help them; they’re already dead.  I was told to run like I stole something and get the hell out of Dodge before the gas got to me too.

I couldn’t wait.

What got me going was the one foreman we spoke with. This guy was a talker, but all he could talk about was the job, the hours he put in, etc.  He didn’t want to let us go.  He needed a human touch, and just wanted some company away from the mill and the ever-deafening noise, so we stood outside listening to him way longer than was necessary.  That’s when it hit me.

steel-being-forged-at-millThe vital part of human beings is one of the raw materials that are burned in the furnaces and milled like the steel under tons of pressure between the rollers. I watched as huge coils of steel were gradually milled down to .008” thickness.

That’s where our razor blades and pop cans come from.

Razor blades. And pop cans.

As we finally drove toward the exit, I looked across this blasted landscape that had been built just over 100 years ago. I took in the furnaces in the distance which were lit way back then and never shut off since.  We rolled past old brick buildings which showed their age in architecture and dirt.  Even the newer buildings looked old.

And I thought of Eden. Trees, lush with leaves and fruit.  Grass, cool and green under foot.  Horses and lions walking across each other’s’ paths, and beautiful birds flying about, singing the songs God gave them.

And the snake.Wilderness_from_meadow_on_Hurricane_Ridge

I wish I could show Adam and Eve the future they chose for us, even though that wasn’t their intent. I wish we could abandon technology and go back to what God intended.  But I’ve seen a few episodes of Naked and Afraid.  The ol’ place just isn’t what it used to be.

My pastor got a few laughs recently on a sermon. He noted that he hates nature and going out in it.  Picnics are silly (and I agree).  There’s always something trying to take your food away from you from ants and bees to seagulls and squirrels.  Everything out there wants to eat everything else out there.  We’re on the menu too.

Satan is the Prince of the Air who owns earth at this point I time. I can’t help thinking that steel mill is one of his get-away cottages.

No, we can’t go back. But we can go forward.  Jesus came here.  He came, He saw, and He conquered.  He conquered sin, death, and Pointy Ears.

We can move forward, riding the coattails of Jesus’ victory. We can look forward to a new Eden in the end, The End that has no end.  Nothing but the mansions Jesus told us He went to prepare for us, unfiltered communion with Him and God, and all of eternity to lap it up is ours for the accepting of His salvation.

Just say, “Jesus! I know I’m a sinner, and I can’t save myself.  I hate being riddled with sin, I hate the things I do, and my only hope is You!”

If you seek Jesus with your whole heart, you’ll find Him. He promised.

I’ll meet you there!

She Died Alone…?

I heard a sad story on the radio the other day while driving. An elderly woman with no family or close friends had died.  She was found sitting in front of her television, which was still on.  The TV Guide lay beside her.  The date it was opened to was about six months ago.

This poor woman had been dead for about six months, and no one knew, There was no one in her life to check on her or wonder why they hadn’t seen her around.  Not even a neighbor.  It was saddening and just a little scary.

Who wants to die alone? Who wants to feel something happening inside their body and just know that this is the end?  They gasp in surprise as they feel the stroke.  The heart attack happens, and they know it’s big by how much it hurts.  They feel themselves fading, the tunnel vision sets in, and there’s no comforting touch of a loved one…or ANY one to ease their pain and passing.

But does anyone really die alone? Did that old woman really sit there for half a year?  No, she did not.  Her body did, but she was nowhere around.  She was someplace else.  I hope it was heaven.  If she was a Christian, she’s in heaven at this moment, experiencing the greatest joy she’s ever known.  At the moment of her death, Jesus came to her and escorted her there Himself.  Or maybe it was a long gone loved one, family or friend.  That’s how many people tell it from their near death experiences.

“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Why yes, yes He is. In life or in death God is with us.  No matter where we go in this life, God is with us.  When we die, He is there.  Not one sparrow falls without your heavenly Father’s knowledge.  Do we seek a comforting touch in our last moment?  God will give it.

Or maybe that loved one. I can’t help but think of the passage from  Hebrews:

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”  Hebrews 12:1

There are all of the believers in Christ who will welcome His elect into their company in heaven. I can imagine being passed person to person, one holy embrace after another.

The pastor at my home church told me once how he had seen comatose patients suddenly sit up at the moment of their death, arms outstretched to someone unseen, and joy on their faces. Their Saviour had come for them.

He had also seen people in comas suddenly recoil, terror apparent, lifting their arms to ward off some horror. These were people who had not accepted Christ.  Pastor could only imagine what demons those people tried to escape as their body gave out.

No one dies alone. The company we have chosen awaits us.  We will melt into the sweet embrace of salvation or struggle to escape the clutches of the damned.  However we die, we won’t be alone.