God's Good Earth
Why do we treat the world so badly?
When God created the earth at the beginning of time, it was so beautiful that He pronounced it good. When He had created man, he pronounced it all very good. So what went wrong? It is obvious to us in the Twentyfirst century that man has ravaged the earth in many places. Tropical forests have been decimated so that ranchers can make a few quick bucks, but then the land is useless. Always man looks for a quick fix to gain money and power. Why is this?
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Designed to be beautiful
An Insult to God
When we attribute the existence of the earth to randomness and chance, we insult God whose wonderful design can be seen in everything around us. How could the intricasies of our bodies have developed slowly over time. The earth is critically placed at just the right distance from the sun. Any closer and we would fry, any further away and we would freeze. How could this occur randomly?
The theory of evolution and it is only a theory, based on very bad science, is espoused by people who want to rid themselves of a God who requires they should obey Him. It is a handy way to turn your back on Him and pretend He does not exist. In their hearts these people still know that there is a God.
This truly is God's good earth and He will not turn a blind eye when we worship the earth instead of Himself. The earth demonstrates God's glory;. the mighty mountain, the spacious sea, each plant, animal and bird. They are there to be enjoyed but we should worship only God.
A Beak Designed for a Purpose
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God is All-powerful
Let's turn to the Bible and see what it tells us about God creating the earth. On the first day God created light. However he didn't create the sun, moon and stars until the fourth day. "How could this be?" you say. You are looking at it from a limited human perspective.
God is not limited as we are. He is not restricted by time, for he is eternal. He always has existed and always will. He has placed us in time but is not subject to its constraints as we are. You cannot use human logic to understand God. God does not require us to understand him, but to obey him.
The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God
Agree or Disagree
By now you are either heartily agreeing with me because you love God, or you a filled with rebellion and hatred. Why is this? In Genesis 3 we read of how first Eve and then Adam rebelled against God when they disobeyed him and ate from the fruit of the tree that God had expressly told them not to. Do you think this was a tiny little sin that God should over look?
God is perfectly holy and good, He cannot overlook any sin. This sin was an expression of rebellion as bad as anything Hitler did. God requires perfection from each one of us. Wow, who can live up to that. The answer is simple, Jesus. Why? Because Jesus is God come down amongst us to live the perfect life. However, he is not just an example to us of how to live. No matter how many examples we had we could not live the perfect life.
We are all touched by Adam's rebellion and can do nothing to improve ourselves. We might manage to keep up a front of living a good life, but we all know that inside we are still in rebellion. So Jesus came to die for us; the perfect sacrifice to please a perfect God. When we accept his sacrifice we are clothed about with his perfection and the Father welcomes us back. Do you accept, or rebel?
A Stately Mover
So why Do We Treat the World So Badly?
It's because of that rebellion in our hearts. We want to get rich quick, so we burn the Amazon jungle to rear cattle. We want the latest fashion in everything, buy too much and then throw things away. We want what we want and we want it now. Then we complain when emerging countries behave in the same way. We have our nuclear warheads but complain when North Korea and Iran want them too. Sin permeates our lives and we need saving.
Ultimate end for the earth
What will happen to the earth because of our sin and destruction. This is what it says in the Bible in 2Peter 3 v 10 "...the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up."
However for those who turn to God there will be new heavens and a new earth. However in Romans 8 v 21 - 22 "the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now."
Our poor old earth does labour and groan. Every earthquake and volcano expresses the pressure this earth is under. We treat sin as something very light and of no consequence, but it is our sin which makes our earth groan. We need to repent and turn back to God.
Bee and Flower
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The insect needs the bee and the bee needs the flower. How could they have developed independently as evolution states. Birds need insects to eat, but the insects need large animals like the cow to get food from their excrement. The bird and the insects could not have developed independently of the cow. Can you not see that creation is the work of a grand designer, God himself and it all fits beautifully together to make an interdependent whole?"
One Kind of Evolution I Do Believe in
It is obvious to anyone and observable in a scientific way that different characteristics are passed on to offspring. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, however they remain dogs. No dog ever gave birth to a cat or a pig. There is great variety in each species but they remain distinct from one another. When you get slight cross overs, as in the case of the mule the resulting animal in infertile.
Often the evolutionist will speak of mutations causing the next step forward in evolution, but mutations are nearly always detrimental to the animal concerned. The idea of everything coming out of nothing and getting progressively more complicated goes completely against the second law of thermo dynamics , which states that if a thing is left alone with no intervention from outside it will decay.