I am often disappointed with many learned people, you know, those people who have had the ability to attend a college or university. These people have had the opportunity to study from many more resources than that available to the common man. They study the anatomy of living things; the bones, muscles, and tissue. They mull over the intricate systems such as the circulatory, the nervous, reproductive and respiratory. Yet, they cannot grasp the concept of Creation or the existence of an all-knowing Creator.
The Holy Bible clearly states in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." My early elementary teachers would say to clarify what we read, ask the questions; Who? What? When?. We would also have to identify the subject and verb (or action word) in the sentence. Okay, here goes. Who? God. What? Heaven and earth. When? In the beginning. Huh? That was pretty simple. And, as for the subject and verb...God created. Whew!! How hard was that? (I don't even have a master's degree in language arts.)
If you observe the skeletons of an elephant, a human and a whale, you will find that each has a noticeable spine or backbone. Each has a skull, ribs and limbs. Add the muscles to each and you find that the tissue looks very similar in the way they flex and the way they are attached to the skeletal frame. Add organs such as brains, hearts, and kidneys, you then discover that there had to be a master plan. This cannot happen by accident. Not only a master plan, but, each assembly must be the work of a very intelligent designer. But, we are not finished. These beings must be self-sustaining. They need the intricate systems mentioned earlier. They need the ability to feed, to grow, to live and reproduce. They must be able to think, to feel, to plan or reason. This cannot be achieved by happenstance.
The Bible reminds us all of God's handiwork throughout the scriptures. The Lord states, “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” - Isaiah 45:12 and Colossians 1:16 says, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” This not only includes design, development and prototyping, but, also, ownership.
John continues with, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” - John 1:3.
I really like this verse, “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” - Ecclesiastes 3:11. This means that each and every creature is beautiful and uniquely created. It also means that, try as you may, you will never be able to figure out how He did it. It is a mystery!!
In the Old Testament, Job felt vindicated to question God's actions until God said, "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding."- Job 38:4. He continues on through the chapter setting Job straight.
And in Chapter 40 God tells Job to:
"Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares." -Job 40:15-24.
This is one of my most favorite passages in the Bible. God requests Job's acknowledgement and acceptance of His creating behemoth. Some may disagree with my thought, but, the description given describes an elephant perfectly. Job is to "behold" or observe this animal so the animal must have been alive during Job's time, which eliminates dinosaurs as some scholars had assumed. Elephants were living in the time of Job. Elephants eat grass like the ox. Elephants are very strong, their tails look and hang like a scrub cedar tree. The elephant has tusks that resembles swords and are located at the front or "approach" of the animal. Elephants reside where the other beasts play and lie under shady trees. The elephant can draw up to two gallons of water from any water source with his trunk. His trunk is also used to "pierce through snares". Makes sense, right.
But, Job did not live at the time of creation, he had to accept what God had told him by faith. We are no different, we must believe by faith. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”- Hebrews 11:3. And, this is why the educated people I spoke of earlier cannot accept creation. 2 Peter 3:5 says,“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:” They willingly will not have faith, but, demand that theories prove their assumptions. Acquiring faith would only come through humility and acceptance of their own ignorance.
As for me, I choose to have faith and believe in the wondrous creation of an all-knowing God, the Omnipotent Designer and Creator of all. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world 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.
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." -Psalm 139:14.
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