If I walk into an empty room and there’s a gigantic turtle sundae on the table, I’m going to eat it.
Really. I don’t care who made or where it came from, but I will sit down and enjoy every last bite. Only problem is that somebody did make it. And they probably won’t appreciate me scarfing down what they created. It was worth it, but later I’ll have to apologize for taking someone else’s ice cream, for using their creation to satisfy my own desires.
Many of us treat the Earth the same way. Like it’s our giant ice cream cone that appeared out of nowhere to fulfill our needs. Only problem is, Somebody created the earth and it’s a big Somebody.
If my tall husband were standing next to the turtle sundae telling me he made it, I’d be less likely to take it. Why? Because then I’d know to whom it belonged, plus he’s somebody I couldn’t easily elbow out of the way (although ice cream does make me a little dangerous).
My point is, when we think of the Earth as a cosmic accident—just one of many earth-like planets out there—it’s easy to abuse it and take what we want from it with no thought to the consequences. But when we understand who created this Earth (God) and how He lovingly formed each rock formation, each blade of grass, each ecosystem, we are overcome by awe.
No one except God saw the formation of the Earth. And He created it, not just so we would have a place to eat ice cream, but so we could cherish it like He does. How are you showing your respect and love for God by taking care of the Earth?
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Recently, I had someone essentially call me stupid for believing in creation. I wish I could say this doesn’t make me angry, but I’m human and it’s frustrating to have people question your intelligence because they don’t like what you believe.
But I don’t let it stay with me. Because it’s not about me. This person doesn’t know my IQ, how much research I’ve done or the struggle I went through when I became a creationist. All this person knows is that I don’t agree with them.
Is that what we’re coming to in this world? Anyone who doesn’t believe the way we do must not be as enlightened as us? I could spend all day arguing the evidence for creation (and much material on this blog does just that), but I know that scientific arguments aren’t enough evidence to convince skeptics that there is a creator.
Don’t get me wrong, lots of scientific evidence points to creation, but Jesus said,
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Love is the evidence.
My own faith wasn’t inspired by arguments, but by a search for the truth, spurred on by the love I saw in my husband’s family. Their love was something entirely unselfish and new to me and I wanted to find out where it came from.
A persuasive argument can reach someone’s head, but not their heart. You can’t argue anyone into or out of love.
So, how do I show love to all those who disagree with my beliefs? I pray.
I pray for good things to happen to them and I pray for God things to happen to them. They may never know that I do this, but somewhere in their life, they will see the evidence of love. And maybe, just maybe, they will question where it came from.
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