The vegetarian piranha

In a world often so centered around violence, gore, and general unkindness canned and sold to the public . . there are remnants of God’s goodness and love everywhere for us to find . . even in places and situations we would not expect.

Like, say, the waters of the Amazon rainforest.

Where scientists have discovered the vegetarian piranha.

That’s right.

Vegetarian piranha.

He might look mean and vicious to you if you met him in the water, but that’s just because you’re confusing him with his cousin.  This decent little guy is a complete herbivore, no more dangerous to your flesh than a passing butterfly.  He spends his time nibbling on riverweed all day.

This new discovery reminds me that every bit of creation was once pure and totally wonderful.

And it reminds me that, one day, the new Heavens & the Earth will be like that.

Until then, God has left many reminders on earth for us to discover how the world once was.  He has left traces of His goodness all over for us to find, that we might recognize His fingerprint in everything really wonderful and place our faith in Him.

God wants everyone to experience the New Heavens & New Earth–and He’s graciously dropping clues everywhere so that we will be hungry, not for the things of this cursed, ruined world, but rather for the goodness that can only come from a relationship with Him.

God doesn’t want you or me to miss out on His goodness.  And while we will get tastes of it here, mere tastes are not what He ultimately desires for us.  He desires that we dwell in the everlasting goodness of a sinless world–a world filled with Him.

God wants so much for us to live in this goodness, that He willingly gave His precious, beloved Son to purify us from our evil.

We can’t live in a sinless world as we are now, because we are sinners–people who have chosen to go against God’s way.  The dread and evil in our world is the result of our choice.  If God gave sinners a new earth, it would quickly become as bad as this one.

God has allowed us to experience a taste of our decision to turn away from His love, to open our eyes to what we have done.  But He doesn’t force us to gorge forever in the cruelty and terror our sin always yields.  Rather, He leaves traces of His goodness everywhere to give us hope, hope in Him.

And not only does He leave traces of His goodness, but He has revealed the full measure of His goodness when He Himself came to earth.  He has paid the price for our sin so that we can leave it behind in this doomed world and, debt free, enter the new Heavens and new Earth that He has planned for those who love Him.

Thank you, vegetarian piranha, for reminding me of that.

But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. (2 Peter 3:10-15a, NLT)

“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.” (Isaiah 65:17, NLT)


Credits: Vegetarian Piranha’s Teeth Point to Pre-Fall Perfection, written by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell,

Published in: on November 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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