The profundity of yellow & pink

In 1984, one the finest pieces of apologetic prose of the century came from a cartoonist and children’s author.  I could not find my copy, and I have not read it in years, but it came to mind the other day in a conversation and I want to try to creatively retell the story here.  But reading it firsthand is far better.  😉

William Steig wrote Yellow & Pink, a story about two wooden people who wake up suddenly to find themselves on a blanket of newspaper with no idea how they came to be there.

Yellow is a skeptic from the start.  He is sure that they came to be there by chance.  Pink, on the other hand, believes they must have been created by someone.  The argument ensues.  Yellow makes a case that a branch of wood might have snapped off a tree in a lightning storm, rolled down a hill and been smoothed by weathering processes, and rolled through a puddle of paint that had smaller puddle drips in circles for the painted-on buttons.  Although Pink doesn’t think his case is convincing at first, he begins to believe Yellow towards the end.  But then Pink makes a statement something like this,

“All right, okay.  Suppose you’re right.  The lightning broke the branch off, we rolled down the hill, all these weathering and chance processes happened . . suppose you’re right.  There’s still this one more thing.  How do we see out of these things called eyes?  How do I move my hands and feet?  How do I breathe with my nose?  How do I hear out of my ears?  How do I talk with my mouth?”

To which Yellow responds something like,

“What kind of question is that?  That’s what they do, dummy!”

Do Yellow and Pink ?accidentally? hit upon a profundity here?  (No, you and I know it is no accident, but the masterful work of William Steig–but that’s another story–or is it a different way of telling the same point?)

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20, NIV)

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Tolkien and evolution?

I’m not sure when I wrote this, but it’s a funny look at why I think it’s more complicated to be an evolution-creationist than either one or the other.  😉

Heidi thinks J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Tim thinks that the book randomly evolved from a bunch of molecules.

Laura believes in J.R.R. Tolkien, but she feels like Tim has way more evidence on his side.  So she decides she’ll come to a compromise.  She will believe Tolkien made a book, but the words evolved on their own once the pages were in.

Laura isn’t really getting the best of both words.  Instead, she has to answer more tough questions because of her ‘two-sides’ approach!

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31, HCSB)

 

The Miracle of God

Why are we here?

Whatever our worldview, we wonder.

Why is there the miracle of us?

A father holds his newborn daughter close for the first time, and he recognizes her worth.  He is not satisfied to hold her once and never see her again; rather he wants to spend the rest of his life learning who she is.  He wants to hear her first laugh.  He wants to see her roll over for the first time.  He wants to teach her how to ride her bike without training wheels.  He doesn’t want to miss a single goal she scores at her soccer games.  He can’t wait to come home from work and catch her in his arms as she runs to him.  He wants to teach her how to drive.  He wants to to be the first she tells when she has fallen in love.  He wants to talk with her over breakfast at the McDonald’s near her college dorm.  He wants to be on the front row when she graduates.  He wants to help her move over the weekend.  He wants to visits where she works and see how she’s doing.  Throughout her life, he seeks her out.  He sees the miracle of who she is.  He can never learn enough about the miracle of his daughter.  And he instinctively seeks to protect the miracle of who she is for as long as he lives.

We know the miracle of us–and not just us collectively, but as the irreplaceable identities of those we love most.  You don’t have to be “religious” to believe in miracles.  Anyone who has ever loved a parent, bonded with a sibling, found a best friend, fallen in love, raised a child, or met a new grandchild knows the miracle of us.

We know the miracle of us.

But we miss the miracle of GOD.

Either because we don’t want Him to exist, or because we’re troubled by His existence, or because we take His existence for granted, we miss the miracle of GOD.

Why is GOD here?

Why is it that God is?  Why is it that He has always been and always will be?

Why isn’t there only the emptiness of unimaginable nothing?

What if God wasn’t?  What if He didn’t exist?

No Creator.  But far more would be lost than the Heavens and the earth.

No Redeemer.  But far more would be lost than our souls.

Without GOD, it isn’t only that redemption, and then creation rewinds.  It isn’t even only that there is no possibility for redemption or creation.  Go further back, deeper still, and you see that you would not want to be created and you would not even know what redemption is if GOD was gone.

The worst possible loss if GOD did not exist is not the loss of Heaven, nor our world, nor those we most love, nor ourselves.  The most unbearable, most unfathomable loss is the loss of the nature of GOD.

It is not just that the existence of me has value only because of the nature of GOD.  Though that’s true, I have just scratched the surface of what the loss of the nature of GOD would be like.

If God were to depart, His nature departs–the one and only nature that loves without causation.

The one and only nature that loves without causation.

I cannot love without causation.  Look again at the father who loves the daughter he holds close to his chest.  He loves her because she is born to him.  He loves her because she is beautiful.  He loves her because of who she will become.  He does not; he cannot love her without cause.

Only GOD can love without cause.

He created us because He loved us without cause.  He brought us into existence without any reason we could give Him to do so and without any need within Himself needing to be filled, or even any desire awaiting fulfillment.

We love each other because we know each other.  God loved us when we were not (we did not exist).

We love each other because we need each other.  God loved us without need (nothing in His nature required Him to create us).

We love each other most of all because we desire each other.  A father longs for a little daughter to hold in his arms.  A teenage girl longs for a lover to hold her through the night.  A stooped-over feeble woman in a nursing home longs for a nurse to smile at her and say her name. But God does not desire us because of anything He is lacking.  He loves us without any “filling” or “fulfilling” of Himself.

I am getting in deep, deeper than my little brain can handle.  I ask myself, Can I imagine creating something I had no need, no hunger to create simply for the benefit of the creation?

Could I paint a picture not for who I would give the picture to, or for what I would get out of making the picture or of seeing the finished product . . but could I paint a picture simply for the joy of the painting’s joy?  Could I paint a picture for the sake of the painting?  Could I paint a picture so the painting itself could see itself as in existence, beautiful, and loved?

Certainly I can’t do that, because I can’t create a painting that has consciousness.

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But that is how God created me.

He did not know Teej.  I did not appear to Him in eternity past and plead for Him to create me.  I was not.  There was nothing in me that could advocate for my existence for there was no me.

He did not need Teej.  Not for one breath of my existence has He needed me.  When I was still a thought to Him, before He began the work of knitting me, crocheting my tiny feet and hands and deep green eyes, He did not need me even in imagination.  I had nothing to offer that would make His existence better or more enjoyable.  My worship of Him was always irrelevant to His fulfillment.  He was always fulfilled.  He never needed me.

He did not even have an unfulfilled desire for Teej.  Had He not made me, had He never even imagined me, He would have been as perfectly complete as He is now, with no less peace or joy or love.  He had every bit of everything He wanted without me.  The Trinity itself is the complete perfection of peace, joy, and love.  Not one person could be added to God’s life to make Him more delighted or more radiant or more glorified.

GOD did not have one internal reason to create me EXCEPT HIS INTERNAL NATURE OF WANTING TO GIVE EXTERNAL LOVE, NOT FOR HIS SAKE, BUT FOR MINE.

When I do something good, I get a feeling from it.  I think of how God will be proud of me, or how happy someone will be with me.  But it isn’t like this with God.  God is already living in the perfection of good.  He did not get a feeling from creating me that He couldn’t have had if He hadn’t created me.  He was 100% already, it was me He was thinking about.

It was me He was thinking about.

He thought me up for me.

He gave me my first little breath for me, not for Him.

It is the miracle of GOD.

God did not create me to glorify Him for His Sake.  He created me to glorify Him for my sake.

He knew that I am GOD-created and He is GOD.  He knew that I must need Him; I must desire Him to be fulfilled.  He knew that without Him, it was me who could not fill my need, me who could not fulfill my desire, me who would struggle forever with the Hell of not knowing Him.

So He created me to live by Him.

He did not create me to be off by myself.  When He woke my first mother, Eve, from the rib of Adam, He did not vanish before she came into consciousness.  The First Being who Eve knew was GOD.  It was GOD who walked her to Adam, like a father walks his daughter down the aisle.  It was GOD who visited every day in the Garden.  It was GOD who always watched her from above, who knew every strand of her hair that blew in the wind and every blade of grass that touched her toes.

But now, now is the part where I do not know how to begin.

The creation . . yes.  I can almost try to pretend I understand that kind of love, though I’ve never loved anyone without wanting or needing something back for myself.

But the redemption . . no.  How can I even try to write about this?  It’s like a toddler trying to write a book on calculus.  I will explain what little I can only by the grace of God.

We turned from God.  And if you’re a believer, you understand that God did not have to get us back; He did not need us.  But here is the part even believers can miss: He did not want us back for His own sake, either.

Plant, Creative Commons UseIt is not that God wanted us for His glory.  This is a misconception, I think.  We are made for His glory–it is the only possible state we can be what we are meant to be.  It would be like supposing a plant could have a purpose without the sun.  Without glorifying Him, we have no purpose.  And our existence is as grave and morbid as that of a plant without the sun.  Have you ever put a plant in a closet for a few days?  Go back and look at it.  The result is horrifying.  In the same way, if we cut ourselves off from worshiping God, we are horrifying.  We are made for God’s glory.

But God does not require us or even desire us to fulfill worship of Him.  Do you realize that, when we fell, God did not seek to fulfill some “glory deficiency” by redeeming us?  If the sun were to seek out a plant that was in a closet, and bring it back out, it would not be for the sake of the sun.  The plant would need the sun, and its purpose would once again be fulfilled once it was out of the closet.  But the sun has just as much purpose whether that little plant is rotting away in the closet or out thriving in the soil.

God does not need beings to worship Him.  Beings need to worship Him.  Let us stop to look at the difference here, and try to understand it.  We are like the plant; we cannot survive without the sun.  He is like the sun; He will be who He is, He will do as He does with or without us, and what happens to us is of no significance to who He is or what He can do.  In other words, He can be everything He is meant to be and do everything He wants to do and He is completely fulfilled without us.

It is the nature of GOD.

But, because of HIS INTERNAL NATURE OF WANTING TO GIVE LOVE, NOT FOR HIS SAKE, BUT FOR MINE, He sought to redeem me.

If creating without need or even fulfillment of desire is incredible, what is redemption?

Mind-blowing.

The miracle of GOD!

I wish I knew how to say this in a way that would show how magnificent, how marvelous, how mega-terrific GOD is!  GOD chose to create us, knowing we would sin, knowing He would have to die for us, not to fulfill something within Himself, BUT TO FULFILL US, WE WHO DID NOT EVEN YET BEGIN TO EXIST!

DO YOU SEE THE LOVE OF GOD HERE??

Look back over your life, every sin.  Whatever bad you have ever done, do you realize that God has allowed you to live, to do this bad, FOR THE SAKE OF SALVATION?  That is, every sin God has ever allowed me to do in this life–and I have done many, and many of them very grave–He has allowed me to do out of the graciousness of His nature because He wants me, and all the people who I influence (good or bad) to come to Him, FOR MY SAKE.

In the same way, every bad thing that has ever been done to me–whether it was partially my fault or not whatsoever my fault directly (though, indirectly, my participation in humanity’s sin nature contributes to everyone’s sin)–every bad thing that has ever been done to me was allowed by God because He has chosen for ME to have existence and He has chosen for every person who has harmed me to have existence!  (If I feel angry about this, I am not remembering that God has given me existence despite all the harm I have done to others who He has given existence.)

God has not allowed the bad things that happen in my life to happen because they somehow improve His existence.  Rather, He has allowed them to happen because my existence is more important to God than my sin!

MY EXISTENCE IS MORE IMPORTANT TO GOD THAN MY SIN, not because of His desire for me, but His desire for me to have Him!!

We need to realize that God has graciously chosen to give us existence despite every horrible thing He knew that we would ever do.  And He has graciously chosen for those to exist who have hurt us, despite every horrible thing He knew that they would do to us.  He has done this so that we could know Him and live with Him forever for our sakes!

Even as believers, when we do things for the sake of our Father, Lord, King, and Master Jesus Christ, do you realize that the things we do for Him reflect back to us because we are using the mirror of His love?  In other words, we do things for Jesus because He gave Himself for us.  So anything we do for Him is a reaction of His love for us and is actually an outflow of His love for us!  So whenever we act in love for Him, it is really an example of Him loving us!

The miracle of GOD.

The miracle of GOD.

The miracle of GOD.

You are living in the miracle of GOD.

Hand Creative Commons UseYou are living right now because of the miracle of GOD.  He brought you into existence.

And you can live forever in the Presence of GOD, face to face with GOD!!, despite the evil within you, because of the miracle of GOD.

He seeks to redeem you.

“. . the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

(Jesus, quoted from Luke 19:10, NLT, see the story Luke 19:1-10)

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Genesis 1:17

And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth. (Genesis 1:17, ESV)

Outside my high, arched window is a giant street light.  I love it.  It reminds me of my Glo-Worm buddy I used to have, except my Glo-Worm was about a foot long and this light is probably like 40 Glo-Worms stacked on top of each other.

My Glo-Worm doesn’t work anymore and it’s very sad.  I just loved the glow in his sweet, sleepy little face.  And when his face lit up, it was actually warm.  Light and warmth are irrevocably melded.

I don’t think usually of God creating a cosmic nightlight, but that’s just exactly what He did.  He totally changes our ceiling from day to night, giving us new beauty and wonder to look up at and know He is there.  Almost as if, if we could have doubted there was God when we just had the sun, we can’t when He adds the moon and stars, and, even if we can still write that off as astronomical chance, He gives us the sunset.

But the greatest gift of the skies, I have no doubt, is the sunrise.

These celestial gifts that

give light on the earth

are just unbelievable if we would stop to think about them because they tell, as best as nature possibly can, the story of Christ’s death and resurrection.  Without even the Bible, a child can understand death and resurrection through the rising and setting of the sun.  And every day, every single day (except for one miraculous time in the Bible), the sun has risen and set . . . giving the story, thousands of years ago, of what Christ would come to earth to do. . . and giving the story, today, of what Christ has done.

The moon can only reflect the light of the sun.  To me, the moon is like the old covenant of the Old Testament.  Animal sacrifices and living by the ten commandments were only possible because One was coming who would fulfill sin’s need for sacrifice and fully live out the ten commandments.

The sun rises, and that reminds me how Christ was born on earth.  Before, the world was living in darkness, with hope in the reflection of who Christ would be.  Now, the world had Jesus and no longer needed a reflection of Him.

The sun is the light of the day, as Christ is the Light of the world.  Light is hope, clarity, and right thinking.  When Christ was on the earth, He revealed the Kingdom of Heaven, revealed Himself as the Son of God, revealed how to please God by following the Son of God, and revealed His right to heal, judge, forgive, and command.

The sun sets at night, as Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world.  The stars appear after the sun has set, and the stars represent the people who will receive Jesus’ atonement through the cross.

The moon rises again and every Old Testament prophesy is reflected in light of the life of Jesus Christ.  The Old Testament shines with the fulfillment of the promise as it has never shined before.  Now we can see that the moon was only ever possible because of the sun!  The sun was where the moon got its light, just as Jesus’ New Covenant is where the Old Covenant got its life!  As if the sun was killed by the very people who thought they were hoping for its light, Jesus was killed by the very people who thought they were looking forward to His coming!

And here is the best, best, best part of all: the sunrise.  As the sun rises in the sky, so did Christ rise from the grave.  Sin is defeated, once for all, and the Light reigns forever.

And every day, the story is told over, because God wants all to look to His Son and find life forever.  You can’t find salvation through only looking at the sunset and sunrise.  But you can find a reminder of the greatest mystery and victory of all time.

And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth. (Genesis 1:17, ESV)

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Genesis 1:14b-15

And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:14b-15, ESV)

I can buy a watch and a Daytimer for someone, but God, the ultimate Giver, creates the sun, moon, and stars and sets them in motion in such a way that they will serve as the first calendar and timepiece humanity ever had.

Why did God give us time markers?  And why, since then, has humanity been keeping track of time?

Time has always been a marker for age.  Before death entered the picture, time would have been nothing but delightful.  It wouldn’t have mattered if Adam had been 77 or 377, other than to know for fun.  But once death entered, age became a countdown to death.

When I was 8, I wasn’t aware of that.  But at 28, I sure am.  And if God spares me to be 98, I’ll know it that much more.

But the markers God put in the sky didn’t only mark death.  As time went by, it began to mark . . calamities . . battles . . weddings . . festivals . . kings . . dynasties . . inventions . . the footprints of humanity.  And the whole time that time was marking, there was an underground current, a whispering hope, a mysterious prophesy, that sin could one day be reversed.

That current, that hope, that prophesy was called birth.

Right after the fall, Eve had been promised something extraordinary by God.  A promise passed down from generation to generation to generation, over thousands of years . . . a promise that had come through a curse God had given the serpent:

I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head,

and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15, ESV)

And so . . marking time became more than just logging deaths.

Marking time became all about genealogies.

Because one day, a supernatural descendent of Eve would come to reverse the curse of death . . . so that time could once again be . . . the delightful chapters of eternity with God.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night.  And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:14b-15, ESV)

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Genesis 1:12-13

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. (Genesis 1:12-13, ESV)

Rows of corn, cabbage, aparagus, celery, spinach, cauliflower, okra, fennel.

Vines of tomatoes, grapes, pumpkins, kiwis, squash, watermelon, eggplant, strawberries, peppers, beans, cucumbers, peas, cantaloupe.

Bushes of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants.

Lines of underground carrots, potatoes, beets, yams, ginseng, rutabaga, onions, turnips, radishes, maca, daikon, jicama, enset.

Ornaments of mangoes, apples, plums, oranges, pears, lemon, pomegranate, bananas, dates, coconut, limes, grapefruit, pineapples, figs, peaches, nectarines dotting every fruit tree.

No thorns.

No weeds.

No scarcity.

Just harvest.

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12, ESV)

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History vs. Science?

History is hypothetically outside the realm of science, because science is based on observation and replication (experimentation).  I can’t observe Abraham Lincoln to see if he was the 16th president of the United States.  And I can’t replicate the universe’s beginning to see how it happened.

Science does, however, influence history . . . and history does influence science.

On the one hand, science gives theories of how the universe began, for example.  This is science presuming upon history.

On the other hand, history gives a ‘past’ that scientists work from.  No one goes into an experiment with no prior knowledge and no expectation of what will happen.  If I place a seed in a pot, for example, I don’t expect it will cause the world to blow up or that it will cause penguins to migrate to North America.  I have boundaries of expectation for the experiment.

So what should I base my decision on: history or science?

What evidence does each side give?

History gives us truth (events that really happened).  Science gives us experiments, observations, probability, and theory.

Before I decide which to trust, I have to ask myself . . . why is truth a part of history?

For anything to be true, it must have a beginning in a Being who is truth or able to create truth.  Otherwise, where would truth come from?  It can’t have come from chance, since chance would never allow for objective moral standards of any kind.  (The Christian God is Truth and is able to create Truth as He speaks.)  If anything in history is the truth (for example, if it’s true that I brushed my hair this morning), then I have to ask myself . . . where is that truth coming from?  Why is it that the past really happened?  In a chance universe, how can anything be reliable?  Why would the past stay the same?

Back to my decision: I can trust history (truth) or science (experiments, observations, probability, theory).

The first—truth—can only prove creation true.  How so?  It cannot prove creation is untrue by its own “chance universe” claim in no absolute truth . . . and, therefore, no truth.  Therefore, creation can be proved to ways: by truth or experiment/observations.  A chance universe, on the other hand,  can be proved only by experiments/observations.

The second–experiments/observations–is actually irrelevant.  How so?  If there is no absolute truth, nothing can ever be known for certainty out of an experiment.  There is no ability for trustworthy historical documentation.  How can I know what happened in an experiment when there is no reliability the outcome will be the same under the same circumstances (if there is no truth), and I can’t even rely on my memory of the experiment as an aid (if there is no truth)?

Perhaps when I plant a seed, the universe did explode and I don’t know it because the past is relative and without truth . . . perhaps penguins will migrate to North America if I plant another seed.  How can I know anything, if there is no premise of truth?  Logic cannot exist without truth.  History cannot exist without truth.  And even science itself is toast!

If I have no truth to hold onto, the only thing I can cling to is logic-less, irrational chance.  So how can anything be known?  But this is the very least scientific of all: the inability to know anything.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  (Psalm 14:1b, ESV)

How can I know the origin of the universe?

If I can’t experiment (successfully) to find out the origin of the universe (Can something come out of nothing? blog) and if I can’t observe the origin of the universe . . . what can I do in the realm of science to figure out the origin of the universe?

I can observe objects in the universe in their current state of existence and try to figure out their origin.  This is where, for example, I could look at fossils and try to date them.  But there are problems . . .

I can only see the object in the present, and, without using historical documents, I must suppose what historical cause(s) brought it to the state it is currently in.

I can try to use what I know about observational science, but I still have big problems.  For example, how do I know the original state of the object (what it was to begin with)?  How do I know whether the processes that have aged the object happened suddenly at an event back in history or over a long period of time?

None of us have ever lived a million or thousand years, so we can’t date things back a million or thousand years scientifically.  We don’t know for sure what processes the object went through, whether they were fast or slow.

The only way we can date things with certainty if we weren’t there to witness the processes is if they connect to historical events we trust happened.

For example, I was not alive when Elvis was, but if I saw a costume that belonged to him in a museum, I would probably believe it was really his, because I believe the history I’ve been told about Elvis.  But that history exists in the past and cannot lend itself to observation.

The only thing I can observe is how the costume appears in the present, and other than being able to date the costume somewhat accurately (if someone hasn’t aged it quickly), I can’t know for sure who wore it.  I have to trust the historical artifacts (photos, documents, videos) to get anywhere.

Beliefs are the driving force.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed. (Psalm 34:4-5, ESV)

Can life come out of nothing?

We can’t download a youtube video that shows the origin of the universe (although even that wouldn’t be an observation).  But could there be an experiment to show life can come out of nothing?

In a famous experiment to test evolution many years back (Miller-Urey), scientists tried to simulate the environment needed for life to begin spontaneously.  They put various gases together with electricity to try to simulate a random origin of the universe.

They made amino acids[1], which are sometimes the basic building blocks of life, but the scientists did not make life.  (See footnote [1] for more info.)

But even if a t-rex had jumped out of the test tubes, this experiment would not have been able to help prove that something can come out of nothing.

To do that, I would have to have an experiment with nothing.

Because where would the gases come from?  Where would the electricity come from?

Have you ever had a child “make” you something?  The child brings a picture or a Play-Doh® sculpture or a string of beads and says proudly, “Look at what I made you!”

Our response is not (nor should it be!), “Actually, you didn’t make that.  I gave you the crayons, pencils, scissors, Play-Doh®, beads, etc. to use.  What you did was turn what I gave you into something that looks different.  But you did not ‘make’ anything.  If I could take the crayon off the paper, I would have what I originally gave you.  If I balled up the Play-Doh®, I would have my Play-Doh® back.  If I unstrung the beads, I could have my beads back.”

The child has used supplies given to give back something beautiful and special.  But the child did not ‘create’.

In the same way, if I use gas and electricity and so forth and say I ‘created’ something, I’m wrong.

But even if I could get a t-rex to appear out of nothing . . . I would still actually not be able to explain the origin of the universe (although I’d have a very interesting youtube video).

Why wouldn’t this prove something can come out of nothing?  Because in the example with the t-rex, it might be that the matter already present and the intelligence already present somehow accounted for the dinosaur’s springing into being.

The only way I could prove that something could come out of nothing—a spontaneous generation of the universe—is to have nothing.  We would have to cease to exist.  Everything would have to vanish.  All of everything would have to be gone–and not just the everything I understand.   Everything of everything.

And then, if a t-rex appeared, then I could prove the theory.

Believing the universe came to being out of nothing . . . takes faith.

But it is the right faith?

Lord, I give myself to you;
my God, I trust you.
Do not let me be disgraced;
do not let my enemies laugh at me.
No one who trusts you will be disgraced,
but those who sin without excuse will be disgraced. (Psalm 25:1-3, NCV)

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Circle of life?

I don’t believe in the circle of life because I don’t want to be recycled.

Cans, yes.

Me, no.

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. “ (Jeremiah 1:5a, NLT)

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