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What is life? I had to get some help from the dictionary to answer this question; these are some of the definitions I found:
- The condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction.
- A corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul.
- The length of time that something is active or functioning.
Right, so that’s what life is – or is it? The definitions given point more to what we can see, the effects of life, and not life itself. We are not life, nature is not life; what we see is life at work. Life is not a physical thing or being. Life is something hard to define because there is only One Who can give it. The God of heaven, through Christ created everything we see around us today. When you look at a tree or shrub what do you see? Well, I guess you see a living plant, true? But is that tree or shrub life in itself? Of course not, it has life in it but in itself it is not life. The life you see in that plant was given to it by our Father in heaven.
I’m glad that we were created by God and are not just an evolutionary mistake. According to evolution we are something that, after millions of years, just happened. To give you an example, I was reading a book the other day and it gave the simplest of explanations of evolution that you could really ask for. According to evolution, the way to produce a universe is as follows: Nothing + nothing = two elements + time = 92 natural elements + time = all physical laws and a completely structured universe of galaxies, systems, stars, planets, and moons orbiting in perfect balance and order.
That really is quite an achievement! I wonder how they calculate the fact that if you’ve got nothing + nothing it equals something. I always thought that nothing and nothing equalled nothing, but maybe if we change the order around we’ll get a different result. Nothing + nothing = nothing, so let’s change it to nothing + nothing, and that equals nothing. Oh no, we have run into a problem now, how can we get something out of nothing? I think that theory has just been thrown out the window. Would something different happen with the theory of making life according to evolution?
The way to make life according to evolution is: dirt + water + time = living creatures. Unfortunately for the scientists, I have proved that wrong long ago. I’m sure many of you have at least once in your childhood made mud pies. Now what is the best recipe for mud pie? I’m sure it is just dirt and water, and then you leave it out so it sets hard. The evolutionist universe is looking better all the time: now we have nothing and nothing in there somewhere, and if you want to add life, it means we have mud pies floating around in nothing. Is that the kind of universe we live in? I think not!
Personally I’m very thankful for the way we were really created, by the power of God that made every single bit of matter that is in existence. Where do I get the proof that we were created by God? From the Bible, the only accurate account of the earth’s beginning. And how do we know that it is so accurate? Because God states in His word that He is a God of truth and that He “cannot lie”. In the Bible it states that the earth was created in 6 literal days, and that it did not take millions of years before our great ancestors crawled out of some swampy bog.
There are so many examples of creation, and they are really awesome. How did all of the 30 odd pieces of even the smallest organisms evolve if they are all needed at exactly the same time to perform the actions required to keep the organism moving and thus keep it alive? If it wasn’t moving it would sink and die in a very short amount of time.
What about the birds that roost at night? What keeps them from falling off in the middle of the night? God created the bird, and He also created tendons in its feet so that when they land on a branch their feet lock on and they cannot fall off because they need to make a conscious decision to unlock their feet from the branch before they fly away.
All these wonderful, living creatures point to intelligent design, which in turn points us to our great heavenly Father who created each and every one of us, the animals we see, the plants, the universe and everything in it.
In Job chapter 12:7-9 it says “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?”
Although the world was created without sin, man fell and became separated from God. Since then sin has wreaked havoc through every generation, but it isn’t all over, there is a way to be saved! John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Imagine the amount of love the Father must have had to send His only begotten Son to suffer death, to take our place so we do not have to die for our own sins. Jesus suffered pain, humiliation, and real agony just so He could save you and me, so what are we going to do? Are we going to make it so He ended up having suffered for nothing, or so that we will go to heaven? The choice is yours.
King David summed everything up when he said “O LORD, how great are thy works!” Maybe it’s time for you to stop for a moment to consider all that God has done, everything He has created, and more importantly, for the love he has towards this fallen people. Words cannot express the love He has for us, and what a day it will be when we finally get to meet Jesus and walk the streets of heaven. Will I see you there?