~ Including Heaven
Evolution or Creation is an eternal decision.
I was privileged to teach Jean's husband, Wayne, the Plan of Salvation.
Jean was already a Christian and desired her husband to join her. She hungered for a Christian home in which to raise their three young children. But Wayne reluctantly deferred making a decision.
I really liked Wayne and remained close to him. In fact we became good friends and chess competitors. This allowed for a number of opportunities for me to share God's wonders.
I was beyond elated and said, "Let me buy you breakfast in the morning and you can tell me all about it." I was anxious to rejoice with him.
The waitress brought our coffee and I said, "I am so happy for you. Tell me all about it."
"I attended a different church Sunday and the minister brilliantly explained how the Bible's miracles could all be explained scientifically."
My heart sank, "Wayne please give me an example."
"Well the minister explained how Jesus walked through the wall: He just changed his molecules to the same as the wall."
Oh, No! I thought. "Wayne what does it take to change your molecules to the same as a wall?"
He looked stunned.
I continued, "You and I can't change our molecules to the same as a wall, can we?" Wayne didn't respond, continuing I said, "He walked through the wall because He is God in the flesh and it was a miracle. We know that by faith not by science."
Not to be outdone he asked, "Well can you think of any other miracles that can't be explained by Science?"
(1) "Friend, Let me read you the story of Lazarus."
Jesus was again deeply moved at these words, and went on to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay in front of it. “Take away the stone,” said Jesus. “But Lord,” said Martha, the dead man’s sister “he has been dead four days. By this time he will be decaying ....”
“Did I not tell you,” replied Jesus, “that if you believed, you would see the wonder of what God can do?”
"Then they took the stone away and Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of these people standing here so that they may believe that you have sent me.”
And when he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with grave-clothes and his face muffled with a handkerchief. “Now unbind him,” Jesus told them, “and let him go home.”
He pondered and scratched his ear and asked, "Any others?"
(2) Jesus' own resurrection.
"Very early that Sunday morning, the women made their way to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. Among them were Mary Magdalene; Joanna; and Mary, Jesus’ mother. Arriving at the tomb they discovered that the huge stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside, so they went in to look. But the tomb was empty. The body of Jesus was gone!
They stood there, stunned and perplexed. Suddenly two men in dazzling white robes shining like lightning appeared above them. Terrified, the women fell to the ground on their faces.
The men in white said to them, “Why would you look for the living One in a tomb? He is not here, for he has risen! Have you forgotten what he said to you while he was still in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man is destined to be handed over to sinful men to be nailed to a cross, and on the third day he will rise again’?”
All at once they remembered his words. Leaving the tomb, they went to break the news to the Eleven and to all the others of what they had seen and heard." (Luke 24:1-8. TPT)Jesus was authenticated as dead by the Roman soldier that thrust a spear into his heart. On the third day His tomb was empty attested to by the Roman Guards, the women at the tomb, Peter and John, and the two angels. An even stronger proof Jesus rose from the dead is that the Apostles lives were forever changed. They became powerful proclaimers of the risen Lord ~ to the point that 11 of the 12 Apostles died as martyrs - refusing to deny his resurrection.
That was a miracle.
Wayne left to go to work. I prayed for wisdom of how to help him to have genuine faith and believe in the almighty Creator God.
We remained the best of friends for over 50 years. Over those five decades I used every opportunity to answer his objections. But I failed. The last few years, sadly, he became frumious. My last tearful attempt was caustically rejected.
(3) The Bible and Creation
I suspect that some of you would profit by considering just how crucial Faith in the Creator is and that the entire Bible is true.
"Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way." (2 Timothy 3:16, MSG)Without Faith we won't receive God's rewards ~ including Heaven. Read and discover the depth of this eternal decision.
"Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. 2 This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. 3 Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen." (Hebrews 11:1-3, TPT)
And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him." (Hebrews 11:6 , TPT)
- Faith is like a window to the unseen aspects of the Creator. (verse 1 above)
- God spoke the Universe and all of Creation into existence. (verse 3 above)
- To deny Creation makes it impossible for us to please God. (verse 6 above
- Without Faith we won't receive God's rewards ~ including Heaven. (verse 6 above)
"For most of us, glue is a simple binding agent that we use to stick things together. But in the heart of matter, glue takes on a far larger, more active role than the white paste that sticks macaroni to paper. Before scientists can gain an understanding of the visible matter in our universe—the matter that makes up the 7 billion people on Earth, the stars in the sky and the earth beneath our feet—they will need to finally understand the universal glue that springs from the strong force. A new experiment at Jefferson Lab seeks to do just that." [a]
"He existed before anything else, and He (Jesus) holds all creation together." (Colossians 1:17, NLT)
"Since the time of Hubble we have observed millions of galaxies with better equipment and verified his results. With the exception of a small handful of galaxies close to us, every galaxy is moving away from us.So Science is finally deducing what the Bible has said for nearly 2,000 years:
And in fact, the farther away a galaxy is the faster it is moving away from us. This fits in very well with Einstein's predictions. The galaxies seem to be receding from us because the entire universe is getting larger. The space in between the galaxies is stretching! And the farther away a galaxy is the more space there is to stretch so the faster the galaxy appears to move away from us.
Over the past half-century astronomers have observed many other facts about the universe that all point to the fact that the universe is expanding. While a very inventive person might be able to explain away one or at most two of these discoveries, the expansion of the universe is the only theory that can explain all of them at once. And with each passing year the evidence piles up higher!" [b]
"The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word." (Hebrews 1:3, TPT)
"That is an amazing statement. It is put in the present tense, saying that he is the One who is keeping things going right now. ...(Scientists) talk about a kind of cosmic glue that holds things together. Isn't it fascinating that here in the Word of God you have that exact kind of terminology used of Jesus! If you want a name for the force that holds the universe together it is very simple: His name is Jesus. He sustains the universe by his powerful word."Stedman sums it up:
"That is not only true of the physical universe, including our bodies and all that we are, but it is true of all the other forces and powers in the universe--physical, psychological, social, spiritual, whatever; he is in charge of them all." [c]
Creation scoffers rationalize: "The supposed intelligent design of a Creator is full of blunders and screw ups. Obviously no Intelligent Designer would have goofed so badly."
These scoffers snicker mockingly at the belief that Zebras were created. "This is a big mistake by a creator. Painting Zebras with black and white stripes makes them easily vulnerable to predators. It is unimaginable that any exist."
To the contrary the National Geographic takes issue. I watched a video the other night about Zebras. Doubters bow your heads in shame. The National Geographic says, "For Zebras on the Run, Stripes May Provide Protection. The theory known as "motion dazzle" suggests that dramatically patterned animals in motion can confuse, and elude, their predators."
Watch the video and see zebras' motion dazzle.
In addition Zebras run in large herds and will group attack a predator such as a lion.
It is crystal clear the Creator made no foozle in the creation of Zebras.
(6) Our Human Bodies.
Maybe the greatest proof of Creation is our human bodies. Since our bodies have infinite components, let's limit this consideration to the human brain... itself.
(7) The Brain
Brain studies reveal:
"An adult brain weighs about 3 pounds. About 75 percent of the brain is made up of water. This means that dehydration, even in small amounts, can have a negative effect on the brain functions. The human brain will grow three times its size in the first year of life. It continues to grow until you’re about 18 years old. The human brain begins to lose some memory abilities as well as some cognitive skills by your late 20s. The human brain gets smaller as we get older. This usually happens sometime after middle age. Your brain uses 20 percent of the oxygen and blood in your body." [d]
I challenge any cynic to explain how the hypothalamus, surrounded by bones and not having any wiring, can control anything. After all, this mostly-bone-surrounded gland functions in so many vast ways science can't even compute them.
Here are a few of its functions:
"The hypothalamus' main role is to keep the body in homeostasis as much as possible.
Homeostasis means a healthful, balanced bodily state. The body is always trying to achieve this balance. Feelings of hunger, for example, are the brain's way of letting its owner know that they need more nutrients to achieve homeostasis.
The hypothalamus acts as the connector between the endocrine and nervous systems to achieve this. It plays a part in many essential functions of the body such as:
As different systems and parts of the body send signals to the brain, they alert the hypothalamus to any unbalanced factors that need addressing. The hypothalamus then responds by releasing the right hormones into the bloodstream to balance the body.
- body temperature
- appetite and weight control
- sleep cycles
- sex drive
- blood pressure and heart rate
- production of digestive juices
- balancing bodily fluids
One example of this is the remarkable ability of a human being to maintain an internal temperature of 98.6 °Fahrenheit (ºF).
If the hypothalamus receives a signal that the internal temperature is too high, it will tell the body to sweat. If it receives the signal that the temperature is too cold, the body will create its own heat by shivering."
"Hormones of the hypothalamus:
To maintain homeostasis, the hypothalamus is responsible for creating or controlling many hormones in the body. The hypothalamus works with the pituitary gland, which makes and sends other important hormones around the body.
Together, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland control many of the glands that produce hormones of the body, called the endocrine system. This includes the adrenal cortex, gonads, and thyroid.
Hormones secreted by the hypothalamus include:
- antidiuretic hormone, which increases how much water is absorbed into the blood by the kidneys corticotropin-releasing hormone, which helps regulate metabolism and immune response by working with the pituitary gland and adrenal gland to release certain steroids gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which instructs the pituitary gland to release more hormones that keep the sexual organs working
The hypothalamus also directly influences growth hormones. It commands the pituitary gland to either increase or decrease their presence in the body, which is essential for both growing children and fully developed adults." [e]
- oxytocin, a hormone involved in several processes, including the release of a mother's breast milk, moderating body temperature, and regulating sleep cycles prolactin-controlling hormones, which tell the pituitary gland to either start or stop breast milk production in lactating mothers thyrotropin-releasing hormone activates the thyroid, which releases the hormones that regulate metabolism, energy levels, and developmental growth
I challenge any scoffer to explain how the hypothalamus, evolved into one of the most complex glands when it is surrounded by bones and not having any wiring. Who programmed the hypothalamus to control more than a 100 functions? Who inserted a microchip into the hypothalamus? Which electrician connected wires to the hypothalamus? It is such an obvious proof of an intelligent designing Creator that no truly honest person can dispute.
For your Eternal sake remember these proofs of a Creator and the absolute truthfulness of the entire Bible.
(1) The Resurrection of Decaying Lazarus.
(2) Jesus' Own Resurrection.
(3) The Bible and Creation.
(4) The Creator Did Not Make Any Blunders.
(6) The Human Body.
(7) The Brain.
(8) The Hypothalamus Gland
"Look at the splendor of your skies,
your creative genius glowing in the heavens.
When I gaze at your moon and your stars,
mounted like jewels in their settings,
I know you are the fascinating artist who fashioned it all!"
(Psalms 8:3, TPT)
[d] Excerpted from: https://www.healthline.com/