My brother-in-law is quite the photographer. My brother too. They know all about F-stops and aperture settings and photo composition. All that stuff is way over my head. Much like God is too us.
I was involved in a discussion with a youth pastor and a couple of students a few years ago. We were discussing creation and the book of Genesis and an apparent "contradiction" between Gensis 1 & 2 (There is no contradiction by the way). The youth pastor turned to me and asked, "So, what do YOU think, Bob?" This was my answer . . .
"I think we humans spend WAY too much time trying to figure out how God does things. We like to drag God down to OUR level and try to explain Him - what He is and what He does - in HUMAN terms. God is WAY above our pay grade."
I still believe that. I am quite content just to sit back and marvel at God's creation and to give him thanks for the beauty of it. The simplicity of it. And the complexity of it. I never cease to be amazed by it.
Look at this little dude. This guy is a tree frog -probably from some Amazon jungle or some place tropical like that. Scientists most likely have spent millions of dollars trying to figure out why the frogs skin is green, yet his feet are orange. That's what scientists do. Try to figure things out. Oh, and then there are the red eyes. Another million!!
Scientists come up with so many theories for why THIS happened and THAT happened. I would submit to you that it takes more faith to believe in all the scientific theories and wonder about the why's and wherefores, than it does to simply believe that God creates amazingly beautiful things and all we have to do is admire the beauty of His creation.
I took the picture of the clouds at the top of this post. The sun was setting and its light was reflecting off the underside of the clouds. The picture doesn't do justice to what my eyes actually witnessed, yet the picture still gives us an idea of what I am talking about - the creative wonder of our God and King.
I suppose I could theorize why the clouds were pink, when just an hour earlier they were white. There's probably a reason for it - light filtering through the atmosphere at a particular angle or something like that, but what's the point in figuring out "why" and "how"? Isn't it more enjoyable and God-honoring to simply be amazed and leave it at that?
Sure, scientists have done great things and figured out cures to illnesses and things like that. Who can forget the "miracle" of Velcro"? But when it comes to God and His creation? I'd just as soon they'd leave that mystery alone and appreciate it for what it is - amazing.
The whole theory of evolution . . . and it is just that - a theory, is quite a stretch of the imagination. Yet evolution is taught in our schools as if it were fact. Why? Because "they" can explain things and somehow justify things without bringing God into the equation. If schools exists to educate and to expand the minds of our kids, to all of the possibilities of life, why don't schools teach ALL of the "theories" like creationism? Wouldn't that make sense?
I'd like you to watch two short film clips. The first was produced by Animal Planet, a TV channel here in the U.S. It theorizes how mermaids, fictitious water creatures, evolved from humans. I couldn't stop laughing! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. But people see this and believe!
Mermaids - Animal Planet
The second clip is about our country's educational system and what we are teaching our children these days. It's more of a horror film really but I will let you make up your own minds.
Indoctrination Movie Trailer
I am thankful for parents who choose to home-school their kids. They are providing God with what He truly desires - godly children.
" 14 . . . the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring." - Malachi 2:14-15
How can we as followers of Christ provide Godly offspring? By teaching them the ways of The Lord. By teaching them about the incredible mysteries of God, not necessarily trying to solve them. By sitting down with our children as the sun sets in all of its colorful glory and reflect the light on them that is shining from with in us. We can teach them about God's creation - the beauty and the power of the God we love. Then, and only then, will our children be made beautiful, Godly offspring.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." - Psalm 19:1