“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Nature, God's domain

Faith rests on evidence, not display, proof, or demonstration. The scientific skeptics require demonstration, since science says reality must be repeatable in a controlled environment, for the purpose of analysis. But God says, “I will work whether or not man sees or comprehends what I do.” He will not wait for us to understand.

Because science cannot recreate God or some part of His substance in their laboratories, they choose to disallow His existence. Even to mention the possibility of God is the height of absurdity. They want to be fully in control, yet, without faith they are slaves to the great mastermind of this world, who prevents them from seeing reality correctly. They do not understand or recognize his influence over them, but his is the same influence that, for a thousand years, drove people to destroy dissenters of the papacy, all the while believing they were doing good and in full control of their senses and intelligence.

Not for a moment are humans safe to think they are in complete control of themselves. In this world and in our fallen condition, we live in the territory of one who claims spiritual and temporal dominion of every one of Earth’s inhabitants. The only other option is to be under God’s control. Nevertheless, we are not our own, as much as some might hate to hear it.

Science promises to solve all of this world’s problems. It has staked its claim to be sole proprietor of life’s solutions. It does that as well as Nebuchadnezzar’s Chaldean advisors could repeat and resolve the dilemma nightmare of their king. That pragmatic sovereign saw right through their fraudulent profession. Many scientists are honest, well-meaning folks. It’s the organization’s stance which speaks so proudly, and which the truly honest people will leave as they become convinced of all the heaven-daring braggadocio that their community is guilty of.

God dispenses His grace because that is the nature of His love. It is God’s grace that allows the skeptic to continue to deny their Creator’s existence. The Lord gives them this freedom because truth can afford to be fair. He knows that through the study of His works some scientists will come to recognize a power and intelligence that is far beyond anything human science could ever measure or formulize or that random chaos could ever create. No sooner will they conclude that than they will then defer to faith and fall on their faces thunderstruck, for they will see that all along in their study of nature they were on holy ground and knew it not.

Must we be able to measure or analyze a subject before accepting it as indeed true or real? It may look responsible and energetic and honest to say “Yes” to the previous question, but it is dishonest and irresponsible if we don’t take all the evidence into account. We must use all our faculties with all the evidence in order to arrive at correct conclusions to the reality of our universe and world.

By this I mean, we each have more than just intellectual faculties, we also have spiritual, “as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Rom. 12:3). We have spiritual ears and eyes, through which the Holy Spirit can speak to us through the medium of His written word, through nature, and through the experiences in the life. But here is where the atheist stops short. To the atheist, spiritual eyes see only imaginary things and spiritual ears hear only nonsense and fables. Yet our spiritual nature is a reality we cannot deny.

The dog sees not the electronic dog leash that prohibits him from running outside his yard. But his master has attached a special collar around his neck which knows how far away the dog is from an electronic device in the yard. The dog knows not that the device exists, he neither sees the communication between collar and device, nor comprehends why he gets a stabbing electrical shock when he stands there, and there, and there in the yard. But soon the dog realizes he better not go where he gets the pain, and if he ever forgets he receives a friendly reminder.

Every human has a spiritual electronic leash, whether or not we accept it as fact. When we get too far from God, when we are separated from Him and His love, a sub-conscious internal alarm sounds off, an anxiety begins to stab us in the chest. Nerves send the alarm to every part of our body and the rising stress soon is felt in brain and muscles and bones. Rarely does the human discover why his body is in turmoil. Usually he never finds genuine relief except through temporary fixes—drugs, alcohol, over-eating—some self-indulgence to deaden the pain.

The fool hath said in his heart that there is no God. Let the atheist die of cancer because he cannot find the cure for his anxiety and heightened nervous system. Let his children run amuck from hyperactivity and drugs because they never knew the calming affect of love, that is, pure, divine, self-sacrificing love. Let the whole modern Babylonian society of today fall and crumble to dust because they have forgotten the God who blessed them beyond measure and by whose grace they are still shielded from worse disaster.
I don’t say “Let all this happen” because I am attempting to bring down a curse on the atheistic world. I say it because they are bringing this curse upon themselves. To deny their divine Benefactor doesn’t change the fact that He is and rewards all who diligently seek Him. His laws will be glorified whether through the curses on them who deny them or through the blessings on all those who obey them.
“We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” (2Cor. 13:8).

“… His truth is marching on.”


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