Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Blogger’s Confession

It was Oscar Wilde who sarcastically said that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Perhaps he was right. One skeptic had the common sense to know that my dislike of trees was the lowest form of wit. I shouldn’t use it, because atheists are desperately earnest about their beliefs. When I spoke about actually cutting down rain forests and using the wood to build homes for the homeless, some almost blew a fuse.

I have to confess that do like trees. The bigger the better. I thank God for every one of them. Still, it doesn’t worry me when they are cut down because that’s why they were created. They were made by God for us (see Genesis 1:28-31). He made the whole of this incredible creation for our benefit; believe it or not. Horses, cows, dogs, cats, apples, milk, cheese, chickens, eggs, water, oxygen, and everything else under the sun were made by God, for us. He even made Charles Darwin and Richard Dawkins. There may be disagreement as to whether or not they have been very much benefit to humanity, but they were made by God (oops, there's another fuse-blower).

If you do believe it, may I ask that you take it further--believe also that you have sinned against God and that you need a Savior. Then stop “believing” by itself and put “works” with your faith. If you want to make it to the tenth story of a tall building, you could stand outside the elevator and believe that it can take you to the top floor. But that’s only your first step; it won’t get you to the top. You have to take a step towards the elevator and get into it. That’s works being added to your faith, and that will bring you into “trust.” You now trust the elevator to take you to the tenth floor. Many people believe in Jesus, but they have never put works with their faith and actually trusted in Him for their eternal salvation.

The reason atheists and skeptics get so upset when I say it’s good to cut down trees is that this world is all they have. If it gets completely wrecked, it’s all over for them. That’s what they believe . . . that life then ends. That’s unless Mother Nature or Father Evolution (whoever they believe made everything) makes some more trees, etc. Of course if it has to start all over again, they have to wait for around 4.5 billion years. That’s what they believe, and I guess that’s a little too long for them to wait. So they get antsy when Christians are a little flippant about creation. But we can’t help it. We don’t value creation as though our life depends on it. That’s because we know and trust Him who made all things, and if humanity wrecks this earth, we have His immutable promise that He is going to make all things new.