Wow! A “cloud inversion” at the Grand Canyon a few days ago…
The mind boggles at the spiritual metaphors here (watch the video)…
Our daughter Anna (tallest in the picture) was given an assignment this morning from her mother: “Go outside and write a psalm to your Creator.” She climbed up onto her favorite branch in her favorite tree and wrote this…
Oh, Lord, was I there when You created the earth, or set the stars in the sky?
Was I there when You anchored the sea to the ground or thought the birds to fly?
No, Lord, because only You are omnipresent.
You are worthy of praise! You change the full moon to crescent!
You are worthy of praise! You gave us our eternal present!
You are worthy of praise! You take pleasure away or make the world pleasant!
Oh, Lord, You alone are worthy of praise!
Thank goodness, I have never personally experienced what it is like to believe – really and truly and deeply believe – in hell. But I think it can be plausibly argued that such a deeply held belief might cause a child more long-lasting mental trauma than the temporary embarrassment of mild physical abuse. -Richard Dawkins, Atheist
If man was created by impersonal forces over the course of many billions of years rather than by the word of the Holy God, there is no basis for morality. If whatever sense of fairness/ethics/kindness we subjectively experience is merely a series of chemical reactions in our brains, there is no objective morality, no real right and wrong. If current standards of morality are part of the impersonal process of evolution, there is no possibility of objective morality–what is morally reprehensible in one age may be perfectly beautiful in another. This evolutionary, impersonal, materialistic worldview permeates the Western world today. We have only the inner impulses which must be obeyed–and to each his own. The only standard left seems to be “Don’t do anything that will hurt somebody else.” But even that standard is running on the fumes of God’s “Do unto others…”. The consistent atheist must jettison all that religious muck and really live in the here and now, doing whatever those refined chemical reactions demand. If it be infanticide, so it must be. If it be pedophilia, so it must be.
Rom. 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
Rom. 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Rom. 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
Rom. 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
But why did God make the world?
Negatively. Not for himself; for he did not need it, being infinite. He was happy in reflecting upon his own sublime excellencies and perfections before the world was. God did not make the world to be a mansion for us, since we are not to abide here for ever. Heaven is a mansion house. John xiv 2. The world is only a passage-room to eternity; the world is to us as the wilderness was to Israel, not to rest in, but to travel through to the glorious Canaan. The world is a dressing-room to dress our souls in, not a place where we are to stay for ever. The apostle tells us of the world’s funeral. ‘The elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burnt up.’ 2 Pet iii 10.
Positively. God made the world to demonstrate his own glory. The world is a looking glass, in which we may see the power and goodness of God shine forth. ‘The heavens declare the glory of God.’ Psa xix 1. The world is like a curious piece of tapestry, in which we may see the skill and wisdom of him that made it.
-Thomas Watson in A Body of Divinity