When Adam was walking with God in the garden, God showed him all the trees He had planted for the man to tend.
Two trees in the middle of the garden were mentioned, the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
“You can eat from all the trees in the garden, but you shall not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because eating from that one will bring death.”
But, that was okay. There were plenty of trees…all filled with good fruit.
(I love you….Do you believe Me…do you trust Me…do you love Me?)
“What’s the deal? God told you not to eat this stuff?”
“Oh, no. We can eat all of it. Well, all except that one.” She pointed to the one in the middle of the garden.
“Hmmm. Interesting. I wonder why not that one?”
“He said we would die.” She had a questioning look on her face.
“You believe that? Seriously? You’re not going to die. He just doesn’t want you to know the stuff he knows. You can be like him, you know. Why, that’s probably the best fruit in the whole garden!”
“Really? But He said…” She looked at the fruit…it looked better than all the other fruit.
“Believe me…you’re not going to die…you can trust me.”
She tasted, she chewed, she swallowed.
She gave some to her husband.
He tasted, he chewed, he swallowed.
Something changed…they felt…different…nervous…afraid…alone.
“Man! Where are you? Why are you hiding? Did you eat from that tree?”
“Well, the woman you gave me…”
“The serpent…it was the serpent!”
“You have chosen your own right and wrong!
What you have chosen, you shall have.
You have chosen
not to believe Me,
not to trust Me,
not to love Me.
You have chosen death,
You must now leave My garden, to follow the path of your own choosing.”
(And yet, I will always love you. I will make a way for you to choose to love Me.)
He gave them skins to cover their nakedness and watched them leave the garden, never having had the chance to taste the fruit of the other tree.
The tree of Life.
The tree of Love.
One Year Ago
One Year Ago
A PERFECT DESIGNER…
LOVE FOR THE DESIGN
Lungs, designed to take in air from the atmosphere, will try to reject gas that has impurities or smoke in it…
Eyes that self-adjust for light and distance, that pick up tiny variances of color, and movement…
Taste buds and a sense of smell that will warn the creature of poison or spoiled food…
A digestive system that removes nutrients from food and eliminates waste from the body…
A circulatory system that receives oxygen from the lungs and nourishment from the digestive system and transports them to all the organs in the body…
An adrenal gland that gives huge surges of strength or energy in emergency situations…
A reproductive system that draws a male and female together…
A nervous system sensitive enough to feel a tiny insect walking on your skin, to warn you of danger, to allow you to feel intense pleasure or pain…
A marriage covenant between a man and a woman designed to last until death in order to make two people into one…
A desire to have children and protect them from danger and poor choices…
The desire a man has to protect and provide for his wife…
So many more examples of the complexity of this design we call human…
With built-in warnings to help to bring about a long and healthy and purposeful life…
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. ”
So, what happened? Why are we so messed up?
There is a second download that insures the warranty on the design.
A download that plants the eternal life inside the device.
You must request it, it is not automatic.
The device will function for a time without it.
But, eventually, without the download, the device will die.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life…
No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.
Journal • Saturday, Feb 17, 2018, 2:54 PM CST • 7003 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX, United States • 48°F Mist and Fog
FEB. 16, 2018
PROOF (PART TWO)
Have you ever been reading along in your Bible, and you start to feel kinda good about yourself?
One year ago…
It started as a battle of wits, a competition of words.
“I definitely believe that there could be a creator. I simply don’t see any evidence of it. And I certainly don’t see any connection between a creator of the universe and the god of the bible.”
I replied, “I don’t understand your criteria for evidence. If I find a puddle of water on the floor, I know there had to be a cause: a spill from someone before I got there, an undisciplined dog, a leaky roof. If I find a watch in a field, I assume a designer, as well as a bereaved owner.”
He responded, “The evidence I require is simply science based: when collected and interpreted in accordance with the scientific method. Anecdotes, such as what I find in the christian bible, are wholly insufficient. For example, studies by Pew research show that 93% of the members of the US Academy of Sciences do not believe in God. That would be the level of evidence I want to see.”
Me: “That could be pretty compelling. I wonder, though, when the first scientist proposed a global earth instead of flat, what percentage of scientists may not have agreed. High percentages don’t always insure truth.”
No responses after that.
I looked up the US Academy of Sciences.
It currently has about 2290 members.
That means, according to this data, that there are approximately 160 members who believe in God.
That’s not bad.
Especially considerings that they have a maximum yearly election number of 84 new members.
They can only be nominated and chosen by current members.
Members who are 93% atheist , or agnostic, who would sincerely doubt a scientist’s credibility as a scientist if they knew that he believes in a god that cannot be seen, observed, or duplicated by scientific methods.
And, yet, somehow there are 160 members of this select group who see a possibility of an unseen powerful god.
I would bet the percentages would be much higher over the whole spectrum of scientists.
But, back to the evidence.
I would bet that most of these scientists believe in the evolutionary process proposed by Darwin.
Based on observational assumptions.
Not on personal observation of an event happening.
Not on a duplication by some scientific method of experimentation.
We all begin with some previous assumptions that we seek to prove.
The sad result of the conversation I had was the realization that most people don’t really want to know what is true, but only how to prove what I believe is true.
And, I feel deep, deep sorrow that I am not able to point someone to the Light, the Life, the Joy that I found in 1978, when I let the God that made me have me.
For His purpose.
Isn’t it wonderful how many wonderful memes we can find on Facebook, and how easy it is to click that Share button, and how easy it is to Like?
It doesn’t even have to make sense.
So…I can’t possibly believe in God because I can’t see him, or see any evidence that he exists.
DNA is science, right? Show of hands…how many Christians out there believe DNA exists and that it is considered to be the basic building block of all living beings, deciding, by a design code, every aspect of a creature’s makeup?
Well, you must not be a Christian, because that is science, and everyone knows that Christians don’t believe in science.
And sexuality…obviously that is unchristian…we all know that that is simply a part of the evolutionary process…you know, when sometime in the eons of billions and billions of years, some creature that had previously reproduced by, I don’t know, mitosis or mirror imaging or whatever, suddenly happened upon a being like himself, but somehow, a little bit different, and , hubba hubba, come on baby, and everything changed, for everyone.
And freethinking…there can’t possibly be a god if I can’t see him…I can only believe in what I can touch, taste, see…That is freethinking?
And skepticism…show me your proof that God exists, but don’t use anything stupid like the Bible, or how he “changed your life”, but show me something that I can believe…because we KNOW that the earth is billions and billions of years old and that everything evolved from a simple one-celled organism…there is proof…science has proven it…I can’t get my hands on it right now…but if you don’t accept that, well, you are just a superstitious so and so who cannot see the truth.
Call me skeptical.
And gender equality?…seriously…what genders are we talking about?…the scientific ones or the ones that we are deciding we can choose for ourselves?
Questioning? Every time I ask a question of these people that say there is no god…I get blocked…
Tolerance?…Every time I state what I believe, I get blocked. (Not really every time. Some people still like to argue.)
But, that picture of a big man holding a wee man over a fire to force him to love him…
“God loved the world so much that He gave His ONE AND ONLY SON, so WHOEVER believes, in Him will not perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE.”
Anyone…an eternity with a creator that made this beautiful place with all these beautiful things to enjoy, to love, to feel, to experience …or an eternity without him and all the wonderful things He created for you to enjoy.
You get to choose.
(FEB 8, 2015)
Over the last couple of months, Wendy and I have been going with Wendy’s parents, Blair and MaryJane Wright to Tyler for doctor appointments. I have come to really look forward to these times, because I get to listen to the worlds greatest personal historian and storyteller, Blair Wright.
” Me and my best friend, Odom, would go hunting. One day, we were walking down a country road near the old Taylor place (outside Lindale, where Blair lived growing up) and a roadrunner shot out in front of us.
‘Odom, I oughta shoot that roadrunner, so we can have sump’n to eat.’
‘Blair, there ain’t no way you can hit that roadrunner!’
So I raised my rifle, looked through the scope, and by this time, it was pretty far down the road. I pulled the trigger, and saw that roadrunner just kinda fall over.
‘You got him!’ Odom hollered. ‘I’m gonna go and get him.’
‘No, just leave him there. I probably tore him to pieces anyway.’
‘No way am I gonna leave him there. You’d probably go back, tellin’ everybody how you shot him right through the eye. I cain’t take that.’
So Odom went down the road to get the bird. When he came back, he didn’t system much. We just started on home.
‘D’you get him or not, Odom?’
‘Yeah, I got him.’
‘Well, let me see him.’
‘Nah, it’s no big deal.’
Odom pulled that roadrunner out from behind his back saying, ‘You know, that thing was at least a hundred yards away!’
Randy, I had hit that roadrunner right in the head, didn’t hurt the meat at all.
Odom said,’Oh, man, you’ll never stop talkin’ about this!’