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It Just Happened

Science estimates that our universe started 13.7 billion years ago with a “big bang”. However, no cause for this bang has been suggested. It just happened.

Scientists say that humans and all animals evolved from some sort of primordial ooze. No mention of how that “ooze” started. It just happened.

Scientists now say that humans, in their infinite greed and lack of care for the environment, are killing the earth. They say that “climate change” is caused by humans using fossil fuels and not protecting the environment.

Compare that with the Biblical story of creation in Genesis. God formed the world, the sun, the moon, the planets, the waters, the earth, all animals, and finally, humans. There was darkness over the whole earth until God said, “Let there be light”. God then separated the light from the darkness to create Day and Night. From that point on, each day saw a new phase of creation. At the end of each day, God saw that what was created was good. At the end of six days, God had completed the creation of the world with all its vegetation, animals, and humans. He rested on the seventh day.

Sin came into the world when Satan, in the form of a serpent, tempted Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. God gave us the ability to make decisions that were not necessarily in our best interests. He gave us free will. With that free will, we can choose to follow Him, or not. He doesn’t force us.

Because of sin, some choices that are made are selfish and self-centered. We can choose to help others, or not. We can choose to take care of our much-loved pets, or not. We can choose to raise our children to become thoughtful, caring adults, or not. Those same children can then choose to be thoughtful and caring, or not.

We can choose to use God’s gifts wisely, or not.

The end of the earth is foretold in Revelation. The first heaven and the first earth pass away and there is a new Heaven and a new Earth. There is no time frame for this rebirth, as only God knows when the end times will occur. However, with the preaching of the Gospel, we are in a time of preparation for these end times.

We are called to listen to the Word of God both in our own Bible reading as well as in fellowship and communion in the church. The Bible gives us a history of the world, much of which science has been able to confirm. There are many archeological sites that have confirmed Biblical accounts. There are also sites that have raised questions that we have so far not been able to answer.

When we read the Bible and listen to the Word of God preached without it being taken out of context, we can look at our own lives to see how we measure up. (We usually fall far short of what God expects.) Jesus, however, is our advocate with the Father. When we believe in Him, when we rely upon Him, He intercedes for us. God has mercy on us for Jesus’ sake.

We need to look at ourselves and our actions. Are we taking care of God’s creation in a way that is pleasing to Him? Are we living our lives as God’s people? Are we willing to listen to Him? Are we giving Him thanks and praise for His goodness and love toward us?

Or do we say that we have done it ourselves. That we are here because of some primordial ooze that just happened?

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We all have crossroads at various times of our lives. Some crossroads have more severe consequences than others.

Mary, betrothed to Joseph, was told by an angel that she had found favor with God because of her faith. She would give birth to a son, the Son of God. She could have said, “No, not me!” Instead she said yes to the angel and to God.

Joseph, Mary’s betrothed, learned of Mary’s pregnancy. He thought about ending the betrothal quietly. He received a message from an angel in a dream, telling him that Mary had not been unfaithful to him. Joseph said yes to God.

Peter was told that he would deny Christ three times during the night. He told Jesus he would never deny Him. When questioned about his relationship with Jesus, Peter was afraid. He told each questioner that he did not know what they were talking about.

Jesus had a crossroad, a very important one, on the Friday we know as Good Friday. He could have chosen to climb down from the cross as the people were crying out for Him to do. He chose, instead, to stay on the cross, suffering for the sins committed by each person, dead, living, and yet to come. By choosing this suffering, Jesus fulfilled the will of God and paid the price of salvation for all people.

Crossroads. Decision time. Which way do we turn? Do we listen for the voice of God giving us His guidance? Or do we respond in fear as Peter did? Do we suffer for our beliefs? Or do we lie to save our lives?

Peter was filled with remorse when the rooster crowed after his third denial of Christ. Jesus, knowing what was coming, said, “Not my will, but thine” to our Father God.

After the Resurrection, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time Peter responded yes. Jesus sent Peter out to feed the lambs and the sheep…the believers, and to spread the Gospel.

Saul, who watched and approved the execution of Stephen, was on his way to Damascus to arrest believers and take them back to Jerusalem for trial. His crossroad appeared when he was blinded by a bright light. The Lord spoke to him, asking him why he was persecuting believers. Then the Lord told him to go to Damascus and wait for one who would come heal his blindness and tell him what he was to do. Saul followed the instructions, spending the next days in prayer until Ananias came to him. Saul then started preaching and teaching the risen Christ.

Not all our crossroads are so spectacular. Sometimes it can be as simple as a career change, or a move. Sometimes it can be an accident that causes major life changes. There are many very small crossroads that we might not even realize are there.

We will have many crossroads in our lives. The crossroad is not the important thing. The important thing is what we do when we reach it. Will we go our own way? Or will we ask for God’s guidance? Will we react out of fear? Or will we rest in the knowledge that God is in control, no matter what?

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