We use telescopes to see what is far away, to see in the vastness of space. We hope to discover something new.
We also use microscopes to see the tiniest things on earth, with the hope to see or discover something that has not been seen before.
Yet here we are, in search for something new and amazing, but we fail to see the beauty that is before our very eyes–that which is here and now. We, for whatever reason are unable to see Gods amazing creation right in front of us. Everything that is here on this planet was created for our enjoyment, but we fail to recognize it.
Instead we abuse and destroy this very planet and everything on it; usually out of greed or hatred.
God gave us this planet to look after and to enjoy. Not to abuse and destroy.
Genesis 1: 20-31
20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
This planet, and everything on it is amazing, everything from plants to animals; from deserts to lush green forests and the arctic and Antarctic, as well as the lakes, rivers and oceans.
We also have a tremendous amount of people and cultures that we can learn from. But instead we look at the differences in a negative way and bring harm to them. We look at what is beneath the soil and strip it bare due to greed.
It is time that we respect and cherish this planet and those that inhabit it. After all, it is God’s; yes He gave it to us to use, but He did not give it to us to abuse.
Let’s wake up to the damage that we have done and learn how we are supposed to live.
Respect of Gods creations can heal this planet and us.
Evolution; A Christians Perspective
It was thousands of years ago when the earth was created. The plants, oceans, lakes and rivers, all put in their proper places on this planet, the stars were scattered across the sky; the sun and moon a perfect distance from the earth.
Then animals were created and populated all of the earth, all those who are marine life filled the lakes, rivers and oceans. The animals of the land and the birds of the air have their places as well, all live harmoniously were they are supposed to live. Then man was created; what a sight it would have been for man to open his eyes for the first time and see such beauty, the different animals and plants, the multitudes of colours, textures and fragrances would have been amazing to witness for the first time. It was a little while later that woman came, she also would have seen the land as it should be, clean, friendly and whole. Vastly different to what we have today.
(A process of change in a certain direction. http://www.merriam-webster.com/)
Man and woman have been created; they work with their hands, the only tools they have. They live in the wilderness because they have been taken out of the Garden of Eden, because of sin.
They need to learn to garden, farm and hunt-they need to survive! How would they do this? They would need to adapt, to evolve.
Science would have us believe that everything on this planet and everything in space was created by mere chance, and that all living things evolve and have evolved from a single-celled organism, which evolved from inorganic matter and humans took one route which led us to become an ape then caveman and then to who we are now. However, I see it differently, I do believe humans evolve but it is not in the manner science would have us believe. When we look back at humanity to when we were first created to what we are now, we have indeed evolved.
Some would say that we have actually devolved. This means that we have actually become less civilized, and our advancements have taken us to a more uncivilized more self-destructive place; we are destroying ourselves. We destroy the land by stripping it of its trees and other plant life, we drill holes in the land and oceans and suck out its oils and gasses, we dig holes to rape the land of its other resources as well, then we empty lakes, rivers and oceans of sea life. When we do these things, we drain the earth of resources that have been a part of it since its creation; throwing the natural balance off track. That is not all, when our infrastructures break down these things spill onto the land and poison the soil and water killing even more life and polluting and poisoning the homes where we and other life forms live.
That not being enough, we need more so we illegally and unjustly invade other nations starting wars in which we not only murder innocent humans, we kill animals and plants with weapons which pollute the air, soil and waters. Is this a sign of humankind having evolved to become better and more intelligent life forms? I think not.
Evolution is a process created by God
When I look at my children; I see a process of evolution. When they are first born, they learn to cry, they cry when they feel uncomfortable, they do not know what this discomfort is, but they know they do not like it. For instance, if their diapers are dirty or wet, they do not know the meaning of wet or dirty, they just know that it is not comfortable so they cry to get the attention of someone who will take away this discomfort. The same goes for hunger, as newborns they do not understand what hunger is, they simply know that they need something, so again they cry. This is a part of nature that is instilled in the very essence of their creation!
Nurture comes into play as they soon realize that whenever they cry, mom or dad come and do something, this something takes away their discomfort, this is learned through repetition, a process where one action receives another positive action or reaction. They have evolved. We are created by God to learn and behave this way.
From the moment we are born we evolve, there are various stages we go through in our process of change. When we are babies, we evolve where we learn to crawl and then walk and soon after we learn to run.
Another stage of evolution for humankind is the learning stage, we begin to learn the moment we are born, this is a combination of nature which is we want to learn to communicate with others, so we learn speech. The same is for movement, we want to learn to walk so that we can get to where we want to be, such as near our favourite toy. In addition, there is a nurture aspect to this, we go to school, we are taught by others the things which the society we live in deems important for us to learn. These are things which do not come to us naturally, but they are taught to us through a long process and by repetition, such as reading and writing. Also we are taught right from wrong, such as that hitting or stealing is wrong. We need to be taught such things in order to be a productive citizen of our community.
Let us take this perspective of evolution to a grander scale. We see that humanity has evolved in the sense that we have learned to created such things as Automobiles, airplanes and medications. How do we come up with these things, is it mere coincidence? No, these things are given to us by God. God is the one who created us and has given us the intelligence to create and to invent.
We evolved to this stage by the careful guidance from God, and so we created things, which are to make our lives better. However, as humans like to have power over others we took the idea of cars and created tanks and other armoured vehicles, we armed airplanes which were to make travel faster with guns and bombs and took the concepts to create medicines and use it to create viruses, chemical and biological warfare etc. Therefore, it seems that every step forward in human growth we seem to take another back.
A Christians view on evolution
Now let’s take a closer look at the theory of evolution and creation.
We are created by God, God created everything seen and unseen. Nothing and no one is here by chance; everything and everyone has a purpose.
Humans are created and have evolved, but neither is done by themselves. The evolution of humans is simple; we are born, we learn and we grow. All one needs to do is follow a baby from birth through adulthood, there is where we can see how a human evolves. This is evolution in its simplest terms. The other form is humanity, as I stated earlier one only needs to go back to Adam and Eve and look through history to see how we have evolved, such as learned to create (and destroy).
A Christian’s perspective on evolution is not to believe Darwin’s theory of evolution, but instead to believe in God’s intelligent design of creation and see that humans do evolve (change) but that this evolution or change is guided and directed by God himself.
Thomas H. Czech
(October 10, 2010)
©Thomas H. Czech, 2010
Thomas H Czech
August 9st, 2011
What is time? Does it exist? Is it what we perceive it to be? “What is it?”
The night moves into day, the days become weeks and before we know it years have passed us by.
A life begins at birth and ends at death. Is the space in-between it …time?
We have clocks, we have the sun and moon, we have seasons and yet no one can really explain it.
We humans have created it, we have lived our lives by it and we are controlled by it.
But is time a part of Creation? Is there another form of time other than what we live by?
2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (Bible)
So if this thing called time was not a part of creation as we have been made to understand it, then why do we allow “time” to control every aspect of our lives?
Why do we live by this man-made creation of the 24-hour clock?
The clock was created to simplify our lives, but instead we have become slaves to it.
Do we really need to let it control us? Considering there is “Never enough time in a day”. Have you heard someone say this? Have you yourself spoken them? I will admit that I have.
So if we never have enough time, then can we not create and give ourselves more it?
I don’t believe that we are created to live so strictly by the control time. We are just supposed to live and to live each day to the fullest.
To enjoy ourselves, to love and be loved and to do the best we can for ourselves and for everyone around us who share this planet with us.
John Ellis McTaggart (3 September, 1866 – 18 January, 1925) and many other philosophers have proposed that the passage of time is an illusion suggesting that only the present is real. (http://www.timephysics.com/) So the present as we know, is the immediate that an individual is in, and it is different from person to person because we all perceive things differently.
So if we believe that time does not exist, and that it is merely an illusion created by man to control our lives, and that it is different for each individual. And if we know that it is only what we perceive it to be, and that in the end it is an illusion nonetheless because we all have different amounts of it on this planet.
Then we must know and understand that we ought not let it control us, but that we must instead take control of our life and live it to the best of our ability, because there really isn’t enough of it in our lifetime to waste.
Charles Richards said, “Don’t be fooled by the calendar.
There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week” and Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life”. I don’t agree with Darwin on most of his ideas, however in this quote I believe he is right.
Now that being said, King Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. What is he talking about? Is he talking about a moment on the clock or simply a moment in ones life? Or does it really matter. Perhaps we ought not be so focused on “Time” but rather on our lives and what we do with it. As we all know, life moves forward and never back. What is done is done, as the saying goes: “We can not turn back time”. This goes for the man made thing called time and it also goes for life itself, so: “Hurry up and live; the clock is ticking—ahead! With or without you!”
©Thomas H Czech, 2011