This Past week I have spent it sitting next to a loved one in the hospital and I’ve been remind that in this life we will struggle. It can be with health, Friends, finances or even persecution. These Struggles remind us that this world is not our home and we should not get too cozy here.
Last night my pastor preached on how an encounter changes everything.
In Luke 7:11-17 we find a Woman helpless, distraught racked with grief with no hope and no future. The Woman is walking in a funeral processing by the casket of her only son, her only hope. She was now a childless widow in a world that had no social security, no government funded programs for the elderly and absolutely no way for a woman to earn a living.
When I remember the summer of 2012 I will remember death. In the past three weeks I have lost two pillars in my life. An uncle who stepped in when my Mom’s Dad passed away in my early child hood and my Grandpa whose fingerprints are all over my child hood.
The Deaths have brought me down for a few weeks, made me cry and broke my heart.
This evening as I was reflecting I found this verse
1 Cor. 15:54-55
Death is swallowed up in Victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?
The Bucket List
Looking at my life, I can see the bucket list I have set for myself.
-Graduate high school
-Get a college education
But what do these goals mean in the long-run? More…
Getting a degree in science has its benefits: namely, how fascinating the little things in nature can be. Take for example This video. I’m sure some of you may be a little creeped out by the video, you shouldn’t because it is simply the nature of the Emerald Jewel Wasp. But it got me thinking, how did this insect survive when God first created the world. Everything was originally perfect (Genesis 1:31), so using a cockroach as an ‘incubator’ for their larvae would be possible. Really, it comes down to the amazing variability God intrinsically programmed into every living thing through the genetic code!
Poison, thorns, disease and the like could not have a place in pre-sin Earth. Or, at least they couldn’t function the same way as they do now. For example every human has lots of bacteria living in their stomach that is actually good bacteria — you need it to have a healthy lifestyle! So there are ways supposedly bad functions of animals/insects can work together.
However, I don’t believe these (I’ll call them attack structures when referring to poison/thorns etc.) attack structures existed before, but arose through the genetic variability already programmed into the creatures. When God spoke to Adam and Eve about the sin they committed, several changes took place (Genesis 3:14-19). Likewise, how things functioned biologically changed, and the world was not perfect any more. Since death was now integral to life, natural selection began to work on animals, and slowly these attack structures emerged from genetic information already present.
Another way to look at those verses in Genesis 3:14-19 is that maybe God took a more direct approach and physically changed many of the creatures to more resemble what we see today. I mean, God isn’t a deistic God (one that created everything but then disconnects from the creation), but is intimately involved with His creation. However, this may have occurred in specific places (like the snake losing its ability to walk, as suggested by Genesis 3:14), but we see incredibly variability in the genetic code across every organism, leading me to believe death (sin) was the only catalyst needed to create these attack structures.
Ultimately, death will eventually only be a distant memory when Christ returns. Death is the result of sin, but once sin is conquered, death will be no more. Isaiah 11:6 tells us that these attack structures will no longer be a problem for us once death is gone and sin is conquered. So, it turns out that attack structures are perfectly logical in the Christian worldview because they didn’t emerge until after sin had entered the world, and won’t be a problem once sin is finally defeated by Jesus Christ.
I have often had fear time to time about what I would do if faced with death. Would I relax and realize I would soon be home with my savior or would I be panic stricken and cling to this life with all I had.
I would like to hope that I would be that “Super Christian” who would have grace and know that things were going to be ok.