Courtesy of Defending Contending

You look at a beautiful painting and you say to yourself, “There must have been a painter.”

You look at a motor vehicle of great workmanship and you say to yourself, “There must have been a manufacturer.”

You look at a meticulously detailed sculpture and you say to yourself, “There must have been a sculptor.”

You look at a massive bridge spanning a large body of water and you say to yourself, “There must have been an engineer.”


You look at a tall building and you say to yourself, “There must have been a builder.”

You look at a complex computer program and you say to yourself, “There must have been a programmer.

You look at a well-written best-selling novel and you say to yourself, “There must have been an author.”

You look at the human body and say to yourself, “This must have been the product of an accident. A long time ago absolutely nothing from absolutely nowhere exploded and not only created absolutely everything, but also created order and it all occurred as a random accident.

If this is you, then this is your day: HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words (Proverbs 23:9).

A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge is easy to one who has understanding (Proverbs 14:6).

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes (Proverbs 12:15).

The foolishness of God is wiser than men (1 Corinthians 1:25).

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).

The wisdom of this world is foolishness before God (1 Corinthians 3:19).

A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them (1 Corinthians 2:14).

The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
(Psalm 150:6)
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  1. You go through a painful chapter in your life and you wonder…who got you through it? Where did the strength come from? Bravo to you, Alan, for blogging this thought. What an appropriate week to share your faith!

  2. j.d. stegall says:

    great post–now that is funny how you summed up the human creation. great context-and real funny. LOL just goes to show only a fool could believe in evolution!

  3. Product of an accident? Really? Is that what evolution is? Really? Hmm…
    I always thought it was “descent with modification”.

    Oh, wait, that is exactly what it is…

    Here is a link to help you understand.
    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/_0_0/evo_02

    Maybe you should argue against the theory of gravity. You may have better luck there. 🙂

    • Alan Higgins says:

      So if it wasnt an accident, that means it must have been done on purpose. Who purposely done it?

      • Alan, you are looking at it wrong. Follow the link, it should be able to explain that descent with modification is a process that needs no “Who”.

        It is a slow process where small changes in genetic traits either help or hinder a life forms potential for survival. Changes that are helpful for survival are passed on to the next generation and those that hinder survival make it less likely for the life form to survive and is therefore not likely to be passed on to the next generation.

        Evolution is a fairly simple concept, if one takes the time to look at it with open eyes. I didn’t buy it either when I was a Christian. I never took the time to think about because I just knew it was a lie… It is not a lie. It is science. 🙂

        • Alan Higgins says:

          Let me make this clear. I believe in micro-evolution. For example over time, dogs mate with different breeds and their colour and facial features might change. This happens within its OWN KIND. However, I do not believe in macro evolution. You do not see over time a fish becoming a cat. As I have stated elsewhere, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that over time, things go to disorder and not order. Even the link acknowledges that ‘Leaves on trees change color and fall over several weeks’ and ‘Mountain ranges erode over millions of years’.

        • j.d. stegall says:

          actually YOU are wrong, zebulonthered-it does need a who. evolution starts out on the wrong premise in that the universe is billions of years old. unfortuantely when you start off on the wrong foundation, everything else crumbles. hard core evolutionist dont even really believe their own silly theories, and yes i said Theories b/c none of them have ever been proven true. never saw a legitimate MISSING LINK yet. i’ve seen alot of false ones and made up ones but nothing verifiable or legitamate or honest. nothing intellegent ever came about by chance. again i have not heard a single good argument by ANY evolutionist against the 2nd law of thermodynamics in my 38 years on this planet.

    • j.d. stegall says:

      how does that info. tie in with the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

  4. aforcier says:

    first you make some observations and you state, self-rigtheously, that someone’s hands and mind must be behind the objects’ “creation”…. everyone can answer yes. it does not take a great genius to know why. – then, you encounter a more complex problem… you throw in the towel… and exlaim… with quotations in hand… that all must be fools if, like you, they don’t think that a god created the more complex stuff.

    what is demanded… simply…is further studies and understanding.

    http://www.ANaturalPhilosophy.com

    • Alan Higgins says:

      How have I self righteously stated that someone’s hands and mind must be behind the objects’ “creation”…. It is a no-brainer. All you need a brain that can think and eyes that can see for example that a painting is 100% proof that a painter existed. Painting that do not happen or evolve by themselves. You would never say that it did but for some reason, when it comes to creation, birds, bees, trees, flowers, animals, humans, the earth etc etc which is so much more complex, we somehow believe that it we are a product of chance

  5. aforcier says:

    alan… self righteously… ok, i should have used self evident… now to the more complex things… what i observe is that we are the product of a self-generating universe (and yes, chance may be involved at some levels). the whole nature of our existence demands more definitions and re-definitions. why do we exist, at least partly, if not to define ourselves and the world around us?

    (god is not a “knowledge” answer. it simply quiets our fears of the unknow.)

    http://www.ANaturalPhilosophy.com

    • Alan Higgins says:

      The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that over time, things go to disorder and not order. But you are saying that over time, we have self-generated and become more orderley. If I said that about any of the other examples, you would think I was crazy but somehow, when it comes to creation, you accept it!! Then you say that what might be a product of chance exists to define ourselves.

    • Nikaela says:

      Christians are not scared of the unknown, and we are not scared of the devil, the only fear we have is god and by fear, it means ultimate respect. If you people cannot understand that Christianity isn’t just a religion, it’s SUPERNATURAL, then how can you even begin to try an test us?
      By the way this is coming from a born-again Chrsitian who is baptized, and has seen miracles performed and has felt the love of god. There is no knowledge theory for it because the truth is, if you want truth in word form or the closest physical form, the only way to find it is in the oldest book in the Universe. The book of truth, THE ONE AND ONLY BIBLE. The truth is you can’t be in touch with the creator through means of mind-power, even some Christians get that one wrong. They go searching for mental reasons, and mental theories to prove existence, the the truth is, you’re not ever going to reach the creator through mental power. The only way to the creator is through accepting Jesus into your life because he has saved you from sin. From the very beginning there was sin, and sin drew us apart from God. It’s not a mental thing, it’s supernatural. To sum it all up, Christians don’t just believe in a mental theory, we are in touch with the creator. Blessed are those who have faith but do not see. And it’s not just self righteous because we are not doing it for us, we’re doing it because God is our father, Jesus bridges the gap between God and us that was caused by sin. It’s something that can not mentally be understood because it’s not physical, it’s spiritual. Christians do not believe because they understand, they understand because they believe. Before Jesus, people were fearful of sin because they would be sent to hell with no second chances. But Jesus took the fall for us, God is ultimately calling for us, you’ve just got to reach out in faith. Christians do not aim to deceive and destroy your life, and we are not fearful of anything that’s out there. I am living the divine life and I have drawn away from God before and I know the difference between now and then and he kept calling me. Born again Christians, because they know God and they are closer to him and are touched by the power of God and just have a sense of right and wrong. I am living the divine life and am in touch with God in every aspect, and i have gotten used to it. So now I realize, what are you waiting for? Why wouldn’t you want to live the divine life. What would you want to live in your little rut. I have read a few articles in magazines and all over the place about evolution and it begins to talk about Religion. They say that, even if there is a God, or some spiritual force, how are you supposed to know the tight one? And how do we know even know if a Religion has to do with God or whether it is just a complex system of rules? I’ll tell you how: what is the only “religion,” that comes in the form of love and states that God wants the best for you and wants you to be protected from harm AND states that God accepts you as his children AND he loves you? Christianity is really the only “religion,” that, ok I am going to put things into a sort-of-theory form for all you non-believers out there: Christianity is the only Religion that SPIRITUALLY combines five aspects, one the bible: the holy and truthful word of god, that god may speak to you through AND give you prophetic words, two: worship of god, you know all the praise and joy and happiness, in song and dance form, three: prayer and miracles, healing of the sick, four: tythes and offerings, deriving to the bible, not just for the profit of the church, but for charity and caring of others, and five: personal prayer and relationship with God. With all these aspects combined, Christianity as stated in a scientific theory form, aims to bring you closer to the creator not through mental power (will power) but through a personal spiritual relationship with the one and only creator, God. His son Jesus is the bridge because if you believe that Jesus took the fall for you, and there is no need to regard sin as afflicting you, then you shall have forgiveness from God from the beginning. But I guess with all this said, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. So it’s all your choice, but Christians do not have faith because they understand, they understand because they have faith. Thank-you very much for the opportunity to voice this comment 🙂

  6. aforcier says:

    i say that the whole universe is a self-generating matrix. a matrix that creates, maintains, and desintegrates all of its forms… in an eternally continuous present.

    http://www.ANaturalPhilosophy.com

    • Alan Higgins says:

      That doesnt make sense with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. You are saying that this ‘matrix’ that creates makes things go from disorder to order. Please explain. In fact, show me anything that goes from disorder to order

  7. j.d. stegall says:

    dont hurt ’em too much, Alan, with the truth-“they cant handle the truth!” but that is exactly what i have been saying about the same law above. never heard a shred of evidence or proof from any evolutionist that overrides this detour making, road stoppin’, theory bustin’ law of science that the bible perfectly agrees with!

  8. aforcier says:

    all things contain within themselves the path of disorder… (which we all can observe). as this occurs, much transforms, adapts, – evolves -. trying to stay one step ahead of oblivion… and into form (life).

    http://www.ANaturalPhilosophy.com

  9. Alan Higgins says:

    Aforcier, well if that is the case, then we could not evolve into being humans as we have A LOT of order and that doies not include the rest of creation. I feel as if you are making it up as you go along

  10. aforcier says:

    of course we have order… and we have disorder. cosmos and chaos. what we see is the result (s) of that continuous battle. that is what we call living, fighting, struggling, happiness, hate, love, war… good, bad, evil… ethics, values, morality.

    (in a sense, you are right… we are all making it up (happen or not happen) as we go along.

    http://www.ANaturalPhilosophy.com

  11. Alan Higgins says:

    But the question is how did we go from the big bang (disorder) to creation (order)?

  12. Roderick says:

    Atheists often complain that “Christians are hypocrites” — and you know what, yes, yes we are. Why? Because we actually TRY to follow what we believe and sometimes we fail. However, since atheists don’t really believe anything, they can’t really be hypocrites. Well, unless they are hypocrites for claiming their “freedom”, all the while they, according to their own claim are hairless apes, but hairless apes that are too weak to overpower other hairless apes that oppress them with their “arbitrary” society rules.

  13. Razm says:

    To save time,I’ll just post this:

    Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

    (It’s an ongoing series that I recommend for argument sharpening and insight.)

    Top 10 Creationist Arguments

    The video in its entirety may not be savory so I’d rather mention to where cuts to the chase on the law of thermodynamics card that was brought up and this can also be used to sharpen existing arguments. I felt compelled to drop this one here after seeing that 2nd Law card pulled,it’s a really bad move to use in debates. Skip to 5:18 to 6:05 for for the quick rebuttal.

    —-

    “But the question is how did we go from the big bang (disorder) to creation (order)?”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_formation_and_evolution

    Off the fly,I’d guess that gravity played a major part in it and eventually resulted in clumps of particles attracting each other since physics isn’t my main suit. Although the latter question of where did this gravity come from is raised, I think the best answer is that we don’t know and many hope to build an intelligent guess through science. Lastly, to comment in relation to extra info added via the second video recommended on the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, I believe that some give credence to the possibility of either a multi-verse or open universe which could make the earlier case a non-issue. I very much recommend viewing that bit on the second video at the least 20 seconds past the limit in the case that the opponent asks about the other laws. They can make whoever pulls that card to appear as one who merely repeats an argument than think of it originally. (Here’s hoping that the LHC continues to churn out data and that we choose to keep searching for answers rather than looking back. (*Raises glass of Soda*)

  14. Nikaela says:

    Christians are not scared of the unknown, and we are not scared of the devil, the only fear we have is god and by fear, it means ultimate respect. If you people cannot understand that Christianity isn’t just a religion, it’s SUPERNATURAL, then how can you even begin to try an test us?
    By the way this is coming from a born-again Chrsitian who is baptized, and has seen miracles performed and has felt the love of god. There is no knowledge theory for it because the truth is, if you want truth in word form or the closest physical form, the only way to find it is in the oldest book in the Universe. The book of truth, THE ONE AND ONLY BIBLE. The truth is you can’t be in touch with the creator through means of mind-power, even some Christians get that one wrong. They go searching for mental reasons, and mental theories to prove existence, the the truth is, you’re not ever going to reach the creator through mental power. The only way to the creator is through accepting Jesus into your life because he has saved you from sin. From the very beginning there was sin, and sin drew us apart from God. It’s not a mental thing, it’s supernatural. To sum it all up, Christians don’t just believe in a mental theory, we are in touch with the creator. Blessed are those who have faith but do not see. And it’s not just self righteous because we are not doing it for us, we’re doing it because God is our father, Jesus bridges the gap between God and us that was caused by sin. It’s something that can not mentally be understood because it’s not physical, it’s spiritual. Christians do not believe because they understand, they understand because they believe. Before Jesus, people were fearful of sin because they would be sent to hell with no second chances. But Jesus took the fall for us, God is ultimately calling for us, you’ve just got to reach out in faith. Christians do not aim to deceive and destroy your life, and we are not fearful of anything that’s out there. I am living the divine life and I have drawn away from God before and I know the difference between now and then and he kept calling me. Born again Christians, because they know God and they are closer to him and are touched by the power of God and just have a sense of right and wrong. I am living the divine life and am in touch with God in every aspect, and i have gotten used to it. So now I realize, what are you waiting for? Why wouldn’t you want to live the divine life. What would you want to live in your little rut. I have read a few articles in magazines and all over the place about evolution and it begins to talk about Religion. They say that, even if there is a God, or some spiritual force, how are you supposed to know the tight one? And how do we know even know if a Religion has to do with God or whether it is just a complex system of rules? I’ll tell you how: what is the only “religion,” that comes in the form of love and states that God wants the best for you and wants you to be protected from harm AND states that God accepts you as his children AND he loves you? Christianity is really the only “religion,” that, ok I am going to put things into a sort-of-theory form for all you non-believers out there: Christianity is the only Religion that SPIRITUALLY combines five aspects, one the bible: the holy and truthful word of god, that god may speak to you through AND give you prophetic words, two: worship of god, you know all the praise and joy and happiness, in song and dance form, three: prayer and miracles, healing of the sick, four: tythes and offerings, deriving to the bible, not just for the profit of the church, but for charity and caring of others, and five: personal prayer and relationship with God. With all these aspects combined, Christianity as stated in a scientific theory form, aims to bring you closer to the creator not through mental power (will power) but through a personal spiritual relationship with the one and only creator, God. His son Jesus is the bridge because if you believe that Jesus took the fall for you, and there is no need to regard sin as afflicting you, then you shall have forgiveness from God from the beginning. But I guess with all this said, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. So it’s all your choice, but Christians do not have faith because they understand, they understand because they have faith. Thank-you very much for the opportunity to voice this comment.

    • Nikaela says:

      by the way I know it’s not best to say this, but I am only a teenager and I was brought up in a Christian family but still had all the freedom in the world to chose my own religion. I have had many different influences in my life and I know of all the other religions and the Scientific theories, and as a young adult, after everything I have been through, A still have faith in my father, Abba father, the one and only God. Once again, Thank-you for the opportunity to voice this comment.

      • Nikaela says:

        and to all of those who need something to make “logical” sense in your mind before you will ever “believe” something, although my relationship with God is based on faith, I have tried my best to make it “logical” sense to you. And, once again Thank-you for the opportunity to voice this comment.

    • James Blunt says:

      “…God wants the best for you and wants you to be protected from harm AND … God accepts you as his children AND he loves you…”

      Only if you love him in return.

      Christians call this unconditional love. Which works is you redefine the meaning of unconditional…

  15. m681 says:

    Heres something to thing about- Evolution is not scientific.
    There is no scientific evidence of evolution. only theory. theyve never actually found any missing link and all the claims of this were just to continue their funding so they can keep doing what they want with the money.

    Heres the definition of science; a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences.

    did you notice it says FACTS. we have no facts with evolution, only theory. we would see clear evidence of fossils slowly changing but instead the fossil record shows different species suddenly appearing as if out of no where. Don’t believe me – do your research because i have. Start with carbon dating and how it can be off by thousands of years. (now i absolutlly believe in evolution as far as small changes over time in a species)

    So evolution not being scientific means that it takes just as much faith to believe in evolution as it does to believe in creation.

  16. dave says:

    Poor old Alan tied up in the jargon of ancient writings. Just open your eyes man look at the sun and there is your answer – the bringer of life. Look back into your own life time and you will find that species are still evolving and dying. Stop using the crutch of religion to justify your existence. You are a 21st cenury man and its time to be rational and forget about the fairies.

  17. Alan Higgins says:

    So you say the sun is the bringer of life and then tell ME to be rational. So can you tell me what species has evolved out of its own kind

  18. Rutger says:

    Seriously, to the person who wrote this: You are stupid…. FYI, there is a thing called evolution… Look it up dummy;)

  19. Are we still arguing about this bull crap? Really? Alan, you are thinking of the Big Bang. That has nothing to do with evolution.

    Rutger, There is no point in this.

    Peace.

    • Alan Higgins says:

      It does have something to do with evolution and is linked because that is what is being taught as fact is that after the big bang, everything evolved into what we see today

  20. OK. Well I am not going to waste our time arguing with you on that. I would like to point out once more that arguing believes is pointless. We believe what we believe, and they is nothing that can change our beliefs beyond ourselves.
    Have a great day, guys!

  21. Cathy says:

    I find it very interesting that athiests feel COMPELLED to create chaos on Christian websites and argue in a useless manner instead of with intelligence and honesty. What anger these athiests must have and a heck of a lot of free time. Obviously they are torn up inside themselves while denying the existence of God, our intelligent creator. If athiests are REALLY athiests they wouldn’t even care to argue because they would be so sure of their own theology.

  22. Georgia says:

    Hello
    Ok, I am not going to argue about evolution and everything even though I believe in evolution as there is loads of evidence to suggest it and so on. Earlier someone posted that atheists believe in nothing. This is not true. Atheists don’t believe in a God/Goddess or follow a religion. Again with every other way of life and religions, there are branch off’s of this. They have perfect freedom to believe in anything they want.
    Also Cathy posted that Atheists feel compelled to argue on Christian websites. Well Christian seem compelled to argue on atheist sites or pagan sites for example. I am a wiccan and I am sure many Christians may reply with preaching or discriminating posts. You give out the discrimination a lot of the time but you can’t take it back. Although I completely disagree with discrimination, this is true. On youtube, there is a video about my religion on it explaining how there is NO satan in it and it certainly isn’t an evil religion, in fact one of the most peaceful ways of life (along with Buddhism and other such religions). I posted on it because a Christian woman was posting very disrespectful comments on it. I said: why do you choose to be hurtful on a video where there are obviously people who don’t share your views on it and will be hurt by what you are posting? She replied by saying that I was wrong to believe my beliefs and that I should convert. Why should I? There are a lot of flaws that I don’t particularly agree with in Christianity so why would I give up my beliefs to follow hers?
    I respect all religions and ways of life so this isn’t meant to be a mean post just one to add discussion. I love philosophical and religious debate 🙂 Thanks

  23. Wow, I love that romantic painting up there. It is amazing. Do you know who painted it?

  24. Mr BG says:

    I realize its been awhile since anyone posted on this so I apologize but I wondered if anyone might have the same thoughts that I do, ie. I believe in God AND evolution, sounds weird right? I think people are failing to see how simple things really can be, your argument against evolution is that if God exists he must of made the world in 7 days and made man in one, but I beleive God showed his absolute inteligence and design IN evolution, think of this way, would you rather have god create a system of life where he must attend to every facet of it everyday, as in he would have to control every blow of the wind, every drop of rain, and would have to make each man and woman, or, would it not be more constructive and awe-inspiring that God created a system that was able to provide things for itself? Not to mention the effect this would have on free will, if God has to control every facet of life and reality then it means he is personally responsible for all bad things, instead I beleive he created a world that can sustain itself through his power and in so doing allowing randomness or “bad things” to happen, in that regard he is still blameless and holy and just but is able to use these bad experiences to teach us lessons and to show his grace. As the old saying goes, “If we never saw the light, we would never have known we were standing in darkness.” God bless you all.

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