Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Miracle of Life

Genesis 1:20-21 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
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20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

In 1997 the world watched in wonder as the Hubble telescope sent back the clearest pictures ever viewed of Mars. When the Mars Pathfinder landed in July, I happened to be reading the Genesis account of creation. I found myself contrasting the search of man for signs of life elsewhere in the universe, with the teeming variety of life on our planet earth. Breathtaking in their beauty as the images from space were, there was no sign of life.

Around this time I watched a natural history show on television that was attempting to explain how creatures first learned to fly. It amazed me that anyone would find it easier to believe that a landbound creature developed the ability to fly, than to believe in a creator God.

I pondered the difference between man and the other species of life on earth and the fact that man seeks other intelligent life in the universe. Life in any form is such an incredible miracle; life on earth that reflects and reasons, is life in God's image.

Romans 1:18-20 (New Living Translation)
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.
18But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.

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