Full Moon Rising

Someone asked me what I thought about Pope Francis’s comments last month regarding evolution. “The evolution in nature is not opposed to the notion of Creation, because evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve.” I have no problem with his statement because it does not threaten or conflict with my faith in our Creator God. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, that notion actually makes the “Big G” in God even larger. In his book, “The Language of God” (Simon and Schuster 2006), Francis S. Collins, M. D. , Ph D.,  the prominent scientist who is the Director of the Human Genome Project and whose very research led him from atheism to Christianity explained how he could both pursue an understanding of how life works using tools of genetics and molecular biology and worship a creator God.

“I have found that there is a wonderful harmony in the complementary truths of science and faith.  The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome.  God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory.  By investigating God’s majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship”.

Cathy and I were driving home from the Cracker Barrel a few months ago with the full moon rising. I made the remark, “How could anyone who sees that incredibly beautiful rising moon not believe in God?” I don’t see how it is possible, but that is just me. You know the Bible more or less says the same thing. In Romans 1 Paul says that folks have no excuse for not believing in God because all they need to do is open their eyes. Seeing that magnificent moon got me to thinking about how I take God and His creation for granted.

Have you ever stopped to really think about the moon? I figure that there was a lot of behind the scenes work done to hang it up there. How did God come up with the moon?  How did He arrive at its design, its distance from the sun and the earth, its effect on the tides, its orbit and etc.?  I mean even for God the sun and the moon and the stars and galaxies and black holes, whatever they are, — how did He come up with all that?  Wonder if He drew it all out first on a napkin or perhaps built a scale model? Did he plan for the moon to be so beautiful or did that happen by accident?  As I looked at that moon I wondered if it was by His design that it would have that incredible orange hue or is that just pollution?  I’m not sure about that. But the moon is pretty incredible and so God must be too!

Something to Think About

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