Atoms, Molecules and Evil

Atoms Molecules and EvilHumanm Body ingredientsWe’re made up of flesh and blood. Bones, cartilage, muscle, nerves, organs, some connecting tissue, a little enamel and a bucket full of chemicals and you too could build a human.  Genesis says that God created man in His own image. Maybe He took the same blueprints and tweaked them a bit to create the animals, fish and birds. One thing God didn’t include was EVIL. We managed to find that all on our own. Don’t snicker and point fingers, if you had been in Adam and Eve’s place you probably would have failed sooner than later, and somebody would be talking about you.
Thousands of years later we’re still here and so is evil. As the diagram shows it’s in our head, it comes out of our mouth, it’s in our heart, and it is spread by our own hands and it’s in our legs so it can travel faster with us.

 

When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He told them they could do anything under the sun but eat the fruit from one particular tree. You know what happened; all that instruction went in one ear and flew out the other. Luckily the serpent was there to direct them to the very tree that would ultimately kill them!  A tree that contained the knowledge of good AND evil.  One tree, one fruit. Who wouldn’t desire to have it all?

 

This could well have been the first case of food poisoning. A buffet of any fruit the mind could imagine and all waiting to be picked by innocent human hands until a crafty busboy directed the innocent diners to one deadly fruit. Once evil was ingested, it infected the entire body. Evil is contagious.

 

Psalms 23 reminds us, “I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”
Romans 12:21 reminds us, “Do not be overcome with evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22 reminds us, “Avoid every kind of evil.”
James 1:13 reminds us, “Good cannot be tempted by evil.”

 

Sin nature is in us, evil is all around us, but, it doesn’t have to control us. Evil is real and must be resisted, hated and resisted while there’s breath in our bodies.  I believe in the flesh and the senses, tasting, feeling, seeing, hearing. smelling and especially good sense, so, go ahead and ‘tag me’ as a miracle.  After all, I was made in His image.

Silhouette DeJour

dejourFrom detective programs Dragnet to CSI, all those police shows have shown a chalk outline of a silhouette drawn on the floor or ground at one time.  That lets you know that there has been a death, and the deceased was found in that exact location and position.  A detective or team of experts and forensics specialists then attempt to figure out the who, how, and why of the crime—if there was one.  The scene is then roped off with bright yellow plastic border tape with the words “Police line do no cross” signaling, stay away, this scene is off limits.  Now, let’s move from Hollywood to Rome for a minute.  In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter tells us, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”.  True?  True!

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If you see a ‘partial’ chalk outline, and it’s in your shape, in places you frequent, look around—a lion has been stalking you.  At the first hint that you’re being “Chalked”, examine your defenses.  Be on guard!  Don’t be an easy target.  Don’t go where there is danger.  Don’t go where you shouldn’t.  Don’t push deadly boundaries.  Don’t let the lion get too close.  Don’t think he won’t try again and again.  He will.  Take no chances.  1 Peter 5:9 gives us the winning formula if we’ll just follow it.  It says, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith”.  Don’t be the “Silhouette of the day”!

Satan uses our past to destroy our future.  He steals our faith by stealing our joy.  Prowling lions attack sick, young, or straggling animals that are defenseless: they choose victims who are alone, vulnerable, or not alert.  Peter warns us to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being persecuted.  Feeling alone, weak, helpless, and cut off from other believers, so focused on our troubles that we forget to watch for danger, we are especially susceptible to Satan’s attacks.  During times of suffering, seek out other Christians for support and comfort—and prayer.  Keep your eyes open and on Christ, and resist the devil.  Then, says James, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you”.  James 4:7-8  Don’t be the one they draw a “chalk line” around.

Giving to Charity

Giving to Charity

GiveYou have been solicited by someone at sometime asking for something to help someone in need.  The sales pitch is given in a straightforward manner with all the integrity and honesty the solicitor can deliver.  The request may be to help the homeless, a children’s home, a pet’s shelter, a fundraiser for police or firefighters widows, a wounded veterans program, or it may be to fight some notorious disease that has claimed millions of lives.  All causes, all deserving support.  Your next decision is who’s using the money for the greatest good?

Doesn’t the Bible say that charity begins at home?  Not in so many words, but it does say that we are to be discerning about who we support with our monies.  Some charities spend 80 to 90% of the total money they raise to throw parties, hire staff, and send out promotional materials to…you guessed it, raise more money!  Millions of dollars are raised, but only a small percentage goes to help the intended parties.  Wasteful, deceitful, disgraceful—yes.  Would you care to be in their shoes come Judgment Day?

How are we to help all those suffering people?  Do we ignore their pleas?  Do we sell everything we have and give it all away?  Where is that happy middle ground?  Giving away money and hoping it will be used wisely is irresponsible.  There are questions to be asked and answered truthfully.  A charity or foundation should strive to open their records/books for public scrutiny.  They should be able to prove that the money you donate to help the needy in any/all areas do exactly that.

Churches used to help those in need.  In this present day, the government helps those supposedly in need.  One was helped by charitable giving.  One is now helped by the tax you are forced to pay without accountability.  God loves a cheerful giver, but God also demands an accounting of our time, our talents and our treasure. Maybe we could follow the teachings of the Bible.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!