Monday, November 17, 2014

The Earth Testifies of God its Creator

I thought you might be interested in knowing a little about Elder Russell M. Nelson. Not only is he an Apostle of God,  but a surgeon who helped to create the first heart-lung machine and performed many open-heart operations.

Many leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been, and are, serious scientists. The great scientists (Copernicus, Sir Francis Bacon, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Pascal, Isaac Newton, Boyle, Faraday, Gregor Mendel, Kelvin, Max Planck, Albert Einstein) all believed in God.
As Newton said, "The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being." (Principia) Albert Einstein put it this way, "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." He felt that it was impossible to have a non-created universe.

Even Charles Darwin, who many associate with evolution, humbly admitted, “That the eye with all its inimitable contrivances … could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest sense.” 1

A story is told of a friend who saw Isaac Newton's beautiful model of the solar system and asked who had made it. Newton replied that no one had. His friend laughed and said that was impossible. Newton asserted that he had left all the material in the room for many years. When he finally opened the door, there was the model of the universe. The man reaffirmed that no matter how much time had passed, things can not create themselves.  Newton smiled in triumph. He had been arguing with this man for years that the magnificence of the universe testified of its creator. The friend conceded defeat.

What did these great scientists see that many of us are missing today?  These men saw things as they really are. As stated in the Book of Mormon, "all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." (Alma 30:44)

Many people today accept every scientific thought as fact, unaware that these are just theories. I remember when I was attending a junior college just over the hill from Berkeley, California. Dr. Leakey, who claimed to have found the missing link between animals and humans, was a featured speaker. Years later, it was discovered that the skeleton was not of a person but of an animal, and as Time magazine declared, "The true missing link is still to be found." 

Instead of just blindly accepting any theory thrown out by someone, we need to think for ourselves. Is it logical that life could be created without a creator even if you wait for eons?  Is it reasonable that conditions were once so different from all the laws of nature that we know? Is it reasonable to believe that life could be spontaneously created? Could an electrically charged primeval soup really create life? That sounds like a Frankenstein nightmare! I would rather believe that an intelligent being, God, organized life rather than in some "smart amoebas" who got together. If that were so, why are there still amoebas? Why haven't they progressed to higher beings? Why are they still tiny single cell beings with little intelligence?

Of course small changes occur within species, and those best suited for an environment live to reproduce their kind (example longer necked giraffes). But does one species change into another? No!  Of course the creation of the earth was not in six days as we know them. There wasn't even light and dark at first so how could there be days? Just because the creation of life took a considerable amount of time, that doesn't mean that God wasn't in control of the process. 

My question is why would such a silly notion, such as "smart ameobas" who created life, even be considered? How can intelligent people take such an idea seriously?!  I think it appeals to some people because they don't want to admit there is a God. Like children when their parents are gone for a moment, they shout, "I'm in charge now!" I would like to assure them that they are special. You don't have to deny the existence of God, and all the evidence of His creations which you see around you, to feel powerful and special. I know I am a child of God, and that is enough for me. 

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