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Topic: Life (06/15/06)
By Helen Murray
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“That’s Life”, they say, or “He got life”.
How totally negatively the liar treats wonderful words.
Life is such a wonderful, magical, vibrant, exciting, creative, new, hopeful, optimistic, joyful, dynamic, powerful, lustrous, lavish, expansive, passionate, futuristic, heavenly, visionary, luscious, extraordinary, unexpected, unlikely, profoundly miraculous word.
Evolutionists love to consider the very first living item that God made. Was it a mini protein? A tiny DNA thread? They love to track what followed that first magnificent slice of life, and see all the connections between simple and complex forms, and indeed there are connections. While they get the part of the story about origins wrong, and mix up true observations (eg natural selection) with false assumptions (like development from simple to complex by chance), nevertheless the story of living things is fever pitch excitement, both for them and for others of us. Scientifically there could hardly be a more exciting subject to study.
Then there are those who study the human mind, which I understand is considered the highest form of life, well, at least of that life which has its origins in the dirt God made us from. I’ll call it “earth-suit” because that’s the casing of us..
Poets, artists and writers focus on aspects of life as they create volumes of words for the consumption of others – all infected with their own personal perspective
Engineers provide adequate infrastructure for life based on their knowledge of how things consistently work. Scientists and inventors explore new ways of setting things up for ourselves. To quote Myles Munro of the Bahamas, “God didn’t provide us with chairs and tables. He hid them in the trees and said ‘Deploy yourselves’.” I think Father enjoys seeing what we do with the world He gave into our dominion – to some extent.
The fully energised human being simply loves a challenge. It’s the very spice of physical life. It’s a source of discovery and achievement, of pain and satisfaction, of optimism and hope.
But there is just one challenge he has not been able to meet, and that is the challenge of life and death. Death looms up like a big black door that shuts in your face, finally and arrogantly, saying “That’s it . Gotcha! That’s you finished” There is nothing you can do about it. If your number is up, you are through with life. You have no choice. You can’t plan or invent your way out of it. That’s the final curtain. SPLAT!!!
The great question is “What do we do about death?” Every other challenge we can meet, including going to the moon, and checking out the stars with super-intelligent machinery! But Death! Death is so final. It obliterates all my efforts. Where does it come from? Why, when I was enjoying myself, my procreativity, my inventiveness and knowledge, my ever expanding mental process that continues even though the old body ages, does death present itself.
I put all that excitement in you, all that talent and energy.. I put that amazing universe around you for your delight. I gave you dominion over all of it and watched you enjoy it, name it, build it. I gave you Life (My Spirit of Truth) and told you how to care for Him – what not to experiment with because you would die. I loved you and walked with you daily until you looked the other way, and received the lie of the Devil, embodied in a snake earth-suit. The Spirit of Truth that I had breathed into you was choked out.
But I have paid even the price to cover that!. Totally, and in full, I have paid that price. My own Son took earth clothing, an uncorrupted man sired by My own Sprit, Truth, to show you the way, to take the curse, to pay the toll in blood, to die and to overcome death by rising again. All that is required is that you acknowledge Him and believe Him. Cry out to Him for the breath of Life which is my Spirit of Truth, and you too will live again, fully, eternally, abundantly, enthusiastically, with eternal knowledge, understanding and wisdom restored to you. The veil of death is ripped open. The shroud is torn in two. You can have it all just for the asking, because I love you. Yours is an eternity of loveless death, or an eternity of abundant Life. Whom do you receive? Is it the liar? Or is it my Son?
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