Gospel Gazette Online
Vol. 16 No. 3 March 2014
Page 11

Wisdom's Corner

Believers Are…

Mark McWhorter

Mark McWhorterWe are “children,” which describes our relationship to God. Romans 8:16 reads, “…we are the children of God.” In the context, this also means we are heirs of what the Father has prepared for us.

We are “Christians,” which refers to our association. Acts 11:26 tells us that Jesus’ disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. As Christians, we have vowed to follow Christ.

We are “brethren,” which shows our fellowship. Our Lord is not ashamed to call us brethren (Hebrews 2:11).

We are each a part of spiritual Israel.

We are “sheep,” which indicates our character. John 10:3 says, “He calleth his own sheep by name.” Sheep follow the shepherd. Sheep are lost without their shepherd. They trust fully in their shepherd. They depend on the shepherd for protection.

We are “servants,” which gives our employment. In Romans 6:17-18 we are said to be the servants of righteousness and no longer the servants of sin. As servants of God, we follow His rules and regulations. As servants, we work for Him and no one else.

It is wonderful to be a believer. We gain so much by deciding to follow Christ. So, study your Bible. Obey God, and if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Evolution: Fact or Fiction?

Donald R. Fox

Donald R. FoxOn the ABC Nightly News television program on January 3, 2008, a segment was shown entitled “Evolution: Overwhelming and Compelling.” The statements below introduced the report:

The National Academy of Sciences has released a book called, Science, Evolution and Creationism–a strongly-worded answer to the Creationist movement and the doubts about Darwin that many people express in polls and elsewhere. …Evolution is both a fact and a process that accounts for the diversity of life on Earth. …Scientists treat the occurrence of evolution as one of the most securely established of scientific facts. …The scientific evidence supporting biological evolution continues to grow at a rapid pace.

So there we have it! By way of rocks, dirt, slime and other dead matter, we are indebted to the evolutionary development, “a fact and a process that accounts for the diversity of life on Earth.” From great chaos and disorder, we have order. From dead matter comes forth life. Sounds like science fiction to me. The complexity of living things is mind-boggling. Let us refute the evolutionist by offering just one paragraph from Paley’s Natural Theology concerning the eye.

In order to keep the eye moist and clean (which qualities are necessary to its brightness and its use), a wash is constantly supplied by a secretion for the purpose; and the superfluous brine is conveyed to the nose through a perforation in the bone as large as a goose-quill; or, more properly speaking, along two capillary tubes, one from either eyelid, which enter the duct, lodged in a canal passing through the bone. When once the fluid has entered the nose, it spreads itself upon the inside of the nostril, and is evaporated by the current of warm air which, in the course of respiration, is continually passing over it. Can any pipe or outlet for carrying off the waste liquor from a dye-house or a distillery be more mechanical than this is? It is easily perceived that the eye must want moisture; but could the want of the eye generate the gland which produces the tear, or bore the hole by which it is discharged—a hole through a bone? (quoted by  Irwin H. Linton in A Lawyer Examines the Bible, 119)

Will the evolutionist explain how and who bored the hole? Further, who laid a water pipe through it? Truly, “…for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalms 139:14).

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