Gospel Gazette Online
Vol. 16 No. 10 October 2014
Page 10

Our Seeing Brain

Donald R. Fox

Donald R. FoxIsn’t evolution wonderful? Of course, I say this as a pun. As we consider the complexities of the natural world and how splendidly our bodies are designed, we marvel in profound awe and give recognition to our Creator, God Almighty. The evolutionist wants us to believe that by sheer chance over eons of time all living beings came forth. How is that possible?

Presently, I am being treated for Glaucoma using eye drops each day to relieve pressure in my eyes. My good doctor has been keeping a check on me for years. Finally about a year ago, I was put on medication that will save my vision. I am grateful to my Creator and the knowledge of medical personnel who treat our ailments to the best of their ability.

In the July 6, 2011 edition of the New Albany Gazette, a fine newspaper of the small town of New Albany, Mississippi, an advertisement article caught my eye. The following is the short article written by William S. Mayo, D.O., Double Board Ophthalmologist and Eye Surgeon, Mayo Eye Center.

How the Brain “Sees”

If you think about it, the eyes may be tasked with collecting imagery from the world around us, but it is the brain’s job to make sense of the information collected by the eyes and enable us to see. To take things one step further, researchers wanted to know whether there is an area of the brain that is actually responsible for reading. Using functional MRI (fMRI) brain scans, they found that people reading Braille activate the exact same part of the brain as sighted people use. This finding upends the conventional theory that the brain is divided into specialized regions that process the information they receive via one sense or another. According to the research, the brain is not so much a “sensory” machine as it is a “task” machine that can perform a function regardless of where the sensory input comes from.

It didn’t take long to read the article written by Doctor Mayo. Did the wonderment of our eyes working in conjunction with our brains impress and amaze you? For the non-believer of God Almighty, Creator of our awe-inspiring universe and all living beings, he rebelliously says, “Isn’t evolution wonderful.” How anyone can wink at all the evidence that our God exists is beyond reason.

The Creator of Life Is God Almighty

“The likelihood of the spontaneous formation of life from inanimate matter is one to a number 40,000 noughts after it. …It is big enough to bury Darwin and the whole theory of evolution. There was no primeval soup, neither on this planet nor on any other, and if the beginnings of life were not random, they must therefore have been the product of purposeful intelligence” (Sir Feed Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasingle, Evolution from Space, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984, 55, That Their Words May Be Used Against Them by Henry M. Morris).

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1: KJV). “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139:14).

How Are We to Worship?

Thomas Baxley

Thomas BaxleyJesus said that we are to worship the Lord our God and serve Him only (Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8). Under the Old Covenant, God’s people had strict rules about how to worship Him. The priests had to bathe themselves before coming into the presence of God and were to wear certain clothes as they performed their duties (Exodus 28-29). There were regulations concerning the various sacrifices (Leviticus 1-7). There were certain times of the year when they were to present themselves before God to worship (Exodus 23). The Israelites had all these instructions on how to properly worship God, but this is not the case with the new covenant. There is no checklist provided in the New Testament that tells us what is acceptable or what is unacceptable. This does not mean, however, that anything goes, for Jesus told the Samaritan woman that those who worship God must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Since God desires obedience rather than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22), it behooves us as partakers of the New Covenant that we search the New Testament Scriptures to see what God has authorized, and then, to do it.

[Editor’s Note: The New Testament provides instructions, approved examples and divinely given implications respecting every aspect of Christianity that we need to know to please God. In addition, several lists of sins clearly show what God prohibits. Therefore, both from positive and negative lessons throughout the Gospel, mankind can know what is expected of him. This is true about acceptable worship, too. ~ Louis Rushmore, Editor]

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