2018-06-20 / Faith

Leap of Faith

Lessons from the Heart

Cooper Cooper Some time back, I tried to watch a program about “How the earth was formed.” It began by digitally producing a molten ball spinning in space. They said (something to the effect), “This was how this planet looked, in the beginning. Over the course of MANY years, with the constant bombardment of asteroids laden with water, it finally cooled, becoming suitable for life.” (Science has admitted, recently, that they do not know where water came from.)

Watching the news about Kilauea, that magma is really hot. One report I read was of a young man standing on his third floor balcony, getting burned from the splatter. I have been severely burned, but I cannot imagine being burned from something I cannot get away from. And, that is what the earth was “supposedly” like, in its initial development. Okay?

So, out of this molten (yet cooled) mass, life came into being. In some puddle, the right amino acids were in the right place, at the right time, and BOOM, there was life. I find that spectacular because, the chance of a left-handed gene coming into existence, accidentally is astronomical. That does not take into account every other possible gene in our bodies and the material to make us grow into what we are. It does not account for every other animal (on the face of the earth) and their genes. And, it does not account for every plant, on this planet. Wow! BOOM! Amazing! Life!

The great philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, would certainly call this “a leap of faith.” For me it is a HUGE leap of faith. It is even a greater “leap of faith” than believing in a Supreme Creator. At least I would have a probable cause, with a Supreme Creator. As an example for creation, I look at the trees; every species of Maple blooms at a different time so they cannot crosspollinate. Can a pine/maple exist? How about a rhubarb/marigold? Is there a cat/dog? A pig/chicken? All are designed so as to maintain their unique qualities.

Until I took a class on “The History of Ancient Philosophy,” I (too) would have thought “ancient” man was caveman-ish, crude and illiterate. Not so. One of the very first philosophers figured out, with his mind, that the body is 80 percent water. And he was right. Having most certainly been exposed to that style of Greek thinking, Paul wrote these words to the Romans, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 NIV.

We have to know that there is a Supreme Creator, a God.

Les Cooper is part of the Leadership Team at Lower Deer Creek Church of the Brethren.

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