Wonder

 

I am in such a mood right now. I am just so astounded at how people can not believe in an amazing God who created this wondrous world. Look at the ocean. Look at the stars shining to earth from billions of lightyears away. Look at a beluga whale or polar bear. Look at the mountains as you fly over them in an airplane. Look at the moon and the way that it always keeps the same side facing the earth. It is so clear! Look at a cell. It is so small and so irreducibly complex! I want to scream in frustration at people who make excuses when they see this. Romans 1:20-22 says:

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. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.

It is so very true. People claim to be wise by saying that the stars and the cell and everything is coincidental and it is no big deal. But what do they have? What do they have?!?! NOTHING! All of this is just brought up as a way to dance around the issue, the real issue. Admitting that we are sinners, that we are held accountable to someone for our actions, that we are not the center of the world, nor is any of this for us. I just can’t deal with it.

So much wonder
Carved in your coral seas
So much wonder
Shaded by ancient trees
I consider all that your hands have made
Every newborn’s eyes, every new sunrise
No power can tame your presence
No light can match your radiance

Let all creation sing in wonder
Every sea, every creature, every star
You opened up my eyes to wonder
What a vision, what a wonder you are

Such a wonder
Ordering time and tide
Such a wonder
Bridging the great divide
I consider all that you had, all you gave
And all that you endured
From this rebel world
What a wondrous cross you chose to bear
What a wonder you would even care

Let every rock cry out
Let every knee bow down
You opened up my heart to wonder
What a love, what a wonder you are

No power can tame your presence
No light can match your radiance
Such a wonder…
Such a wonder…

Let every rock cry out
Let every knee bow down
You opened up my heart to wonder
What a love, what a wonder you are

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12 thoughts on “Wonder

  1. it definitely gets to me, too, trust me. i hope your summer project is going SUPER well and that you’re having a good time, growing in God. let me know how things are and if there’s anything or anyone i can be praying for!

  2. I’m sorry, I can’t help myself. I love your blog (as you can see). It’s so naive and beautiful!

    I have no disagreements with you about the wondrous world — it’s truly fascinating and amazing in every way. Here’s the issue I have:

    “People claim to be wise by saying that the stars and the cell and everything is coincidental and it is no big deal. But what do they have? What do they have?!?! NOTHING!”

    I think the people you are referring to are actually called scientists. Scientists are people that have dedicated their lives to furthering understanding in a particular field through the use of the scientific method. What do these people have? Expertise in their field of study. After years, decades, and centuries of painstaking research, they have developed a body of knowledge on which we base all our understanding today. That’s certainly not “nothing” in my book.

    I don’t know anyone in the scientific community that actually believes that humans are the center of the world. In fact, it’s quite the contrary — most scientists are environmentalists and conservationists. We, as humans, are certainly accountable for our actions, but to the generations that follow (your kids, for example).

    I’m just completely confused by your last paragraph before the song.

  3. What I am referring to are the people who see the complexities of the world, the amazing wonders that it beholds and then attribute it illogically to chance. And who cares if you have all the expertise in the world if you deny your God and lose your soul in it, just so that you can sound intelligent to men? When you do that you have nothing.

    I also don’t believe that we are the center of our world. In fact our world is nothing. God is the center of all. Not Darwin, not evolution, not ecology, not atheism, not money, not chance, but God. And we see the glory that the universe shouts out and we can’t see that it points to God, that is what baffles me.

  4. As far as naive goes, clue me in. You make it sound as if I am being duped into thinking the world is more than it is or something. Trust me, I know firsthand how ungodly this world is. I know that nothing of this world will bring the fulfillment that I need. I have to look elsewhere for that. And that elsewhere is God, the One who created it all and exists apart from it all. I am not naive, I am just realistic.

  5. I really don’t think you’ve thought any of this through. Think about the following concepts, individually:

    1) Chance
    2) Evolution
    3) Ecology
    4) Money
    5) God

    Can you live without some of these? If so, which ones can you actually live without?

    You are not being realistic, but just naive. It’s not necessarily bad, considering your age though.

  6. You can live without chance. This world is not here by chance. It is here because God made it so. You can live without evolution. I have not seen anything that supports macro-evolution. There is no known mechanism that could do what is claimed (and don’t say natural selection, because natural selection selects genes in existence, it does not create new ones). You can live without ecology and without money. These things will all pass, with the exception of God. You need God. If you forfeit God for any of the other things on this list or any other list for that matter, you forfeit eternal life with God, all hope and personal salvation. Is it worth it.

    I have thought it through really well actually. I would rather live in the polluted streets, being hated for my faith in God than live in the riches of the world, serving created things rather than the Creator and spending eternity separated from Him.

    I am being realistic. Of course the world doesn’t see it that way because the world has exchanged the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1) and they have become fools. This all has nothing to do with my age. I am 20. I have had much life experience. I trusted God for the last 6 months, living from week to week on $0 in my savings account, trusting God on what little money I could make. I flew to California for the summer to serve God, knowing that I still had $450 to raise for the trip.

    Age has nothing to do with it. I am mature enough, though, to realize what does and does not matter. The point of this blog is to say that science discovers every day more and more about the complication and sophistication of the universe in which we live, and yet people become more and more foolish and attribute these things not to God, but to chance and worship Darwin, their god, who tells them that they evolved from the ancient muddy ponds, and that morality is relative, so go do whatever you want.

    This world is more wondrous than we can fathom, more wondrous than science will even know. Why are we not casting out our worthless idols and falling on our faces to worship the Living God who brought it all into existence?

  7. Which God are you talking about here? Nobody worships Darwin. That’s just something your pastor says in church to demonize people that don’t agree with him. Also, Darwin doesn’t have anything to do with morality.

    I see you have a problem, with “relative morality” because you feel that the concept allows people to “do whatever you want.” I challenge you here, and will say that your religion actually allows you to do “whatever you want” because all your sins can be forgiven — in other words, you can sin all the time, and then simply apologize to your God, and the slate is wiped clean.

    With “relative morality” you don’t get that option.

  8. I don’t mean worship in the sense that they bow down to him, but in the sense that the very ideology that he spews from his mouth is our saving grace, that it defines us and leads us to truth, when in fact it actually doesn’t.

    As far as relative morality, you seem to not truly understand what it means. Relative morality is the idea that whatever is right for me is right and whatever is right for you is also right. That can’t be so, and is the most absurd thing that I have heard of, more absurd than the idea that this complex body of mine evolved from a single-celled bacteria billions of years ago.

    And as far as Christianity allowing us to do whatever we want, that is not the case, obviously if you look at the other conversation we are having in regards to sexual purity. Read Paul’s letters to the churches and you will see how important not continuing to live enslaved to our sins are. Jesus said, “If any would come after me they must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23-24) That doesn’t sound like a free pass. He also said to repent because the Kingdom is near.

    Many will call Jesus Lord and not enter the Kingdom. Sure I make mistakes, I must confess AND repent. Morality is important, in fact it is very important to God.

    True, with relative morality you can not do anything you want and be forgiven, but that’s because you choose what is right and you have nothing to be forgiven from because you have done nothing wrong.

  9. I completely understand where you are coming from. It’s hard to accept some concepts. For me, for example, I have difficulty fully comprehending string theory — it’s simply absurd to me that we live in a world with more than four dimensions, and possibly as high as 11! However, just because I can’t understand something, doesn’t mean that I’m right and the mathematicians that spend years researching this stuff are wrong. Same goes for the evolution of your body, Norm. If you can’t understand how it happened, that just means that you need to learn more about it. This is true about any scientific/mathematical/engineering concept. Just think about Pi (3.14159….) — as a kid, you had no idea what that was, but then you learned, and circles started to make sense (hopefully). 🙂

    The same goes for our thread here. You have a skewed view of “relative morality” that you were taught in church. You think that the concept, as you understand it, is somehow contradictory to your Bible (and thereby your God). You seem to believe, as you stated, that the concept of “relative morality” allows people to do what they want without any repercussions, and that is completely wrong! In my view of the world, if I am responsible for hurting someone, I am responsible for apologizing and making it right. I cannot hide behind a god or a book and say that “god will forgive me because I’ve repented.” On the other hand, you can! Jesus forgives ALL your sins… So why bother to apologize and making things right?

    In your Christianity, the only reason you should be nice to others is to be in the graces of God, so that you can go to heaven, rather than hell. Hell is used as a tool to make you behave better. So, in your opinion, it’s safe to assume that all those nice Christians, without the belief in hell would start committing crimes and beating up their neighbors? In my view, not at all!

    By the way, you are aware that Darwin has been dead for over 150 years, right? He’s not “spewing” anything anymore, so you can relax about that. I believe that Alexander Graham Bell is not the designer of the cellphone you have in your pocket, either. 😉

  10. Alex its not that I don’t understand evolution, its that everytime I ask a question regarding I can’t get a straight answer. Somehow the answer is always natural selection, which is NOT correct. Natural selection deals with existing choices from which to select, not the creation of new choices. Would someone please just answer the question, if they can’t do that, then don’t teach it as truth.

    And I never said that there are no repercussions with relative morality. Mostly because relative morality is not a real thing. There is an absolute truth. Whether that truth is Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hindu, or even Greek mythology, there is an absolute truth. Relative morality IS the idea that whatever is right for me is right and whatever is right for you is right. It is the idea that for me after I die I will go to Heaven but for a Hindu will be reincarnated simply because they believe it to be that way and that both are equally valid and equally true. THAT is what is relative morality is. And that is absurd.

    I am going to take a shot in the dark here and assume that you are not a Christian, simply because your understanding of Christianity is incorrect, but forgive me if I am wrong.

    For one, there is no hiding behind the Bible or God. You see, all men and women are sinners. We have all done things that go against the standards of God. Not a single one of us can say otherwise, because to claim otherwise, would be to claim perfection. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Look how it says the wages of sin is death. That means if I lied just once in my life, I am deserving of death (eternal separation from our Perfect and Holy God). Fortunately for us, God loves us, and wants to have eternal fellowship with us. I mean he created us for that very reason, but like stated earlier, our sin separates us from him. His love for us is also so great that he gave his Son, Jesus Christ as a sacrifice to cover our sins for us. But our sins aren’t just automatically forgiven, we must believe in Jesus’ name and let him be Lord of our life. It’s not about a free pass like I said earlier. We are still held accountable for our actions. Jesus made things right between us and God, but we must still make things right between ourselves when we wrong each other.

    When you ask “why bother to apologize and make things right?” I answer, because that is what repentance is? It’s about turning 180 degrees from your old lifestyle and turning to what God wants you to do. The epistles of Paul ask a similar question quite often. But Paul clearly answers time and time again that the grace given to us by Jesus Christ is not an excuse to go on sinning. If we do that we are ungrateful for the wonderful gift that Christ gave to us! In fact, Christ will spit us out for doing such things that shows that we do not know him.

    Our goal is to model our lives after Christ. But God knows that we are not going to reach perfection on this side of death, but if we are obedient and repent and get up when we fall and bring everything to God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, that God is faithful and will keep his promise to us.

    I have sensed an animosity in your tones because of God’s gift of forgiveness. I truly don’t understand it. When we realize what we are and that none of us can reach the height of perfection that God requires, but that God has given us a second chance, how can that be bad? Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? No, we actually don’t, but we still get one anyways! How beautiful is that? Seriously!

    And yes, I know that Darwin has been dead for a long time, but his ideas are accepted as the basis for discovering meaning in our lives, but the meaning from that actually becomes nothing.

  11. If you have actual questions about evolution, I am absolutely certain that I can find someone who would be 100% capable of answering your specific question. I am not an expert on evolution (just like most other subjects) and I suspect that you are not an expert either. Neither one of us, therefore, can validate or invalidate each others’ arguments (for or against). My guess is that you are completely misinformed on what “natural selection” actually is, but it’s just a guess, since you never posed a question.

    And I completely agree with you! Relative morality, that you describe, is altogether ridiculous. How could someone be reincarnated? Or have 17 virgins waiting for them in heaven? That’s clearly nuts, right?

  12. I know what natural selection is. I have taken numerous biology courses and have been indoctrinated in natural selection at my university, as everyone is. Natural selection is a mechanism which is also known as survival of the fittest. It selects different allele combinations that increase an organism’s chances at survival and procreation. For instance a bird species that feeds on really hard nuts, will gradually change from having equal amounts of big and small beaks, to having more big beaks because the big beaked specimens are better able to crack the nuts open, eat, survive and reproduce.

    As far as your comment about 17 virgins waiting for you in Heaven, I don’t even know what to think. If you think that is what Christians believe, you are off base. It is un-Biblical in nature, and again makes it seem as if Heaven is about our personal pleasure. Heaven will be a time of complete and obedient union with and worship of God our Father.

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