Saturday, April 30, 2016

What a Fool Believes



During the nine years that I wrote for The Dallas Morning News, I heard from people of every imaginable persuasion. Some of the most fascinating folks who contacted me were those who professed to be atheists and agnostics.

Whenever I mentioned God in my writings, they sent me notes telling me, among other things, what a lunatic I was. They sent me links to websites, and offered to mail me reams of information, all in the hopes of opening my thick brain to their “enlightened” point of view.

I was happy to tell these well-meaning people that they were wasting their time. Believing that human beings, and all of the wonders of this magnificent world, just evolved—or are the result of some cosmic explosion—required much more faith than does believing in a Creator. Sorry, I wasn’t buying what they were selling. Call me a lunatic all day long. I’m not bothered one bit. 

No wonder the psalmist David wrote: 

“The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.”  (Psalm 14:1)

I'm just the messenger, but I completely concur. Consider the amazing brain. A brief look at a medical overview of this tiny organ offers some amazing facts. The brain weighs only about three pounds, but without it you couldn't perform the countless functions—both voluntary and involuntary—of your body.

Not only does the brain control your thinking and feelings, it sends messages to your spinal cord, which controls the body's activities.

When you touch a hot iron, you jerk your hand away. That is because the brain sends a message to the spinal cord. The spinal cord gives you the order to jerk your hand away. Almost without thinking, you respond.

Your brain takes care of you, even when you don't know it. Your lungs breathe in fresh air and breathe out used air. Your heart pumps blood through your body approximately 100,000 times a day. Your stomach digests your food. Your brain keeps you from falling off of the bed at night. And all without you even thinking about it.

And you say such a wonderfully engineered organ has no maker? Again, I concur with the psalmist David when he wrote: "For thou [God] hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14).

In my home is a stately Howard Miller grandfather clock. Its mechanism is detailed, complex, and precise. It chimes four times every hour and tolls the “Big Ben” gong at the top of the hour. There is a selection of chime melodies from which to choose, simply by moving a lever.

There is also a moon dial on the clock bearing these instructions: “Using an almanac or calendar, look up the date of the last full moon. Count the number of days past the last full moon. Turn the moon disc clockwise one click for every day (24 hours) past the full moon.”

Once set, the dial will indicate the correct moon phases as long as the clock operates continuously. I should know; it’s been running smoothly since 1989.

Call me a nut if you will, but not once have I doubted that this magnificent clock is the work of a master craftsman. In fact, I would feel rather foolish believing that this clock has no maker, but evolved from scrap wood and metal left over from some mysterious explosion.

Yet there are those who say they believe this magnificent world of ours, with all of its accuracy and splendor, and the incredible human body, with all of its precision and complexity are not the creation of a Creator, but the result of a big bang.

In my Howard Miller owner’s manual is a section called, “The Howard Miller Story,” summed up with this sentence: “Your Howard Miller clock has been designed, engineered and built to last a lifetime.”

My arm needs no twisting to believe that simple but sweeping statement. Neither do I have any trouble believing this one found in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Or this one in John 1:3: “All things were made by [God], and without him was not anything made that was made.”

I suppose that—in my own unique way—I do believe in the “big bang” theory after all. God said it, and—bang!—it happened!




A version of this article first appeared in The Dallas Morning News.











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11 comments:

  1. Amen. I will remember the story of your clock and may use it as an illustration some time.

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  2. Great post! Our God is awesome.

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  3. I can't imagine my life if I didn't know the Lord Jesus Christ. The older I get, the more I realize there is to learn about God. He is unfathomable!

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  4. I could get frustrated - angry, even - with folks who won't believe ... but they're so pathetic. Thank God, I can't begin to imagine.

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  5. I can't even imagine the emptiness inside of one who doesn't believe...I just cannot fathom the thought. Yes, I too just want to shake some sense into the unbelievers...but then I realize they need my prayers more than anyone else, not my condemnation.

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  6. What a wonderful Creator, Father, God!

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  7. GREAT post, Dayle! Just wonderful...I agree wholeheartedly with every, single word! God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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  8. Only a fool can see creation and remain faith-less.

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  9. Dayle, we are all so lucky to benefit from your wisdom and heart in your blog posts.Thank you for this my friend. It caused me to wonder what other foolish things I may believe that just aren't important?

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