Y O U are the proof.

Lacking evidence that God exists? Struggling to believe The Bible? I have some news for you:

YOU are in fact that evidence.

Now you may be thinking:

“Whaaaat? How is this possible? That’s a really difficult concept that I don’t have time to think about right now…or ever.”

WELL THEN I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU: I did the thinking, wondering and questioning for you. As a result, I have decided to compile all of the evidence right here. I reduced it into a series of questions that double as answers (yes, that’s a weird paradox- but just think about the questions and you’ll see what I mean):

  1. What other creature on this earth creates NEW things?

A beaver builds dams and only dams. It does not innovate radically different designs. Each innately strives for the same simple goal without much variation. Since when did humans ever strive for ordinary? We are constantly finding ways to make things better and easier. We want NEW and extraordinary. If you think about it, animals like beavers really have not changed much in terms of their own creations. And while some things that animals create could be perceived as art to us (see http://www.care2.com/causes/5-animals-who-make-art.html for art created by animals as a result of mainly captivity), the idea that animals enjoy aesthetic art like humans do has little evidence to support it.  But we were CREATED TO CREATE…because we were created in His image.

//So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.// Genesis 1:27

  1. What other creature on this earth strives to cover itself up?

Have you even seen an animal get embarrassed by exposing something? If you have, please let me know because that would be rather shocking. My opinion on this is that humans have the shame of sin to cover and animals don’t…because God didn’t create them that way. He created them without free will. They exist, but no so much for a purpose other than a beautiful showing of God’s power through the beauty and complexity of nature. As a result of free will given to us by God, we have the gift of choice. We CHOSE to disobey God in order to know good and evil. Animals never had that kind of power. This is because only humans were created in God’s image to make such choices. We were also given dominion over other creatures by God to take care of His other creations:

//God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”// -Genesis 1:28

  1. What other creature desires a spiritual connection more than a physical connection?

Now I know that I can’t speak to animals. That isn’t my field of expertise. But I did do some research. Based on my findings, there is no evidence that animals are or have ever been religious. And if you think about it, when was the last time you heard of animals putting on ritualistic ceremonies to connect with something higher than themselves? Their communication, based on what we know about their interactions, is focused on the physical: survival of self or survival of the group. In contrast, humans all throughout history have shown a significant interest in establishing a connection with some type of higher power. Animals don’t seem to build temples. They build homes for themselves, not something unseen.

  1. What other creature adjusts itself to a new climate without the impact of an external force?

Animals don’t willingly leave their familiar climate simply to “see the world” or “push themselves out of their comfort zone”. We typically move as a result of internal motives, not external ones. For example, if we have a dream to drop everything and move to Hawaii, we could do that likely NOT because our survival was being threatened in Georgian suburbia (well this is debatable if we are talking survival of sanity on occasion lol), but because we simply WANT to for personal reasons. And despite animated movie portrayals, few animals decide to leave the pack out of “teenage rebellion.”

Looking at all of these answers, the biggest difference here seems that other creatures live to survive. Humans live to THRIVE. We look at our surroundings and see greater potential for it. Every human culture in history developed innovations based on the resources available to them. We don’t just want to “get by” in our environment. Throughout every generation, it is clear that humans wanted MORE than just existence.  While animals typically seek power and survival, humans want power and purpose.

All this goes to say that:

Y O U are different.

Y O U are special.

Y O U were created on purpose, FOR a purpose…because:

Y O U were created by THE Creator.

Y O U were also created in the IMAGE of The Creator…meaning that:

Y O U were created to create….beautiful things…beautiful stories….made to display His glories.

Y O U are no accident.

Y O U are important.

Y O U are His design….not the world’s to decide.

Y O U are the evidence of His fingerprints.

Y O U are the proof.

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Why Do Bad Things Happen? It’s Dark Here. Flip on the Switch.

Imagine it: you are sitting in class and start telling someone about what you believe. The person you are talking to isn’t so sure about the whole God thing. They listen but don’t truly listen because they just see the whole Christianity thing as confusing and not practical. It’s not that they are totally dismissing God’s existence, they just can’t understand why such bad things happen or happened in their life…that if God were really loving, those things wouldn’t have happened. It’s like this: The truth is that most people WANT to believe in a divine power but due to the perils of this world, just feel like they can’t. People often hear of this loving God and wonder- if God is so great, powerful, and loving, then why does He allow bad things and so much evil to occur in the world? The answer is so much more simple than you may think. It’s a little something I was reminded of in the movie “God’s Not Dead” (which if you haven’t seen it, its AMAZING!). And that is: FREE WILL If the world were perfect, we would all love God and not know the difference between good and evil. God does not want a bunch of carbon copies that love the same way…He wants to have a relationship with those that CHOOSE to love Him, not because they don’t know any different, but because they honestly SEEK Him. That’s free will- that amidst the evils and natural disasters and pain and suffering in this world, we would personally choose in our hearts to follow HIM. He is our refuge in this broken world. The light of Jesus is made so much brighter in this darkness. Have you ever thought about that? Light would not exist if darkness didn’t. 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”        – John 8:12

See, what’s amazing is that God does not force us to love Him, yet He loves us all so much anyways- even when we don’t feel the same way. In fact, He loves us so much that He gave up His one and only son to be nailed to a cross. All for us. Just think about this for a minute. I know this statement is repeated a lot, even around nonbelievers. Imagine if you had a son of your own. And out of such ridiculous love, you gave that son up to be killed by the same people you are loving. We are too human to comprehend that. Our minds are too small and self absorbed, even when we try not to be, to really get this. Be honest, would you let your family be killed just so a bunch of people who don’t really know you could be saved? We’d like to say we understand it and would do the same…but that’s just not the truth. We are not God. We can’t figure out His love because it is too vast to wrap our minds around. So yeah, things in this world are messed up. Evil exists. But if it didn’t, you wouldn’t ever realize how big His love for you was because there would be no sins to forgive. You wouldn’t see Him carry you though the trials when you need Him most. You wouldn’t feel a need for Him. If life were perfect for you, you might begin to stray away and become independent and self sufficient. And sometimes that’s exactly what happens- the devil might let you live a perfectly great life only to snag you in the end because you felt you didn’t need God’s help. That’s another thing I learned from the movie “God’s Not Dead” (once again, if you haven’t seen it, you should!). If you are still struggling, have you ever considered that when the world wears you down, that God is just showing how He can revive and make you strong regardless? Sometimes when you hit rock bottom in a world filled with evil, you find that God is the rock at the bottom holding you up.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. -2 Corinthians 12:9

One thing many don’t realize is that when you put your trust in God, these bad things…these heart aches…lies…natural disasters…and diseases…are made less dark. Why? Because He gives you the strength to get through them. This doesn’t mean you won’t crumble from time to time, but it does mean that God is there in your soul whispering hope and peace amidst the trials. A hope and a peace that can’t really be explained…that everything is going to be ok because all of this pain has a purpose- it’s all part of His great plan. And His plan is an infinity times better than what mine would be without Him. Honestly, have you ever thought about what life would be like if you- just a weak human lost on earth- were leading your life alone? I am one of 7 billion. If I didn’t have God, I’d just be another random life floating along to nothingness. Never making an impact. Just existing to exist. Existing to please myself…which kinda stinks because then I would never really find life in life. I would be coerced like cattle to conform to whatever trend hit me. If society told me that the best kind of life was one focused on money and looks, well then I would strive for that. Why? Because that’s all I’d know that there was to the world. What is sad is that many of this world do live like this. Maybe you do too. In fact, we all have at some point. There’s always a point in everyone’s day, including mine, when you want to focus on pleasing the world, and not as much God. Whether it be fantasizing about how an outfit will up your status, or having a fit of self pity for not being part of a social group or event that would make us look better, it is so easy to fall prey to what the world wants us to think and feel. It weighs us down to look at everything with a blurred perspective- as if our value is limited to what we see with our eyes. But when you follow Jesus, everything changes. There is clarity. He takes your existence on this dark planet and turns you into something greater than yourself- He turns you into a LIGHT. There are three types of people in this world- those who blend into the dark and can’t find the switch, those who know of the switch, but can’t understand how it would change anything so refuse to touch it, and those who recognize the power of the switch and turn it on bright for all to see. The switch is Jesus. When you CHOOSE to welcome Jesus in your heart out of pure FREE WILL, He multiplies your influence. He has the power to take one human being out of 7 billion (that’s you) and fuel you so much that it causes a flare up all around you of other switches turning on, including those that used to never know the switch existed. Because of you and the light that Jesus puts inside. So yeah, the world is a mess. It’s quite broken and dark. Just don’t forget to flip on the switch.