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January 25, 2014

INSTANT MESSAGE: Day of Creation

PALESTINE — Genesis 1: 1-5 (NIV): 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.

How can we believe the Bible is true if we do not believe the very first verse? How are we not calling God a liar if we believe that we arrived on this planet through natural forces when God said he created us? How can we believe that Jesus raised people from the dead -- and that he himself rose from the dead if we do not believe these verses too?

    Ancient stories of creation were wild and full of legendary embellishments, but this account is orderly and logical. God states that he was before time. He spoke the universe into existence. He created light, then began to separate the elements and put them into place. Call it the big bang, but it was God speaking.

 Einstein said "either everything is a miracle or nothing is." I totally agree. Clearly everything is a miracle. Everything is supernatural. The more I have studied this the more I see that the only way life makes any sense is if it was set in place as it is. Cells are irreducibly complex and so are whole eco-systems and human organ systems. Nothing would work if it were any "simpler". Life clearly did not evolve from some, more simple, form. That's impossible. A woodpecker could never have survived without the cushion that allows it to peck the side of a tree and without the hollow bones and amazing feathers that allow it to fly. These so called adaptations are design features that couldn't have happened by accident. Someone had to write the DNA code.

Yes, some things appear to be ancient, but God had to create everything with the appearance of age. This isn't deception, but a necessity. Adam was grown when he was created so he appeared to be much older than he was when he was first created. Why not the entire universe? When The Bible says it, I believe it. And logic is on my side.

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Autographed copies of Craig's fiction novel “The Dead Peasants File” are for sale at Blaser's Books in downtown Palestine. Harris is the pastor at Brushy Creek and Mt. Vernon United Methodist churches.

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