Everything is a Miracle — reblogged — Part 2

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio.
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio. (from here)

In Everything is a Miracle — reblogged — Part 1, I reblogged Everything is a Miracle, an insightful post by insanitybytes22. In addition, since the comment trail had become rather long and involved, I decided to post my replies to violetwisp and rautakyy. Only  replied to the first post in this series, here at See, there’s this thing called biology… ~.  led is reply with this comment.

What a curious post you wrote. However, it actually does not really concern our conversation here in any way. Now, does it? I can not see the connection. (continued here)

It seems the outline I used for the first post confused , but consider how  titled her post, Everything is a Miracle. What is the last topic in this series? Is it not “The definition of a miracle.” Isn’t  denying the existence of miracles?

Does The Bible Promote Animal Abuse?

Cannot see the forest for the trees. (from here)

When we read the Bible, we can either be dumbfounded by what it tells us or complain that it tells us so little. Being all too human, we often complain. That’s probably because we don’t realize what we are demanding. The Bible presents us with the forest. We demand to see all the trees.

In just three chapters (Genesis 1-3), God tells us about the creation of the universe. When we consider the universe, don’t our science texts tell us far more? When you consider the nature of man, don’t you want to know that the heart pumps blood and the kidneys cleanse the blood of urea? Yet what does the Bible say? It says God made everything. On the last day, He made man. It says man sinned. Oops!

How does Genesis 3 end?

Genesis 3:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

In Eden, Adam and Eve had communion with God. When Adam and Eve refused to obey God, He drove them out of the Garden.

Why did Eve choose to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree? Didn’t God say that to eat of that tree was to die (Genesis 2:16-17). Yet Eve did not believe God. When the serpent called God a liar and said the fruit would make her wise (Genesis 3:4-5), Eve chose to believe the serpent. Then Adam, who should have known better, ate too..

Genesis 3:6 The Message (MSG)

When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.

Imagine the presumption, to know everything? In a moment of raging pride, Adam and Eve presumed to be God. God had given the Adam and Eve the Garden of Eden and allowed them to serve as his caretakers (Genesis 2:15). When He drove Man from the Garden, He gave us the Earth, and He allowed us to prove we could master it on our own.

In mercy, He covered Adam and Eve with animal skins.

Genesis 3:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Because they are too much like us, no one except the foolish kills an animal with pleasure. We enjoy the warmth of their fur. We take pleasure in the taste of their flesh, but the ordinary man winces when he sees pain in an animal’s eyes. We were suppose to care for the Garden.

How are we doing? Have we mastered the Earth? Without His help, can we even master ourselves?

To Be Continued (By Next Saturday, hopefully)

Comments welcome. That includes advice on what I should say when I post on the future topics.

Future topics will include:

  • Does the Bible teach us to hate homosexuals?
  • The definition of a miracle.

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