(Journal Entry, February 17, 2004)
Eternal life – that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
To know God–
To know God or know about God?
How much of God? His love is greater than I can comprehend. God is love.
How much is literal?
Adam and Eve–Eve and Adam–The fellowship they had with God hadn’t impressed them enough that they would believe God rather than their own judgment. Because it wasn’t because Satan tempted them that they disobeyed. It was because they thought their choice would give them what the wanted in life–“pleasing to the eye, good for food, and desired to make one wise.”
And from that day to this, don’t all problems originate from that same wrong choice?–From doubting that our Creator knows and tells us what is best for us.
The philosophers through the ages go through all kinds of mental calculations to figiure out the origin of life. Did God not give them enough information?
Not all races were the “chosen” race, but God spoke of the other inhabitants of the earth and wrote that their consciences tell them about God.
How, I wonder? Possibly all through the ages, in every civilization, there have been people who have considered their own mind, body and emotions and have recognized that they were designed by someone who of necessity would be wiser and more powerful than they. They would have been the people who “glorified God and gave him thanks.”
…I can’t for the life of me fathom how men with their marvelous creative ability can conceive of this magnificence coming into existence by chance. They must have a very strong reason for not wanting to believe in God.
…Later today I picked up the latest National Geographic magazine and of course I was captivated by–first, the article about ruins in the Cerro Victoria region of Perú just 22 miles northeast of Machu Picchu–but then, articles on the Han Dynasty, carbon, and Readers’ reaction to last month’s feature on Saudi Arabia, which I had also read.
Now I am marveling at how much human energy has gone into philosphy, geography, anthropology, geology, and many other kinds of “-phy’s” and “-gy’s.”
If it takes that much human effort to learn as much as we have learned about the universe, doesn’t it seem likely that some kind of thinking, planning and purpose caused the whole thing in the first place?