ROLL TIDE!!! (not a football post)

Last summer, I released my first full length book called “Unlocking Creation: God’s True Nature Revealed ” (published by Xulon Press). If you have not read it yet, what on Earth are you waiting for?  Just kidding, of course, but honestly I do think you would enjoy it. It was a book that looked at creation from a very different perspective, not ours, but God’s. I tried to get us to think about what God’s intentions were when He designed and created all the amazing stuff we see around us. Was He using different aspects of His creation to convey to us who He is? Was He revealing parts of His divine nature in the things that He made (sort of as an artist signs his paintings). We looked at light vs darkness…gravity vs centrifugal force…hot vs cold…faith vs fear and even male and female.  I have gotten tremendous feedback from folks who said it made them look both at creation and God differently, after reading the book. To that I say, “Mission Accomplished.”

So after hanging out in Myrtle Beach for the last couple of weeks, I find myself reflecting on the massive impact the oceans, like the one outside the window here, have on the rest of the world. There are the tides, which are caused by the moon and it’s gravitational effect on our planet. You also have the ocean currents, which are somewhat predictable and chartable, but there are also causes for variations. There is the Coriolis effect, which is related to the rotation of the earth, and of course temperature variations play a roll in all of this, as well.

Apparently, these ocean currents act as a gigantic “temperature regulator”, dispersing the energy from the sun, which heats the water and carries that warmth to the cooler areas of the planet, and the cooler areas recycle that cooler water back to the warmer areas so the process can start all over again. And it is the currents, to a large degree, which cause the air to move in such a way that it effects our weather patterns by changing the air pressure within the atmosphere. Higher temperatures cause warm air to rise, increasing atmospheric pressure which then seeks to vent itself towards areas of lower pressure and cooler temperatures, leading to the creation of warm fronts and cold fronts. Then, eventually these fronts bring changes in percipitation and surface temperatures. We call all of this craziness “Earth Science” or meteorology…thanks for asking!!!!

But I would like to toss another big question mark into the ring, if I may. How much of what causes all of these ocean currents, tides and weather changes, in the first place, can be attributed to one singular human event, the fall of man?  I say a lot. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. They were naked and unashamed, for goodness sake. They had no need of coverings such as coats and hats or even shoes before the serpent coaxed them into eating the forbidden fruit. And the Bible says that immediately after that, they realized they were naked and looked for “covering.” And it is my guess that they probably also looked for a condo in Myrtle Beach, too, so they could escape from the winter weather for a few months, each year.

But did this awakening, due to sin, effect the natural forces that surrounded them, or just the creatures that fell? My wife thinks it is hilarious that I even think about this stuff (and she may have a point there). But apparently, I am not the only one who ponders questions left unanswered…or even asked…by more normal folks.

Pastor Rick Warren made some similar observations in an article he wrote in August of 2011 called, “Living In A Broken World”.  

Check it out:

Nothing works perfectly, because sin has damaged everything. We only need to look at the physical world around us to see this. Natural disasters and deformities are everywhere. We live on a broken planet; it’s not perfect anymore.

Before sin entered the world, there were no earthquakes, tidal waves, hurricanes, blizzards or extreme weather phenomena. The environment was in perfect balance.

But when Adam and Eve sinned, “creation was condemned to lose its purpose …”(Romans 8:20 GNT).  There is confusion all around us in the environment, in animals, and in human beings. God never intended for animals and humans to have defects and deformities, breakdowns in DNA. Yet we all experience genetic issues to one degree or another. Nobody’s body works perfectly.

And we see the effects of original sin in another way — physical decay and death. Because death entered the world with sin, everything is decaying and will ultimately die. Solomon, the wisest man in the world, summed it up this way: ‘No one can control the wind or stop his own death” (Ecclesiastes 8:8 NCV).

I am very much inclined to agree with Pastor Warren on this, and I believe the Apostle Paul thought a lot about this, as well. Let’s look at what he had to say about the subject of creation being negatively effected by the sin of mankind entering the picture:

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” [Romans 8:19-22]

I guess it is fair to say that many people who have an understanding of the Scriptures, and a belief in God, would likely see a connection between the two. And I have no doubt that the same people who would believe that nature was negatively impacted by sin and death showing their ugly face in the Garden, would also say that all things will suddenly revert to their “pre-fall state”, when our Lord returns to establish His Kingdom here on Earth for a thousand years. To that I say, “Come, Lord Jesus.”

But I would also like to say, especially having the pleasure of seeing the effects of this flawed state of nature on display, here, with my own eyes recently…it is still very beautiful. Oh yes, I can hear you saying to yourself, “Wait a minute, now. Is he saying that sin and evil in the world has produced something good, or even improved on what God originally had made? If that is true, maybe it was good that we became sinners.” Not at all. I would never endorse sin for any reason. The Apostle Paul weighed in on this problem too:

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace (or beauty in this case) may abound? By no means!” [Romans 6:1-2]

However, I do think God, who knows all (including the fact that humans would quickly fall into sin) gave creation and His creatures the ability “to take lemons and make lemonade.” I give Him all the credit for that. Nature has adjusted itself, many times over, and at times the results have been amazing.

If we take a good look at the many troubles that have manifested after “the fall,” I’m sure we could also point to some examples of incredible beauty or blessing that came out of those trials and tribulations. How about the snow-capped mountains, the islands of Hawaii or the Grand Canyon? Look at human childbirth, which after “the fall” came with much pain and suffering for the mothers. Is there a more precious miracle than a newborn baby? And was that not the result of the “post-fall” effects on nature, that out of such anguish and travail could come such joy? Of course it is, but we still subject ourselves to it (mostly the women, of course). And for that to continue to happen, the pleasure must, somehow, exceed the pain. And of course, by God’s grace, it does.

We have all heard the saying, “No pain…no gain.” Maybe God prepared the things He made, ahead of time, to be able to shine brightly through the darkness or like Paul McCartney sang, “take a sad song and make it better.”

Thank you, Lord…..not for the sin or suffering, of course, but for the ability to find goodness and beauty in the midst of it.

BOB PALUMBO

 

 

 

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