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Solid Faith!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Hebrews 11:3

"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."

This morning at men's Bible study, we were talking about how deceived the world has become. I wonder if most of us realize that we live in a time of deception? The enemy of our souls, Satan, has so blinded the eyes of the world, that millions have been convinced that what is false is true and what is true is false.

If you keep calling a blue item pink long enough---people will start to believe it. In fact they will become so convinced that it is pink that they will ridicule you for calling it blue! I hope you understand what I am trying to get across.

Just because many people have twisted the truth for as long as you can remember, it does not make it so. That is what has happened to the Biblical view of creation. It has been attacked so long in our schools and by the scientific community, that even with incredible scientific discoveries recently, the evolutionists still hold firm to their FAITH.

That's right---I said FAITH. Evolution is not science, it is faith. It is not supported by recent scientific discoveries, and yet is still held firmly as the belief system that the world teaches as a fact. It is reasonable to conclude that the reason for holding on to what has been unsupported scientifically, is that it would require believing in the Bible. It would mean an adherence to the biblical view of creation, and believe me, that is not what they want!

Some of you may be thinking that the old boy has fallen off of his rocker. While that may be closer to the truth than I want to admit, let me just give one proof (out of a multitude) for the Biblical accounts of creation.

At 8:32 a.m. on Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. There was an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale. The whole north face of this beautiful and symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive avalanche. Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.

The devastation was so complete that almost immediately scientists began to hypothesize that it would be decades before any life would appear. WRONG! Almost immediately life began to appear. Plants and animals began to replace death and destruction.

One indication is that the elk herd at the Mountain has swelled to over 12,000 animals. In fact it has grown so much that the wildlife department had to develop a plan to transfer some of the herd to other areas. HELLO! I thought the scientists said that it would be decades before life would reappear.

Our faith does not rely upon scientific discoveries, but recent findings in fields of astronomy, geology, micro-biology and numerous other disciplines have supported the Biblical view of creation. Many sincere scientists, after considering many new discoveries, have become believers in Christ and have turned away from their former evolutionary view.

It is not necessary to be able to understand how God works. In fact it is impossible to understand it! God spoke it into being. The passage above confirms that God created the visible out of the invisible. It is beyond our dimension of understanding. When we get to heaven, we will have a new understanding and it will be plain then. For now we can simply trust in God's Word! We believe because we choose to believe.

This applies to the critical area of creation, but it has to do also with salvation. It is by faith and trust in the completed work of Jesus Christ. He has given us a new birth and an assurance of eternal life through faith and reliance in Him. That is better than anything the world can offer!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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