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WILD COOT: A measured sermon


Harry Russell

WILD COOT: A measured sermon

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And the Lord formed man of dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. – Genesis 2;7
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of his mystery among the Gentiles which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:27
But thou when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou hast shut the door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and the Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. – Matthew 6:6
Friends, whether we human beings have sprung from an amoeba or from a grain of sand, there is something seemingly inexplicable going on. There is a question that has baffled philosophers and scientists alike for many years. Who made the world? Not meaning the earth – meaning the universe, the firmament and all the things to which we have no answer.
Our human logic tells us that everything has a beginning. It could not have started just so, spontaneously.
Somebody or some being must have started it all.
Furthermore, whoever or whatever made the firmament seems to have done so with faultless logic, because it continues to exist throughout a “disputed unknown” number of years.
Efforts made by scientists have been small in exploring beyond the earth to see whether other nearby planets could sustain life as we know it, but so far we have come up short.
We can speak with much certainty about some things, but we come across with varying and contradictory views on others. One thing that can be said is that what we have found boggles the mind. The great mind of Stephen Hawkins can only conclude that there is a God.
The Bible says that it took God six days to make the earth. Inspired men wrote this book. The account might have just been an explanation, although with a God (who is all-powerful) it could have been true. Man has not even been able to fathom that which is closer than the firmament and the world around him.
However, there is such logic about the structuring of the earth that we are forced to believe that there was method in its creation. There is the sun that gives warmth among other things and the moon that regulates the sea. Man breathes in oxygen and breathes out carbon dioxide, plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, just to name two aspects of incredible complementary order.
But the one feature that fascinates me more than all others is the feature of communication between whoever made man and itself. I say God. Whether or not you accept The Bible and proponents of The Bible, you have to accept that someone made us.
My father and mother did not have the skills to make me. Up to when he died my father did not know what was the superior vena cava.
How I was made was a process devised by some higher being, even if my neighbour B.C. does not believe me.
Who put electricity in my foetus 20 days after I was conceived and caused my heart to beat?
If God was responsible for this process, it seems logical that He was not responsible for the process and forgot about it. Even when you make a computer, you want to design a way to interact with it. If man’s process of construction was designed by God, then there must have been a way to communicate with this creation. Just as a computer has a motherboard, so man has a brain, and it must be through this brain (of which we know very little) that I believe whoever made us talks to us.
Why does the thought process seem to differ with people of different races? Should not every one be equally aware of what is right and what is wrong? Man differentiates between types of sin.
The bishop tells me that that is not our business. Why give me a computer (brain) and talk to me even in my sleep?
If you steal a loaf of bread, what is the difference between that and being LGBT. Why the law? Amen.

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