from my notebook

My head is full of thoughts, and I have to write them down.

The Evidence is Right in Front of You

While there are varying opinions about the seventeenth century English philosopher and statesman Sir Francis Bacon (some good, some not), he did make some revolutionary observations. Consider the following statement made by him.

“Men have sought to make a world from their own conception and to draw from their own minds all the material which they employed, but if, instead of doing so, they had consulted experience and observation, they would have the facts and not opinions to reason about, and might have ultimately arrived at the knowledge of the laws which govern the material world.”

I think the apostle Paul might have agreed with Sir Francis on this seeing as how he made a similar (from the opposite angle) statement in his letter to the believers of Rome. “But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse.” Rom 1:19-20, The Message

Also, to the people of Lystra on his second missionary journey, Paul made the following declaration. “In the generations before us, God let all the different nations go their own way. But even then he didn’t leave them without a clue, for he made a good creation, poured down rain and gave bumper crops. When your bellies were full and your hearts happy, there was evidence of good beyond your doing.” Acts 14:16-17, The Message

From the beginning of time, the evidence of God’s existence (and love) has always been there for us to see if we just take our eyes off ourselves long enough.

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