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POSTED: October 29, 2012 6:00 p.m.

I know that I have written this before, but fall is my favorite time of year.

Or maybe it’s the spring. It is certainly between those two, and for a variety of reasons. I love the weather during these times: Not too hot, not too cold, just right. I can walk outside, play golf, throw a ball to my dogs or attend a sporting event, and I neither shiver or sweat excessively. Indeed, the weather is great at this time of year.

Another reason to love both spring and fall is the colors we see. In spring, there are roses budding, azaleas blooming and dogwoods in full foliage. And in fall, we have the beautiful mums and the turning of the trees. I have to admit that I do miss the foothills of North Georgia at this time. The beauty of the trees as they turn the many different colors is a sight to behold.

I have to tell you something that enters my mind when I see such beauty in nature. How can anyone see the sights God has provided for us and reject the idea of a creator? How can you not see the design that is so evident? Just to watch the butterflies that flutter around my wife’s special flower garden in the front of our house reminds me that there is one who is responsible for all that exists.

Here’s a thought for you: Are you aware that the Bible never attempts to argue for the existence of God? From the beginning of the book to the end, the existence of God simply is taken for granted. It begins, “In the beginning, God…” and it ends, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” And it declares on more than one occasion, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”

The word fool in the Bible carries a different meaning from the one we associate with the word. We think of a fool as someone who is ignorant or unlearned. But the Bible speaks of the fool as one who willfully and intentionally considers the evidence for God and chooses to reject it.

It seems in recent days that many Christians are on the defensive when it comes to debates about the existence of God. But the truth of the matter is that the evidence clearly is on our side. Design is obvious everywhere you look. The human eye. The bumblebee. Outer space. All of these cry out, “I am no accident. I was made with purpose.”

One need not check his or her brain at the door in order to worship the living God. After all, God designed that brain. I want you to worship the Lord on Sunday with your heart. But worship with your brain, too.

We are to love the Lord with heart, soul, mind and strength. He is pleased when we do.

 

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