Meet Your Maker

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Where do we come from? This question has been fiercely debated and most recently in the church. The great Sir Isaac Newton had a friend who, like
himself, was a scientist. Newton was a Christian. However, his friend was not. He didn't even believe that there was a God! Newton had spoken to his friend many times about a God who made everything. Each time, though, his friend would shake his head and reject any notion of a creator God of the universe.

Newton had finished a design of a scale model of our solar system. A very skilled craftsman then built it from Newton's plans. In the center was a large ball made of brass which represented the sun. Revolving around this sun were smaller balls
attached to spokes of different lengths. The balls represented the planets; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, were in their proper order. (Newton was unaware of Pluto back then.) These balls were all geared together so that when a crank on the front was turned, they all moved in their orbits around the sun. It was an ingenious design.

One day Newton was in his study when his friend came to visit him. His friend saw the model and instantly recognized what it was. As he slowly cranked the model he studied it closely. He said to Newton, “This is tremendous! Who made it?” “Nobody,” Newton answered without looking up from a book he was reading.

His friend turned to him with a confused look and said, "You must not have heard me. I asked, ‘Who made this wonderful model?’’’

Looking up, Newton said with a perfectly straight face, “Nobody made it. Those balls and gears just appeared and put themselves together!”

As his friend’s face turned from confusion to suddenly getting Newton’s point, a small smile came across his face. Newton set his book aside and explained to his friend, “This model is just a poor imitation of the real, amazing, magnificent, wonderful universe we both know. You’re convinced my model had a maker but this toy doesn’t even come close to how miraculous our real universe is. And yet you believe it just happened. Now tell me, is that the logical conclusion of a scientist?”

I had spent the morning cleaning the car. I even made sure to Windex the glass. It was spotless and looked and smelled like a new ride. Then my twin 10 year olds jumped in. Just a few miles down the road and I looked back to see my son Mark licking the windows.

If you look around the car of a young parent you will find many finger prints—
everywhere. It’s always easy to know someone has been there.

The same is true of this world . . . God’s finger prints are everywhere. Romans 1:20–
22 reads: ”For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”

The Scriptures begin clearly, “In the beginning, God created.” Those five words have
caused a lot of debate and problems for some. It has caused a lot of people to struggle. The word simply, straightforwardly, and powerfully declares that the world did not create itself. Not by chance but by God! Do you believe this? Maybe it’s time
to Meet your Maker.

[Ron Otto, Preaching Minister at Lincoln Christian Church]


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