I'm reading the book "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo. I wasn't going to read it, but recently I've been bombarded with this book. I heard about it on the radio, overheard some lady talking about it, and I think it's on the best seller list. I actually forget who all mentioned it, as I was in ignore-mode.
I was house and doggy sitting for my brother when my nephew brought up "the book" again. I listened intently as he raved about it with great enthusiasm. He brought it to me, so I decided I would check it out. If anything, it will give me a good topic of discussion for my next lunch with him. I can connect so easily with my nieces but with my nephews it can be a challenge. Anyway, he'd just finished the book and gave me his copy.
I had made a determination I wasn't really interested after I heard a person comment "oh my goodness, it makes you believe there is a heaven." This kind of comment always throws me for a loop. I reverted back to a thought when, years ago, my friend was bound and determined that I needed to "watch this video cause it proves the flood really happened".
Let me just impart right here, my friend meant well and I am not downing the book. I actually like the book. It's really well written and a good read. I'm just flabbergasted when someone uses a book, film, or other means to "convince and/or prove" to people there is a God or something from the Bible really happened.
All the proof we ever need exists around us in a continuous cycle of life, if we would stop to look.
I know the Lord can use whatever means necessary to 'show' himself. But doesn't He already? Don't you see Him in His creation? In the quiet stillness of the morning sunrise, He is there. In the beautiful colors of blooming spring, He is there. In the rush of the ocean tides, He is there. In the awesomeness of creation, He is there! If you do not see Him in the world around you, if it does not draw you to seek after Him in His Word; how in the world is a book or film written or made by mere humans going to convince you?
He has left His footprints for us to follow if we would but open our eyes.
Did you know, the earth hangs 93 billion miles from the blistering surface of the sun? A few degrees closer and we'd disintegrate, a few degrees farther and we'd freeze. The axis of the earth is tilted at a perfect 23 degree angle. This allows for the perfect amount of sunshine to be distributed in order for the food chain to exist. Did you know, the moon controls the tides? Did you know, the stars rotate with such precision that the atomic clock is set, with an error factor of less than 3 seconds per millennium, by the way they move? Did you know earth has the exact perfect combination of nitrogen and oxygen so we can breath. That is no mistake or happenstance, I'd call it precision.
The Bible says in Romans 1:20 "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 men are without excuse." The Bible also says "the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands" Psalm 19:1
What more proof do you need?
Some of the above was taken from a song by Carmen's "There is a God". Here it is: