To Taste is to KnowWritten by Terry Dashner
To Taste is to know?
Terry Dashner…………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Robert J. Hastings writes, “How does one understand sugar? I suppose he could do tremendous research on subject and become quite an authority. He could write volumes on history of sugar, where and how it is grown, how it is refined, various sugar products, number of people employed in sugar-related industries, tonnage produced, its economic value, and on and on.
“Or, one could go into laboratory and study its chemical makeup, becoming fluent in ‘sweet’ scientific terminology and formulas. But tasting a single grain of sugar will do more to explain what sugar really is and what it does than all textbooks ever written or laboratory experiments ever performed.”
To taste is to know.
Allow me to carry this topic further, please. How is it that a skilled neurologist can tell me every, detailed thing about my brain, but she cannot possibly know what’s on my mind? If neurologist conducts surgery on my brain, she can see and name all parts. She can diagnose, patch-up, and make a prognosis about my mental health, but she cannot know what’s in my mind. Why? Because there is more to me than what appears physically. I am a soul in a body because I am created in image and likeness of God. And God is Spirit.
If there is more to man than what is physical, then a man needs to recognize and maintain good spiritual health. Is this possible? Yes, I believe so. Just as one must care for his physical well being, so one must care for his spiritual well being. If soul is neglected, one will ache inside and not know what is bugging him. One will yearn for things that cannot be found in natural or physical realm. The yearning will never cease. Scripture teaches that spiritual realm is more “real” than physical. As a matter of fact physical realm is fading, according to laws of physics (measured by entropy); however, spiritual realm is everlasting, eternal.
The Chances are...Written by Terry Dashner
The Chances are…
Terry Dashner…………….Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
If there is no Creator, then we have some problems. If there is no “first cause” as Saint Thomas Aquinas stated, then our theory of beginnings has problems. If physical laws of thermodynamics are constant and irrefutable throughout universe, then our theory of evolution has some real problems. I think it takes more faith to believe that universe and humanity evolved from nothing and no Creator than it does to believe this, “In beginning, God created heavens and earth…”
Robert J. Hastings gives a good illustration to support this. Says Hastings, “Some say that creation was result of chance. Others say it was God. Those who rely on chance have some big explaining to do. Here is one simple illustration of improbability of man just ‘happening.’
“Take ten pennies and mark them 1 to 10. Put them in your pocket and give them a good shake. Now try to draw them out of your pocket in order, from 1 to 10, returning each coin to your pocket after each try.
“Your chance of drawing number 1 on first try is 1 in 10. Your chance of drawing 1 and 2 in succession would be 1 in 100. On drawing 1, 2, and 3 in succession, one in a thousand. Your chance of drawing 1, 2, 3, and 4 is succession would be one in 10,000, and so on.
“Now listen to this. Your chance of drawing pennies in perfect succession, 1 to 10, would be one chance in ten billion!
“And yet there are some who say that all complex and essential conditions for life on our earth as we know it could have occurred in proper sequence just by ‘chance.’
“Leslie Weatherhead said, ‘It demands more of credulity to imagine that universe was all a huge accident than to believe in operation of a mind. How very strange that a ball of matter accidentally happening, and accidentally moving round sun, should accidentally and purposelessly produce a man who purposefully seeks truth and purposefully asks how such and accident could happen, thus exhibiting a more profound degree of intelligence than that which accidentally produced this amazing universe.’”