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By: Curtis Schofield, Spiritual Insight


It is reported that Leon Lederman, the physicist and Nobel laureate, once half-jokingly remarked that the real goal of physics was to come up with an equation that could explain the universe but still be small enough to fit on a T-shirt. In that spirit, Richard Dawkins offered up his own T-shirt slogan for his understanding that life was created by accident:

“Life results from the non-random survival of randomly varying replicators.”

I prefer John’s explanation as found in the New Testament. It will not fit on a T-shirt, but it certainly is a satisfying explanation for me and for over two billion followers of Christ who live on this planet.

“1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. He was with God in the beginning. 3. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it...

10. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. 13. Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (see the Gospel of John in the New Testament).

Note that John takes the reality of the creation just as seriously as modern day physicists do. The key for understanding the meaning of creation, especially life, for John was to commit his life to the study of Jesus, who is the most creative and unique person to ever live in creation as we know it.

If you desire to better understand how Jesus has helped outstanding persons to find some answers to their questions about life, order a copy of “Into All The World”,, or pick up a copy at Books New and Used, 5375 Hwy. 136, Trenton.

Curtis Schofield is a retired United Methodist minister. He and his wife, Clara, have served two churches in Dade County. In retirement he volunteers through Trenton United Methodist Church to help small churches.

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