View from the pulpit (March 2012)

Monthly topical articles kindly supplied by a regular visiting

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Identity        Thesaurus gives the following words to help us understand the various meanings of the word identity. These are Individuality; Uniqueness; Distinctiveness; Characteristics; Self; Character; Personality. Each person of the six-billion-plus inhabitants of planet earth is unique and it has been so from the beginning of creation and will be for time immemorial. Determining factors of individual identity in times past has been by fingerprints, or a biometric identification of the iris in the eye. More recently, the unique DNA of persons has been used to accurately identify people.

 

The Discovery Sculpture by Artist Lucy Glendinning in Abington Street, Northampton, U.K. was erected as a Memorial to Francis Crick as a tribute to his work. It stands eight metres high in the form of the double helix, the shape of the DNA chain. A male body on the end of one and a female on the other

Crick was born in 1916 at Weston Favel, Northampton and attended the local Grammar School for Boys. His academic studies took him to London, Cambridge and America. He died there in 2004.

It is quite apparent that he followed Darwin on Evolution and rejected the Bible and the Creationist doctrine. He could only see a person as a body, not having soul or spirit.

 

Wikipedia says, ‘In 1960, Crick accepted a fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge, one factor being that the new college did not have a chapel. Sometime later a large donation was made to establish a chapel and the fellowship elected to accept it. Crick resigned his fellowship in protest.’  He referred  to himself as a sceptic and an agnostic with "a strong inclination towards atheism".

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1962 was awarded to Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins for their discovery and work.

 

It is amazing that this man of great academic achievement and who understood the minute details of the building blocks of life could not identify the One that created all things, nor giave to Him the credit for such a marvellous work of Creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” All creation is a witness to the power and wisdom of God.

A number of scientists have moved away from the Big-Bang theory to a position of Intelligent Design, yet not fully coming out to identify the Son of God as designer and maker of all things. John had no difficulty in identifying Him, he said, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

 

Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 11:5, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” Matthew Henry comments on this verse, “(1.) We know not what is the way of the Spirit, of the wind (so some), we know not whence it comes, or whither it goes, or when it will turn; yet the seamen lie ready waiting for it, till it turns about in favour of them; so we must do our duty, in expectation of the time appointed for the blessing. Or it may be understood of the human soul; we know that God made us, and gave us these souls, but how they entered into these bodies, are united to them, animate them, and operate upon them, we know not; the soul is a mystery to itself, no marvel then that the work of God is so to us.

(2.) We know not how the bones are fashioned in the womb of her that is with child. We cannot describe the manner either of the formation of the body or of its information with a soul; both, we know, are the work of God, and we acquiesce in his work, but cannot, in either, trace the process of the operation. We doubt not of the birth of the child that is conceived, though we know not how it is formed; nor need we doubt of the performance of the promise, though we perceive not how things work towards it. And we may well trust God to provide for us that which is convenient, without our anxious disquieting cares, and therein to recompense us for our charity, since it was without any knowledge or forecast of ours that our bodies were curiously wrought in secret and our souls found the way into them; and so the argument is the same, and urged to the same intent, with that of our Saviour (#Mt 6:25), The life, the living soul that God has given us, is more than meat; the body, that God has made us, is more than raiment;  let him therefore that has done the greater for us be cheerfully depended upon to do the less.”

 

In our day Identity Fraud is a massive problem regarding Passports, Credit Cards and Social Services etc. where security is breached. It is one thing to suffer loss as a result of such things, but it is another thing, to suffer eternal loss of one’s soul because of the fraudulent evolution teaching. We must identify that God’s Word is true from cover to cover and trust the Lord Jesus Christ to save us. Everyone that does that, God identifies them as the children of God, born of the Spirit of God and will live with Him for all eternity.

When Jesus went up to Jerusalem to die on the cross, as He entered the city, some said, “Who is this?” They did not know Him. I trust that you have identified who He is and own Him personally as your Lord and Saviour. Some may say, “How can I do that?” The scripture says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” Call upon Him now and tell Him that you want to be forgiven of your sin and that you want to be saved.  God bless.     

 

Stan Burditt