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    begin, a severe earthquake shook the area, which totally destroyed the cabin, and the owner never returned to the property. The remarkable thing is, however, that the earthquake also shook the picnic table which toppled the various paint jars and unscrewed their lids. During the years that followed, various winds blew the colors of paint over the canvas; and various rains blended the colors as you see them in the painting. Twigs, leaves, and other wind-blown objects caused the various brush-like marks we see today. Of course this process required many years, but over time, the different processes described produced this beautiful painting. Years later, it was discovered by a hiker in the area."

    The group stared at Herman in shocked silence. Finally one said, "Herman, you are not serious, are you? You're not expecting us to believe that, are you?"

    "Why not?" Herman replied. "There are some here who believe that the actual mountains, sky, trees, and lake painted on this canvas, developed entirely on their own, so why not believe the much simpler story regarding this small painting?"

    The resulting silence testified that Herman's lesson was understood by all.

    How does creation speak of its Creator? Why would it be more difficult to believe in a "creatorless" creation than a "painterless" painting?

Not only does God's initial creation testify of His work, but His daily upholding, preserving, and governing of creation also speak of God's presence, wisdom, and power. The following examples illustrate this truth:

    "When I drop this book, why does it fall to the floor?" Audrey's teacher asked her.

    "Because of gravity," she answered.

    "What is gravity?"

    "The force of one mass pulling on another mass."

    "What generates this force or gives one mass power to pull on another? Does the earth have a great power source at its center which generates a strong force to pull all objects towards its center? If not, how does it have this power? " Audrey did not know how to answer these questions.

    "We are touched by, and witness, God's power in creation in many ways," the teacher answered.

Is believing in a "creatorless" creation reasonable or unreasonable? Why?

Is our universe governed by scientific laws or do scientific laws help us describe the orderly way in which God is upholding and governing His creation?

There are people in our society today who deny the testimony of God's presence in creation and providence. They believe that all things are controlled by impersonal, natural forces. What price do they pay for denying God's general revelation?

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