God makes good of bad

I think we all recognize bad things that happen in our lives.  Sometimes they come from our own mistakes or foolish actions.  Sometimes they come from sin, either our own or that of another.  But from wherever they come, one thing is for sure: God can make good of them.

Let’s take a brief look at an example from the ecology of God’s creations.

Forest fires are some of the most devastating incidents which nature can endure.  They destroy both plant life and animal habitats.  But what is amazing about forest fires is that they actually help a forest to grow better.  In fact, there are some trees the seeds of which will not sprout until there has been a forest fire.  So, in spite of the destructive and horrific nature of a forest fire, it can bring cleansing and renewal to a forest if the dynamics are correct.

However, there are more significant ways in which God turns bad to good.  Let’s look at a less-known example from the scriptures.  In Matthew chapter 1, it delineates the family tree of Jesus, if I can say it in that way.  Take a look at verse 6.  It says, “And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;”  It goes on through verse 16 to link this line to Joseph who was the husband of Mary, to whom Jesus was born.  Perhaps you remember the story of David the king and her that had been the wife of Urias.  Her name was Bath-Sheba.  It was she whom David sought through much sin.  The process through which David claimed Bath-Sheba as his wife was clearly evil in nature, but it is apparent from David’s later writings that he had a truly repentant heart.  It was through this very same woman that Jesus came, or at least Joseph, who was the earthly father of Jesus.  What was very clearly evil and wrong became very clearly good and righteous.

Some say that when a man sins and repents, he leaves a hole in his life which can never be repaired.  Although he is clean from the sin, the effects of the sin remain.  This is absolutely incorrect!  When a man or woman has repented of a sin, the sin is completely gone, and not only is he/she completely clean, but God makes good of the situation because of the righteousness of the person after repentance.  Were it not so, our lives would be full of irreparable holes, and the stain of sin would linger on our garments for the rest of eternity.  Instead, God takes the consequences of the sins of the repentant and turns them to good, meaning that these experiences will give us just that – experience.

So when you make mistakes and make the tremendous effort that it takes to repent, remember that you will be better because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  Your opportunities from that point may be different due to your decisions, but such is the case with any decision, not only those which deal with good and evil, for every time we make a decision we alter the course of our life and consequently the opportunities which will be presented to us.  Naturally the Lord will bless us for being continually righteous, and we can avoid much pain and suffering thereby, but never think that you are less of a person for the sins which Jesus has washed away from you!  They are gone, and God will turn those things to your good and bless you in full measure!

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Why aren’t plants black?

If you get right down to it, the vast majority of energy on Earth comes from our sun or another like it.  This is obviously true with solar power and plant-derived fuels such as corn ethanol or algae diesel, but what is less obvious is that other energy sources such as petroleum fuels, hydroelectric, wind, and even nuclear power also come from solar physics.

Hydroelectric power comes from water falling from a high location to a lower one.  Well, how did it get up there in the first place?  To put it simply, the sun beat down on the ocean, which caused evaporation of water, which then formed clouds in the sky which then precipitated back down to the Earth’s surface at a higher location than where it started.

Wind power comes from the motion of large air currents, caused by differences in temperature.  What causes those differences in temperature?  Predominantly the sun.

Nuclear energy arises from heavy elements such as Uranium which, when manipulated, become very unstable and release energy.  How did those elements get so heavy that they would become unstable when enriched and give off energy?  Heavy elements are created in stellar reactions such as supernovae where intense amounts of energy are released in incredibly short periods of time, which smashes atoms together so hard that they combine and form other heavier elements.

In short, the computer screen on which you are currently viewing this text is powered by the sun in some way or another.

Now, all this being the case, it would seem self-evident that nature would want to harness the tremendous power of the sun, and given millions of years, it could probably figure out a way to get all of it, right?

To understand the next point, it’s essential to understand light and color.  Our sun emits light that is roughly white to our eyes.  White as given of by our sun is our brain’s perception of all visible colors together, and when one range of color disappears from that spectrum, what we see changes.  If you are seeing an apple as red, that means that all visible light other than red has been absorbed.  If only the red light is being reflected off the apple’s surface, naturally that is all you will see.  If all colors are absorbed and nothing is reflected, you won’t see anything, and the object will appear black.

Plants are green because there is green light being reflected to your eyes.  So, why can’t the plants absorb all the green light?  If evolution happened as scientists say, wouldn’t plants have figured out how to soak up all the sun’s light?

At this point I feel it appropriate to state that I do not necessarily disbelieve the theory of evolution.  In fact, I think that scientists have discovered many valuable and convincing evidences that show that evolution may have been the means of creating many of the organisms we see around us.  I also feel it important to state that the scriptural accounts of the creation are vague as to the details of how the creation was performed.  In fact, they say only that God spoke and the worlds were created.  But how?  Consistent with the ideas of Henry Eyring (father of Henry B. Eyring), I feel that both science and religion provide an incomplete story of how the Earth was created.  Why is it so?  Because this is not vital to our salvation.  This being the case, I see no reason why the theory of a God-guided evolution could not be true, especially since observable modern-day adaptation is an evidence of evolution.  I do, however, assert that a godless, left-to-chance evolution is unlikely if not impossible.  In any case, it is important to recognize that men and women are children of God.  In any theory of creationism or evolution, we must not forget this essential doctrine.  So, to summarize, I think a God-guided evolution is possible but not the only possible explanation of the creation of life on Earth.  I also think it could be possible for all non-human life to have been created through one means and mankind to have been created by another means.  Remember that in the Genesis record, mankind was created on a completely separate day than were plants and animals.

Now, let’s consider what else evolution has done, according to theory.  Consider for a moment the human body, in particular the brain.  A complex network of trillions of microscopic cells forms within nine months of pregnancy.  These trillions of cells are then automatically weeded out over the next several years as they are not used.  The vital cells are retained and undergo intricate and highly-calculated electrical transmissions from one cell to another which produce thoughts, conscious actions, and unconscious corporal maintenance.  I love the human brain and feel that it is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind, especially being that it helps us to shape who we are.

If nature and/or God can evolve a human or animal brain, why can it not evolve a plant compound that absorbs all solar light? Plants have been around much longer than animals with brains, and developing a chlorophyll or other pigment that absorbs all the green light seems a pretty basic task considering the other accomplishments of the creation.

So why can’t plants absorb all the green light?  If they did, then they would be black.  If plants were black, what would that do to the beautiful world around us?  Remember that only in recent years, maybe the last 100-200, has man been appreciably separated from ubiquitous foliage by the urban sprawl of industrialism.  My belief is that plants are green because God wanted us to have vibrant color in the world around us.  Plant life plays a major role in the beauty of this world.  In fact, many of Earth’s most beautiful destinations are hailed for their greenery.  I fear it would be less so if all they had was blackery.

Would God really change the biology of plants just to give us color?  It has worked out hasn’t it?  Our world is not lacking in oxygen, which is graciously provided by green algae and plants, and the trees and foods the Earth produces have sustained man for millenia.  Don’t forget that this planet was created for man, for a place for us to come and live and learn and grow.  Would a loving God who wants His children to be happy and enjoy every second of life do anything less than provide a beautiful place to sweat out our mortal existence?  I believe that plants are green because they are more beautiful that way, and God wants to provide us with beauty to make our mortal existence more joyous.

So why aren’t plants black?  Because God loves His children.

Welcome to the Divine Scientist blog

This blog is dedicated to the discussion of the creations of God and the science thereof.  We will look into many branches of science and learn how the complexity and beauty of God’s creations testify of His reality, and we may even learn some lessons about Him through His handiwork.

This work has been years in the making, and this is the first attempt to combine these thoughts, which I consider to be inspired of God, into one place and make them available to others.  In reality, these thoughts will at some point be compiled, expounded upon, and written into book format.  This blog is just the beginning of a great work to come.

It is often the case that when people in our day learn more about science, they tend away from a belief and trust in God.  They feel that because they understand how the world around them works that it could not have been a God-like being that created them but feel that they came about by some other natural means.  This blog will endeavor to demonstrate that a thorough understanding of the world and how it works can, indeed, increase our belief, faith, and trust in God.  After all, does understanding the function of an automobile signify that there was no engineer who designed it?

I hope you will enjoy the thoughts presented in this blog and will check back periodically share with friends and family.  May God bless you to understand His works and gain a greater respect and sense of awe for what He has created for you on this Earth.