Mother Nature – Revisited

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Mother Nature is a common personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in the form of the mother. If you’ve ever gone for a walk through the woods or marvelled at the beauty of a sunset, you know what I mean. There is a majesty and beauty to so many aspects of nature that it literally is hard to avoid. Where the earth has been left untouched, where mankind’s footprint is minimal, their is beauty and awe inspiring wonder within the complexity and beauty of all that we see.

Do you ever find it strange how we can see the beauty and majesty of nature and attribute it all to the personification of a mother, thereby avoiding any association of a Creator to what we see? And how about the power and destructive forces of nature, we acknowledge their existence, we know that we are powerless to contain or control them, but once again the power and destructive force of nature is attributed to that aspect of nature beyond our control.

I also find it interesting that when hurricanes or floods strike us, we attribute them to “acts of God”. Strange how we can sometimes acknowledge the destructive parts of nature to God but not the beauty. When’s the last time you heard a beautiful sunrise referred to as an “act of God”?

The root word behind nature is natural, that which happens naturally, without any influence, kind of all by itself. And yet, it we take the time to look a little closer, to try to understand, we learn that there are environmental systems at work, cycling and recycling, creating and distributing, moving and changing, continually, all the time. And these systems and cycles that are in play, that give us recurring seasons, fresh water, oxygen in our atmosphere at just the right percentage, efficient and reliable, just kind of happened. all by themselves.

This planet that we live on, this globe that hangs in space, as if upon nothing, is really unique, an oasis in the vast desert of the universe. Our axis tilted at just the right degree to give us seasons, so that one part of our globe doesn’t freeze while the other bakes dry. Our moon, abnormally large, slowed down and stabilized our rotation so that severe weather was minimized and the ocean levels rise at the equator instead of the north and south poles. The gravity of the moon brought plate tectonics into play, which if we didn’t have, would have changed this planet into a planet like Venus, toasty and dead. And then there’s our sun, stable and not too hot and not too cold and just the right type and distance from us. And don’t forget those dangerous and destructive rays that are emitted from the sun, turns out that we are protected by our stratosphere, where we find the “good” ozone layer that protects life on Earth from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so that only 3 to 5 % of them actually reach our planet and life is not irradiated. Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere also protect us from most cosmic rays and also serves to deflect most of the solar wind, whose charged particles would otherwise strip away the ozone layer that protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation.

There’s a lot more but I’m sure you are getting the picture. When you look up what protects our earth you read words like “luckily” and “fortunately” a lot.

The reality is that earth is not only unlikely; it’s that our planet, with the confluence of circumstances that gave rise to us, is statistically impossible, even given all the stars and galaxies in the Universe. The emergence of intelligent life is so outlandishly unexpected, given all the factors that needed to occur in just the right particular order, that it’s unreasonable to believe it could have happened by chance. If you’re looking at the odds of probability, we shouldn’t be here. Astrophysicists Sir Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe have calculated the odds of life starting on earth at 1 in 10 to the 40,000th power. It is not possible to be that lucky.

It also turns out that scientists are perplexed to understand why the universe even exists, because according to their recent findings, it shouldn’t. Check out this article.

And humanity, with all of it’s wisdom, attributes all that we see to Mother nature. It kind of boggles the mind to see what man will do in order to deny the obvious. Kind of brings us back to the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 3:4-5 NIV  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 

Mother nature is mankind’s response to determining what is good and evil when God’s revelation is rejected.

Romans 1:20 NIV “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

2 Peter 3:8-9 NIVBut do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

John 3:16 NIVFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

11 comments

  1. Good post on an often ignored subject. How often man comes up with ways to detract attention from our Almighty Creator, or even from His Son our Lord and Saviour. Just recently I heard someone refer to our Lord as Mother.

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    • Hi Alan, oh I know, I’ve seen it too, it’s enough to make one gag. You have yourself a blessed day Alan and thank you for commenting! Always appreciated. And as a follow up, for the article for your blog, I’m thinking on doing an article on the difference between the OT Law and the NT Commandments, how does that sound?

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  2. The point you made about natural disasters being called “acts of God,” this wording is even in insurance policies!

    Mankind is so quick to blame God for the bad stuff, but take his daily faithfulness and mercy for granted.

    If we properly acknowledge God submission to Him will follow. But many do not want to submit, so they refuse to properly acknowledge Him.

    Another great piece, Bruce. You don’t just prompt me to think, you encourage me to prayerfully think.

    Keep them coming, brother!

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    • Hi David, I was reading a number of your posts today and I have to say how much I enjoy the tone of your articles. I think I recall one of them that said that the town you live in numbers about 800 souls. I’m thinking that would give one the opportunity to appreciate humanity from the perspective of a smaller segment of the masses, which in these times, would definitely be a good thing. If nothing else, it would make the merry-go-round considerably smaller. Color me with a bit of envy. I’m thinking you will help keep us more in tune with reality, at least that is what I see in your posts and that is sorely needed. You keep em coming too brother!

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      • Yes, that’s right Bruce, my home town has a population of 792.
        When I was younger, it felt like I knew everyone, but now it’s a little harder to remember the “newbies” names–people who have lived here less than a quarter century!

        Thank you for perusing my offerings, brother. I am thankful to God for the opportunity to share.

        Blessings.

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  3. I think people’s desire to personify nature definitely show our heart is designed to seek the transcendent per Romans 1

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  4. Good criticism of Mother Nature, or as some call it, Gaia. The personification could be viewed as a modern idol.

    When I see mountains, canyons, oceans, and glaciers I think of the wrath of God in the flood based on Answers in Genesis.

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