Lebanon Reporter

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June 5, 2014

Just how long ago was creation anyway?

When I’m planting my vegetable garden, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that the tomato plants that I have placed into the ground didn’t start in some nursery or hotbed. I’m not certain as to when God placed the first red or yellow juicy tomato on this earth, but it could have had its origins in the Garden of Eden. Just maybe a great hairy mammoth dined on that succulent fruit thousands of years ago.

The giant redwood trees can only be found in limited areas these days, but do you suppose that they were scattered all about the Earth in the days of the giant reptiles? I find it so disturbing that lumberjacks butchered those unique trees in the name of the all-mighty dollar bill. Can you just imagine what kind of a treehouse could have been built in one those towering trees? Since I seem to have a somewhat unreasonable fear of heights, I doubt that I would want to dwell in something that reaches so high toward the heavens.

Just by reading a book (young folks browse the Internet), we can learn about the creation of trains, planes, automobiles and medicines, but trying to figure out just how old the apple tree is can only be speculation. And, does it really matter when God decided to create our world and everything in it? Aren’t we all just glad that He did? I’m pretty sure that I don’t care how old a fossil is or just how long it took for dinosaurs and dead plants to turn into oil or coal. Maybe it would have been better for God not to have created a substance called oil. Just look at how many wars and disputes have started over that sticky crude that gushes from the depths of our planet. Mind you though, I’m not questioning what our Lord created or just how he did it. Even over time, that black, sooty mineral that we call coal can eventually be compressed into something called a diamond. Look how many people seem to worship that stone, many have to buy the biggest and most expensive diamond that can be found. Why? I, myself, get more enjoyment out of looking at the many beautiful plants and animals that cover our globe.

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