Every effect has a cause, and every thought or action has a root. Nothing comes from nothing. The old computer programmers had a term, GIGO – garbage in, garbage out. But what is also true is … goodness in, goodness out. Good roots produce goot fruit. They can’t help it.
Read on as Sandra helps us trace the roots of who we are and why do what we do, in our continuing series, The Cosmic Battle. Enjoy! – Arthur
There is nothing more satisfying than to bite into a juicy red apple. It is so delicious, so nourishing. In the core of the apple are tiny brown seeds. Each seed has the capability and coding to produce a tree that could grow over 30 feet in height and live and produce fruit for over 100 years. All you need to do is plant the tiny seed in soil and give it plenty of water and sunshine. Amazing.
The Bible has a lot to say about seeds. In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus says that there will be seeds of wheat and seeds of tare planted in the same field. The planting of the single seeds is almost done mindlessly, just tossing the seeds onto the soil.
On February 12, 1809, two men were born who planted seeds in their lives. The first was Abraham Lincoln. He is acclaimed, by some, as the greatest president who ever lived. In his second inauguration speech in 1865, he talks about the civil war, “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war my speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” He planted the seed of freedom for all men, white and black alike. On January 20, 2009, we witnessed the fruit of this seed, by inaugurating President Barack Obama, our nation’s first black president, into the White House.
On February 12, 1809, across the ocean, Charles Darwin was born. As the seeds of doubt in God’s goodness began to be planted in his mind, he wrote, “hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.” Later on he wrote, “There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars or that a cat should play with mice. On the other hand, I cannot anyhow be contented to view this wonderful universe, and especially the nature of man, and to conclude that everything is the result of brute force. I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance.”
I believe that even Darwin would be astounded at the fruit that his seed of thought has produced over the years. Best seller author and atheist, Sam Harris, writes, “A 3 day old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. The embryos that are destroyed in stem-cell research do not have brains, or even neurons. Consequently, there is no reason to believe they can suffer their destruction in any way at all.” (Newsweek, November 13, 2006 – “A Case Against Faith”) Harris is making the case that there is no moral imperative to protect the beginnings of human life since they are no more than a “blastocyst”. Have we lost our ability to distinguish the origins of human life as differing from other forms of life? Scary.
As we are bombarded with all these “fruits of thought”, we would be wise to trace the thought back to its trunk and eventually to its seed of origin. Strip away the sophisticated jargon and the academic credentials behind the author’s name and you will be left staring into the face of the true farmer of these seeds. As Jesus was conversing with those questioning and opposing him, he said, “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God, for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” (John 8:43-47)
Every fruit came from a tree and every tree came from a seed. Likewise, every thought originated with someone. The thoughts that come from God will bear the fruit of righteousness. “For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, with without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Just as we consider the condition and palatability of a fruit, before we sink our teeth into it, it would be wise for us to practice the same discernment with the fruit of thoughts that come our way. Every fruit of thought came from a tree and every tree came from a seed and every seed had an origin. When you trace the seed back to its origin, you will come face to face with the originator, either God the Father of all Truth or Satan, the father of lies.
– Sandra Hsieh