Living on Borrowed Time

Some day I’d like to make a visit to Yellowstone National Park and see all the amazing natural wonders there. But, then again, it has recently come to my attention the significance of that place in terms of its geological instability and the powerful forces coming to play there.

Yellowstone is the site of a “supervolcano”. That is, a place where lava, “magma” is unusually close to the surface over a wide area of land. Geysers like “Old Faithful” are natural percolators which act like those old time coffee pots. Water works it’s way down to the lava heated rocks below and is superheated to gas and suddenly expanding forcing the water above to shoot out of the surface of the ground with great force.

Lava can act like a geyser too as it gets close to the surface of the ground. Only it’s the pressure of molten rock that causes it to break up the rock layers that contain it and allows the lava to emerge on the surface. In a regular volcano, that means a more or less isolated point of exit for the lava and associated explosions- if they occur.

In places like Yellowstone where such a vast area has “magma” very close to the surface, if it should ever burst out as an active volcano, it would threaten the integrity of the very continent itself! Knowing that, there’s been a pretty intense monitoring of the geological activity in the region. You certainly wouldn’t want to be living in that area. Just imagine a Mount St. Helens-like event not just ripping open the side of a mountain, but rather opening up a region of a hundred square miles and lava flows the size of the Mississippi River covering regions as large.

And yet, there is a Biblical reference to a great nation that would rise and would become admired around the world for it’s enginuity, craftsmen, wealth and trade. But, in one day, that whole nation would go up in smoke with a disaster so great that all the people on earth would marvel and grieve for the great nation that they loved and admired so much. That prophecy from the Book of Revelation could very easily be fulfilled by an eruption of Yellowstone’s Supervolcano which may happen at any moment should our Creator decide to no longer prevent it.

The Creator has given us who live in the US a picture of the future of mankind and life on this planet in His Book, the Bible as we call it. It’s available to every man on earth and in almost every language spoken by men. It’s not by mistake by any means that this is so. He wants us to know and be prepared for the day each of us will stand before Him. And that day will come for all of us! And so it’s only wise to be sure that each of us knows the Bible very well.

Why would the Creator allow such a horrible thing to happen to “the land of the free and the home of the brave”? Why would we, in the US, tolerate the oppression of believing teachers and children by “science” and the slaughter of unborn babies and allow people who refuse to accept their own sexual identity to govern our lives and “entertain” us and go so far as to promote the practice of “unholy matrimony” between folks that replace natural affection with abuse? Why do we elect government that support these practices? It gives the expression, “hell bent” new meaning.

Wow Wayne, aren’t you being a little harsh? The Creator has created us, not for our own benefit, but to benefit each other and help each other along life’s journey. The Bible is the Creator’s guidebook to teach us who He is and how to live. The Old Testament is about how men tried to live in covenant with the Creator, the New Testament is about the Creator showing us that only Christ Jesus was ever able to succeed in keeping that covenant. It took the Creator Himself to come and reveal that fact to mankind. And in jealousy, we crucified Him.

But, our time on earth is only the first chapter of our lives. Whatever happens on earth is of little concern as long as we know He who created us and are know by Him! The book’s right there! Make sure you know it. Don’t just look at it as a history book, or “literature”, or a book of “stories”. It’s the Creator’s guide to life and life more abundantly knowing who He IS and why we are here.

Wayne Hollyoak

If Science is so Messed Up, Then What?

In the context of human existence, “science” has really accomplished little, if anything, of real worth. Look at it this way. It has helped us get on the moon. Yeah, and what did they find? It has given us “cures” for diseases and taken away our hope and meaning of life. It has unraveled the mysteries of how living things work, and removed it’s soul. And yet, the Creator has made us inquisitive and lovers of mysteries. Maybe that’s why so many detective shows are on TV. We seem to have a basic need to solve stuff. We also want to see victims get “justice”.

One of my dreams is to spend 6 months on a uninhabited island and catalog all of the unique creatures that live on it. I can really relate to Darwin’s fascination with such places and the effects of isolation on various creatures. Why is this so? I guess it’s because of the diversity of living things out there and all around us. How did it all get here? Why? And so on.

I love walking through fields and forests, looking at trees, rock formations, insects, turtles and whatever else I come across. As I’ve let go of the old proud “science” mindset and allowed the mysteries of life return, the incredible beauty and artistry of “nature” has begun to return. Instead of seeing a butterfly as a little organism, with cells and DNA and wing venation and such, it’s now a gentle friend looking for the next flower to sip from.

I realize more and more that the magnificence of creation is a reflection of the incredible majesty of the Creator. Faith in Him releases me from the need to solve all the mysteries of the universe! How about the mysteries of compassion and kindness? Or the finer points of serving your fellow man? How about gratefulness and love for the Creator Himself?

The focus of science is material, mortal and temporal. Our Creator has better things for us to concern ourselves with.

Wayne Hollyoak