Today is “Earth Day” a day that was established in 1969 as a rally against careless pollution. What started as a noble, bipartisan movement for cleaner air and thoughtful land and animal preservation has since spiraled into a war against a fear named, “global warming”. Earth Day in and of itself is not a bad thing it is a good thing to be a good steward of the things we have been given but before you give yourself fully and wholly to a cause, such as Earth Day, you need to stop and answer three basic questions: Who created the earth? Who Keeps it functioning? and How can you know for sure?
1) Who created the earth?
Every person must answer this question, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” In Genesis 1:1 you have the answer plainly, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” “In the beginning,” What beginning? The beginning of everything, when time itself was created. Yes, there was a time when time didn’t exist and there will be a time in the future where time will cease to exist, but that is for another discussion. “…God created…” God and God alone claims the right to all of creation. He owns it. He made it and it belongs to him. This is not a hard concept, especially in our day in age of copyright and intellectual property, it is easy to understand, if you make something, you own it, by right it is yours! “…the heavens and the earth…” Here you have the substance which was created the heavens and the earth, everything. That is not only the physical universe which we see and the spiritual universe which is invisible to us, but that includes every man, woman, boy, and girl on this planet who ever was and ever will be.
2) Who keeps the earth functioning?
When those who study astronomy, astrophysics, atomic and molecular structure get to the boundaries of technology and instrumentation, they find there is no reason the vastness of the universe or the irreducible complexity of atoms should stay together. In fact, mankind found out, – through atomic and nuclear weapons – the devastating energy that can be unleashed by taking this structure apart. When you come to the end of research trying to find a reason why things function when there is no natural reason they should, there is only one answer, revealed in the truth of scripture that says in Colossians 1:16-17 where, God, through the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote, “For by him [Jesus] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17 ESV) “…in him all things hold together…” All things, everything, from the largest galaxy to the tiniest electron, is kept stuck together by the will and grace of God.
3) How can you know this for sure?
God is the creator. The true, infallible, word of God says, “For what can be known about God is plain to them [all mankind], because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20 ESV) You can know this for sure because God has given you the world around you to show you the evidence of his eternal power and divine nature. If you need a witness, all you need to do is look around.
Today on Earth Day, as you consider the amazing variety of plants and animals that populate our planet, as you look into the eyes of every unique person you meet today, keep in mind that Psalms 24:1-2 says, “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” (ESV) So how does this relate to jewelry? Why is a jewelry store talking about this? Look and see that creativity is not man’s invention; It stems from our great Creator God. From largest of galaxies to the tiny characteristics in the hardest substance on earth, diamonds, his creativity is on display. Inside of every diamond there exists a small glimpse of the creative genius of the one who made diamonds in Genesis chapter one. Below is a stunning gallery of images compiled by the Gemological Institute of America showcasing that very creativity. Enjoy!
These same types of characteristics are what we utilize every time we check in a diamond engagement ring to help you positively, objectively, identify your diamond. So that you know, the diamond you leave in our care is the same one you pick up. Learn more about our check in procedures in our post Is your jewelry really yours?
Image and Descriptions are sourced from GIA