The Mona Lisa Painting
During a 3 to 4 year earthquake in the 1500's a blank white canvas fell to the ground, followed by various paint buckets and brushes. The brushes got paint on them and due to vigorous shaking from the earth quake ‘painted’ a picture of a woman. This ‘painting’ was discovered by Leanardo in Vinci, Italy and named “Mona Lisa” nearly 30 years after his death.
Think that’s crazy? Here’s another one! On October 13th 1792 the first President of the United States of America, George Washington, wanted a new house. He wanted a house built for a President. He knew that the American people would not want to spend tax money on a mansion for just one family so he decided to pray for a house. He got down on his knees and prayed to God that He would make for him a presidential mansion. He politely asked God if the mansion could be located at what we now call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Although it took more than 8 years for the house to be created, God slowly granted Georges wish. It was reported that upon completion of the mansion there was a very loud ‘poof’ sound.
The above stories could be called many things; amazing, incredible, or my favorite: foolish! They are ridiculous; no sane person would believe them. We know that if there is a painting, especially one as ordered and artistic as the Mona Lisa, then there was a painter. We don’t need video proof, or scientific studies done – common sense tells us that painting = painter. All we need is eyes that see, and a brain that works.
The same is true with a building, such as the white house. There was no ‘poof!’ God didn’t speak the building into existence. The White house building was built by builders. If there is a building, we know there were builders. Building, builders; any fool can understand this. Speaking of fools…
Have you ever been fooled? Have you ever been a fool? The bible says that the fool says in their heart, "there is no God". But it's very simple to prove God's existence. What if I told you that man made Mount St. Helens? That’s foolish.
Creation - things like; Mountains, Oceans, Birds, Fish, Stars, Sunsets, Seasons, Trees, Clouds, Love – were made by a creator. Creation, Creator. You don’t need faith to know that if there is a painting, there was a painter – and the same is true with creation.
So now that we know there’s a Creator it bring up a few more questions. What does this Creator want from us? The Bible tells us that “God commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness.” It also says "it's appointed once for man to die, and then face judgment." Why would we need to repent (turn away), and what are we to repent from? He commands us to turn from sin (what is sin?) - sin is transgression of His Law, the 10 Commandments.
Have you broken God's Law? Let's find out by looking at a few of them; The 9th commandment is "You shall not lie." The 8th commandment is "You shall not steal." The 7th is "you shall not commit adultery". And Jesus said, if you even look with lust, you're committing adultery in your heart. The 5th commandment is to "honor your father and mother." If you've lied, stolen, or looked with lust, you've broken that one. The 3rd commandment is "you shall not use God's name in vein". (saying Oh my G*d!, or using Jesus Christ as an expletive)
How did you do? The bible says that when you die, you'll face judgment, remember. Will you be innocent or guilty before God? If you're guilty do you think God should send you to heaven or hell? If you're honest, the answer is Hell. The bible says all liars have their part in the lake of fire. It says in 1 Corinthians 6:10 "Do you know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, no slanderers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. I know I'm on that list,and chances are, you are too. We don't deserve to go to heaven - another less attractive realization is that we deserve to go to hell. But I don't want that! I'm pretty sure you don't want that. And I'm positive that God doesn't want that.
Do you have any idea what God did for you so that you don't have to go to Hell? The bible says in 2 Peter"...[God] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." Most of us know what John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” God sent Jesus, His one and only Son to die on the cross for your sins. Basically, we broke the Law, and Jesus paid our fine. The bible says Jesus was beaten and bruised for our sins.
God is rich in mercy. He will give grace to the humble; those who repent, and put faith in Jesus. God commanded His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
What are you going to do with this information? Don’t be fool – creation is proof that there is a creator. Repent today, turn from your sin, and put your faith in Jesus Christ. I’m telling you the biblical truth, this is no joke. What you have just read is called the Gospel, or the Good News. On judgment day, you will be without excuse – unable to plead ignorant. Repent and Trust in Jesus Christ.
Saved by Grace,
~ brandt dary
I, Brandt Dary, am a normal Bible believing Christian with a heart to share the Biblical Gospel and teach others to do the same. I'm married to my beautiful wife Haleh and have four amazing kids. I live in Queen Creek, AZ. I make a living from Software Development.
My Bible Reading Notes are not scripture. It's not the BDV (Brandt Dary's Version). These are just my notes as I'm going through the Professor Grant Horner Bible Reading System. These bible notes may not be complete, or accurate. If you see something I got wrong, or wish to comment on something I've said, feel free to do so.