Consider the ad that appeared in the June 1998 issue of Outside magazine. Under the picture of three fishermen is the following text: “The waters are their church. The rocks are their pulpit. And they worship a 20-pound steelhead that moves in mysterious ways.”
While that expression of pseudo-religion is no doubt exaggerated, it does voice the feeling and values of a sizable segment of our population. For these devotees of the great outdoors, nature takes the place of God. They don’t see the need for formal services in buildings dedicated to religious purposes. They claim that they don’t need bibles, hymns, and sermons because reverent thoughts occasionally fill their hearts as they respond to the world’s beauty and wonder.
It’s one thing to acknowledge God’s handiwork, as the writer did in Psalm 104, praising the Creator for His wisdom and power displayed around us. But it’s quite another to be so taken up with created things, such as fish, flowers, clouds, and animals, that we aren’t open to what God has said in His Word about Jesus, His Son. Nowhere in nature do we learn about the cross and the Savior. God’s inspired book, the Bible, is indispensable if we are to know and truly worship the Maker and Lord of nature. – Vernon C. Grounds
Majestic mountains, rolling seas –
God shows His power to everyone;
But it is only through God’s Word
That we can come to know His Son. – Sper
Nature points us to the Creator, but only the Bible points us to the Savior.
– June 3, Vol. 7, Our Daily Bread