September 8th, 2011
How Do We Know?
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and God-head; so that they are without excuse: Romans1:20 (KJV)
Ron hurried down the alley. He had told Alan to meet him by the gas station at eight o’clock to go fishing and he did not want to be late. Ron had only met Alan a few months ago. Both went to Sunday School at the same church, and were in the same class in public school. As Ron trotted along, he realized what a good friend Alan had become and hoped that Alan would come to know Jesus soon.
“Hey, Ron,” Alan shouted as Ron rounded the corner, “you got the worms?”
“You bet! I have them right here,” said Ron.
As the boys walked towards the lake, Alan asked, “Boy, wasn’t that field trip to the museum at school yesterday awesome? It was sure neat to see what a bunch of those animals looked like before they changed. Some of those cavemen were really ugly!”
“I don’t believe in evolution, Alan. I believe God made all those animals just as they were. And I sure don’t believe that we came from monkeys! God made us, just like it says in the Bible,” answered Ron.
“I don’t know,” said Alan. “How can we ever know for sure whether or not God made the world? And if God didn’t make the world, then maybe the Bible is wrong too. At school, George said that Jesus wasn’t anybody special, and the Bible was just a bunch of stories. How do we know, Ron?”
Ron quietly prayed to God to give him an answer to Alan’s question. As they came to the wet, sandy beach of the lake, Alan exclaimed, “Look, somebody got to the lake before us!”
“How do you know that, Alan?”
"Don’t be dumb, Ron. Look, here are somebody’s footprints,” Alan pointed, “so somebody must have been here to make the footprints!”
“You don’t think they just happened by chance then,” asked Ron?
“No way! Somebody made them!”
“Look around us, Alan. The sunshine, the trees, the flowers, the water, and all those fish we hope to catch; there’s no way any of that could have happened just by chance. It had to have been made by someone! All this stuff around us, including you and me are ‘God’s footprints,’ telling us He has been here,” Ron replied.
“I never thought of it that way,” Alan said as the boys sat down to fish, “Say, could you tell me a little more about Jesus?”
By Lanny and Marilyn Johnson
Originally Published in the May/June 1996 Kids Think and Believe Too.
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