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Please Do Not Disgust Them – Knowing God’s Authority
By Xiaolu, Henan Province
Which creature in the pictures above do you particularly like when you see them? Actually, everyone’s preference for them is different, so are their comments on them. Some like ferocious lions and tigers because they possess imperious characters and agile postures. Some are fond of butterflies for their beautiful appearances and lissome figures. Others favor dogs due to their admirable fidelity to their owners. Still others prefer elephants, which are far more tenacious of life than all the other creatures in the tropical forests. There are also some who are partial to zebras’ tameness and their alternating black and white stripes….
There are also some creatures which we do not like. We feel intense disgust toward them and even wish creatures of this sort lost no time in disappearing. Just as the “dung beetle”, showed in the picture above. They roll around in the dung heap every day; and at the sight of them we will feel nauseated, keep our distance from them and even don’t want them to exist. Of course, the “dung beetle” is only one amongst many creatures which make people disgusted, and in billions of creatures there are still many more that we do not like. Since everyone’s preference and esthetic sense are not the same, their attitudes toward creatures are naturally different, and what kind of creature they disliked are also different.
Photo by KENPEI – CC BY-SA 2.1 JP
Some time ago, it was high summer and privets were in full bloom. When I walked in the tree shade, I breathed deeply, and felt a faint scent of flowers sept into my heart. When I opened the window at home, a delicate fragrance of privets was wafted along by the gentle breeze into the room through the gauze, and I soon felt as if in a world of flowers … Beautiful as the privets were, I couldn’t escape suffering from an allergy to them. I wanted to get away from privets’ provocation on me, but they were appearing everywhere around my house. Every time I went under the privet trees, I felt an itch on my body, and soon a rash would appear on my neck, arms and back. As time passed, I grow tired of the privet and couldn’t help but complain, “Gosh, you are a menace! If only you didn’t exist.”
After that, I read a passage under the subtitle “Under the Authority of the Creator, All Things Are Perfect” in a book: “All things created by God, including those which could move and those which could not, such as birds and fish, such as trees and flowers, and including the livestock, insects, and wild animals made on the sixth day—they were all good with God, and, furthermore, in the eyes of God, these things, in accordance with His plan, had all attained the acme of perfection, and had reached the standards that God wished to achieve. … One after the other, the things He intended to create appeared, and the appearance of each was a reflection of the Creator’s authority, and a crystallization of His authority, and because of these crystallizations, all creatures could not help but be thankful for the grace of the Creator, and the provision of the Creator. … Sometimes people will see an insect, one which is very ugly, and they will say, ‘That insect is so horrible, there’s no way such an ugly thing could have been made by God—there’s no way He would create something so ugly.’ What a foolish view! What they should say is, ‘Though this insect is so ugly, it was made by God, and so it must have its own unique purpose.’ In the thoughts of God, He intended to give each and every appearance, and all sorts of functions and uses, to the various living things He created, and so none of the things God made were cut from the same mold. From their exterior to their internal composition, from their living habits to the location that they occupy—each is different. Cows have the appearance of cows, donkeys have the appearance of donkeys, deer have the appearance of deer, and elephants have the appearance of elephants. Can you say which is the best looking, and which is the ugliest? Can you say which is the most useful, and the existence of which is the least necessary? Some people like the way elephants look, but no one uses elephants to plant fields; some people like the way lions and tigers look, for their appearance is the most impressive amongst all things, but can you keep them as pets? In short, when it comes to all things, man should defer to the authority of the Creator, which is to say, defer to the order appointed by the Creator to all things; this is the wisest attitude. Only an attitude of searching for, and obedience to, the original intentions of the Creator is the true acceptance and certainty of the authority of the Creator. It is good with God, so what reason does man have to find fault?” (“God Himself, the Unique I”).
These words are well said indeed: God is supreme, almighty and replete with wisdom; every living thing was created by Him. Each is different from its exterior and composition to its living habits, but their existence shows forth the authority of the Creator and represents the power of Him. Under His authority, every creature lives in the environment and the laws predestinated by the Him. They offer thanks and praise to Him in different ways. In thinking of this, I suddenly understood that in the myriad things of creation there is God’s wisdom and there also must be significance which we can’t know and comprehend behind them. If they are perfect in the eyes of God, what reason do we have to find fault? We should treat all things made by God correctly and defer to His authority and sovereignty.
I also once heard a preacher say, “God said He saw that all things He created was good. How should we explain this? God saw that it was good, this contains Gods’ wisdom, and represents God’s authority and almightiness. Then can we still treat all things created by God according to our thoughts or our own conceptions and imaginations? (No.) Yes, to resolve the conflict between all things and humans, and to deal with the relationship between all things and humans, we have to both know God’s authority and obey His authority. Only in this way, can we be in harmony with all things.”
It crossed my mind that although I dislike privets most and suffered from them, they bloom to show their gratitude and praise to the Creator for the life bestowed upon them. Moreover, they have their own particular value—their fruits could be used as crude medicine to cure the sickness and save the patient—they are devoting themselves to mankind. So the significance of their creation by the Creator could never be weighed by me. Then why do I want the privet trees not to exist? Isn’t it because they bring harm to me and affect my interests that I deny the value and significance of their existence given by God?
Similarly, when we see the disgusting “dung beetle” squirming in the dung heap, waves of nausea sweep over us. But without them, how could the household waste, refuse, and animal dung be digested, disposed of, and mingled with the soil, and then degraded? Such a tiny insect, though ugly in appearance and does menial jobs, yet under the sovereignty of the Creator, they are fulfilling their functions to clear the rubbish for mankind’s living environment.
Only at that point did I realize: We use our own perceptions to measure all the living creatures made by God, so much so that we regard those of good appearance and of benefit in our eyes as good and indispensable, and at the same time we think those we don’t think good and those troubling us and harming us should disappear from the earth. How narrow and ignorant our thoughts are! God is almighty and filled with wisdom. All things created by Him are perfect. Just as God’s word says: “It is good with God, so what reason does man have to find fault?” (“God Himself, the Unique I”).
Everything God created has its own form and laws. No matter how we mankind treat and estimate them, if it is good with God, then they must have their value and significance in their existence. The living things we have seen, contacted, or never seen before all abide by the life track predestined by the Creator. They rely on one another, restrain one another, and depend on one another according to laws predestined by Him, and obey His sovereignty and arrangement, never stepping outside their own instincts. Therefore, as a created man, we should obey and accept all things made by the Creator, appreciate His authority, wisdom, and wondrousness within them, and also utter thanks and praise to Him for the wonders of His creation.
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