MOTHER NATURE or
PROVIDENCE OF GOD
The powers that be have personified nature by what surrounds us as mother nature, and this does much to hide truth of God’s eternal providence. Nature is not a person so they are calling mother nature what in reality is God’s total control over all creation, for everything that exists depends on the Creator. Our Lord with His disciples during a sea storm told the wind and sea to be quiet and they obeyed becoming calm. What is wrong with personification? The main thing is that it denies God’s control over everything, and this will be of interest to those who accept the truth that God undeniably exists. God created everything heavenly and earthly.
Every material thing that God created, microscopic or gigantic. has a substance and nature which describes them, making it possible for us to understand and able to distinguish. All substances and natures are under the Lord’s control and are not from mindless mother nature. Only God the Creator controls everything that has existence being the Creator of all. The population of the present world is over 7 billion which exists due to the extremely wonderful and glorious providence of God. How is it possible for those who deny Him to walk on His ground, eat His food, drink His water and breathe His air. travel in His sky, sail on His water, cut down His trees, and so much more but in their denial they prove to be ingrates, for instead of marveling and glorifying Him, they deny His existence.
We use the term “God undeniably exists” because it is critical to proceed from one truth to another. The truth of God’s existence is undeniable except in the minds of fools, for “the fool says in his heart, there is no God.” Man, who is the image of God, testifies to the truth of the reality of God for the simple fact that man is a real creature which has existence but is not his own maker. To deny the Creator, one would need to deny creation and creatures.
If there were no creator, then everything that exists would be deemed to be accidental – which is an impossibility. Every creature that has a need of food, drink, air, water, fire, etc will find what is needed somewhere. Man who is the image of God, was gifted by God with intellect and understanding and thus he forms methods of travel building roads, transportation systems, ships on the seas and planes that fly.
God exists but He did not create this world and man and angels and then abandon it to function on its own, but rather, He remains in total control of every single thing that exists, for He has a purpose for what He made. Man exists and man does these things also. Man cuts down trees, to acquire the wood, builds a house, prepares it and moves in. He partially controls his environment, by the use of stoves for heating and cooking. He forms efficient systems to provide water, sewer systems, and other necessities. No one would apply personification and credit to the works and efforts of that man, for he does work similar to God.
God exists and the and the well organized world, heaven and earth were created by Him and there is no ignorance in God for He knows everything; God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Without God nothing would exist, but before creation God alone existed and he alone is uncreated and eternal. God made the sun for the day and the moon and stars for the night and sleep. He continually provides food, drink and air for billions of people, and for animals, birds, snakes, crocodiles, fish, cattle and beasts etc.
So it is good to rename mother nature as God’s providence to teach us to at least begin to show some gratitude to our Creator. As Christians we should avoid using the words mother nature, instead of God’s providence for this would be a denial of His existence.
Western Christianity has distorted the compassionate, gentle nature of God and His absolute love for mankind as well as His providence, by accusing him of being an angry God who inflicted death and suffering upon mankind, when it was man who inflicted himself with these ailments. Their detesting such a God, is the same as denying His existence. Orthodox Christian knowledge of God is that He is beautiful, majestic, filled with sweetness and glory. For our God is generous, kind, compassionate, all-wise, all-knowing, merciful and the source our intellect and understanding and infinite treasury containing all knowledge.
Without God’s gift of intellect we could not write these words nor could anyone read them, and without our God-given freedom, which no other creature on earth enjoys, we could not be free to assert ourselves, to inquire and we would totally lack the ability to love God, the world He made, nor could we love each other, and if the were no God, there would be no atheists who would be able to deny Him!