Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:5
I’ve been taking some herbals for my own health this week and it got me to thinking about how the world is filled with plants and other helpful things to preserve and care for our bodies.
In an Evolutionary, random universe, there is no reason why a grape should care about my stomach. There is no reason why blueberries, pomegranates and and other dark colored fruits and vegetables should be so useful to protect my body from the harmful rays of the sun. If everything is a vast accident, something like this happening once is incredible. To search for more would be absurd.
But is that what we see in the real world? Turns out, helpful plants are so common that we want to protect the rainforests because it holds so many remedies (Note how the plants have been “experimenting.” According to the writer they are scientists, too!). As it turns out, 70% of the drugs we’ve developed in the last 30 years have come from copying creation.
There are two ways to get around the mindlessness of Evolution: you can believe in a sort of Mother Earth (like in the movie Avatar and a number of ancient creation myths), or you can believe in a Creator God.
Have a look at these verses:
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. 1Timothy 5:23
[Jesus said,] And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. Luke 10:34
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart. Psalm 104:15
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7
There are many dangerous, painful and even poisonous plants in the world, just as God told Adam would happen. At the same time there are quite a number of things that we use for medicine and to ease the misery of our mortal [killable] life.
Here are a few of the best known examples:
Aspirin (I should do a post on the ancients’ knowledge of medicinal plants!)
For more, check out the National Institute of Health’s: Drugs From Nature, Then and Now and bring your parents along to see how the Amazon people have been using the Medicines of the Rainforest (they are Evolutionary and mention the importance of the Shaman’s knowledge- if the people just found Jesus, they could keep their medicine and not have to fear the spirits!).
Praise be to the great Creator God who has given us so many wonderful things to help and heal us!!!
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. Ezekiel 47:12
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2