Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

        Today, I want to change things up a bit. I will give you some quotes from a book you might of heard of, but I have not given it the credit it deserves on this blog, or really at all. First, I would like to start off by saying, no one can evolve into goodness from something that has a "do what you have to do to live" instinct. It logically cannot happen. An ape, for example, cannot evolve into a human physically, but, even if it could, it would not have the basis for right or for wrong without a greater good, or something that taught it that some things were right, and some things were wrong. If we evolved, we could look the same way, think the same in some ways, but really, nothing would be right or wrong. If you did what you had to do to survive, no guilt, you would be an animal. But you are not. Here is where the quotes come in.
     "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse[a] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made[b] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven.[c] And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth,[d] and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and forseasons,[f] and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds[g] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man[h] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."
-Genesis 1, ESV Bible

     God is not evolved. He has always and will always be. He is perfect, has never sinned, and has the knowledge of good and evil. When the fall happened, Eve was told by the serpent she would be like God. She, if she ate the forbidden fruit, would know good and evil. What she did not know was that she would know what evil was because she would have let sin into their perfect world.  We have always had a basis for knowing what good is, and since we have not always known what evil is, I believe it disgusts us so much more than it would to any animal. We cannot earn eternity. It is not possible. Even if we tried as hard as we could to never sin, our predecessors have, so we have a sin nature which makes us sin. That does not mean we can't go against temptation, though.  But trying to be good is not what saves us; Jesus is. This is the gospel, the good news, in one short verse:
 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
-John 3:16, ESV Bible
Thank you for reading this to the end. I hope it has changed your perspective for the better. I hope you know that Jesus loves you, so much so that he would give up perfection for you. 
God Bless, 
Amelia



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Updates.... On a LOT!

    Sorry I haven't written in over a week, guys. Things have been pretty REALLY busy around here. First of all, I acquired that etsy store I have been wanting to set up for a while, on which I have already made one sale. It has been mostly for rat hammocks so far and has been really fun to run. I will be making lotion bars and other homemade cosmetic things soon, so people who don't have small animals can purchase things. Okay, second of all, I have gone skiing successfully without falling down, although I came very close last time. Third of all, I got my science fair project approved. Nobody knows about this unless they know me personally, but I am entering our local science fair. My experiment is called Evidence of Voice Recognition in Chicks. I am testing to see whether chicks can hear before they come out of the egg. I will be hatching chicks in an incubator and splitting them into two groups, group A and group B. I will take them out to cool for a few minutes twice a day and, in a separate space, talk to group A and not let group B "hear" anything. Once they have hatched, I will have the two groups of chicks in the same brooder with identification to tell the two groups apart, and talk to them. My hypothesis is that the chicks from group A will respond with cheeps as they would to their mother hen, and that the chicks from group B will not do that. Fourthly, I have started making fodder for the ducks and chickens' food. Fodder is sprouted grain grown for several days into grass. Here are some pictures:
Day 1


Day 2

And eventually, it turns into this:

Full grown fodder!


Also, Emil is apparently making a great rooster at our friends'  house. Here are some pictures:


Emil free ranging with his new hens.



     Also, I am doing a collaboration with Sara from A Beautiful Sound, and you should go look at our blog post. We are just having a sleepover, and we decided to write on each other's blogs. So here she is! 


Hi guys!!!
I'm Sara! I guess you already knew that though 'cause Amelia told you..... Anyway I have some embarrassing  pictures of Amelia from when she was writing the post on my blog!
This is what she did when I asked for the silly picture!
I finally got one out of her though! Glad I could embarrass Amelia, or as my little sister calls her Meh!


    So, that's pretty much it! Thanks for stopping by!
-Amelia and Sara