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The Emotional Contagion of Joy

Mark CadwalladerDear Friend of Creation,

The young lady was confused and overwhelmed. How could she be pregnant when she had never had sexual relations? But she was reassured that this was God at work and that her baby would be very special!

Mary went to see her older cousin who was six-months pregnant. When she arrived at the house of Elizabeth and called out a greeting to let her know she was there, her cousin reacted with intense surprise and emotion. Elizabeth was literally hit by a revelation that Mary was pregnant with the Lord! She exclaimed this in prophecy over Mary. And she went on to say how the baby within her had “leaped in my womb for joy” at the sound of Mary’s greeting! (Luke 1:39-45)

At Christmas we sing:  “Joy to the world the Lord is come…” 

Interesting isn’t it, that the baby John the Baptist, while still in his mother’s womb, was the first to react with an outburst of joy at the incarnation of the Lord of all Creation?! And interesting, too, how Elizabeth felt the joy of the baby within her. Elizabeth reacted with great joy herself, prophesying over Mary. Then Mary responded likewise in great joy and inspiration with what has become known as “The Magnificat” – one of the Bible’s great songs of praise and worship: “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior…” (Luke 1:46-55) Joy is contagious, and the joy of the Lord is an especially good contagion!

God gave us emotions. And there are emotional connections to physical reality. Our Creator God “is a Spirit” (John 4:24), and that Spirit gave birth to and breathes life into the physical reality of His creation – immaterial things are connected with material things. Science is bearing that out more and more.

We know, for example, that the heart emits an electromagnetic field that can be measured by electrocardiogram. Brainwaves can also be measured by electroencephalograms. We recently discussed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – used not only to differentiate disease from healthy organs and muscle tissue, but also now to map the human brain. People’s brains are activated in different regions depending on their emotional responses as they view and experience different things. And functional MRIs can “see” the different regional activity.

Different emotional states also cause the body to produce different chemical hormones – in our hearts, our bellies and our brains. There are hormones which associate with fear and anger, for example, and there are others that are “feel good” hormones. They react in the body electro-chemically and promote physical reactions in the various muscles and other organs of our bodies.

Babies which do not get held and touched in love, for example, often have “failure-to-thrive” syndrome – their bodies simply don’t grow and develop at the right pace because they do not get the proper love and emotional security. The truth is that we have invisible phenomena leading to tangible, tactile, material results. Thus, we read about little baby John the Baptist jumping and kicking his mother in the womb in response to the joy of the Lord at the sound of Mary’s voice! – with Elizabeth reacting, and Mary reacting in sequence. People can feel the joy of others!

The evidence tells us that to get to the underlying truth of things we have to back up from the material to the spiritual, from the natural to the supernatural! This is the reality we face in Creation, and in the Christ child – “…the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, … full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Grace and truth. What a magnificent combination! That’s what makes the Christmas season such a wonderful time as we celebrate in a special way the greatest gift of all – of God becoming one of us, to reconcile us to our most awesome and holy Maker. The most splendid and powerful Personality in all existence has demonstrated His great love toward us – meeting us on our level to redeem our broken situation.

Notice, it’s not only grace – it’s grace and truth. Truth is vital. Without truth we are left in the end with meaninglessness. We are left unable to distinguish falsehoods; therefore, we are left at the mercy of evil and despair. But the absolute truth of God – His righteousness and complete integrity, His omniscience and holiness, His wisdom and word to us – grounds us with meaning and purpose and standards of goodness so that we are able to trust Him and to trust His love toward us.

God gives us the “general” revelation of His creation. And He gives us the “special” revelation of His Word. Christ did not come to reinforce the humanistic pride of mankind. The awesome Creator came as one of the most humble and helpless among us, a miracle of the very creation He established. As Mary declared in her declaration of the Magnificat, “…He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.” (Luke 1:51)

Since 1963, when Rev. Walter Lang founded this ministry as the Bible Science Association, Creation Moments has been a voice for truth in the midst of lies and subversive decay. The interesting thing is that although the “elites” in the media, academia and government may be as pro-evolution and puffed up in worldly pride as they ever were, much of the average population has remained skeptical of evolution – thanks, in part, to the work of Creation Moments! Our strong Internet presence and continuing broadcasts and outreach worldwide are appreciated for the truth they provide in the midst of the enormously well-funded lies of the world around us!

We thank you and praise God for your participation in this wonderful ministry of grace and truth – bringing God’s life-giving message of joy, love and peace to all mankind – especially at this wonderful time of year!

Yours in Christ,

Mark Cadwallader, Board Chairman   

A Matter of FaithP.S. It’s not often that a film gets the facts straight about creation and evolution while putting it into a story that will engage you from the first scene to the last! A Matter of Faith does just that. It delivers a powerful message while being fresh and entertaining. This is the brand new film produced by the same people who are responsible for such highly acclaimed Christian films as Time Changer and The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry.

High praise from biblical creation ministries! Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis says the film “has a message that is highly relevant and desperately needed for America today.” Gary Bates of Creation Ministries International says the film is “essential viewing for any parent intending to send a child to college.” And Ray Comfort from Living Waters calls it “a great movie, heart-warming, educational, God-honoring, and timely.”

I know that you and your family will love every minute of A Matter of Faith. That’s why I’m excited to send you this just-released DVD for your donation of $40 or more. And for a donation of any amount, I will send you a copy our latest CD featuring 30 recent Creation Moments broadcasts.

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