I found the pictured relics on a forest hike in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. They are solid iron and entirely covered with a thick coat of rust. What are the relics?
I found them in a heavily wooded area that was once home to a mammoth logging operation over a century ago. Nearby were two ancient log cabins. A few miles away is an operating stone quarry. For what were the relics used?
It appears as if one or both pieces could have been broken off from larger instruments, but I have even less idea of what those larger implements could be. What are these iron relics?
I have no idea what the relics were used for, but I am absolutely certain that they had a purpose and use. I am sure they were designed by someone.
Is it reasonable to believe that these solid iron relics were formed through the action of natural forces? Could wind or rain or earthquakes or floods or sunlight or storms have formed these two relics and hooked them together as in the first picture which shows how I found them?
Obviously not. Nobody could truly believe that. Even though I have no idea of their purpose or from what they came, I know for certain that they were designed.
Now as can be seen from the pictures, these relics are fairly simple. They do not compare in complexity with a sextant, watch, or cellphone. And they are far simpler than any single organelle in a living cell or any organ of the human body.
Even though we have no idea who made these relics or for what they were used, it would be absurd to deny that a conscious, intelligent, intentional being designed them. If it is so obvious that these simple relics were designed, how can we deny that the much more complex structures of nature were designed?
Several years ago in a large country hardware store I saw a wall covered with old tools and implements of unknown purpose. A sign requested anyone knowing the purpose of any of the tools on the wall to please share that information. Dozens of tools hung on the wall, tools of completely unknown origin and use. Neither I nor any of the many men working in the store or passing through the store had any idea for what the implements were intended. Yet no one would deny that they were designed by someone for a specific purpose. (I wish now that I had taken a picture of the wall.)
Design is obvious; you don’t even need to know an object’s purpose to know that it was designed. And the existence of a design implies the existence of a designer.
The complexity of all of nature, including the amazing design of the human body, testifies to the Designer and Creator of the universe. He is Yahweh, the God of the Bible.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)
Questions to Ponder
- How do you think these iron relics were used?
- Were they part of a latching/locking mechanism for one of the log cabins, or were they artifacts from a logging or quarrying operation?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
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Wednesday July 15, 2015 A.D.
It is the Lord of hosts who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding He stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 51:15)