Friday, May 1, 2020

Convicting Evidence

By David Bragg

    Fingerprints. We leave them everywhere. They are evidence of where we have been and what we have been doing. The first person convicted on fingerprint evidence in the United States was Thomas Jennings in 1911. In 1902 fingerprints were used to convict a British man of stealing billiard balls (Health and Science Research Blog). But the earliest case using fingerprint evidence was in 1892. Two children were murdered in Argentina. Their mother, Francesca Rojas, reported seeing a neighbor running from her house just before she discovered their bodies. While conducting his investigation an alert detective found a bloody thumbprint on the house's door. The print proved to be a match, not of the neighbor but of the children's mother! She confessed and was sentenced to life in prison.
    The very first chapter in the Bible relates the account of God creating the world. But many in the scientific world counter that life started with a bang and evolved over millions of years from a primeval splat to, well, us! Which is true? Look at the evidence. Our complex world could never in billions of years be the result of a cosmic accident. Every design required a designer.
    While it is true that God cannot be subjected to scientific evaluation, we do have a dependable record as evidence. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made” (Romans 1:20). God, the builder and architect of the world, has His “fingerprints” all over creation, if only we have the faith to open our eyes and see it.
    Is it so surprising that much of the scientific world is at odds with God over the origin of the heavens and the earth? Only one of them was there!

- David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: or his blog:

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