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Coco Calling: No. 55 - The Genius of Simplicity

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot

I’ve often been asked how a simple bird like me, can finish up having such a strong Christian faith. After all, I am only a parrot! What do we know? Humans are meant to be far more brainy than us! Just think of all of their wonderful scientists, and of all the things that humans have invented. All parrots do is talk, gnaw and crack open nuts…….. or so some humans think!

The problem with humans is that they like to believe they can explain everything through their scientific theories. Their science is based upon four basic concepts: matter, energy, space and time. And armed with this splendid scientific base, they believe they can explain the origins of the cosmos as well as everything we know. And I suppose this makes them feel rather important. Sort of “Top of the Tree” or “King of Creation.”

But can they really explain everything? Because they don’t actually know how their own brains really work. Neuroscientists believe that human brains excel because of the way their neurons send electrical signals to one another. But that’s just another theory. No one actually knows. So, here’s the big question. Have we all emerged as we are because of a bizarre series of random mutations, or is there a divine creative force at play?

And this is where parrots come into the discussion. Because we might not come up with our own scientific theories like humans. But we wouldn’t want to. Because the more someone tries to explain the inexplicable by falling back on a rigid set of theories, the narrower they become, and the further they will travel down a blind alley. We parrots accept that there are forces at work which are beyond our knowledge and understanding. And that’s probably how it will always be. Yes, humans will shed some light on the workings and evolutionary processes of the universe, but they will never be able to explain it all, or how it came about.

Albert Einstein once wrote:

“Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”

And he went on to say:

“Two things are infinite. The universe and human stupidity……..and I’m not sure about the universe.” Albert Einstein.

Pure theory can make us blind to the obvious. All we really need to do is simply marvel at the natural world around us; to understand and immerse ourselves in Christian love; and finally, learn to trust in Jesus. At which point, we won’t need any scientific theories. Because we will know that we’ve already discovered all that truly matters.……….

“At that time, Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said: “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” Luke 10:21.

As parrots are often described as being toddlers with wings, I guess that the “children” here applies to us!

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