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Transformed!


The Dead Leaf butterfly with its colorful wing display that perfectly mimics a dead leaf when closed. Credit: Left image Public Domain/Right image quartl/Wikipedia/Creative Commons

The Dead Leaf butterfly with its colorful wing display and its underside that mimics a dead leaf when closed. Credit: Left image Public Domain/Right image quartl/Wikipedia/Creative Commons

I remember as a boy living in Shellbrook, a small Saskatchewan town, walking down the main street when a butterfly fluttered in front of me. Almost instantly it was set upon by a sparrow.

What followed was an aero-acrobatic display. Though the sparrow was clearly faster, the butterfly was incredibly elusive. It swooped up and down to avoid captures. Sharp turns left, then right. Darting in every direction as the bird repeatedly dove in to catch it.

And the sparrow was always a second too late, biting at air as the butterfly made another erratic move with a brain barely as large as a dot on an “i.”

Then just as suddenly as it started, it was over. The bird broke off its unsuccessful chase and landed at the top of the one-story building I was walking by. I could see its beak open, as it breathed heavily trying to catch its breath.

The butterfly continued its flight as if nothing had happened.

It is interesting display because the butterfly has two sets of wings. The larger ones on the front are the main wings used for flight. If those wings are removed the butterfly is unable to fly.

It also has two sets of back wings that are not necessary for flight, because the butterfly can still fly without them. However, researchers noticed that without the two back wings, the butterfly immediately loses its maneuverability and acceleration.

The back wings produce the quickness and the ability to do sudden turns that allowed the butterfly to escape the sparrow. The two sets of wings are necessary for a butterfly’s survival. It is a designer package.

But this is not the only way the butterflies survive. Some are poisonous and others look like their poisonous butterflies, but aren’t. Some butterflies have large luminous dark eyes painted on their wings that scare off predators.

However, the Dead Leaf or Indian Leaf butterfly found throughout Asia has one of the most unusual ways of survival. When the wings are open, it displays a broad range of colors, orange, blue and white. They are gorgeous and easily seen.

However, when the butterfly closes its wings, the outside mimics a dead leaf with irregular and inconsistent browns, tans, yellows and black. Not only are its wings shaped like a leaf, but the veins on the outside also mimic the pattern of a leaf.

When pursued by a predator, the butterfly heads for a bush, lands and closes its wings where it disappears among the foliage.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The Dead Leaf butterfly’s outside wing also adjusts its color depending on whether it is the dry or wet season. When it is the rainy season, the outside of the wings takes on a darker, more chocolate look, reflecting the increased moisture thus maintaining its disguise

Evolutionists want us to believe that this all happened by accident. Yet clearly the wings of the butterfly show evidence of design. This did not happen by accident and if there is a design, then there must also be a Creator.

Of course the biggest problem for evolutionist is the process of metamorphosis, when a caterpillar builds its cocoon, basically dissolves and reforms as a butterfly that is so different from its original form that it can no longer eat the same things to survive.

Think about it. Does this process show evolution or design and a Creator?

The Bible does not mention butterflies, but Paul does use the Greek word from which we get metamorphosis when he writes:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NASV)

The word “transformed” is the Greek word “metamorphoō.” It speaks of a complete transformation where we are not only changed in appearance, but in our basic nature as well. Like a butterfly’s digestive system that can no longer eat leaves, we are utterly and completely changed.

So how are Christians transformed?

This is the point that many of us miss. Many believe that we are transformed through salvation or being born again. However, this is not the case. Paul says that you are “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

We must change the way we think to complete the transformation. We need to grasp our identity in Christ to be transformed. The Bible says many things about us:

  • We are a child of God, co-heirs with Christ (John 1:12).
  • We are completely forgiven. We are righteous because of Christ’s work on the cross (Romans 3:22).  We are no longer condemned and there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1).
  • We are completely loved and accepted by God just the way we are. Do you accept yourself in the same way? (Romans 5:17)
  • We are a royal priesthood. This means we are people of authority with access to God. We can come boldly before the throne of God (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16)
  • We are Temples of God, where God lives inside us (1 Corinthians 3:16). We have a spirit of power inside us, not a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
  • You have been chosen. I remember growing up in school when they chose teams, I was usually one of the last ones selected. Well, no longer.  You and I are chosen first by God (Colossians 3:12).
  • God has a purpose and calling for your life and we have been chosen to prosper and succeed (Ephesians 2:10; John 15:16).

This is a brief list of who we are in God. It is all part of our identity in Christ. But often we find ourselves disbelieving what the Bible says about us.

Notice how Paul writes:

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (Galatians 3:26)

It is through faith we become sons of God. It is through faith we choose to believe what God says about us and as we do our minds are renewed and we are transformed. It is not easy. Sometimes it is battle as we struggle to change our old patterns and ugly ways of thinking.

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