Tag: Science and God

IS FAITH THE ENEMY OF SCIENCE?

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In case you didn’t notice, there’s a crusade in full swing, an anti-faith assault being led by the ranks of rabid evolutionists who are determined to destroy even the merest hint of faith in God.

Spokesmen for the new tyranny in education and the media, men like Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye, are devoting their lives to convincing us all that faith and science are totally incompatible.

Dawkins argues that there is no more evidence for belief in God than for Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy.  He says that “faith-heads” who believe in God are “ignorant, stupid, or insane.”  In his book, The God Delusion (Mariner ed., 2008), he claims to prove that religion is a “vice” based upon “indoctrination.”  Belief in God, according to Dawkins, is a “delusion”: “a persistent false belief held in the face of strong, contradictory evidence” (Preface, p. 28). See NOTE 1.

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In our day, scientists are either indoctrinated into the ways of evolution at an early age, or intimidated into silence, or coerced into conversion, with the threat of the loss or denial of a job or a career if they dare to question Darwinism. For documented examples, see the witty and revealing movie, “Expelled” (2).

ARE THEY RIGHT?

As the Institute for Creation Research has stated, “The greatest scientists—the ones most responsible for great discoveries—were creationists.”

“These include Kepler, Newton, Boyle, Bell, Kirby, Maxwell, Pasteur and Carver, among many others. Their numerous discoveries include physical astronomy, calculus, chemistry, electrodynamics, vaccination, and immunization” (3).

ICR has produced a Table of Disciplines Established by Creationist Scientists, and a Table of Notable Inventions, Discoveries or Developments Established by Creationist Scientists. You can view the tables-  see note 4.

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EXAMPLES OF SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES ESTABLISHED BY FAMOUS CREATIONIST SCIENTISTS:

ANTISEPTIC SURGERY- JOSEPH LISTER (1827-1912)

BACTERIOLOGY-LOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)

CALCULUS-ISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727)

CELESTIAL MECHANICS-JOHANN KEPLER (1571-1630).

EXAMPLES OF NOTABLE INVENTIONS, DISCOVERIES OR DEVELOPMENTS BY CREATIONIST SCIENTISTS:

ABSOLUTE TEMPERATURE SCALE-LORD KELVIN (1824-1907)

BAROMETER- BLAISE PASCAL (1623-1662)

BIOGENESIS LAW-LOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)

CALCULATING MACHINE-CHARLES BABBAGE (1792-1871)

PASTEURIZATION-LOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)

REFLECTING TELESCOPE-ISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727).

Sir Isaac Newton’s 1687 work, The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, is considered today to be the single greatest work in the history of science. In it he described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, derived from Kepler’s Laws (Kepler was also a believer). He said:

“Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.”—I. Newton

Louis Pasteur said:

“I see everywhere the inevitable expression of the Infinite in the world; through it the supernatural is at the bottom of every heart.”

James Clerk Maxwell worked extensively with translating electromagnetic equations and the principles of color combinations. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1861 and published multiple papers on electromagnetism, heat, and physics. Maxwell wrote:

“The consciousness of the presence of God is the only guarantee of true self-knowledge. Everything else is mere fiction, fancy portraiture—done to please one’s friends or self, or to exhibit one’s moral discrimination at the expense of character.” (J. C. Maxwell, 1858, in a letter to the Rev. L. Campbell).

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MORE RECENTLY

Wernher von Braun (above center)—more than any other scientist—brought us into the space age. Von Braun laid the foundation for cell phones, satellite radio, the Internet, GPS, and Doppler radar. His later career reads like a history of the American space program.

Von Braun became the leader of scientists who placed America’s first satellite—Explorer 1—into orbit on January 31, 1958. In 1960, he supervised the development of the Saturn liquid-fuel rocket which provided the basis for transporting Neil Armstrong and his crew to the moon. Project Apollo was the peak of the American space program—and von Braun was at the center of the entire enterprise. What was Von Braun’s view of science and faith? He said that

“The scientific method does not allow us to exclude data which lead to the conclusion that the universe, life and man are based on design. To be forced to believe…that everything in the universe happened by chance—would violate the very objectivity of science itself. Certainly there are those who argue that the universe evolved out of a random process, but what random process could produce the brain of a man or the system of the human eye?” (Seagraves, K. 1973. Jesus Christ Creator. San Diego, CA: Creation-Science Research Center, 7-8). See note 5.

BELIEVING SCIENTISTS TODAY

Don’t be fooled into thinking that “all scientists” of the 21st century reject faith as being in opposition to science. I’ve mentioned some believing scientists in previous posts, such as the Institute for Creation Research’s Nathaniel T. Jeanson, and Dr. Vernon R Cupps. Jeanson has a PH.D in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University, and Dr. Vernon R Cupps received a PH.D in nuclear physics from Indiana University  (see icr.org).

“Answers in Genesis” lists some living scientists who accept the Genesis account of Creation. To view the list see note 6. You can also find (elsewhere) a list of notable “Intelligent design” scientists.

“Answers” ministry states this:

“Today as well, there are many Ph.D. scientists who reject evolution and instead believe that God created in six days as recorded in Scripture. Consider Dr. Russ Humphreys, a Ph.D. nuclear physicist who has developed (among many other things) a model to compute the present strength of planetary magnetic fields which was able to predict the field strengths of the outer planets. Did a belief in the Bible hinder his research? Not at all.”

“Additionally, think of all the people who have benefited from a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. The MRI scanner was developed by the creationist Dr. Raymond Damadian who has been featured twice in our Creation magazine”  (note 6).

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CONCLUSION

No, true science and faith are certainly not incompatible: it’s the fanatical evolutionists and atheists, the God-haters, and those who are as yet unenlightened, who wish to convince you that they are.

Think outside of their little box.

NOTES

1: http://www.oxfordtutorials.com/Dawkins%20Debunked%20Summary.htm

2: http://www.expelledthemovie.com/

3: http://www.icr.org/fb/Great-Scientists/

4: http://www.icr.org/article/bible-believing-scientists-past/

5: http://www.icr.org/article/8510

6: https://answersingenesis.org/creation-scientists/can-creationists-be-scientists/

MIND BURP 8: MONSTERS, COUSINS AND BICYCLES

 

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FAMILY DINER!

Here’s a thought: if you believe in evolution and you’re a carnivore, you’re eating your cousins. Come to think about it, even if you’re vegan you’re eating your cousins, and so is everything else. We could call Earth one big “family diner”.

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THE FACES

There are now over seven billion people on the face of the earth. Although there are face “types”, and some people seem to have doubles, every face is unique!

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WHO PUSHES THE PEDALS ON THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE?

“You belong to your father, the devil…He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him” (John 8:44).

WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST?

It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist-he denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22).

MY FAVORITE MOVIE

Well, not really my very favorite, but one of my favorites is “Dr. Strangelove”, which I gave myself the pleasure of watching again a couple of days ago. I think it may be Peter Seller’s best movie. My favorite line is when Sellers, as President Merkin Muffley, upbraids US General Turgidson and Soviet ambassador Alexei de Sadeski, saying,:

You can’t fight here-this is the war room!”

DEAD FAITH HEALERS

When a faith-healer gets sick why doesn’t he heal himself? Why do faith healers die? (That’s a rhetorical question).

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SILENCE OF THE

It’s amazing to me that although I express strong opinions on some things, nobody challenges me. This is worrying, because we should all have strong opinions and not be afraid to politely but firmly defend them. This phenomenon has to be somehow related to the fact that the government, politicians and judges get away with so much while “we the people” sit in front of our TVs and push more food into our faces.

HOPEFUL MONSTERS OF OUR DAY

In the 20th century Otto Schindewolf, Richard Goldschmidt and others proposed the “Hopeful Monster” mechanism of evolution. This theory, not widely accepted, resulted in the suggestion that the first bird hatched from a reptilian egg. In other words, evolution can happen in sudden leaps, not gradual change as we were all taught at school. The idea received renewed support in the 1970s from Stephen J. Gould, one of the main spokesmen for evolutionists in the U.S. at the time. In his 1977 article, “The Return of Hopeful Monsters, ” Gould not only admitted that the fossil record with its abrupt transitions offers no support for gradual change, but he also asked the question (asked by creationists ever since Darwin), of what possible use are the imperfect incipient stages of useful structures?

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Even more contemptable, in my book, are the hopeful monsters of today’s prophecy “experts”. I heard one recently tell us:

“We know that the first trumpet (of Revelation) sounded at the time of World War I”.

How he “knew” this I can’t figure out, and it can’t be any more than guesswork, unless “the Lord told him”.

Another very prominent expert said recently:

“We know that God never brings judgment without removing his people first”.

This is of course a reference to the Rapture, which most evangelical ministers believe will facilitate our trip to heaven before anything bad happens to us.

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You only have to look at the references in Revelation to those who are beheaded for their testimony for Jesus to realize that at least they won’t get raptured before facing the trials of the Tribulation (Revelation 20:4).

You can read my posts on the Rapture in which I discuss my view of the claim that we will escape all the troubles of the Tribulation. But it annoys me that such ministers are living the high life by speculating and guessing, and by failing to prepare the Church for what is already happening in some parts of the world. The most common word used by these people is “if”.

I’ve outlined previously the fact that the Wrath of God, according to Scripture, is not prophesied to fall until some point in the last three and a half years of that seven year period, so the idea that God will not pour out wrath on his people does not mean that we will all be gone before the seven year period of prophesied events begins. What we see now happening in many parts of the world, where many thousands of Christians are being persecuted and martyred in horrible ways while these prophecy experts make their money, is the wrath of man-the wrath of Satan.

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FULFILLING BIBLE PROPHECY

The above discussion, particularly bearing the word “monsters” in mind, leads me on naturally to the fact that there are people in the world at this time who are, without meaning to, fulfilling Bible prophecy. From the extremist Muslims beheading and crucifying Christians and promising to wipe the Jews off the earth, to the world leaders who are anxious to divide Jerusalem, to those saying “where is the promise of his coming?”, to the multitudes around the world who are believing the media hype that the nation of Israel is committing senseless atrocities and has no right to defend itself, the Word of God appears set to be fulfilled in our time. See my posts on Jerusalem and Israel.

THE GOSPEL TRUTH

I should-since it’s a while since I did-let the reader who is not aware, know that Jesus Christ died for our sins. That is, if we accept his sacrifice on the cross and apply it to ourselves, and if we believe (accept) that God has raised him from the dead, and if we associate with him and change our ways, we are forgiven by God the Father, and we are promised eternal life, and given salvation from the consequences of everything we have done, said, and thought which offended the holy Creator of the universe. You don’t need a priest, you don’t need to give some minister all your money, you don’t need a religion, and you don’t need to “feel” anything: you are just one prayer away from God.

THE REAL REASON DINOSAURS BECAME EXTINCT

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The excellent cartoonist Gary Larson pictured several dinosaurs standing around smoking, with the caption, “The real reason dinosaurs became extinct”. Not wishing to upstage Gary the Great, I have another explanation to offer for the demise of the dinosaurs…

Whatever the reason given by evolutionists for their ultimate extinction, it’s fascinating to note that before becoming extinct the dinosaurs were in the habit of “falling into” swamps, bogs, lakes or tar pits…sometimes entire herds of them.

Well alright, I’m not the first to notice this, and evolutionists have been hard at work trying to explain away the problem.

What were dinosaurs thinking, having lived long enough to get perhaps twenty or sixty feet tall, and therefore probably having enough sense to look where they were going: “Hey guys, let’s all go this way and get stuck in a deep, miry bog! Look, Harry’s already fallen in-come on!”

Maybe they were all depressed and committed suicide:

“Oh no! Now grandma’s fallen into a pit where half of my family and friends fell in-maybe I should just join them…”

WHERE THEY LIVED…AND DIED

Dinosaurs are often described as having “wandered around in swampy land”. In other words we “know” they lived in such places, because not only are many tracks found in ancient sediment (as are the tracks of many other animals), but dinosaur remains and their fossils are also found in ancient sediment. Think about tracks-if you make tracks in mud they will soon disappear: for tracks to be preserved they would have to be buried in more sediment. An animal has to be buried quickly to fossilize and not to rot on the surface or be eaten before it disappears.  So for the evolutionist, it’s vital to conclude that they at least lived in the vicinity of a swamp or near a river, lake or sea where they might get buried quickly. Just imagine how deeply some of them had to be buried, considering how big they were, and sometimes there were several of them.

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I casually searched “dinosaurs wandered into a swamp”, and found 26,334 relevant results. Here’s an example:

“Fossils of palms and conifers are found in the Aguja Formation, and these plants tell us that the dinosaurs were wandering around in a humid swampy environment. The overall global climate at this time was warm and the tropical swamp was most likely very close to the coast”… “The Javelina Formation was deposited as the sea retreated further, and this area started to dry out, 70-66 million years ago”…” The area was a floodplain inhabited by many different types of conifers, and some flowering trees (angiosperms). But not only plants lived there. There are 11 species of dinosaurs that have been found in the Javelina Formation too”

http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/mesozoic_bibe.cfm

Here’s another example:

“Fossils of dinosaurs are not common in Pennsylvania and are found only in Mesozoic-age rocks in the southeastern part of the state. Here, dinosaurs wandered near lakes and swamps, leaving tracks in the mud that later hardened to rock”.

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_014599.pdf

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Again:

“In 1994, cement workers at the factory that bankrolls much of Sucre dynamited a hillside and revealed what is the world’s biggest collection of dinosaur tracks, bearing 5,000 prints of more than 250 individuals”…” Cal Orck’o is an awesome sight: a criss-crossing testimony to extinct herbivores and carnivores on their way to somewhere long disappeared; a flat, even newer America, from before the Andes formed. The Bolivia of the Cretaceous was a swampy landmass, home apparently to several species of dinosaur and a few primitive mammals. At least 8 different species of dinosaur have left their footprints in the clay bed of what was a dried out lake, including T-rex, Triceratops and Brontosaurus”.

http://wanderinggaia.com/2010/07/09/walking-with-dinosaurs/

In the case of a baby, we may expect the odd one here and there to “wander into a swamp”, as in the case of a baby woolly mammoth:

“Scientists think she got stuck in a swamp and died over 39,000 years ago”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2358695/Woolly-mammoth-frozen-Siberia-39-000-YEARS-goes-display-Tokyo-woolly.html#ixzz39rBktUlY

(It’s okay-I know mammoths are not dinosaurs, and I know this isn’t a woolly mammoth…)

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DINOSAURS-TRAPPED-IN-MUD STORIES

However, adult dinosaurs also “fell into” lakes, pits and swamps along with the babies, and you just can’t get away from those dinosaurs-trapped-in-the-mud stories:

“These traps or bonebeds are unusual in that they consist of vertically stacked skeletons of numerous non-avian theropods in 1–2 m deep pits. The pits are filled with a mix of alluvial and volcanic mudstone and sandstone and appear to have been created by the trampling and wallowing of large dinosaurs. Small theropods and vertebrates then became mired in these pits, dying and being forced deeper by the activities of the large dinosaurs and the struggles of later victims. The high quality of preservation suggests a rapid burying of the carcasses”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shishugou_Formation_dinosaur_traps

You can research the evolutionist’s view of the habitats dinosaurs lived in: almost all involved water in the form of swamps, marshes, lakes and so forth. Even sand can form a new sedimentary rock when the grains are cemented together, and fossils can be found in sand and sandstone.

http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/dinosaurbasics/tp/Dinosaur-Habitats.htm

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NOT JUST DINOSAURS…

Of course, the fossil record does not just reveal dinosaur remains. In fact, the majority of fossils are marine creatures. I mentioned in a previous post some examples of entire schools of whales being found buried inland, where, if we believe the evolutionist, there were “seas” or freak climatological disasters:

“The creation of Africa had a surprising impact on evolution. Scrambling up the sides of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, Iain finds small marine creatures that reveal that this part of Africa was once a shallow sea that formed when Africa was created. And within the arid Western Desert, he reveals 17m long skeletons of early whales buried in the sand. These skeletons reveal how land-dwelling mammals were lured back into the shallow seas created by the birth of the African continent, leading to the evolution of whales” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019bctl

Whale fossils have been found in the deserts of Chile and Peru:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26356383

There are also places in the world where “mass fossil graveyards” are found, where sometimes billions of different creatures are found buried together. Not only animals, but plants and trees are said to have been buried en masse by a sea moving inland, or by other local flooding, or by freak weather conditions (hardly “uniformitarian” conditions, eh?).

The following is from an article (and as with all the other above examples, is not written by a creationist), titled “World’s Largest Dinosaur Graveyard Linked to Mass Death”:

“Scientists have revealed what may be the world’s largest dinosaur graveyard. The dinosaurs may have been part of a mass die-off resulting from a monster storm, comparable to today’s hurricanes, which struck what was then a coastal area.  The findings could help solve a mystery concerning why the badlands of western Canada are so rich in dinosaur fossils.“ (You should take a look at the artist’s impression of this event).

http://www.livescience.com/8340-world-largest-dinosaur-graveyard-linked-mass-death.html

THE POINT…

So here’s my point. The evolutionist, by definition, intentionally ignores any Biblical or supernatural explanation not only for the origin of life but also for Earth’s history. He’s not going to discuss the Biblical Flood, except perhaps to ridicule it and to make sure you don’t consider it to be a possibility. However, to me and to many others, including some scientists, the Biblical Flood beautifully explains the fossil record, the rock layers around the earth, and the subsequent ice age and runoff from the land causing world-wide erosional features.

The Flood was not just a spell of rain gently falling from the sky until it was so deep everyone was swimming with nowhere to go: it was, as the Bible account describes, an event where even the earth’s crust would have been moving around, with associated tsunamis and turbidites, storms and volcanic activity on a huge scale.

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Flood legends survive from ancient cultures around the world, including the Gilgamesh Epic from the world’s first area of known civilization-Mesopotamia.

But what about the ark? If specimens of every kind of animal went onto the ark to escape the cataclysm, there would also have been dinosaurs, right? This is often a subject of ridicule for the evolutionist-how could a huge dinosaur possibly have fitted onto the ark?

Yes, dinosaurs may well have been on the ark, since babies and eggs could have been fitted on it no problem (see note 1). The surviving dinosaurs after the Flood would then have been targets of hungry humans, or people wishing to be rid of dangerous animals (as in the case of the wolf being driven to extinction in Britain in the middle-ages), or troubled by a changed climate now unfriendly to their habitat requirements. Hey-maybe they even sank into a swamp!

And perhaps some of them smoked too much…

NOTE

1: http://store.icr.org/Noahs-Ark-A-Feasibility-Study/productinfo/BNOAR2/

For great articles on the Flood and the ark try these sites:

http://www.icr.org

http://www.answersingenesis.org

ARE CHRISTIANS GULLIBLE?

 

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When unbelievers, skeptics and atheists assume that I have “blind faith” in my God, they are themselves making an un-informed assumption…

(2nd Mouse “Salt of the Earth”)

They want to tell me what I believe, when they probably don’t know. They have pre-judged me and concluded  not only that I am so stupid that I must have no logical basis whatsoever for believing what I believe, but that they can bully me into thinking that what I believe is what they think I believe.

An otherwise excellent old British comedy series called “Not the Nine O’clock News” produced one somewhat blasphemous sketch/skit in which worshippers in a church are reciting their version of the “Apostles Creed”. While affirming in unison that they believe in the Father, the Son and so on, they include in their list, “telepathy, flying saucers, black magic, astrology, gay liberation (an interesting twist from only thirty years ago eh?), the Loch Ness monster and the abominable snowman. The idea is that Christians are the kind of people who will blindly believe anything, without reason or evidence.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUQcCvX2MKk

Other more contemporary comedians have selected Christians to be the subject of their derision and venom, Christians being a “soft” target. There is no comedian or comedy team willing to similarly mock Islam of course, which if nothing else demonstrates the cowardice of the comedian and also one of the many large differences between Christianity and Islam.

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I can excuse the genuinely uninformed and the misinformed. Secularists have gained plenty of ground in recent decades in the West, and the education establishment, television networks, book publishers and other media outlets are purposefully void of balance when it comes to consideration of the miraculous and the divine, if there is any mention of God at all.

The Church, for the most part, hasn’t been engaging the culture and has become woefully derelict in informing its own people on such things as evidence for Biblical Creation and archeological and historical support for the authority and claims of Scripture. Skeptics can certainly gather plenty of ammunition for their mockery when they speak to professing Christians who either have no ability to defend their faith or who have denied many of the tenets of their faith in the first place. How can Christians defend a faith they don’t really have -no virgin birth, no resurrection, no creation but evolution instead? For true believers, the message of Scripture is that we are to be as informed as our intellect and our spiritual walk will allow:

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV).

I’ve written in previous posts that Christians are no more guilty of such things as ignorance than anyone else is. Becoming a Christian doesn’t suddenly increase the believer’s IQ to “genius” level. This is no indicator that the believer is wrong-only that he is human. There are just as many unbelievers around who have no ability to support their faith. I’ve asked many people who’ve insisted that we evolved from nothing to describe what evidence they have personally seen to support that claim. Most often they will look back at me blankly, then fall back on a cliché such as, “all the scientists believe it”, or “everyone knows it’s true”. Occasionally they will recite something a TV documentary or their science teacher told them, for example, the claim that bacteria is observed to be evolving in the lab. What does the bacteria “evolve” into- elephants?

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No, I haven’t seen a man raised from the dead, and neither have you seen a goat or a wolf or a cow turn into a whale.

Evolutionists cannot produce any real evidence for people to observe with their own eyes…but people believe in it anyway. How is that being any less “gullible” than the expressed faith of a Christian?

Oh but “all the scientists believe it!” No, that isn’t true. Perhaps a majority will claim to believe it, because they want to keep their jobs and their careers and friends and their grant money coming in. But since when was a majority always right and unbiased?

In these days it’s fine for people to believe just about anything they want to believe-except the Christian gospel and Scriptures. A friend of mine recently told me in all seriousness that since there are an infinite number of universes (there is no evidence for that-it’s pure fantasy), he finds great pleasure in the knowledge that somewhere there is a parallel universe in which he doesn’t have to work, but spends his time relaxing on the beach instead.  Not only is my friend ignoring the fact that if this is true there’s also a universe where he is being perpetually torn apart by ravenous lions, but he is selecting a total fantasy as his comfort, rather than even attempting to investigate the richly supported idea that there is a God who created him, who loves him and wants to communicate with him.

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But we are living in an age where people believe not what they know to be true, but what they want to be true, and what others have told them is true- even if they’ve seen no evidence. This is being “gullible”, and the Christian is no more guilty of it than anyone else is. In fact, the informed Christian is wise and prudent. We exist-contrary to the rantings of some philosophers-and there can only be two alternative explanations for our existence. Either we evolved out of a puddle which came from an expansion of nothing or almost nothing, or we were created by an intelligent entity who is perfectly capable of communicating his plan of the ages. There is no video of either one.

The person who refuses to consider the Biblical God has nothing to gain and everything to lose, whereas the Christian has everything to gain and nothing to lose. There can be no good reason to accuse someone of being gullible for seeking that intelligent and loving Creator who offers us everything.

ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND E = Mc2, or 3, or 5, perhaps…

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Some highly enlightened people are absolutely certain that nothing is absolutely certain…except of course, that which they are absolutely certain of. If that doesn’t make sense, you’ve got more savvy than they have….

There’s an old one-liner which is still a favorite of mine:

“I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure”.

(COUNTER SILENCE “A Distance Left To Travel”)

My son’s high school science teacher has been working hard to convert any kids in his class who believe in God over to his faith, which is stringent agnosticism coupled with evolution. Once in a while the kids are taught a little science in the science class, but most of the time its philosophy, and one of the recent pearls of wisdom levelled at this largely malleable and captive young audience was that there are no absolutes in life, the universe or anything: nothing is absolutely certain.

That’s a strange claim coming from one who deals with the laws of nature every day, and particularly from one who is presumably getting paid to teach. What is he teaching-that nothing is objectively true but here’s a ton of homework on it all anyway? What’s the point of school if nothing can be known for sure?

Even the great Einstein, from whom some have extrapolated a bizarre form of relativity, was able to declare without hesitation that E=Mc2.

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One thing the evolutionist is absolutely certain of is that anyone who disagrees with him must be wrong:

“It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)”.

(From Richard Dawkins’ Review of “Blueprints: Solving the Mystery of Evolution”).

Prominent atheist professor of the history of biology at Cornell University, William Provine, put it this way:

“Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear. . . . There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free will for humans, either.”

(William Provine, Origins Research 16, no. 1/2 (1994): 9; quoted in Technical Journal 10, no. 1 1996: 22).

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The “no absolutes” assertion is one of many contemporary attempts to purge Christian morality, thought and influence, and the Judeo-Christian God from the world. It’s another way of short-circuiting reasoned debate, akin to insults often hurled at Christians such as “bigot”, “ignorant” and “hypocrite”.

And if you think about it, if there is no God, there are indeed no absolutes when it comes to morality: right and wrong are decided by the people via government and can be changed over and over again. Or to put it in more politically correct language, morality and ethics are “fluid” and evolve with humanity, and they are decided by the people according to circumstances and expedience.

One of the problems with this kind of thinking is that we can’t claim to have the moral high ground above the Adolph Hitlers of the world. Hitler wanted to purge the earth of weak and diseased humans: how can we say he was wrong, if there are no absolutes? Surely, the best we can say is that we “disagreed” with him. If he had been the victor in WWII, his standards of right and wrong would have ruled upon the earth.

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If I were to show up for work three hours late and then excuse myself by saying that there are no absolutes so I can just work when I feel like it, I would lose my job, and rightly so.

I’ve told this story a few times before but it’s another of my favorites. A young acquaintance of mine once told me that “Christianity is just an excuse for morality”. One wonders how he would react if someone were to hit him over the head, steal his money, and run off with his girlfriend, because the rules of behavior which he and most of us wish those around us to live by are rules of morality. And we all have an inbuilt sense of what’s right and what’s wrong. We don’t need government to tell us that stealing is wrong and violence is wrong-what we need is to listen to our conscience and our Creator and to live by those standards.

The universe can be studied because there are absolutes. In fact, if there were no absolutes there would be no universe, it could not operate. So it is in the moral and the spiritual realm. If there is a God at all, He has a character, a personality, and He has standards of right and wrong which He wishes His Creation to live by. It’s a poor excuse to refuse to believe in or search for Truth by saying that no-one can know it. If the same excuse had been used in science we would be still living in the dark ages. Just as there are unchangeable, fundamental truths which hold our universe together, so there are moral and spiritual truths for our existence and benefit, and we should each be searching until we find them.