If you do not believe in God and do not trust Christ, you are gambling that there is no life after death and you will not suffer an eternal separation from God and the agony of receiving a just sentence for your sins against God and man. It has been said that there is a God-shaped hole in every human heart. Only God can fill that space. Drugs and drinking and sex and money and fame and things can never do the job. The wisest man on Earth, Solomon, tried abandoning God and seeking happiness in worldly pursuits and possessions. He had the power and wealth to have anything he wanted, to take any woman, to experience whatever he chose to pursue and discovered that such things of the world are all "vanity" when compared to the things of God. This is the theme of an entire book of the Bible that Solomon wrote, inspired by God , Ecclesiastes.
It begins with...
"The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity."
...and ends by asserting that...
"So this is the end of the matter; all has been heard. Worship God and keep God’s commandments because this is what everyone must do. God will definitely bring every deed to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or bad."
The consideration of such things is called "Philosophy." Let's define our terms by definition:
- The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, esp. when considered as an academic discipline
- A set of views and theories of a particular philosopher concerning such study or an aspect of it
- - Schopenhauer’s philosophy
- The study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience
- - the philosophy of science
- A theory or attitude held by a person or organization that acts as a guiding principle for behavior
- - don't expect anything and you won't be disappointed, that's my philosophy
It is painful in the extreme to read some of the comments I get on this blog. Next post I intend to print two or three of the most ludicrous of recent comments, comments that are either remarkably ignorant, downright stupid or intentional lies. By now longtime readers will know that the comments thread is dominated by mostly anonymous commenters making false claims, asking the same ten or fifteen questions over and over or linking to sites run by ideologues more interested in advancing their worldview than actually inspecting evidence or seeking truth. Wait until the next post, I promise you that it will be an eye-opener!
However, the present proclamations of Scientism are hardly better. For instance, if you are an atheist you must account for existence in some way. The Laws of Thermodynamics tell us that nothing is being created or destroyed. But they also reveal that the Universe is running downhill. Energy is being converted into entropy. Everything is going from order to disorder. Therefore the Universe had a start and it will have an end. Since every test of Thermodynamics has supported the laws without exception, no real scientist denies them. But Darwinists try to sneak past them in order to support their ridiculous claims. Let's make this clear - if there is no force in the natural world that can either create or destroy matter, then a supernatural explanation is necessary. Furthermore, if the natural world is inexorably moving from order to disorder, how can you believe in a hypothesis that presumes that untold billions upon billions of accidents would all move organisms (not to mention big clouds of dust) from disorder to order?
Physicist Stephen Hawking has told Google's Zeitgeist conference that philosophers have not kept up with science and their art is dead
“Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.”
“This technology is some way off,” he said, “and I don't think even Google could afford to build it.”
Uhm, would anyone care to enlighten Hawking that he is actually sharing his own "philosophy" in the course of asserting that philosophy is dead? It is about as dumb as writing a book that declares that books are a thing of the past, or driving around in an automobile while declaring that automobiles are defunct! Is he really that clueless? Remarkable foolishness must sell because Hawking makes a lot of money writing books that assert things he cannot begin to prove. But when you share your philosophy with us and that philosophy states that "philosophy is dead" then you are at a new level of dumb.
Hawking is also depending upon a theory that he declares explains things and yet it cannot even be tested. It is no credit to the memory of Albert Einstein to be referenced in connection with such unsupported speculations. Einstein used evidence and worked out his equations with little "fudging" as opposed to Hawking's fairy tales. Einstein would not consider such a thing "found." M-Theory has about the same amount of "proof" as does the Easter Bunny. "This technology is some way off?" The check is in the mail, too. Really, we mean it! In any event, philosophy is NOT DEAD and as long as men draw breath it will continue to exist. So that is out of the way.
Most reasonable people agree that the Universe encompasses all of the natural material existence we can perceive. We can measure things by three dimensions physically and a fourth dimension would be time, which Einstein was able to show can seem to move at different rates but his calculations also made it certain that man cannot travel back in time nor can he skip ahead...we cannot traverse time. So we are bound by four dimensions to be held within this Universe and we cannot perceive any other. So if someone tells you that there are other Universes, again, there is more proof of the existence of the Easter Bunny than there is any evidence at all for another Universe and in fact, by definition, there cannot be more than one:
By the way, if some Darwinist tells you that there are infinite Universes and we just happen to live in the one in which all the impossible accidents that are Darwinism and fine-tuning exist, remind them that in an all possible Universes scenario we would have one with a transcendent and all-powerful Creator God, which then cancels out all the other possibilities and puts us right back where we are now. The only explanation (I am skipping ahead to the end of the movie here) for existence and life and information and the Universe is that God created.
We are within the Universe. We are on the Earth. The Earth is very possibly at the center of the Universe (judging by red shifts, among other things), within and near the end of a spiral arm of our galaxy which allows us to observe most of the rest of the Universe but still not right on the edge so we are protected from the dangers of being out in the middle of space. We are revolving around our Sun, a rare form of star, and are shielded from the most dangerous rays of our own Sun by our magnetic field and atmosphere and from most random objects by several large planets that orbit farther out from the Sun and provide gravity wells and numerous moons that will stop the vast majority of large objects from without our Solar System from getting close to Earth. Not only are all the laws of physics absolutely perfect for the existence of life on Earth, we are in the optimal position within the Solar System and by distance from the Sun and with the perfect Moon that is perfectly placed to not only provide a system of keeping track of time but especially to provide tides which work to both cleanse and enliven the oceans. In fact the precision of the fine-tuning of scientific laws and our place within the Universe and galaxy and Solar System is simply stunning. I have only mentioned a very few examples.
This is a subject of much dissension in the scientific community. Long-agers believe that the Universe is around 13.5 Billion years old (this time frame keeps changing, by the way). They point to the distance in light years from us to other objects observed in space and conclude that the Universe is quite ancient. On the other hand, when they try to do the math for a Big Bang which would have produced a Universe (so explosions BUILD THINGS instead of blowing them to pieces?) they cannot come close to an explanation. Every square peg is faced with a round hole. The background radiation is wrong. The total energy and entropy we can detect is very wrong. The shape of the Universe is wrong. The movement of the individual celestial objects is wrong. Other than the problem of a bi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ig Universe that would seem to therefore be old, creation fits the evidence far better.
Additionally, all the planets of the Solar System appear to be quite young. There is no Darwinist explanation for the formation of any of them that accounts for their characteristics. Gas giants should not be able to exist, there are planets with magnetic fields that should not be there, planets that are still producing more heat than they receive from the Sun, moons that have active volcanoes and many other anomalies. The Sun could not have been our Sun for untold millions of years for life would not have been possible on Earth (read about the Young Faint Sun Paradox). Also, we can prove that the Moon is quite young.
Bible-believers adhere to the assertion of God that He made the Universe about 7,000 years ago. In fact the Genesis account does indicate that waters were the first materials of the Universe, that light was created before the celestial objects themselves and that God stretched or is stretching the Universe. Since the Genesis account is a description given to mankind about the creation of everything, it is reasonable to accept the idea that the concept of light being made before the sources of light could mean that, from the point of reference (Earth), the objects made by God were not perceived until after they were made because God made them far enough from us to keep us from harm and then stretched space so that they are now millions of light years away. It is also possible that God made the light itself and then the sources that would continue emitting the light and THEN stretched space. Certainly the evidence we can detect tells us that space appears to have been stretched out and perhaps may still be being stretched. Carmelian Theory integrates the evidence revealed by science with the evidence related to us from the Bible.
Funny how the population of mankind fits the sigmoidal graph that typifies population growth if there was a worldwide flood that ended about 4300 years ago with only Noah's family available to repopulate the Earth. Naturally the Darwinists begin to dispute the basics of population science when it does not fit their pet worldview. In fact I often make posts about dating methods and you can research posts on radiohalo dating and the helium-in-zircons problem and I promise you two things - I will present scientific evidence and commenters will give very bad explanations or ludicrous links in response. Do you really think that granitic zircons still contain helium because such rocks were subjected to temperatures at the dry ice level for most of Earth's history? That is the kind of "answer" Darwinists will give you. I hate to get into the Acambaro Figurines right now but Darwinists have no answer to this problem and can only resort to lies or the assertions of a proven con man named DiPeso.
In any event a creation event around 7,000 years ago makes more sense the more you know about all the evidence available and not just what the Darwinist propagandists tell you.
Darwinists really cannot touch this question. They have no why at all. There is no why for them, for there is no reason or purpose to naturalistic materialism and in fact absolutely no basis for believing that we make choices or that we are even here or can depend on what our brains seem to tell us. To quote Dr. Will Provine:
"Naturalistic evolution has clear consequences that Charles Darwin understood perfectly. 1) No gods worth having exist; 2) no life after death exists; 3) no ultimate foundation for ethics exists; 4) no ultimate meaning in life exists; and 5) human free will is nonexistent."
by Dr. Jason Lisle - March 4, 2010
The Bible is much more than just a history book, however; it was written by inspiration of God. The Lord certainly understands how this universe works; after all, He made it. So His Word, the Bible, gives us the foundation for understanding the universe.
It has been said that the Bible is not a science textbook. This is true, of course, and it’s actually a good thing. After all, our science textbooks are based on the ideas of human beings who do not know everything and who often make mistakes. That’s why science textbooks change from time to time, as people discover new evidence and realize that they were wrong about certain things.
The Bible, though, never changes because it never needs to. God got it right the first time! The Bible is the infallible Word of God. So when it touches on a particular topic, it’s right. When the Bible talks about geology, it’s correct. When Scripture addresses biology or anthropology, it’s also right.
What does the Bible teach about astronomy? Let’s take a look at some of the things the Bible has to say about the universe. We will see that the Bible is absolutely correct when it deals with astronomy.
The Earth Is Round
The Bible indicates that the earth is round. One verse we can look at is Isaiah 40:22, where it mentions the “circle of the earth.” From space, the earth always appears as a circle since it is round. This matches perfectly with the Bible.
Another verse to consider is Job 26:10, where it teaches that God has “inscribed” a circle on the surface of the waters at the boundary of light and darkness. This boundary between light and darkness is where evening and morning occur. The boundary is a circle since the earth is round.
The Earth Floats in Space
The Expansion of the Universe
The Bible indicates in several places that the universe has been “stretched out” or expanded. For example, Isaiah 40:22 teaches that God stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. This would suggest that the universe has actually increased in size since its creation. God is stretching it out, causing it to expand.
Now, this verse must have seemed very strange when it was first written. The universe certainly doesn’t look as if it is expanding. After all, if you look at the night sky tonight, it will appear about the same size as it did the previous night, and the night before that.
In fact, secular scientists once believed that the universe was eternal and unchanging. The idea of an expanding universe would have been considered nonsense to most scientists of the past. So it must have been tempting for Christians to reject what the Bible teaches about the expansion of the universe.
I wonder if any Christians tried to “reinterpret” Isaiah 40:22 to read it in an unnatural way so that they wouldn’t have to believe in an expanding universe. When the secular world believes one thing and the Bible teaches another, it is always tempting to think that God got the details wrong. But God is never wrong.
Most astronomers today believe that the universe is indeed expanding. In the 1920s, astronomers discovered that virtually all clusters of galaxies appear to be moving away from all other clusters; this indicates that the entire universe is expanding.
You can think of this like points on a balloon. As the balloon is inflated, all the points move farther away from each other. If the entire universe was being stretched out, the galaxies would all be moving away; and that is what they actually appear to be doing.
It is fascinating that the Bible recorded the idea of an expanding universe thousands of years before secular science came to accept the idea.
The Age of the Universe
Scripture also addresses the age of the universe. The Bible teaches that the entire universe was created in six days (Exodus 20:11). We know from the genealogies and other events recorded in Scripture that this creation happened about 6,000 years ago.
Yet, this is quite different from what most schools teach. Most secular scientists believe that the universe is many billions of years old, and they usually hold to the bigbang theory. The big bang is a secular speculation about the origin of the universe; it is an alternative to the Bible’s teaching. The big bang attempts to explain the origin of the universe without God (see the next chapter, “Does the Big Bang Fit with the Bible?”).
People who believe in the big bang usually interpret the evidence according to their already-existing belief in the big bang. In other words, they just assume that the big bang is true; they interpret the evidence to match their beliefs. Of course, the Bible can also be used to interpret the evidence. And since the Bible records the true history of the universe, we see that it makes a lot more sense of the evidence than the big bang does.
Now let’s look at some facts about the universe regarding its age. We will see that the evidence is consistent with 6,000 years but doesn’t make sense if we hold to the big bang.
Of course, big bang supporters can always reinterpret the evidence by adding extra assumptions. So the following facts are not intended to “prove” that the Bible is right about the age of the universe. The Bible is right in all matters because it is the Word of God. However, when we understand the scientific evidence, we will find that it agrees with what the Bible teaches. The evidence is certainly consistent with a young universe.
Recession of the Moon
The moon is slowly moving away from the earth. As the moon orbits the earth, its gravity pulls on the earth’s oceans, which causes tides. The tides actually “pull forward” on the moon, causing the moon to gradually spiral outward. So the moon moves about an inch and a half away from the earth every year. That means that the moon would have been closer to the earth in the past.
For example, 6,000 years ago, the moon would have been about 800 feet closer to the earth (which is not much of a change, considering the moon is a quarter of a million miles away). So this “spiraling away” of the moon is not a problem over the biblical time scale of 6,000 years. But if the earth and moon were over four billion years old (as evolutionists teach), then we would have big problems. In this case, the moon would have been so close that it would actually have been touching the earth only 1.4 billion years ago. This problem suggests that the moon can’t possibly be as old as secular astronomers claim.
Secular astronomers who assume that the big bang is true must use other explanations to get around this. For example, they might assume that the rate at which the moon was receding was actually smaller in the past. But this is an extra assumption needed to make their billions-of-years model work. The simplest explanation is that the moon hasn’t been around for that long. The recession of the moon is a problem for a belief in billions of years but is perfectly consistent with a young age.
Magnetic Fields of the Planets
Many of the planets of the solar system have strong magnetic fields. These fields are caused by electrical currents that decay with time. We can even measure this decay of the earth’s magnetic field: it gets weaker and weaker every year. If the planets were really billions of years old (as evolutionists believe), then their magnetic fields should be extremely weak by now. Yet they are not. The outer planets of the solar system, in particular, have quite strong magnetic fields. A reasonable explanation for this is that these planets are only a few thousand years old, as the Bible teaches.
A galaxy is an enormous assembly of stars, interstellar gas, and dust. The galaxy in which we live is called the Milky Way; it has over 100 billion stars. Some galaxies are round or elliptical. Others have an irregular shape, but some of the most beautiful galaxies are spiral in nature, such as our own. Spiral galaxies slowly rotate, but the inner regions of the spiral rotate faster than the outer regions. This means that a spiral galaxy is constantly becoming more and more twisted up as the spiral becomes tighter. After a few hundred million years, the galaxy would be wound so tightly that the spiral structure would no longer be recognizable. According to the big-bang scenario, galaxies are supposed to be many billions of years old. Yet we do see spiral galaxies — and lots of them. This suggests that they are not nearly as old as the big bang requires. Spiral galaxies are consistent with the biblical age of the universe but are problematic for a belief in billions of years.
Comets are balls of ice and dirt. Many of them orbit the sun in elliptical paths. They spend most of their time far away from the sun, but occasionally they come very close to it. Every time a comet comes near the sun, some of its icy material is blasted away by the solar radiation. As a result, comets can orbit the sun for only so long (perhaps about 100,000 years at most) before they completely run out of material. Since we still have a lot of comets, this suggests that the solar system is much younger than 100,000 years; this agrees perfectly with the Bible’s history.
Yet, secular astronomers believe the solar system is 4.5 billion years old. Since comets can’t last that long, secular astronomers must assume that new comets are created to replace those that are gone. So they’ve invented the idea of an “Oort cloud.” This is supposed to be a vast reservoir of icy masses orbiting far away from the sun. The idea is that occasionally an icy mass falls into the inner solar system to become a “new” comet. It is interesting that there is currently no evidence of an Oort cloud. And there’s no reason to believe in one if we accept the creation account in Genesis. Comets are consistent with the fact that the solar system is young.
Aside from age, there are other indications that the universe was supernaturally created as the Bible teaches. These evidences show God’s creativity — not a big bang. For example, astronomers have discovered “extrasolar” planets. These are planets that orbit distant stars, not our sun. These planets have not been directly observed. Instead, they have been detected indirectly, usually by the gravitational “tug” they produce on the star they orbit. But the principles being used here are all good “operational science,” the kind of testable, repeatable science that can be done in a laboratory. So we have every reason to believe that these are indeed real planets that God created.
These extrasolar planets are actually a problem for big-bang evolutionary models of solar system formation. Secular astronomers had expected that other solar systems would resemble ours, with small planets forming very closely to their star, and large planets (like Jupiter and Saturn) forming farther away. But many of these extrasolar planets are just the opposite; they are large, Jupiter-sized planets orbiting very closely to their star. This is inconsistent with evolutionary models of solar system formation, but it’s not a problem for biblical creation. God can create many different varieties of solar systems, and apparently He has done just that.
We have seen that when the Bible addresses the topic of astronomy, it is accurate in every aspect. This shouldn’t be surprising, because the Bible, which teaches that the heavens declare the glory and handiwork of God (Psalm 19:1), is the written Word of the Creator. God understands every aspect of the universe He has created, and He never makes mistakes.
In addition, the Word of God provides the correct foundation for understanding the scientific evidence. At the same time, the Bible provides more than just information on the physical universe. It also answers the most profound questions of life. Why are we here? How should we live? What happens when we die? The Word of God even answers the question of why there is death and suffering in the world.1
We can have confidence that what the Bible says about our need for salvation is true, because the Bible has demonstrated itself to be accurate time after time. Showing our children how true science confirms the Bible will help them answer the evolutionary attacks they encounter at schools and in the media.
Here is where even the most ardent students of the Bible are unable to speak with authority beyond repeating the words of God. This is a place atheism cannot go anyway. Science tells us that the natural world cannot create itself, so Darwinists cannot even get to the how part because science says they don't get started. We cannot understand the power of God because God is supernatural and transcends the temporal material existence that contains us and hems us in. God spoke the worlds into existence. When we read Genesis we see time and time again "And God said" so we understand that God can create with His Word. God's Word has guided Christians for many centuries, being the inspiration for great scientists like Newton and great writers like C.S. Lewis and great leaders like Ronald Reagan.
How is beyond the understanding of man. God is not material nor natural, he is not imprisoned by time or physical dimensions. In fact He invented all of these things, powers, concepts...as we are the created, we cannot hope to wrap our finite minds all the way around the supernatural and superior Creator. We can only come to trust in Him by faith.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
4In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men.
5And the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7The same came as a witness to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.
11He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.
12But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.
15John bore witness of Him and cried, saying, "This was He of whom I spoke, `He that cometh after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'"
16And of His fullness have we all received, and grace for grace.
17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.
19And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who art thou?"
20And he confessed and denied not, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
21And they asked him, "What then? Art thou Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Art thou that Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22Then said they unto him, "Who art thou, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?"
23He said, "I am `the voice of one crying in the wilderness, "Make straight the way of the Lord,"' as said the prophet Isaiah."
24And those who were sent were of the Pharisees.
25And they asked him, and said unto him, "Why dost thou baptize then if thou art not that Christ, nor Elijah, neither that Prophet?"
26John answered them, saying, "I baptize with water, but there standeth One among you whom ye know not.
27He it is who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe's strap I am not worthy to unloose."
28These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world!
30This is He of whom I said, `After me cometh a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'
31And I knew Him not; but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore have I come baptizing with water."
32And John bore record, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and It abode upon Him.
33And I knew Him not. But He that sent me to baptize with water, the Same said unto me, `Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him, the Same is He that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.'
34And I saw and bore record that this is the Son of God."
35Again the next day John stood with two of his disciples,
36and looking upon Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!"
37And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38Then Jesus turned and saw them following, and said unto them, "What seek ye?" They said unto Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, being interpreted, "Master"), "where dwellest Thou?"
39He said unto them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He dwelt and stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
40One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41He first found his own brother Simon and said unto him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is, being interpreted, "the Christ").
42And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He said, "Thou art Simon, the son of Jonah. Thou shalt be called Cephas" (which is by interpretation, "a stone").
43The day following, Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and found Philip and said unto him, "Follow Me."
44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45Philip found Nathanael and said unto him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
46And Nathanael said unto him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said unto him, "Come and see."
47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"
48Nathanael said unto Him, "How knowest Thou me?" Jesus answered and said unto him, "Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."
49Nathanael answered and said unto Him, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel."
50Jesus answered and said unto him, "Because I said unto thee, `I saw thee under the fig tree,' believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these."
51And He said unto him, "Verily, verily I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."