Posts Tagged ‘creation’

Reasons to Believe Jesus

October 23, 2015

There are at least 5 reasons to believe Jesus.  Here they are–in no particular order.

  1.  Scientifically.  Jesus talked about the Creation many times.  There is a creator.  If you have intricate design and purpose, you have a designer and a creator.  It is just not possible to get from amino acids to even the simplest cell.  To get to the simplest protein we know of, you have to have the right DNA combination.  The chances of getting that are 10×10 to the 77th power.  All the rest of the combinations won’t work.  That makes chance mutation, over and over, mathematically impossible, and this chance mutation is the basis for evolution.
  2. Historically.  The resurrection is one of the best testified events in history.  All history is based on the testimony of reliable witnesses.  The witnesses to the resurrection wouldn’t recant their testimony even under pain of death.  All but one of the apostles died for their witness.  Only John did not, and he was persecuted, imprisoned and exiled.  People will die for what they believe is the truth, they will not die for what they know is a lie. And the tomb was empty.  If there had been a body, somebody would have produced it.  As for the theory he really didn’t die–no one survived a Roman crucifixion.  Their job was to see their convicts died.
  3. Change in the apostles.  The changed lives of the apostles are a testimony that something happened.  They never portrayed themselves as heroes.  They all abandoned Jesus at his arrest.  Yet, after seeing the risen Jesus and receiving the Spirit, they became bold witnesses who traveled all over spreading the news of Jesus resurrection and his teaching.
  4. Prophetically.  Jesus fulfilled 317 prophecies about himself that were written in the old testament more than 400 years before his birth.  No one could do that on their own.  You can’t control how you will be born or die.
  5. Practically.  Look at the changed lives of people today, whose path has been turned around completely when they asked Jesus to come into their lives.  So many of them have experienced things they can’t explain and they will tell you they didn’t make it on their own.

This may not be enough reasons for everyone.  Nothing can be proved beyond the shadow of a doubt.  Thats why in a court of law, proof must be based on  the “beyond a reasonable doubt” premise or the “preponderance of the evidence” method, depending on how the applicable law is written.

“”God always gives enough light for those who believe and enough shadows for those who doubt.”  Pascal

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Let us make man in our image Man and maid He made them.

August 11, 2015

God is one.  Yet the mysterious comment “Let us” gives us pause.  What does it mean?  Could it mean God and the angels?  I don’t think it does, for nowhere does it say the angels helped God create.  Later in the scripture it says Jesus was present at the creation as well as the Spirit.  It certainly appears that God is one, yet a community of one.  God lives in community in some mysterious way, and theologians have tried to explain it in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.  What is most interesting though, is that God should desire to live in community.  He who said “It is not good for man to be alone”, doesn’t live alone either.  It is also a mystery that God said man is made in God’s image.  Many have speculated on what is meant by that–is it our ability to reason, or our ability to create?  From these short two verses–Genesis 1:26 and 27, it would seem that the image God has in mind is the image of relationship–deep relationship that has the quality of creating out of plural a unity.   The male and female come together to create a unity.  Indeed it says in chapter 2 of Genesis that “the two become one flesh”.  God made male and female to complete one another for the purpose of not only companionship and helping one another, but He told them, “Multiply”.  The two are different, yet a singular entity, with the purpose of re-creating human life and extending relationship.  God did that too–in creating humans and desiring relationship with them.  In fact, in God’s picture of his relationship with Israel, He uses the bridal metaphor. He is the groom–Israel, was his bride.  Perhaps that is why God was so insistent on the purity of marriage–only the two for a lifetime.  Two whose oneness  could only be broken by death.  The violation of marital purity defaces the image of God which the couple represents.

In the Beginning

August 9, 2015

“In the beginning, God…” The bible opens with these four words, and they are infinitely appropriate. They separate the bible account from other beliefs or philosophies humans have followed. “In the beginning” assumes there was a beginning. Evolution doesn’t assume that. It assumes atoms were on earth, but it never explains where they came from. It assumes laws of chemistry, but can’t explain where they came from either. There is no beginning, but some things simply exist–i.e., atoms, molecules, laws of chemistry, energy etc. The word “God” assumes God existed at the beginning. Not all belief systems assume that, either. Some assume many gods, spirits, aliens, or simply nothing. These four simple words set up the framework for all that will follow.

“…God created…” This sets God as the creator of everything, from light, earth, heaven, Sun, moon and stars, earth and water, and all that is present on the earth, including all living things. Nothing happened by chance, nor did anything evolve. For those who feel they must try to work evolution into this, I would ask “why?” As a professor once said to me “Evolution doesn’t answer everything, but it is simply the best explanation we have if we can’t accept a creator. And Science can’t accept a creator because it is outside the realm of science, which must be able to see and measure what it studies.” Well, ok, but evolution can’t be seen, measured or replicated either. We can only conjecture what happened, and a lot remains to be answered there as well. It is a faith-based philosophy when it can’t answer the questions either of its own statistical impossibility or the problem of irreducibility. I heard another professor say “We believe all the questions about how evolution is possible will someday be answered when we have discovered more.” Thats faith.

Our Lavish God

October 28, 2009

Lord, being in the mountains yesterday was a time of worship.  It was so incredibly beautiful.  Yet these mountains were not always as they are now.  Volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers shaped what we see.  Nor will they always be as they are now.  Boulders fall,  dam up rivers and create lakes.  Earth moves and rivers are re-routed.  Climate changes.  Wildlife migrates.  Then there are seasons.  The rushing streams of spring make way for the green of summer, the vibrant tones of autumn and finally life slumbers under a blanket of snow.  You didn’t just create a masterpiece and walk away.  You are directing a neverending epic of beauty.  You didn’t have to be so extravagant Lord.  But you are.

Marvelous

May 1, 2009

I read something today that made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  When I was in college, way back when, I accepted without question the idea that human cells evolved from simpler cells, which started in an organic pond struck by lightening.  Well, you know the story of all that.  What I never sort of “put together” was the biology of the cell which I studied in those same years, and the believability of the evolution story.  Today I learned that that microscopic (electron microscopic) human dna is a whole lot more complex than 46 little helixes.  If these microscopic helixes were unwound and laid end to end, they would extend about 28 feet!  Thats out of a cell thats microscopic itself!!  And all this replicates itself every time the cell divides!  Whatever I might wish to believe, or not believe, the idea this all happened through random processes just defies reason.  Some say it takes faith to believe in a designer.  I think it takes more than faith to believe the sheer irrationality of this all happening by chance.  It takes less faith to believe that Stonehenge happened by chance through some as yet unknown natural processes (look at the Scandinavian and other stone circles) than to believe the human cell happened that way.  Yet, when I suggested we’d never looked at the possibility that Stonehenge might have happened without any intelligence behind it, people acted as though I were insane.  The same thing can be said of the human cell happening without Intelligent design.  Why does no one think that is insane?

Faith

June 21, 2008

I used to think faith was believing that God exists, without enough evidence to prove it.  I have changed my mind about that.  I have learned enough about science to see that God’s existence has more than enough proof for anyone who isn’t just pushing away uncomfortable truth.  Faith is more about trusting God.  Its more about trusting that God knows what He is doing.  I encountered that this week.  I trust God knows what He is doing in allowing scorpions on the earth, even as I cleaned 16 scorpions out of the place I’ve been staying!

Nonni

We Live on a Knife Edge

April 13, 2008

I said I’d share something I thought was awesome when I first saw it.  I have been reading bits and snatches of and about John Polkinghorne, and I say bits and snatches, because the man’s intellect is such that I am swimming in deep water.  However, this paragraph jumped out at me.

Its from his book One World, published in 1987 in London by SPCK, pgs 57-58

“In the early expansion of the universe there has to be a close balance between the expansive energy (driving things apart) and the force of gravity (pulling things together.)  If expansion dominated then matter would fly apart too rapidly for condensation into galaxies and stars to take place.  Nothing interesting could happen in so thinly spread a world.  On the other hand, if gravity dominated, the world would collapse in on itself again before there was time for the processes of life to get going.  For us to be possible requires a balance between the effects of expansion and contraction which at a very early epoch in the universe’s history (the Planck time) has to differ from equality by not more than 1 in 10 to the 60th power.*  The numerate will marvel at such a degree of accuracy.  For the non-numerate I will borrow an illustration from Paul Davies of what the accuracy means.  He points out that it is the same as aiming at a target an inch wide on the other side of the observable universe, twenty thousand million light years away, and hitting the mark!”

*[I don’t know how to make the little 60 on my computer–what am I doing reading a book by a former professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge University?] 

Anyway, hope this is as awesome to you as it was to me.

Nonni

Orchestra without a conductor

April 13, 2008

I was in the middle of a small orchestra and chorus today.  It is amazing being in the center of that experience of sound.  You hear things you don’t hear from the audience.  Each instrument sounds individually, and the individual voice parts can be heard to some degree as well.  Its taken for granted that written music is used…and it takes a conductor to keep everyone together.  Now, it would be quite possible for everyone to sing or play whatever they felt like, and none of that would hurt the others, but without playing the same song, it would be noise and not music.  Also, even when playing and singing the same song, if the whole group isn’t together, it still sounds like noise, tho faintly recognizable as something supposed to be music.  The audience surely doesn’t appreciate it.  When everyone is on the same page, and the director has everyone together, and each part is coming in at exactly the right time, its beautiful music.  The whole thing seems to me to be an allegory of the creation/evolution debate.  How could evolution happen with no script and no director, and the whole universe be in such a marvelously beautiful harmony.  Take into account the physics and chemistry that have to work together for the biology to even have a chance.  Amazing!  Seems without belief in a director you have to concentrate on each part without considering the awesomeness of the whole as it works together.  Next time I will share an awesome bit of information I just found.

Nonni

Another Reason to Believe in Creation

April 13, 2008

We hear all sorts of reasons to believe or disbelieve in creation.  One reason I believe in creation, is a reason that is rarely discussed.  I don’t personally think you can intellectually arrive at the knowledge of a creator.  Partly its because this creation is flawed by evil.  This isn’t the world the creator originally made—it’s the world after the evil one got hold of it, and did as much as he could to spoil it.  Even though flawed, it is still full of wonders.  But skeptics will point to the imperfections. 

 

The second reason I don’t think we can arrive at knowledge of a creator through our intellect, is I believe our intellects are unequal to the task.  We see what we see through science, but our view is mighty small.  Our minds are mighty small, and we will never, never know all there is to know about this universe.  Even what we think we understand we have to keep revising.

 

If God wanted finite humanity to know Him, and I believe He did, (just as I believe a mother who loses her child will never forget it and often make superhuman efforts to find it), God will have to make contact with the human race.  He did.

 

I once saw a billboard that said “Do I have to come down there.  God.”   He did.  Jesus claimed to be one with God, and backed it up with dozens and dozens (at least) of miracles, culminating in his own rising from the dead.  Some seemingly can’t believe, but the historic evidence for it is greater than for most history we have no trouble accepting.  Just because such a human being never happened before or since Jesus, doesn’t mean the things recorded about him aren’t true.  The people who wrote these accounts risked their lives for them.  The accounts are unbelievable if you think Jesus is an ordinary human. The accounts are believable if what Jesus said is true—that he is one with God.

 

Jesus talked about the creation as though he had no trouble at all accepting its validity.  So, in that sense it hinges on him.  If he is one with God, and talks about God creating what we see, I have no trouble accepting that God created it.

 

So, in my belief there’s some faith and some reason.  I see plenty of evidence for Jesus being who he said he was, that is the reason part.  I trust him with all I don’t see and all that I will never, at least in this life, understand.  That is the faith part.

 

Nonni

How Did We Get Here

March 12, 2008

I may be just a little grandma, and there’s a lot I don’t know, but I think common sense takes most of us a long, long way.  We just had a debate about Evolution on our college campus.  I use the term “debate” loosely, because they never debate two sides of any issue at the college.  They have one guest lecturer at the college, and then a week later, the students may speak for or against the speakers arguments.  Its hardly fair to promote only one side with a highly educated professional, and leave the other side to undergrads.  Besides, no one listens to undergrads, just like no one listens to little grandmas.  But thats a separate issue.  The issue was Evolution.  I capitalize it, because it has taken on the characteristics of a religion.  It used to be a theory– at least when my children were in school it was.  Now it has taken on the mantle of unassailable doctrine. 

When I learned science, I learned it could only apply to things that could be observed and measured.  For that reason, questions about the origin of man, of life and the like were considered outside the realm of science.  Today, science goes outside its realm all the time to make pronouncements about not only the origin of life, but all sorts of things involving ethics and morality, the nature of man and the possibility of life after death–all of which belonged in the realm of philosophy before science got so greedy.

Using common sense then, I would ask how we can possibly know through observable, measurable evidence, when or how human life began.  There is simply no measurable evidence to answer that question.  The odds that human life could have evolved from complex proteins, completely by chance, is not only a mathematical impossibility, the idea of it is so foreign to anything  we’ve ever actually seen, such reasoning would never be used to argue anything else.  The whole religion of Evolution has taken on a speculative nature.  Science can never prove nor disprove the existence of God, nor explain the origin of man.  That is not its purpose nor its method, and it would be wise for science to continue to do what it is supposed to do–use the scientific method.

I believe humans were made by God in a separate, creative act.  The reason I believe that is because Jesus Christ said we were.  I believe him because he is the only human being to ever do the things he did, then claim to be God and rise from the dead to remove all doubt.  I would urge anyone who wonders about these things to read the four original accounts of Jesus life with an open mind, and try to find an alternative explanation for Him.

Nonni