What?!! You mean Al Gore was wrong about mankind being the cause of climate changes? Say it isn't so. Just say it isn't so... Obviously more funding must be acquired and more testing be done as this goes against every pre-conceived notion and the master consensus of the 2500.
So it just may be that the 37000 other scientists that say mankind is not the cause just may have a valid scientific point despite liberal emotional guilt?
Say it isn't so!
This article is sort of a "I really should have written about this in the other article" type thing.
Somehow I just couldn't get this topic out of my head. Perhaps it was viewing the History Channel recently, and their fetish with constantly misunderstanding or misrepresenting Christian (and Jewish) beliefs about the Earth and its history.
Here are some myths I typically hear from "experts".
The Earth Is The Center of The Universe Myth
The first thing I want to write about is the so-called "Christians believe the Earth is the center of the universe" myth. Granted, there were many arrogant weasels in the dark ages that loved to think of themselves that way, and even enforced it as so-called "doctrine", but it's not something Jesus nor his Apostles ever taught. It was not taught by Moses either. Granted, the people of the Earth and God are the only topics in the scriptures, but the Earth is not mentioned as being exclusive, nor the center of the Universe.
I'd like to side-step a moment before I continue with this, and remind those that have actually read the Bible, about Jesus' number one pet peeve he always had with the Jewish powers that be (usually the Pharisees). Jesus spoke of the Mosaic law, as it is written (and given by him before his birth mind you, so he is an expert), and the ridiculous additions people would add on to it. Things like limiting the distance you can walk on the Sabbath, or eating corn from the stalk while walking through a corn field on the Sabbath, or healing on the Sabbath, or saving your ox on the Sabbath, etc. etc. Jesus emphasized the Sabbath was made for the good of man and not simply as a limitation on every seventh day. Point? Man loves to fill in non-existent blanks with their own stupid rules and so-called dogma, usually out of ignorance, but also for power.
OK, back to the topic at hand. The "Earth is the center of the universe" is a man-made dogma that has no origins nor basis in the scriptures. The "Earth-centric" beliefs started from ignorance and molded into doctrine as many things did at the time of Jesus. The account of Earth's organization in the book of Genesis, speaks of the Earth, but it doesn't say everything revolves around it. The only thing we can say is that the teachings in the books in the Bible are all written to the people of the Earth and nothing more. Anything else is guessing and conjecture.
The "Earth-centric" belief is a tradition that has damaged Christianity far too much in history, and it has to stop.
The Earth Is 6000 Years Old (give or take a few) Myth
OK, I want people to remember part one of this article, and Moses' account of the organization of the Earth, before jumping down my throat. This is one of those misunderstood issues with the Earth simply perpetuated from the use of "create" in the Bible instead of "organize", a translation error. It's amazing how a poor translation can create so much confusion with just one word! I have some things for you to think about:
The materials used to organize the Earth and where they came from is not covered, nevertheless, God commanded materials be brought together to form the solar system and everything needed to support man on Earth. How old those materials are is unimportant, but can cause confusion.
It is written in Genesis that this organization took six periods of time to complete. This is translated as "days", but could have just as easily been translated as months, years, centuries, etc. It was a vague phrase denoting periods of time. The translators chose "days". Frankly, I have no problem with 6000 years ("a day to God is a 1000 years to us," look it up), but it's not important if it really was a day or not.
The Garden of Eden is a specific place on the Earth, not the whole Earth, and nowhere does it say how long Adam and Eve lived in that Garden before they were tossed out. It could have been millions of years, or week. We don't know. We do know that, in the Garden, everything was preserved and unchanging, but we know nothing of what went on outside the garden while Adam and Eve were in it. This leaves a large question mark on the "after organization" age of the Earth that wasn't part of the Garden of Eden.
The Garden of Eden was in Africa, or the Middle East or wherever. Listen, everyone seems to forget one very important thing in the Bible. There was this big flood, and everyone, but Noah and his family, were killed in it. Water has currents, it flows quite easily. Sure, it rained 40 days and nights, and I'm sure a lot of other things happened to contribute to the deluge (ice caps?), but we know the Earth was a veritable Water World for a time. I'd say it was a VERY LONG TIME before the ark could land on land, and I'm sure the ark had food as well as animals to cover it. Nevertheless, they could have started anywhere on Earth and landed anywhere on Earth. Like most people, they named things after the old things ("New" York, "New" Hampshire, etc.) so their naming of rivers where they ended up gives no credence to where the Garden was originally. Just because there's a river called "Sidon", doesn't mean it's THE "Sidon" mentioned in relation to the Garden of Eden. For all we know Noah and Adam could have lived in Australia or the Americas (which I believe it was) for that matter, and there was the Garden's place. So using existing landmarks to "place" the Garden of Eden is a fruitless endeavor. You can travel pretty far drifting in a boat.
Dinosaurs. Of all the ridiculous "fill in the blanks" stories I have heard from so-called "Christian Scholars" about the Dinosaurs. They even peddle this BS on young children claiming Jesus road Dinosaurs! Please, please, please, stop making Christians look like complete idiotic nutjobs with this Dinosaur BS! Please refer to #3 above and then re-think about what might have happened to the Dinosaurs. The fact is, they are not mentioned in the Bible ANYWHERE. So stop making up stories about them. There are many logical and reasonable possibilities for them and none go contrary to teachings in the Bible. God has a good reason to keep that knowledge from us and I can live with that.
If UFO's and Aliens Were Found to be a Truth, Then It Would Rock The Foundations of Religion! Myth
Oh please help me to stop laughing about this one! So, you mean that to find proof that the Earth isn't the center of the universe, and that God has other creations as infinite as the stars, is supposed to be some sort of threat to religion? The only threats I see are to the false dogma's perpetuated by some religions that the Earth is God's only unique location for life. It would just mean that the reality of God's intelligence is far superior to that of even man's imagination.
Why would God bother with all of the trillions and trillions of galaxies and stars unless his plans far exceeded measly (and arrogant) Earth? While I do believe the Earth has a special purpose, I do not believe it is exclusive in the universe for life.
Technology Is Evil! Myth
This is another myth I cannot help but laugh at the blind stupidity of some that feel this way. Everything on Earth has dual uses. It can either be a tool for good or a tool for evil. It doesn't matter what the tool.
God made us stewards over this planet and gave us the materials to better our lives. Every natural resource is a gift and for our responsible use. Every animal, every tree, every plant, all oil, coal, water, wind, gases, solids, metals, etc. were put here for our responsible use. To claim they are evil and shun them is frankly, in my opinion, a slap to the face of God. God taught us that everything must be done responsibly and in moderation applies to the Earth.
Is it OK to use oil? Of course, why would God put so much of it in the ground, unless he knew we were going to need it? Does that mean to use it irresponsibly and create a mess of things? No, but it does mean God gave us oil to use. Remember, everything can be used for good and for evil, and oil falls under this. Pump oil, but be careful not to make a mess. Burn its byproducts, but make sure you don't cause harm to people and the other resources of Earth. Be smart about it.
Is it OK to cut down trees? Of course, just make sure you replace what you took so there's more for the next generation. Going overboard with clear cutting isn't being responsible stewards, but neither is ignoring the resource that is there for our use.
What about animals and eating meat? To all of my vegetarian and vegan friends out there, God said to eat meat is OK, and necessary, but only if it is done responsibly and sparingly. Having a steak for three meals a day would be gluttonous, but having a steak for dinner isn't wrong at all. Meat is great for keeping the body warm and is high in protein. Nevertheless, there are many more fruits and veggies than meat. Try eating more of them. That's what they are here for!
Computers, are probably God's best tool for spreading truth and knowledge to the world, unfortunately, it's also good for evil uses as well. Like everything God has given us, we need to show responsibility when using it.
Nuclear power is also God's gift. It's one of the most powerful for good use, and most dangerous for evil use. Just because evil can exploit it, doesn't mean it is evil. The amount of energy that can be extracted from nuclear material is absolutely amazing. God expects us to use it wisely, not ignore it, or cower in fear of it.
Technology is a gift from God, and should be treated as such. Like every gift, it can be misused, so responsibility is required for its use.'
Every society and culture has their superstitions. Superstitions have no place in science nor Christianity, yet I see Christians everywhere that have sailed off the deep end with their superstitions (or "Stupid-stitions as I calll them), which have no basis in fact nor scripture. It's a form of "fear gossip."
"Bar-codes are the mark of the beast!!" Um folks, get a grip. Bar codes make everyone's life easier, especially stockers and cashiers, and weren't designed to be tattooed on anyone's forehead. Get a grip! A bar code is a technology that makes it easy for computers to read important information off of a label. That's it, no need to type it, just use a laser scanner to find out what it is. That's efficient, not evil.
"Everything with 666 on it is evil and I'm going to die!!! Ahhh!!!" I remember working for a small electronics store, and there was this highly stupid-stitous lady that would always come in to buy parts. If any total (sub-total, tax, total, etc.) had "666" in it, she'd panic and add something else to the price or ask to have split receipts made up just so that number would not be in the total. Soon, all of my fellow employees would have fun with this lady and adjust the totals so something always would give 666 in it (always discounting by the way, although it didn't matter, she would pay with the totals that way). Sometimes it was worth the few cents out of our pockets to balance the till just to have some fun. It's just a number folks, get over it. If someone wants to implant or print something on your forehead, then I would start to be concerned.
"I saw Jesus or Mary on my toast / cat / tree / puddle of mud / as a shadow on a wall / cloud in the sky / stain on my bathtub etc." Cool optical illusion, but not a miracle. God rarely does blatant or grandiose miracles (parting the Red Sea, etc). Usually God is subtle and everything he does is useful and has a purpose. Nothing, and I mean nothing is ever for "show". Even Elijah's exploits all had their important purposes. Jesus on a piece of toast is just plain stupid. Yes, God does miracles every day, but he's not wasting his time on toast.
"Witches!! Stories about (make believe) magic are evil! Burn them! Burn them!!!" Get a grip people! I mean get a grip! Yes, magic, the kind designed to deceive and mimic God's miracles is evil in that context. However, that does not make the entertainment art of "magic" evil, nor does it mean Harry Potter(tm) is evil. Get a grip people! God gave us imaginations and encouraged us to develop our minds, grow in understanding and learning, and tell each other stories, put on performances, etc. for entertainment. A children's book about make believe lands full of mystical creatures and with "magic" powers and such isn't evil. It's developing the child's mind to be able to be creative and find unique ways to handle problems in their real lives. It allows them to see even make believe is a place with real problems and smart solutions. Make believe is a training ground for real world responsibility and creativity. I do not believe modern technology could have happened if the inventors of the past hadn't read the fanciful books of all types of imaginative authors from science fiction to magical fantasy. God expects a parent to ground a child in reality so they know the difference between real and pretend, expects them to teach a child right and wrong, so a child's journey into make-believe is healthy and safe. Be an active part of your child's life and video games, books, TV, and movies will never hurt them.
Ah yes, the inevitable misunderstandings. Some mostly brought on by paranoia, or cultural taboos and traditions.
"Polygamy is evil!" Um...yes and no. Once again, I urge you to read your Bible. Like all things, both physical and spiritual, evil can counterfeit it or use it for its own purposes. Sure, we read about David and Solomon and their wives etc, but I'm not going to actually talk about them. To understand them you need to understand Abraham, God's friend. Yes, God called him a friend. This has a lot of deep meaning. Nevertheless, not directly related to the issue, but a means of showing Abraham's integrity, honesty, and strength. God promised Abraham a son and seed "as the sands on the seashore" (lots of descendants), and Abraham had a wife (Sarah) that couldn't bare children. If you carefully read the account of Abraham, there are certain truths you learn about God's law and marriage:
Sarah offered Hagar, her servant, to be the means of Abraham "raising up seed". She, being the first wife, consented to a second wife.
Like any decent and honest man in that position, Abraham got scared and asked God about it. Abraham was God's friend and had integrity, and loved his wife. He thought he couldn't satisfy love and integrity in this situation. He was stuck, and asked God what to do about it. God gave him permission and commanded him to do as his wife asked.
So what have we learned about polygamy so far?
God uses it sometimes to "raise up seed".
The first wife must consent to it.
God must command it and approve of it, otherwise only one wife.
Without these three criteria, polygamy turns into evil's counterfeit, a counterfeit of deceit and perversion, an abomination towards God. Without those conditions, monogamy is the rule, period.
So, God gave Solomon and David permission for their wives (initially). By the way, the difference between a concubine and wife is, all are "married" to the king, but only children of "wives" can inherit the throne. Which is why Isaac got the inheritance from Abraham and not Ishmael. Hagar was a "concubine" and Sarah was the wife, yet both were married to Abraham.
End of Revelation
I mean the means where by God communicates to man. Nowhere in the Bible does it say God is done with Prophets and inspired men. Recognizing who is a real prophet and who is a wolf in sheep's clothing is our responsibility. People never listened to the prophets of the past and ridiculed and stoned them for their message. What makes you think that isn't happening today?
I don't believe God ever leaves us alone to fend for ourselves. He's always inspired people to do his work. Want to know how to spot a fraud? Simple, read James 1 and Galatians 5. Paul tells us how to recognize spiritual truth and James tells us how to verify it. If someone is preaching and not displaying the attributes of the Holy Spirit that Paul teaches about, then it isn't from God. If they are screaming and yelling, are bitter and hateful etc, then God isn't inspiring them, nor is their message coming from God.
The Book of Revelation's "warning" as a lame excuse or argument for the end of prophets. The Book of Revelation is a single book among many in a collective volume or library of books called the Bible. In fact, the Book of Revelation was written long before many of the books in the New Testament. If John's warning in Chapter 22:18-19 was to mean all accounts, books and writings from God, then we would have to throw away most of the New Testament. The words "...If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book." were written to mean the words written in the Book of Revelation, and not all scripture in general. John meant to not change the account of the vision he saw about the end of the world. Nobody is supposed to change the words or add to them (although it's obvious someone in the past has) of the account of the vision. Common sense people! The books in the Bible are not in the order that they were written.
I hope to finally put this topic to rest, at least for myself. My next article will most likely be political
I truly know there is a God, and he is our father. He sent us, his literal children to Earth to learn, grow, and be tested. Part of this test involves us choosing right and wrong, learning good and bad, seeing good and evil, knowing joy and misery. Seeing and experiencing the opposites so we gain in wisdom and intelligence and make the right choices. God sent us his most obedient son, our big brother, Jesus, to satisfy two eternal laws that were impossible to satisfy on their own, and kept us from returning to God. That was "Justice" and "Mercy". Being without sin, Jesus satisfied justice for our sins, which prevents us from returning to God, and he satisfied Mercy for us in the same action. This was Jesus' most important purpose, and shows perfect love for doing so.
I know this to be true. It makes logical sense to me. The universe makes sense with the piece of the puzzle. Knowing there is a God is quite comforting, and knowing he has a grand plan for me, makes it all that more exciting to live. I am so thankful for my right to make my own choices in life, and a country that also gives me those rights to make them.
Christianity isn't about telling people on street-corners they are going to go to hell. That's not what Jesus taught us. Jesus taught us to be and act like him to the best of their ability. To treat everyone with love and kindness, not hatred and vitriol. It is not our position to tell someone they are going to hell, that judgement is reserved for Jesus Christ himself. We, however, are expected to teach by example and show what is right, and let the individual choose in peace. The parable of the Good Samaritan that Jesus told has so many meanings in this area, that it would take another article to explain it. I'll leave that for another day.
Science, pure science, the truth, comes from God and proves God's existence. Some scientists my deny that fact by showing a blind eye to the obvious, but that doesn't change the facts. Some Christian's so-called explanations for things not told to us need to stop. Seriously, Jesus riding dinosaurs?! Give me a break!
There is a bizarre and disturbing war of misunderstandings going on between science and those claiming to be Christians. Oddly enough, there are those on both sides that claim the universe just "popped" into existence, although by completely different methods. I am amused at the whole situation.
Here's the scenario:
The universe began as an infinitely small singularity of infinitely large mass that suddenly exploded and created the matter of the universe, which eventually became solar systems, galaxies, clusters and super-clusters of today. What they don't say is why (or how) it exploded, how the singularity got there, and how the singularity was formed.
Everything you see is by sheer accident and purely random choice of happenstance, no intelligence involved.
Man and the animal kingdom evolved from a chemical soup, or came from a comet, or [insert newest theory here]. Evolution is the rule.
Much of Christianity:
God, an intelligent being that's everywhere and nowhere without substance etc., but loves us all, decided to say a few words and magically the universe appeared at his mere words.
Man and the animals appeared at God's mere words as well, and have always been as we see them now.
The beauty and grandeur of everything supports intelligence.
Now, with that said, I can see why those on either side of the aisle can think the other one is completely nuts. From a scientific point of view, a scientist sees the mainstream Christian view as an energy creature straight out of Star Trek, that can change shape and form, with mystical magic powers said an enchantment and waved his wand, made everything appear, and decided to sight see as Jesus and tell everyone he can save them. That, with a few exceptions, is an atheist's point of view of the mainstream Christian.
Who's fault is this? It's (here come the flames) modern Christianity's fault.
Before I go on, I must say that I am Christian, and I belong to a church that is Christian. However, since this article is based on my opinion, I'd prefer to keep the name of this church silent.
Christianity has been around for nearly 2000 years. In this time, you have to be an idiot if you think that some of the words of the prophets, apostles, and Jesus himself haven't been lost or corrupted over this time. I do know the things the prophets and apostles wrote about were true as they were written by their own hand. However, politics, desire for power and human error (as there were no copy machines) have resulted in these writings either going missing, missing key and important information, been purposefully changed by one desiring power, and even simply having the real meanings getting lost in translation after translation and copy after copy.
First, a little lesson. For many centuries after Jesus and his apostles, the various churches (sorry, but "Catholic" wasn't the only one, it just was the biggest) used hand written copies of the writings of these men. Many were copies of copies of copies. Some were abridgments, and some were commentaries of the originals. Each church had a library and each Parrish could only store a small amount and so the priests usually had their favorites they would preach from, and only they were allowed to read them (odd, since Jesus preached to everyone, not just his Apostles). This was too cumbersome to have all of these scrolls and books around, so it was decided to come up with a standard canon or library all parishes would have and be able to preach from. It was also decided that this library would be small enough to just be bound into one volume. Incidentally, that Latin for "Library" is "biblia", which is where we get the word "Bible". So, a bunch of self-righteous, lazy, and uninspired bone-heads decided to ditch the vast library of religious knowledge they had access to, and only put their favorite parts into a small book and call it the "Library" or "Bible". Eventually, the other books either rotted away or were just simply lost to history.
So, here we have the Bible. It's based upon writings that were inspired by God and written by holy men, but it has gone through the careless filter of ignorant, power hungry, and careless men to become the volume it is today. This is why there is so much confusion.
Then add on to the top of that the various "creeds" by, certainly, uninspired men. Yes, the creeds, all founded by committee and not all members of these committees were all Christians. Some had pagan members. These creeds were designed to stop the bickering and fighting between churches, and were ordered by the sovereign (and not allowed to leave until a consensus was made). So, the best they could come up with was that God was a big mysterious "nothing" that was everywhere and nowhere at the same time, and manifested itself in three different forms (Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit). This is God being formed by committee. It's also total BS.
Now, back to the universe...
Christianity and science could co-exist if both parties really knew what the other was REALLY talking about. For example, there is no word "create" in Hebrew. The word "QaNeh" is usually translated to "create". The Hebrew "QaNeh" means "to build a nest", the English word originates from the Latin word "creat" which means "to bring into existence". OK, we have a problem here.
To a Hebrew (from which we get the "creation" account in the Old Testament), the word "create" is an abstract concept, and nothing in the Hebrew language can translate to "create" or "creation", or even "creator". In fact "organize", "organization", and "organizer" would have been better words. Many Christians see God as a being that makes something appear out of nothing, this is incorrect. It is not what Moses wrote down, nor told his children. The Hebrews saw God (metaphorically) like a "bird" who goes about acquiring and gathering materials to build a nest, and saw man as the "eggs" he was building the nest for. This something out of nothing is an incorrect and recent concept. It is not "Biblical" as many would claim.
If you carefully read the account in Genesis (that Moses wrote) you will notice that if you replace the words "create" (and all similar) with "organize", your perspective changes. Oddly enough, what Moses describes can't be much different than what we hear on the Science Channel.
God is the master of delegation. Choosing prophets, apostles, etc. proves this. Like a foreman on a construction site that gets credit for it and is responsible for it, God is the same with how this Earth was organized. This is why God has angels etc. This is how he can seem to be everywhere at once. He has servants (angels) everywhere.
Let's see, Moses says "the Earth was without form". A sounds like the solar system is just one big pile of supernovae rocks and hydrogen gas. A pretty dark place.
So when God says "Let there be light". He's giving an instruction on organizing the materials necessary to form the solar system. What is the first thing that happens in solar system formation? Why, I do declare, a star is formed by a quick collapse of hydrogen into a gas ball supporting nuclear fusion which gives off light.
"Let there be a firmament" and so on sounds like gathering debris to form a planet with an atmosphere, a "firmament".
Then we see water and dry land forming. Once it was ready, here come the plants. Let's see now, my own practical mind says God commanded his servants to plant seeds. Does Moses say where they came from? Nope, but I'd venture to guess there has been seeds and plants for many eternities.
Then we learn that sea life was placed here first. Moses doesn't say how, but I'm sure it's the same way we would bring fish to another planet should we travel there. Yes, I believe the animal life was brought here, and has always existed throughout eternity.
Next comes the land animals, I believe placed here as well.
All these things were done at God's word. Not by "magic" or "poof!", but by servants obeying a command.
Before I continue, let my scientific friends consider their "accident" or "random" theory for a moment. Consider the following:
Sol, our sun is of a relatively small and stable form of star. Anything any larger or smaller would make life nearly impossible either through heavy radiation, or pulsing or irregular output. It's also an unusual star. It's stability is not the norm.
The distance from Sol to the Earth is pretty specific for our radiation dose and temperate climate. Any closer and we fry, and any further we'd freeze. Note, this "liveable zone" is not measured in feet, but millions of miles, though narrow in an astronomical sense.
The orbits of the planets, although technically elliptical, are all perfectly stable and almost circular. Very friendly for stable seasons and climate on the Earth. In fact, these almost circular orbits seem to not be the norm, according to recent observations.
The positions of the planets is very unique. Our gas giants are on the outside, very far away, and in stable orbits. Observations so far (and computer models) show gas giants migrate to their respective stars to be consumed, and usually are in wild heavily elliptical orbits, thus swallowing any rocky planets.
Our gas giants are organized in order of size, with the biggest being closest to Earth. This makes for an excellent "first strike" cleaning system of rocks (asteroids) and other debris from striking the Earth.
Our moon is way too large to have been captured and the proto-earth (Earth MKI) theory has many holes in it. Yet it's there. It stabilizes the Earth's spin, and slows it to 24 hours. It keeps it tilted to allow for seasons. It exerts a gravitational pull resulting in tides and ocean currents and weather patterns. The ocean currents, which keep the climate stable and the UK moderate, among other places. Air currents that clean and circulate the air which feeds the plants CO2 which gives us oxygen. All of this from the moon, which is very large for its planet and in a nearly perfect circular orbit.
The Earth's magnetic field. This field keeps us from cooking from the sun's radiation, and the atmosphere does the rest. It's very hard to find any rocky planet with a strong magnetic field. Only the gas giants usually have them. Ours is tremendously strong for the planet's size, as well. The large Moon's tidal forces help contribute to this.
The Earth itself. The configuration of the continents allows for ocean currents which temper the climate and keep the oceans not too warm and not too cool, thus supporting life. Plate tectonics, to allow for stabilizing of the Earth's internal heat, which fuels the magnetic field. Which also turns everything combined into one giant temperature stabilizer.
Natural resources. My goodness, all of the liquid and solid based resources to help us better our lives. None of the other planetoids have such a diverse number of resources. Obviously this was set aside for man to use.
The perfect order of it all. Plants, to form oxygen and the nourish the Earth. Animals, to eat the plants and earth, to release CO2 for the plants to turn into oxygen. Rivers, to feed all of them. Rain, to form the rivers. Oceans to collect and process the natural wastes and supply the rain. Storms, to cleans the ground; natural fires, to renew the earth to give new places for things to grow. The beauty of the plants, and the mountains, all for their own vital purposes. Everything wreaks of intelligence behind it. Thousands of perfectly happening "accidents" is no accident.
Then there's the position of the solar system. It's in a relatively "safe" place of the Milky Way Galaxy. Out in the proverbial suburbs, if you will. Away from the supernovae, gamma ray bursts, and other dangers the universe has to offer. A place where our sun's own magnetosphere has the strength to protect us from everyday galaxy weather.
OK, now finally we have man. Notice how God, the Father, himself does this step. We really don't know how, and frankly it's not important to me right now. Nevertheless, the specifics of man being formed is that God made man in "his own image". How hard is that for people to understand and grasp? God made us to look like him! So, is God a mysterious nothingness that is both everywhere and nowhere? No, of course not. God "looks" just like us. Although I'd venture to say in a more perfect form. Jesus tried telling that to his disciples many times. He said he was the "spittin' image of his father" (paraphrasing obviously). Gee, that means his father looked like him. Wait a minute, his father was someone else. So when Jesus says he and his father are "one" that certainly means they have one purpose or think alike, where the heck a bunch of dark-aged boneheaded idiots thought he meant they were the same being is beyond me. It's one of the truths about God that was not lost to history in the Bible. Heck, the account of the baptism of Jesus plainly says God the Father is one individual, Jesus is another, and the Holy Spirit is a third individual. When Apostles say they had visions seeing Jesus on the right-hand of God, they didn't see a guy standing on his own right hand. They saw a father and his son standing next to him.
This brings meaning to us as God's children. This means we literally are his children. Get over it. Yes, humans are special and distinct from the animal kingdom. It's why God gave us dominion over everything in and on the Earth. There's a good reason why we are here. When Jesus says "everything in my kingdom is yours" you may want to consider the vast aspects of that incredible promise. Eternal life is different than immortality. God and Jesus are eternal. Just think about what that means.
My scientific friends. The rules of God are quite literally perfect science. Everything makes sense, has order, and is always in complete conformity with the rules of true science. Unfortunately for Earth science, they don't know everything. If they did, they would be God. There are obviously higher laws that govern the behavior of the lower ones. We on Earth only see the lower laws, and that's part of the plan.
Now my Christian friends. You can't go to a university or seminary to learn about what the scriptures mean. Nor can you trust a bunch of angry men's compromise theory of the nature of God either. Such knowledge is taught through careful and prayerful study. How do we know this? This very question was asked of James, an Apostle and Jesus' half brother. James 1:2-6 basically says to not just take a book's or man's word for truth (sometimes called "blind faith" or fanaticism). James says God loves to give knowledge to those who sincerely seek it, and NEVER chews them out for asking ("Upbraideth not" means he won't be angry with you for asking). If you ask and expect to really receive an answer, then you will receive an answer. What he was basically saying was study hard, and think it out in your mind first, and when you come to an impasse or a point to where the "need to know" needs to come before further action is taken, then that's the time to sincerely, humbly, and patiently ask God, expecting an answer. You will receive that answer.
To a scientist that isn't the "scientific method". However, if God does exist, and God does personally answer heartfelt and sincere prayers for knowledge, then this answer must be so obvious and personal that it cannot be denied as to its origin, thus proving it sufficiently enough for the individual. This is the method God has given us to find out what is true and what is a lie. Who do you trust and who do you mistrust?
Many Christians misunderstand how to pray and its purpose, which is the main reason why atheists misunderstand and are scared of the prospect of a supernatural being controlling someone's life. First of all, God gave us brains and an intelligence of our own to think for ourselves. He gave us Prophets and Apostles to write about how to live and treat each other. God expects us to know these things. God also expects us to educate ourselves as much as possible about the topic at hand. He expects us to study out a problem in our minds, come to a conclusion or choice, and then ask God if this is the right choice. Prayers of "tell me what to do" in most instances will get you the answer "see if you can figure it out first". God put us here to have us make choices and have the freedom to make good and bad choices. This is how we learn. Asking God to tell you what to do about each and every aspect of life is not his desire, nor plan, and frankly you'll find yourself no better off. Want to pass a test? Good, then study hard and ask God to help you remember. Asking God to give those, that didn't study, the answers, won't work.
God's a "fill in the blanks" God, not a "spoil the rotten lazy child" God.
So how does all of this fit with "Intelligent Design?" It's very simple. Science is blind to all of the perfection and intelligence around them. Each single one they claim is accidental or random. Yet as a whole it's an amazingly perfect collection of random accidents to come together so perfectly to be so mathematically unlikely that the odds of even ONE thing happening (like the large moon and small earth coming together) is so remote, that the odds favor an explosion in a print factory to accidentally form the dictionary from the resulting debris. Combine all of the "accidents" odds together and you get an astronomically large number that represents more than the total number of atoms in the universe (to one) odds of everything on the earth happening as it did.
Those of science just open your eyes, there's evidence of intelligence everywhere. Those of Christianity, pull your head out and actually learn the truth about what you are supposed to believe and share with others. Stop basing your beliefs on the uninspired and committee born creeds of the dark ages, and just read and learn from the scriptures as they were intended to be learned.
Both science and Christianity will actually find that they are quite similar and that true science and true Christianity has an eventual convergence.
Oh yes, a great science fiction plot object. My father's favorite story line. The "Time Travel" gimmick that entertains everyone from the Geek to the casual reader.
I am a big viewer of the "Nerd Channels" on television. I like to watch the Science Channel and Discovery channel quite regularly. I've given up on TLC as it has just become the decorator channel. Although Discovery seems to be the Alaska channel now, but I digress...
I have always been interested in science. No, not the junk science so many practice now days with their "assume that..." theories and such, and claiming them as facts. I am talking about pure science. The kind of real science politics, government funding and Al Gore can't pollute into a false religion.
Don't get me wrong, TV is not my only source of information. I love to read as well, and have read more than just fiction. While I don't claim the mental fitness of Einstein, I do grasp the concept of relativity and for the most part, it makes sense to me.
Many times, when I see scientific and experimental concepts discussed about time travel, I only hear the theoretical and Earth-centric aspect of it being spoken of. Things such as worm-holes, warping, and folding space come into the conversation. These theories may have scientific merit, but they don't have practical understanding. I frequently see scientists in the world that concentrate on their fields exclusively, and frankly, are completely ignorant of many other scientific fields of study. If there's one thing I have learned as a computer professional, it's that knowing hardware, software, and all technologies relating to the industry gives an edge to the quality of work offered as a programmer. Those that only understand programming and have no idea how a CPU and its relating electronics work together will always be at a disadvantage and missing a very important point of view. Science is the same way. You may be nuclear physicist, but maybe, just maybe, knowing a bit about astronomy and geology might just help you in your field.
Back to time travel. I hear a lot about the fundamentals of relativity being discussed in relation to time travel theories, but I never ever hear the practical and obvious problems relativity brings to the issue. Only the deepest theories are discussed, but never the problems they cause.
Let me lay it down, so to speak, for everyone to understand. Let's say someone figures out how to travel through time and makes a "Mr. TimeTravel" or "flux capacitor" device. Yay for him/her! Guess, what? It still will be unusable. They have only conquered the tip of the iceberg. How? The universe is not like a Hollywood movie, nor is the Earth sitting stationary in space. Bending some laws to achieve time travel does not eliminate other laws.
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Consider for a moment that nothing in the universe is sitting still. In fact, most, if not all of it is moving quite fast, blazingly fast. You think you are sitting still on Earth reading this, but in reality this is happening:
You are traveling (if sitting on the equator) 1000 miles per hour as the earth rotates on its axis. You have this great spinning force wanting to fling you off into space, but the Eath's gravity keeps you firmly in your chair.
The Earth is orbiting the Sun, a simple star called "Sol", at approximately 18.5 miles per second. Pretty darn fast in and of itself! The Earth should be flung out into space, but it and the Sun's gravity keeps it comfortably in a stable orbit.
The Sun, "Sol", orbits the Milky Way Galaxy's center at approximately 450,000 miles per hour, with a slight oscillation through the galactic plane.
The Milky Way Galaxy is (by most scientific estimates) traveling through space at approximately 1.3 million miles per hour.
OK, you now have this fancy-schmancy "Mr. TimeTravel" device or a flux capacitor, and you want to do some time traveling. GREAT! Now you need to solve the problems of distance. If you want to appear even five minutes into the past, then you had better be wearing a space suit and have a REALLY fast space ship, because you aren't anywhere near the Earth when you arrive. You will appear at precisley the point where you left the Earth at that particular time. You will also have the relative inertia of all of that speed from the Earth's rotation, the Earth's orbit, the Sun's orbit, and the Milky Way's speed all at once without the gravity to govern it. In a split second after you arrive, you will be nowhere near where the Earth is going to be even in just five minutes worth of time travel.
Where you appear all depends on what direction you were heading when you left, and what direction the Earth was heading. There is a chance you might end up inside the Earth itself or inside the moon or other object, if not out in space. There's no way you are landing on the Earth after you zap to another time.
So time travel may sound cool, romantic, and a great way to write a story. I don't think mankind will ever be able to actually experience it. There's just too much going against you.