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Science points to God
Hutchinson News ^ | 7/12/12 | DAVE DENLINGER

Posted on 07/19/2012 5:48:29 PM PDT by kathsua

I appreciated the comments of Leroy Stucky (Western Front, June 28) defending the biblical view of the beginning of mankind, the world and the universe, otherwise known as creationism.

Creationism will always be a very difficult doctrine to accept, as long as people exclude the supernatural influence and presence of an almighty God who, in my opinion, started the whole process.

I have never read an issue of The American Spectator magazine, but recently at the library I happened to pick up the May 2012 issue. The magazine, I found out, is very conservative, but not necessary Christian. However, included in this issue was an article titled "Intelligent Design at the University Club," written by Tom Bethell, senior editor of The American Spectator.

Without being preachy or "Bible-thumping," Mr. Bethell argued from a scientific perspective for the dynamic influence of God in the creation of mankind, etc. He defended his argument from several vantage points, and I will mention only one:

"Stephen Meyer, the director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, spoke the other evening at a forum called 'Socrates in the City.' ... In his talk, inquiring how life first appeared from simpler pre-existing chemicals, Meyer emphasized the concept of biological information, which is embedded in DNA.

"Think of it as analogous to software code. ... Software contains instructions that direct computers to accomplish various functions. Likewise, DNA contains instructions for the assembly of tiny machines called proteins, which perform vital functions within every cell."

Meyer went on to explain that "unbelieving" scientists have no explanation as to how the proper information got into the DNA molecule - a gargantuan task, as he went on to explain. Simply put, it certain seems that Someone had to "program" this DNA computer.

In short, as every microbiologist should know, the "simple cell" is the most complex "piece of machinery" ever investigated.

That's one reason why I am a believer in the God of creation, the One who created all forms of life, including man, who also created planet Earth, the solar system and all the galaxies.

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To: Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; betty boop; YHAOS

AG: I perceive Adam was created in the spiritual realm before he was banished to mortality, the physical realm, and his mortal calendar/clock began

Spirited: Unless my understanding of your stated view is incorrect, what it appears to be saying is that Adams’ fall was from spirit into matter. If this is so, then it is similar in many ways to Western pagan, Gnostic, and Eastern views.

For your consideration, here is what Catholic philosopher Thomas Molnar, now-deceased Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Yale University has to say about this view in his widely-acclaimed, “The Pagan Temptation.”

Molnar reveals that from Plato to Plotinus, it was held as axiomatic that the fall of spirit/souls into the material realm was either inexplicable or explained as punishment. At any rate it was a plunge from being as one with or an aspect of the Divine Substance into the material realm of distinctions, or binary.

In “Against the Christians” (frag. 77) Porphyry, disciple of Plotinus and Arnobius, writes:

“How can one admit that the divine should become an embryo, that after his birth he is put in swaddling clothes, that he is soiled with blood and bile, and worse things yet?” (The Pagan Temptation, Thomas Molnar, p. 27)

In “Adversus nationes” (2.37) Arnobius complains:

“If souls were of the Lord’s race…They would never come to these terrestrial places (and) inhabit opaque bodies and (be) mixed with humors and blood, in receptacles of excrement, in vases of urine.” (ibid)

As all things are aspects of (in contiunity with) the Divine Substance by whatever name it goes, i.e., watery abyss, Nu, chaos, then human beings have a share of the Divine substance. The fall then is into evil matter and binary. The body being matter it is perceived as a tomb, a receptacle of excrement, from which spirit must escape that it can become one with, or be reabsorbed into, the Divine Substance. Salvation is reabsorption.

Molnar notes that the closest pagan thinkers came to Incarnation was with a purely negative connotation in the teachings of Pythagoras and Empedocles. They taught that souls fallen from the divine Substance are subsequently incarnated in animal forms as punishment.

Incarnation of soul in animal form and then into another form and so on is the basis of evolutionary thinking, fatalism, determinism, reincarnation, karma.

Pre-Christian and early Christian Gnostics were more directly influenced by Eastern systems than were Greek thinkers. The leaders of the Gnostic movement–Valentiunus, Basilides, Arnobius and others—taught that the world and bodies are the work of the devil (Yahweh) who holds the Divine Substance (good God..Lucifer) in bondage. Gnostics, or Pneumatics, possess the secret gnosis of escaping this evil world so as to be reabsorbed into the divine substance. Since matter is evil and reabsorption salvation then procreation is evil because it produces more earthly suffering by trapping divine sparks within bodies.

The similarity between Greek and Upanishadic doctrines is striking said Molnar. The Upanishads teach that souls are aspects or particles of the totality. The fall of souls is into bodies. This cosmic rupture is a state of misery for the separated souls because in the body they become limited and divided into individuals, male and female. Rather than oneness (wholeness) there is a binary system of opposites which must be eliminated:

” The foremost “binary” is the distinction between the Creator and the creature. Other binaries then fall like dominos—the binary of right and wrong, for example. “We must beware of thinking of good and evil as absolute opposites,” says a leading theorist. Modern psychologists tell us that a binary view of reality (as made up of opposites) produces guilt, the hallmark of neurosis. The Hindu notion of Advaita, “not two,” dominates spirituality and “non-dual spirituality” is taught even in some “evangelical” schools. Lesbian activists ask: “Can We Put an End to the Gender Binary?” (The because “there is no one way a person should be.” (May 9, 2012: The Official End of Christendom, Dr. Peter Jones)

Atomists such as Epicurus taught that the “all that exists” is the void and matter, and that human beings, their intelligence and volition, are an evolved accident of chance. Everything is void and matter, therefore first principles, eternal ideas, souls, spirits, divine reason and afterlife are absurdities. Only reason is left, but reason is active only because sensations (i.e., firing of neurons, chemical interactions) stimulate it.

Epicurus’s materialist teachings are the basis of all materialist systems, including the West’s contemporary version, scientific matierialism and its main doctrine, biological evolution.

In contrast to pagan evolutionism, Christianity teaches that the supernatural God is the Ultimate Thinker, the living, personal Creator who called all things into being from nothing—creation ex nihilo. He creates all souls individual and immortal. They are not mere aspects of an unthinking, impersonal substance, but rather they belong to the supernatural God Who speaks:

“Behold all souls are mine: as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, the same shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4

Again in contrast to pagan doctrine, the Bible traces all human sinfulness to the fact that Adam and Eve sinned. Adam, as the head and father of the human race, is important not only for his own sin, but because in Adam we all sinned. The Genesis account also teaches that God’s judgment on that sin has cosmic effects.

Molnar writes that despite the rise of Christianity a pagan influence persisted underground and in the fourteenth century onward to our own time it has grown increasingly coherent, interconnected, organized and assertive. In the twentieth century the pagan influence and its’ evolutionary account of origins is so pervasive and seductive that Westerners are increasingly turning from Christianity to seek meaning, salvation, and spiritual powers in pagan spirituality and the occult.

Though the theory of evolution has not captured the hearts and minds of the vast mainstream of American Christians this good news is only for a short time, said Dr. Albert Mohler. And this is because Christians do not know what evolutionary theory really is. Nor do they have any:

” understanding of the Bible’s message of creation and redemption. We have not only a failure to connect the dots; in too many churches we have a failure to teach the basic truths that will be dots we might want to connect….Doctrinal illiteracy has infected much of evangelicalism, where experience seems to rule over knowledge, and intuition seems to dominate over true intellectual engagement. This bad news gets worse, because generation by generation there will be a greater acceptance of naturalism and evolution simply because the younger generation is so steeped in the educational process and in a secular culture where that’s taken for granted.” (Creation and Redemption: A Conversation with Albert Mohler, interview with Lael Weinberger, )

41 posted on 07/22/2012 7:41:48 AM PDT by spirited irish
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What an awesome and majestic God we worship!!!

Amen. Praise God!!!

And yes indeed, it is the "universal now" we had previously discussed. Sadly, I forgot that term which is far more appropriate than the term "eternal now."

And I do hope you will consider doing that multidimensional graphic because it is such an important - and difficult - concept in understanding God's Name I AM.

Thank you so much for sharing your insights and that providential photograph, dear brother in Christ, and thank you for your encouragements!

42 posted on 07/22/2012 7:58:10 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: kathsua

God creationist BUMP

43 posted on 07/22/2012 8:21:10 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: spirited irish; betty boop; TXnMA; hosepipe; MHGinTN
Unless my understanding of your stated view is incorrect, what it appears to be saying is that Adams’ fall was from spirit into matter. If this is so, then it is similar in many ways to Western pagan, Gnostic, and Eastern views.

I'm saying that Adam was banished to mortality at the top of Genesis 4 - that his existence before that was in the spiritual realm. As evidence, the tree of life is in the midst of the Garden of Eden which is Paradise.

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. – Genesis 2:9

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. – Revelation 2:7

Whether my beliefs have any counterpart in Western pagan, Gnostic, and Eastern views is irrelevant to me. That many belief systems have a form of the golden rule - do unto others as you would have them do unto you - does not invalidate it in Judeo/Christian belief.

My concern is the Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the words of God in Scripture.

Adam was sown into corruption. And he was the first sown into corruption.

So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit. The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven. As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly.

And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. - I Cor 15:42-49

I truly cannot say whether, upon banishment, Adam's soul was enfleshed into an existing creature's fleshy body or whether he brought his own fleshy body or was given a new one. Likewise, I cannot say whether the spiritual realm intersects the physical realm in reference to the Garden of Eden, the Temple, the Holy Mountain and the Ark of Covenant - or whether the earthy was a type of the heavenly.

Some Jewish mystics believe the firmament of Genesis 1 is not geometric but rather a boundary separating the spiritual from the physical, i.e. that the spiritual and physical co-exist in the same space. If one were able to cross the boundary, he could appear any where or when, e.g.

Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. And this [is] the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. - Daniel 5:24-25

And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. - Mark 9:4

Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. - John 8:59

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you. - John 20:26

But I can say that Adam was sown into corruption. That does not mean earthy=evil, heavenly=good - after all, Satan was in heaven and Jesus was in the earth.

However, it does mean that but for Christ we would be dead, body and soul.

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. - Romans 8:9-10

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. - John 3:18

And again,

But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. - I Cor 15:20-22

The Catholic Church does not reject evolution and, as I recall, sees Adam as the first ensouled man.

And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. - Genesis 2:7

And Christ is God enfleshed.

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. - Luke 1:35

And again,

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. - Romans 5:12-14

Obviously I have serious problems with evolution per se because information (successful communication), autonomy, semiosis, inertia, etc. cannot be explained by natural causes and every attempt sounds like a "just so" story. Nevertheless, I am not threatened by such theories.

My faith is built on the Person Jesus Christ not any scientific theory or the debunking of any such theory.

But I do not expect anyone else to see things the way I do.

God's Name is I AM.

44 posted on 07/22/2012 9:38:05 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl; TXnMA; AU72; spirited irish; betty boop; Thermopylae; MHGinTN; YHAOS; marron; metmom

About this subject “time”.. and eternity, past, present, future..

It seems to me “time” would only be important to creatures that “DIED”...
For if entities lived forever, time would not be so important a thing..
Because there would be few time limits..
and no lineal time.. being replaced by “timing”...

Timing would be important even in eternity.. as in a waveform..

45 posted on 07/22/2012 11:46:01 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: spirited irish
[ Evolutionary thinking is neither new nor particularly scientific. The very ancient Enuma Elish, though mainly concerned with the exploits of Marduk, is in fact an Assyrian-Babylonian evolutionary cosmogony speaking of how all things evolved out of pre-existing primordial matter, that is, a watery abyss. Moving forward to ancient Egypt we find the Sun-God Ra speaking of how he emerged out of primordial matter he calls Nu. ]

No doubt about it... Explaining how humanity came to be (other than the third human on earth coming from two other ones).. would take a very large and diversionary Tale or Yarn.. Spiced with complexity and mystery's left to imagination.. this Yarn could lead many off into a Cul D'Sac.. Absolutely confident this Yarn was "true"... and not fiction..

I orefer to believe the third human on this planet came from two other ones.. call me hard-head.. simple minded.. if you will...

46 posted on 07/22/2012 12:24:57 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Alamo-Girl
47 posted on 07/22/2012 12:36:18 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Alamo-Girl
Thank you dear Sister in Christ for your (as always) kind and encouraging words!

A-G:"And I do hope you will consider doing that multidimensional graphic because it is such an important - and difficult - concept in understanding God's Name I AM."

I don't know whether to rejoice -- or weep -- over that encouraging word... So far, I have been unsuccessful in re-locating the Canvas file in which I was creating making that graphic. My fear is that It may have been stored on a Western Digital external drive that recently ceased to function...:-(

IIRC, I had it labeled across the bottom i(looking forward in time) from God's Creation reference-frame perspective, and across the top (looking backward in time) from Man's geo-centered reference-frame perspective.

FWIW, I seem to recall you or BB commenting on my labeling the present era as "The age of Man" or some such...

BTW, would one of you have a copy of the JPEG of it I sent you? AHA! if I sent it to you on FR, I had to have put a copy online on my domain -- and, here it is:

Unfortunately, this is only the 2-D "outline" version. I know I expanded it into perspective 3-D, filled with astronomical objects and such, and with a circular-section "slice" shown to represent the "Universal NOW"...

IIRC, I was considering postulating the advent of Christ as the end of God's seventh day, and showing us in the "church age" as His eighth day... (My justification for that postulate is that, with the advent of our Lord, God became manifestly and indisputably active in the events of His creation, and was/is no longer in a passive, resting mode.) [I KNOW for a fact that He is actively guiding and impacting my life -- and yours...]

I struggle with the concept that God ever completely removed His guiding hand from His creation (put it "on autopilot", controlled only by his designed-in "laws"). But, if he, indeed, did so, it most likely was during that seventh "rest day"...

BTW, IMHO, a vertical line anywhere across that diagram would represent a single, dimensioness example of a "Universal NOW".

The concept of God's "Universal NOW" is clear in my mind. I hope I am able to resurrect and improve my work to graphically share my concept of it with other Believers!

His Name is I AM!

48 posted on 07/22/2012 1:50:47 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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Argh! did it again... intended to ping you to #48...

kathsua, as OP, please consider yourself copied to all of my comments..

49 posted on 07/22/2012 2:00:54 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: hosepipe
Hmmm ... "timing" is a very interesting way to put it.

Thank you for sharing your insights, dear hosepipe!

50 posted on 07/22/2012 9:56:26 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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Thank you for your encouragements, dear MHGinTN!
51 posted on 07/22/2012 10:23:21 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: TXnMA; betty boop
Thank you so very much for bringing that graphic to the discussion, dear brother in Christ, and especially for sharing your insights!

I'm thrilled you found it!

I struggle with the concept that God ever completely removed His guiding hand from His creation (put it "on autopilot", controlled only by his designed-in "laws"). But, if he, indeed, did so, it most likely was during that seventh "rest day"..

Likewise, I do not perceive the Creation being on auto-pilot since God is actively guiding and impacting our lives.

One concept I'd love to see illustrated in your graphic is that a photon sent from a star to an observer some million light years away might spend 10 million years getting there because space/time itself expands while the photon is en route.

Perhaps the bottom of the graphic showing Days 1 through 6 could be proportionally changed using Dr. Schroeder's calculations in The Age of the Universe:

Now we can go one step further. Let's look at the development of time, day-by-day, based on the expansion factor. Every time the universe doubles, the perception of time is cut in half. Now when the universe was small, it was doubling very rapidly. But as the universe gets bigger, the doubling time gets longer. This rate of expansion is quoted in "The Principles of Physical Cosmology," a textbook that is used literally around the world.

(In case you want to know, this exponential rate of expansion has a specific number averaged at 10 to the 12th power. That is in fact the temperature of quark confinement, when matter freezes out of the energy: 10.9 times 10 to the 12th power Kelvin degrees divided by (or the ratio to) the temperature of the universe today, 2.73 degrees. That's the initial ratio which changes exponentially as the universe expands.)

The calculations come out to be as follows:

• The first of the Biblical days lasted 24 hours, viewed from the "beginning of time perspective." But the duration from our perspective was 8 billion years.

• The second day, from the Bible's perspective lasted 24 hours. From our perspective it lasted half of the previous day, 4 billion years.

• The third 24 hour day also included half of the previous day, 2 billion years.

• The fourth 24 hour day ― one billion years.

• The fifth 24 hour day ― one-half billion years.

• The sixth 24 hour day ― one-quarter billion years.

To God be the glory, not man, never man.

53 posted on 07/22/2012 11:10:27 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

I’m into timing... God provides “gifts”..


54 posted on 07/22/2012 11:12:24 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: kathsua


55 posted on 07/22/2012 11:55:37 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Alamo-Girl
LOL!!! Thank you for your encouragement and vote of confidence!!!

You don't ask for much, do you? '-) Here I am, struggling to represent four dimensions on a flat plane -- and you request dynamic expansion, time dilation, and exponential time, as well!!

Whoeeee! Nothing like a nice challenge... ;-}

No wonder you're one of my favorite fans! :-)


BTW, I've now found a mockup of my 3~4-D attempt, and am trying to add in representation of multiple (linear) ray/photon paths across distance|time (reaching us, at our "now"). When I get that done, I'll share it for comments before I formalize it further.

56 posted on 07/23/2012 12:24:54 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: hosepipe
Wow, talk about gifts! Thank you oh so very much for introducing me to Jackie Evancho and for this wonderful collection!
57 posted on 07/23/2012 12:03:54 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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I'm so sorry. It's just wishful thinking on my part. If you'd rather stay away from those subjects, that's fine by me.

Thank you again, oh so very much dear brother in Christ, for all of your insights and encouragements!

58 posted on 07/23/2012 12:16:55 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl
ROFLOL!! I was just enjoying your vote of confidence in my graphic abilities! :-)

You suggestions are all worthy goals, and I hope to be able to work some of them in... But you can only push a graphic analogy so far... especially if you are merely trying to explain (in four dimensions) everything that is -- or ever was -- (and praising the ONE Who made and controls it all) ...on a single 17" flat screen...! LOL!!

I'll soon ship the URL for my rough-draft working model to you via FReepmail, and we can discuss modifications of the final version or -- more likely -- other, supplementary illustrations...

Believe me, just attempting something like this is a most thought-provoking and educational exercise... ;-)

But, it has also become a strikingly meaningful experience of worship and praise!

His name is "I AM", and He is beyond wondrous!!!

59 posted on 07/23/2012 4:02:49 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Alamo-Girl; betty boop

FReepMail (with goodies) for you...

60 posted on 07/23/2012 8:42:22 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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