Does Science Argue for or against God?

As it the case in most professions, there are great ones, average ones and poor ones. This is true in the scientific community as well.

The poor ones today ignore the facts in order to promote a particular viewpoint. I really shouldn’t say “today” because these kind of people have been misleading people for centuries.

Does science argue for or against God?
If you’re honest, they answer that science argues for God.

Quantum Mind Theory & Spirituality

I found this video simply fascinating. Think I’ve shared it 9 times already. It brings a large number of questions to mind, many which intersect with Bible teachings, at least to my way of thinking.

Then, I happened upon this next video.

Thoughts at this point. (I’ll return again in the future.)

  1. Consciousness determines existence. Is God’s observation of us what gives us existence? Hebrews 4:13
  2. Conscious mind experiment. Our thoughts can accomplish things? Apart from God or with his help? James 5:16
  3. Our prayers can be more or less effective depending on our beliefs about God and their strengths. Hebrews 11:6

Just found another one. Fascinating!

Does Science Argue For or Against God?

Very clear and easy to watch explanation that even though there are a vast number of planets in our universe, given the minimum 50 criteria needed to support life the number of candidates is only in the thousands.

At least, that’s by today’s current level of understanding.

Just remember, back in the 1960s, scientists told us alien life was almost a certainty.

So, does science argue for or against God? Seems pretty clear that, as long as, scientists check their agenda at the door, the facts show beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a Creator.

Evil is the Absence of Good

When I first watched this video I felt a certain “ring” of truth but that was simply to the message it contained. The idea that it was Albert Einstein, who certainly had the aptitude to thwart a professors shallow claims, was the part created by wishful thinking.

What I’ve read about Einstein goes along with Snopes account that this encounter never really happened. (Not sure why Snopes title this page Malice of Absence.)

But whether Einstein or someone else came up with these observations doesn’t change integral premise.

Is evil solely the absence of good?

There’s a great deal of merit to the concept and it fits so nicely alongside the aforementioned conceits. I feel the need to give it more thought, or perhaps God Himself will bless me with greater wisdom.

Jack White & the Church

Photo of Jack White
Whatever you say about Jack White, you can’t see he doesn’t chart his own course.

Interesting blog post called What Jack White Can Teach the Church. Coming from someone inside a church, I tend to agree. (via Thunderstruck)

My favorite part:

Jack White, however, shows that to give up on the tradition would be every bit the mistake it would be to go chasing after whatever the culture tells us they want.

Which consistently brings me back to this wise axiom from Bob Russell, “Maintain the message, modify the method.”

Keep on, keepin’ on.

The Devil Hates What God Loves

The devil is not equal with God in power or ability but the devil is the opposite of God in many ways. See 16 of those ways below.

Did you know that the Devil hates what God loves? No, check this out.

God has always been. The devil was created. 1

God originates. The devil imitates. 2

God creates. The devil destroys. 3

God gives life. The devil kills. 4

God designs. The devil perverts. 5

God is always Himself. The devil masquerades as others. 6

God is always truthful. The devil lies. 7

God is perfect. The devil tempts us to sin. 8

God offers grace. The devil accuses. 9

God gives freedom. The devil wants you to be a slave. 10

God is forthright. The devil hides in the shadow. 11

God’s ways are perfect. The devil works in those who disobey. 12

God wants you to be healthy. The devil promotes disease. 13

God is all powerful. The devil needs permission. 14

God loves you. The devil hates what God loves. 15

God lives forever. The devil knows his end will come. 16

More: The Characteristics of Satan, Biblical passages about Satan and his attributes, 5 Characteristics of the Devil

God loves but the Devil hates, and he especially hates what God loves.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Would Be Disappointed with Where Our Country Is Today

It’s important to remember what was most important to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the grand scheme of things.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, but today is his birthday.

I think too many people forget that his driving purpose was for more than just equal rights, it was for people to know and share in the love of his Savior.

If you don’t read anything else today, please read this. I copied it from Promises to Keep: Daily Devotions for Men of Integrity

A middle-aged black man on skid row in Los Angeles recently paraded down the street with a sign that read, “I NEED ‘BREAD’ TO GET ME TO THE MILLION MAN MARCH IN D.C.” He held out a hat for donations to finance his trip the 1995 event. Drugs and alcohol had failed, maybe he could fill the void in his heart by going to the march. He, like thousands of others, felt empty but didn’t realize that you cannot find meaning in an ocean of lost souls.

This man’s father had been in Washington in 1963, gathered with whites and blacks at the Lincoln Memorial with demands to pass civil rights legislation. And those demands were met. But what effect did this victory have for him? His only son was steeped in hate and was imprisoned for “wasting” a rival gang member. Three generations in search of imperishable food and all remaining empty. His father may have been searching for the right things but did he go to the right place to find it?

Few will forget the surge of the crowd when Martin Luther King Jr., made his “I have a dream” speech, accompanied by while folk singers such as Joan Beaz and Bob Dylan. One writer described the event as “in keeping with King’s color-blind vision of the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners sitting together at the table of brotherhood.” Even today I know few people who can’t sit through a recording of that same speech without being captured by the beauty of the vision of a unified country. King’s legacy will remain with us, but how many neighborhoods have become brotherhoods? Is this nation closer to judging people by the content of their character? The work has been done in the House of Representatives and the Senate of this great nation, but we have forgotten the greater work that must be done at the altar of repentance. Even with legislative victories, the insatiable hunger for meaning persists.

Rhetoric does not satisfy the soul. New laws will not feed people who are starving for purpose. Only Jesus does. Two thousand years ago He proclaimed that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matt: 4:4).

Are you hungry? broken? dispossed? searching for meaning? purpose? … Do you thirst for truth? God wants to speak to you straight from His heart. After hope and reason have failed, faith conquers.

Wellington Boone, from his book Breaking Through: Taking the Kingdom into the Culture by Out-Serving Others

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Science Proves Heaven Is Real

So, is heaven real? This brain doctor died and came back to analyze his own brain function charts.

Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, was in a coma for 7 days. Afterwards, he came back with a wildly different view of how the soul exists by itself, and is distinct from the body.

Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife

There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the bacteria that had attacked them, my brain-free consciousness journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy to explain was a simple impossibility.

After reading that, see if you agree with his claim that science proves heaven is real.

God Designed Diversity, We Rebel When We Force Uniformity

The beauty in nature comes primarily from so much diversity. There’s not just one kind of “pretty thing” because God made it all.

Excerpted from Promises to Keep: Daily Devotions for Men of Integrity, a daily devotional. This section comes from June 21 written by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey and their book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.

It seems safe to assume that God enjoys variety… He didn’t stop with a thousand insect species; he conjured up three hundred thousand species of beetles and weevils along. In his famous speech in the Book of Job, God pointed with pride to such oddities of creation at the mountain goat, the wild ass, the ostrich, and the lightning bolt. He lavished color, design, and texture on the world, giving us Pygmies and Watusies, blond Scandinavians and swarthy Italians, big-boned Russians and petite Japanese.

People, created in His image, have continued the process of individualization, grouping themselves according to distinct cultures. Consider the continent of Asia for a crazy salad. In China women wear long pants and men wear gowns. In tropical Asia people drink hot tea and munch on blistering peppers to keep cool. Japanese fry ice cream. Indonesian men dance in public with other men to demonstrate that they are not homosexual. Westerners smile at the common Asian custom of marriages arranged by parents; Asians gasp at our entrusting such a decision to vague romantic love. Balinese men squat to urinate and women stand. And when the British introduced the violin to India a century ago, men started playing it while sitting on the floor, holding it between the shoulder and the sole of the foot. Why not?

Whenever I travel overseas, I am struck anew by the world’s incredible diversity, and the churches overseas are now are now beginning to show that cultural self-expression. For too long they were bound up in Western ways (as the early church had been bound in Jewish ways) so that hymns, dress, architecture, and church names were the same around the world. Now indigenous churches are bursting out with their own spontaneous expressions of worship to God. I must guard against picturing the Body of Christ as composed only of American or British cells; it is far grander and more luxuriant than that…

Blacks in Murphy, North Carolina, shout their praised to God. Believers in Austria intone them, accompanied by magnificent organs and illuminated by stained glass. Some Africans dance their praise to God, following the beat of a skilled drummer. Sedate Japanese Christians express their gratitude by creating objects of beauty. Indians point their hands upward, palms together, in the namaste greeting of respect, that has it origin in the Hindu concept “I worship the God I see in you,” but gains new meaning as Christians use it to recognize the image of God in others.

The Body of Christ, like our own bodies, is composed of individual, unlike cells that are knit together to form one Body. He is the whole thing, and the joy of the Body increases as individual cells realize they can be diverse without becoming isolated outposts.