Key precept: “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” Douglas Adams
Stepping stone on the path to eternal life: Use your common sense.
Good writing starts with a thesis on which everything else in the account rests. The Bible’s thesis is that God created the material universe and everything in it. Every single element in the rest of the story, which builds systematically from The Beginning in Genesis through The End in Revelation, rests on this fundamental premise.
This premise is famously opposed by scientists.
In the scientific universe matter came before mind. Mind is an accident of matter…
We have almost no evidence to go on when we decide what we believe happened at the beginning of time, but the choice we make has massive implications for our understanding of the way the world works.
Pay close attention to the opinion of Stephen Hawking, reputed to be a genius physicist and “one of the most important scientists and public intellectuals of our time, if not all time.” Did you notice that this genius scientist bases his conviction, not on scientific evidence, but on belief? His choice of what to believe is made to resolve his emotional response to the concept of an afterlife.
As he states, he is grateful, i.e. relieved to conclude that there is no afterlife. This is understandable, since he spent his entire adult life struggling with a severely debilitating physical disease, experiencing, in essence, the misery of a disembodied soul as postulated to be the condition of the afterlife.
But is someone’s emotionally disturbed coping mechanism a viable basis on which to base belief directing our life’s choices, and faith in our soul’s fate after death?
In The Secret History of the World, by Mark Booth, the opposite proposition is offered to a truth seeker.
If you believe that matter came before mind, you have to explain how a chance coming together of chemicals creates consciousness, which is difficult. If, on the other hand, you believe that matter is precipitated by a cosmic mind, you have the equally difficult problem of explaining how, of providing a working model.
Not really. The unchanging Bible provided a working model thousands of years before materialistic science had discarded the spirit dimension and begun speculating on various models. This Includes, by the way, an impenetrable dimension of reality doggedly described as matter although materialistic science cannot apply any known physical modes to sense it.
Dark matter is believed to be a form of matter thought to account for approximately 85% of the matter in the universe and about 27% of its total mass–energy density…Its presence is implied in a variety of astrophysical observations, including gravitational effects that cannot be explained by accepted theories of gravity unless more matter is present than can be seen…
Because dark matter has not yet been observed directly, if it exists…
The Bible reports extensively on an invisible dimension that interacts with the material world.
The spirit dimension.
“a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men…a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying…” (Job 4:12-16)
” there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
- And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?
- Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
- Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
- Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. [Foreshadowing alert! This is the opposite of fearing God, AKA right-eousness.]
- And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power;” (Job 1:
- And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?
“deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (I Corinthians 5:5)
Another impenetrable dimension of reality is the mind / consciousness.
What is consciousness?
The basic definition of consciousness…”characterized by the experience of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, awareness of the external world, and…self-awareness,” according to the Oxford Dictionary of Psychology.
Scientists simply don’t…know where it comes from, or what it’s made of…
we can’t exhaustively say other organisms, and even inanimate objects, don’t have consciousness. Humans relate to animals and can imagine, say, dogs and cats have some amount of consciousness because we see their facial expressions and how they appear to make decisions. But just because we don’t “relate to” rocks, the ocean, or the night sky, that isn’t the same as proving those things don’t have consciousness.
This is where a philosophical stance called panpsychism comes into play…
“This claims consciousness is inherent in even the tiniest pieces of matter — an idea that suggests the fundamental building blocks of reality have conscious experience. Crucially, it implies consciousness could be found throughout the universe…”
One of the leading minds in physics, 2020 Nobel laureate and black hole pioneer Roger Penrose, has written extensively about quantum mechanics as a suspected vehicle of consciousness.
For thousands of years the Bible has been reporting that consciousness is found throughout the universe.
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:22-23)
The Bible explains physical science as well as invisible, spiritual, other-dimensional states of being, the past as well as the future. We are honest when we acknowledge that we can’t scientifically determine these states of being, we can only know whatever is communicated to us by someone who was there and capable himself of understanding the states of being – if he chooses to have a word with us. We rationally choose to put our faith in both honestly conducted science and God’s Word when we honestly examine the evidence provided in both realms.
- The Bible reports that matter was created by energy and sound.
“…the Spirit of God moved [kinetic energy]…And God said [sound waves] Let there be light…” (Gen 1)
This ancient revelation has only recently been confirmed by theoretical physicists. Einstein is famous for the equation “E=mc2 which established that energy (E) can be converted into matter (m) when acted upon by light (c2). Recently physicists have empirically demonstrated this.
2) The Bible reports that God made and maintains the “worlds” (note the plural, either a reference to sequential reconstructions of our current world during Creation week, see the next post, or a reference to a multiverse, see String Theory below) by speaking material substance into existence.
“God…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…by whom also he made the worlds…and upholding all things by the word of his power,” (Heb 1:1-3)
Currently physicists are exploring how resonance, a quality of sound, holds together everything in the universe. Observation of the macro effect of sound vibrations on tiny particles of matter gives some insight into this micro subatomic physics phenomenon.
3) The Bible reports that seemingly solid substance is actually composed of invisible force fields.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the [spoken] word [which we have above noted is a form of energy] of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Heb 11:3)
String theory, often called the “theory of everything,” is a relatively young science that includes such unusual concepts as superstrings, branes, and extra dimensions. Scientists are hopeful that string theory will unlock one of the biggest mysteries of the universe…
String theory is a work in progress, so trying to pin down exactly what the science is, or what its fundamental elements are, can be kind of tricky. The key string theory features include:
All objects in our universe are composed of vibrating filaments (strings) and membranes (branes) of energy…
Several extra (usually unobservable) dimensions to the universe must exist…
There are also possible…parallel universes…
scientists can use the fact that humanity exists as an explanation for certain physical properties of our universe.
Our universe could be “stuck” on a brane…
Stating that science validates the Bible does not elevate science over faith. It confirms that reality / truth is not hidden, God has revealed it to establish our faith.
Faith is not blindly accepting what we don’t understand. It is not the opposite of reason. It is the end result of reason. Faith is rationally acting on a reported unknown future after determining the credibility of the source through their previous reports of the known past.
The opposite of faith is determined blindness against God’s evident power and authority. The known world proves the existence, power and nature of God, in whom we then choose, or not, to place our faith for the unknowable and uncontrollable aspects of our own lives.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1-3)
The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth is a compilation of ancient mystery religions’ beliefs and practices from across the world, providing a convenient spiritual resource for contemporary Westerners steeped in Christianity to explore other options besides the biblical account of creation, humanity’s purpose and history, and the end of the world as we know it.
in the beginning there were no objects in space…
Since there was noTHING when something first happened, it is safe to say this first happening must have been quite different from the sorts of events we regularly account for in terms of the laws of physics.
Might it make sense to say this first happening could have been in some ways more like a mental event than a physical event?
The idea of mental events generating physical effects may at first seem counter-intuitive, but in fact it’s something we experience all the time. For example, what happens when I’m struck by an idea…is that a pulse jumps a synapse in my brain, something like an electrical current burns down a nerve in my arm and my hand moves…
In the beginning an impulse must have come from somewhere…In this history we shall see how for many of the world’s most brilliant individuals the birth of the universe, the mysterious transition from no-matter to matter has been explained…as the mind of God…
From the priests of the Egyptian temples to today’s secret societies…this model [of explaining how matter comes from mind] has always been conceived of as a series of thoughts emanating from the cosmic mind. Pure mind to begin with, these thought-emanations…, energy…became gas, then liquid and finally solids…
These emanations have also always been thought of as in some sense…intelligent…
The reality of everyday experience is that thoughts are quite routinely introduced…The ancients understood this ‘somewhere else’ as being some-one else, the someone being a god, an angel or a spirit…emanations from the great cosmic mind – Thought-Beings in other words. What I am asking you to consider now is that these great Thought-Beings expressed themselves through people. If today we naturally think of people thinking, in ancient times they thought of Thoughts peopling…
For example, Alexander the Great or Napoleon were vehicles for a great spirit…No one could oppose them and they succeeded in everything they did – until the spirit left them…
In this history gods and spirits control the material world and exercise power over it. We will see too, how sometimes disembodied beings break through, unbidden…commerce with the spirits was always considered highly dangerous.
What we discover is that only the Bible documents a specific individual and clearly describes his actions at the beginning and continuing throughout human history, with multiple means of validating the reports from a variety of scientific disciplines.
“Thus saith God the LORD / YHVH, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein…I am the LORD / YHVH: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:5-8)
Only the Bible reveals how to engage in a relationship with Creator God to permanently benefit from his creative power. Other religions’ writings express knowing about this Creator, but only the Bible documents the process by which we can know him.
“we know that we are of God…And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (I John 5:19-20)
Only the Bible provides a written document as a basis for trust. Religions and secret societies require their followers to place their trust in the intermediary human, AKA priest, regardless of the title he gives himself of pope, pastor, elder, master, etc.
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts…prophecy of the scripture.” (II Peter 1:16-20)
Only the Bible provides a means of validating the truth of his claims through the accuracy of future events coming to pass as predicted, or more accurately, pre-dictated, in the past. Only the Bible demonstrates infallible accuracy over the course of thousands of years. Unlike scientific theories, more properly defined as speculations, which change constantly within a few years and are hotly debated among scientific factions.
“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (Isaiah 42:9)
“Mathematicians have calculated the odds of Jesus fulfilling only 8 of the [approximately 300] Messianic prophecies as 1 out of 1017 (a 1 followed by 17 zeros). This is equivalent to covering the entire state of Texas with silver dollars 2 feet deep, marking one of them, mixing them all up and having a blindfolded person select the marked one at random the first time – What Are The Odds?”
Creation, with its unsearchable complexity and utter mysteriousness of life – can be appreciated by every human being from the simplest illiterate hunter-gatherers to the most intelligent physicists and philosophers.
Creation is the only real basis for trust in the Bible’s author-ity in what it authorizes its authors to report that God did in the past, and will do in the future. Every statement made in the Bible, every theological belief drawn from the Bible, derives its credibility (the virgin birth) and legitimacy (ye must be born again) from the first statement that God designed so can control all substance and activity.
So why isn’t this Superbeing Creator in control? you ask. Why does he allow bad things to happen?
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…” (Genesis 1:27)
That answers that question. Look around. We humans are doing a terrible job of managing what was put under our control.
And that’s the story. “Every story has to have conflict.“
That’s not to say that God set up this system for his entertainment. Simply that the story of humanity, like every epic and romance story, ends when the antagonists are defeated and the protagonists live happily after after.
“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful…He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:4-6)
Interesting that the viewers of hero-based programs don’t need to be religious or to read the Bible to recognize and identify with the concept of overcoming self-interest and fear of suffering and death in the struggle of good vs evil, and to acknowledge when justice is served.
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Chosen One / Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” (Revelation 11:15-18)
What if you don’t believe in the biblical God who created everything in the universe and revealed himself to mankind? That’s OK. So far the thesis hasn’t been prove, it’s just been stated. There are numerous other claims of creator gods which can also be evaluated for credibility. Many of these can be conveniently found in The Secret History of the World.
Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling tour of our world’s secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise―that everything we’ve known about our world’s past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true…
This is a book about mystical and supernatural secrets…meditation techniques were taught to the political and cultural elite…sensory deprivation, breathing exercises, sacred dance, drama, hallucinogenic drugs and different ways of redirecting sexual energies…to induce altered states of consciousness…to see the world in new ways…
I want the reader to try to imagine…This inevitably involves an altered state of consciousness to some degree…at the heart of all esoteric teaching in all parts of the world lies the belief that higher forms of intelligence can be accessed in altered states…
And here the mystery religions with multiple gods and imaginary exploits cannot retrofit the Bible with its proof of a Creator.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (II Corinthians 10:5)
“that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” (Romans 1:19-20)
OK. So we can consider the possibility that there are no gods at all and we humans are the most intelligent beings in the universe.
Seriously? “Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction.”
By default, we put our faith in something. People who claim to be rational by believing in the godless non-spiritual materialism that science has “discovered” are actually trusting in the scientists.
And harking back to The Secret History of the World:
Again and again we will see that the esoteric account is not necessarily inconsistent with the scientific one…it views the same reality from a different point of view.
This is because they are both based on imagination.
Name: Robert Simmon
Title: Lead Data Visualizer and Information Designer
My role is to make imagery from Earth sciences data. I turn data into pictures…I rely on engineers and scientists to produce the data. Their reliable, real-time, stream of 1.7 terabytes a day is incredible–the same as producing 3,000 CDs a day…each instrument provides a very specialized type of information…
Our team is purely about communications. We translate data into a useable and understandable form. Our writers and visualizers explain what we are seeing and our Web developers tell the world.
Why does a graphic of the earth have to be photoshopped, when long before there were computers there were cameras that could take photos from space?
And which of these two images is accurate?
Isn’t it obvious that they are all bogus? Because they are all different, although reported to have all been taken from outer space.
The NASA photoshoppers don’t even bother to maintain consistency. Are they banking on our gullibility or mocking it?
So if NASA “has to” photoshop an image of the earth supposedly taken from a satellite 350 miles above earth, how can we possibly trust any image supposedly taken from the Hubble telescope of objects millions of lightyears away? Look through NASA’s Hubble websites for yourself and just consider the possibility that this is a massive propaganda campaign in support of religious Evolution’s ongoing justification of Imperialism based on the Survival of the Fittest.
The nearly 20-year-old Hubble Space Telescope has taken many iconic images of the cosmos…But does Hubble show us what the universe really looks like?
…no, according to NASA. (Emphasis added.)
When Hubble beams down images, astronomers have to make many adjustments, such as adding color and patching multiple photos together, to that raw data before the space observatory’s images are released to the public.
Hubble doesn’t use color film (or any film at all) to create its images. Instead, it operates much like a digital camera, using what’s called a CCD (charge-coupled device) to record incoming photons of light.
The Hubble Space Telescope…travels about 5 miles per second: That is like traveling from the eastern coast of the United States to the western coast in 10 minutes. Hubble takes sharp pictures of objects in the sky such as planets, stars and galaxies… billions of light years away…The telescope can lock onto a target that is one mile away without moving more than the width of a human hair.
OK, but how much does it move when locked onto a target billions of light years away? Seriously? We’re supposed to take this at face value?
Once the target is acquired, Hubble’s primary mirror collects light. The mirror can collect about 40,000 times more light than the human eye.
And you expect us to believe that there is no intervening light source or object blocking the view of the target billions of light years away, when scientists estimate that there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe? It seems to me that any hobby photographer would question the ability to avoid all other light sources or obstacles in order to focus on one source “billions of light years away”…
Hubble has five scientific instruments which include cameras and spectrographs. A spectrograph is an instrument that splits light into its individual wavelengths...Hubble’s main camera…can see three different kinds of light: near-ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared. But Hubble can only see each kind of light one at a time…
So how does it capture all three while moving at 5 miles per second away from a target billions of light years away? This is just common sense. Golfers don’t imagine they can shift their angle a tiny bit three times in a row and still hit the exact same target only yards away.
The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph reads ultraviolet light. This spectrograph studies how galaxies, stars and planets formed and changed…
The name alone of this device is unscientific. It is not gathering raw data to examine uncritically. It is presenting support for an a priori claim. And how does ultraviolet light show how galaxies, stars and planets form and change? Do you see where faith in the astrophysicists’ claims is required? This makes astrophysics a religion.
The Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer, or NICMOS, sees objects in deep space by sensing the heat they emit.
Seriously? From just HOW FAR AWAY?
It captures images and it is also a spectrograph. NICMOS helps scientists study how stars, galaxies and planetary systems form.
Again, how, exactly, does one data point in time establish a process as complicated and believed to have occurred over as extreme a length of time as the formation of the universe?
Images taken by Hubble have helped scientists estimate the age and size of the universe. Scientists believe the universe is almost 14 billion years old…
You’d think with all the amazing developments in a few years of Hubble activity, assuming it is real, would have led scientists to realize how much they didn’t know before, ergo, how much we still don’t know. But no, confident assertion of knowledge.
Hubble…has played a key role in the discovery of dark energy, a mysterious force that causes the universe to expand faster and faster as time goes on.
And here is a statement that can be fact checked. And it turns out that Hubble is given credit for what earth bound telescopes discovered.
…the unexpected finding made in the late 1990’s that the rate of expansion of the Universe is increasing due to dark energy…was totally unexpected and won its discoverers the Nobel prize for physics...Between 1994 and 1998 twenty astronomers located in America, Europe, Australia and Chile looked at 16 high red shift supernovae.
Where Do the Colors in Hubble’s Images Come From?
Hubble pictures start out as shades of black and white. The Space Telescope Science Institute adds colors to the pictures for different reasons. Sometimes colors are chosen to show how an object might look to the human eye. Other times colors are used to highlight an important detail. Or they can be used to show details that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye...
Hubble turned 30 years old in 2020…Since the telescope’s launch, five space shuttle missions have carried astronauts to Hubble to repair and upgrade it. The last mission was in 2009…The telescope will not be repaired or upgraded again. But, it is expected to continue to work past 2020.
Yep, just like earth-bound devices like computers and cell phones which have been working just fine without repairs or upgrades for the last 11 years are are expected to continue working. SERIOUSLY?
Meanwhile, NASA and its international partners are preparing the James Webb Space Telescope to launch in early 2021. The Webb…will be able to see through clouds and dust in space.
Did you just admit that Hubble can’t see through clouds and dust in space?!
I understand that I don’t have the scientific background or access to Hubble records to prove that Hubble is a complete hoax. Maybe it’s not. But having grown up in a religious system that demanded blind acceptance of what was preached, I learned to apply critical thinking to ANY agency expecting me to blindly pay my tithes or taxes to support whatever they did. I do not put my trust in anyone whose story has a lot of inconsistencies, and there are a host of elements of this narrative that are open to scrutiny.
- 1969 – CCD (charge-coupled device) in initial stages of development by Bell Labs at AT&T.
- 1974 – Astrophysicists and engineers meet to develop concepts, technical requirements, and budget for a space telescope.
- 1977 – Congress approves funding. Home computers become widely available.
- 1981 – First electronic cameras record images as continuous signals, as videotape machines did, not as discrete (digital) levels. Images had quality of the television of that time and had a lower quality of images comparing to the standard film. They also needed equipment for capturing and printing of images. They were mostly used by newspapers and military.
- 1990 – Hubble Space Telescope launched. Ummm, so even with government funding available, what technology was available? Since the first images were determined to be only a 50% improvement over ground-based images, I’m guessing – not much. And sure enough:
- 1993 – first servicing mission by astronauts installing new equipment.
- 1997 – second servicing mission to install new equipment. Digital cameras are becoming available to the public, but regardless of the much greater simplicity of hand-held cameras and the massive profit motive, won’t replace film cameras for another 10 years, i.e. 2007. But the 1997 technology is what Hubble had to work with for 20 years. Anybody on earth still using 20 year old cameras?
- 1999 – third servicing mission to restore Hubble to working order after it had shut down.
- 2002 – fourth servicing mission scheduled to upgrade Hubble by astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
- 2003 – The loss of all seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia halted further missions to the Hubble. An estimated repair cost of $1 billion was also determined to be too expensive, and the Hubble was planned to be retired by 2010.
- 2009 – fifth and final mission to maintain equipment and upgrade capabilities.
The most recent visit was in May 2009, when astronauts performed five tricky spacewalks to add a new camera, spectrograph, and make unprecedented repairs and upgrades that left Hubble more powerful than ever before.
NASA scientists hope those upgrades will add at least five more years of life to the aging Hubble Space Telescope.
Hmmm. This article is still “Live! From NASA! History’s premier outer space propaganda website!” in 2020, 6 years after Hubble’s expected life span and 11 years after the last repairs and upgrades.
In the last 11 years, which of your much simpler earth-bound electronics have not required continuous upgrades, or are no longer serviceable, or simply quit functioning? Can you imagine any equipment as high tech as the Hubble would have to be to deliver on its claims, as exposed to the elements and space debris at its location, can possibly be still working just fine??
Now let’s align Hubble’s history with world politics.
Even before the guns fell silent in Europe in 1945, it became apparent to American and British planners that the Soviet Union would hold a massive advantage in land power along the Central front. In the early post-war years, Western planners hoped that nuclear weapons would keep the Soviets at bay. As the USSR’s own missile and nuclear programs accelerated, however, it became apparent that NATO would need to come to some understanding of how to fight Warsaw Pact [Soviet Union] forces.
- 1946 – WWII Nazi rocket science, seized as spoils of war by winners Russia and the US through the acquisition of top Nazi scientists, permits the existing concept of a space-based telescope to be studied for practical implementation.
The aftermath of World War II saw much of Europe devastated in a way that is now difficult to envision. Approximately 36.5 million Europeans had died in the conflict, 19 million of them civilians. Refugee camps and rationing dominated daily life. In some areas, infant mortality rates were one in four. Millions of orphans wandered the burnt-out shells of former metropolises. In the German city of Hamburg alone, half a million people were homeless.
In addition, Communists aided by the Soviet Union were threatening elected governments across Europe. In February 1948, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, with covert backing from the Soviet Union, overthrew the democratically elected government in that country.
- 1949 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization / NATO is formed to deter Soviet expansionism, forbid the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American (read American) presence on the continent, and encourage European political integration.
- 1952 – the United States tests a nuclear weapon one thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb that had leveled Hiroshima, committing the United States to an arms race with the Soviet Union. The newly formed US National Security Council’s releases NSC-68, a secret policy paper calling for massively increased military spending to counter the Soviet Union’s stated planned takeover of not just America but the whole world, establishing a state of fear of a nuclear apocalypse and willingness to blindly fund secret spending by the Department of Defense, CIA, and National Security Agency, budgeted at $59 billion in 2015.
The Nuclear Option
During the 1950s and 1960s, NATO and the Warsaw Pact agreed about two things regarding combat on the Central front. First, Warsaw Pact forces would quickly overrun NATO forces, achieving rates of advance across Western Europe that exceeded even those of World War II. Second, both NATO and the Warsaw Pact would make plentiful use of tactical nuclear weapons, both to break up enemy formations and also to pave the way for advancing forces…
- 1957 – Arch enemy, Russia, launches the first successful artificial satellite.
- 1958 – Congress passes the Space Act creating the National Aeronautics and Space Agency.
- 1961 – In his farewell address, President Eisenhower, unable to slow the arms race, warned of the dangers posed by the growing influence of the “military-industrial complex.“
- 1968 – The most tenacious anti-war movement in U.S. history, beginning with the start of the bombing of North Vietnam in 1964 and radicalizing hundreds of thousands of young people, climaxes in 1968, forcing an end U.S. combat operations against Communist forces in Vietnam and a suspension of the draft by January 1973.
- 1969 – The National Academy of Sciences publishes “Scientific [clearly as opposed to Military] Uses of the Large Space Telescope.”
The Rise of AirLand Battle
First published in 1982, and further developed in 1986, AirLand Battle…envisioned a simultaneous set of attacks deep inside an enemy position, using long-range artillery, airstrikes, and paratroopers…precision guided munitions.
- 1990 – Hubble Space Telescope launched.
Think I’m being a rabid conspiratorialist?
In 2011 NASA celebrated the publication of the 10,000th scientific paper based on Hubble data. “This makes Hubble one of the most prolific astronomical endeavors in history.”
For the past 21 years [1991 – 2011] thousands of astronomers around the world in over 35 countries have been engaged in Hubble research. Outside of the United States, the top five nations publishing the most Hubble findings are the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain.
The papers are based on Hubble observations that cover nearly every frontier in astronomy…
Data from Hubble’s longest operating camera, the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (which was active from 1994 to 2009), was used for nearly half of the papers. The next most highly ranking instrument is the Advanced Camera for Surveys, which was installed in 2002 and is still operating. This is followed by three other top-ranking instruments: the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the Near Infrared and Multi-Object Spectrograph, and the Faint Object Spectrograph.
Unlike other space astrophysics programs, five space shuttle servicing missions to Hubble from 1993 to 2009 repaired various components of the telescope and upgraded it with ever more powerful instruments. This ensured an ongoing program of cutting-edge science spanning over two decades. With a suite of state-of-the-art science instruments, Hubble is presently at its apex of scientific capability.
Bear in mind, this was reported in 2011 – it is now ten years later in 2021 with NO further repairs or upgrades.
In a court of law an advocate don’t need to prove anything, simply show enough holes in the opposition’s story to establish doubt. NASA’s story does not hold up to scrutiny.
You are trusting in what you are told by scientists, and they can’t even prove what they claim to be reality.
...all too often, science is presented as trafficking in absolute truths. On the contrary, science is a framework for interpreting, systematizing, and predicting nature based on empirical observations. That is to say, a well accepted ‘theory’ (framework for understanding/predicting nature) can always be upended with sufficiently compelling contrary evidence.
- 2009 – As Hubble’s lifespan is ending
Dark matter discovered: Scientists believe they have found elusive particle that makes up 90% of Universe
This dark matter map was created by the Hubble Telescope by measuring light from distant stars thought to have been deflected by dark matter. The map of half the Universe reveals [if this assertion doesn’t demonstrate propaganda I don’t know what does] dark matter filaments, collapsing under the relentless pull of gravity and growing clumpier over time.
Dark matter is believed to make up 90 per cent of the mass of the Universe. We can’t see it but scientists think it is there due to the gravitational force it exerts…
Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs)…are thought to make up dark matter…
The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) is using 30 ultra-cold germanium and silicon detectors far away from the hail of cosmic rays that strike Earth every day. It is believed the crystals will vibrate if struck by a WIMP.
Now head of CDMS Dan Bauer said they have spotted two particles with all the expected characteristics of dark matter.
The physicist cautions, however, that there’s about a one in four chance that ordinary subatomic particles, rather than dark matter, could account for the signals.
The Large Hadron Collider is expected to create Big Bang conditions next month. It is hoped the accelerator will create dark matter particles.
Theorist Craig Hogan from the University of Chicago said…three or four more WIMP-like interactions recorded over the next few years by the experiment, would constitute proof of dark matter. Seriously? Proof?
‘That would be a huge transformation in how we do science,’ Dr Hogan said.
Can you not recognize that what has been reported – in this article at least – has no substance on which to place our trust in the “theorists”. Make sure you get that point. This is imagination. These are “ideas” based on other ideas. There is no empirical data underpinning any of these hypotheses allowing them to be elevated to the status of a theory.
Science employs a particular vocabulary for describing how ideas are proposed, tested, and supported or disproven. And that’s where we see the difference between a hypothesis and a theory.
A hypothesis is an assumption, something proposed for the sake of argument so that it can be tested to see if it might be true.
In the scientific method, the hypothesis is constructed before any applicable research has been done, apart from a basic background review. You ask a question, read up on what has been studied before, and then form a hypothesis…
A hypothesis is usually tentative, an assumption or suggestion made strictly for the objective of being tested…
A theory, in contrast, is a principle that has been formed as an attempt to explain things that have already been substantiated by data…Because of the rigors of experimentation and control, its likelihood as truth is much higher than that of a hypothesis.
Another possibility is that gravity is not be what it is theorized to be, therefore its theorized effects do not exist therefore dark matter may not exist.
Contrary to what you have been taught, there is no “Law” of Gravity. Gravity itself is an unknown factor.
There is no theory of gravity that fully explains the observed effects of gravity. Sir Isaac Newton’s explanation [from the 18th century!] of how it works was based on the observations that were available at his time, including the falling of objects of mass as apples on or near to the Earth’s surface, and the orbits of the Planets and the Moon. He assumed that there was a force from the Sun and the Earth and other large bodies that was sent out from the mass in the bodies due to the existence of a Natural Law that require it.
Professor Albert Einstein, after he had published his Special Theory of Relativity, that showed that the movement of mass at a constant speed of light resulted in a change in the mass of bodies as observed by a motionless Observer, produced a General Theory of Relativity that described the movement of bodies in an energy field causing gravity effects. It does not cover all observed gravity and has to be tweaked (some call the change a ‘Fudge Factor’} by a Cosmological Constant.
The latest theory, by a Professor Verlinde, is being studied and shows some promise, but it is strictly theoretical and will be difficult to understand since it is based on the existence of energy not proven to exist.
Is it not apparent that Professor Verlinde is
- starting from a belief in the existence of Dark Matter as presented – supposedly- by Hubble
- based on an existing theory of gravity that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny
- so is reworking the theory of gravity to conform to the latest theory of the universe being composed of Dark Matter.
Circular reasoning!! Not the scientific method of observation – hypothesis – testing – theory.
For now, is it possible for the reader to even consider that your beliefs about space have been shaped by a militaristic government hiding its true objectives in secret budgets to quash objections to crippling taxation?
Maybe your beliefs about God and Creation have likewise been, even subliminally, distorted by the massive amounts of propaganda you’ve been exposed to in the oppositional-defiant approach to God in the educational and entertainment sectors?
Why we went to space
…In the aftermath of the Second World War, the United States and Soviet Union became embroiled in a competitive arms race that saw significant military gains on both sides, eventually culminating in the development of rockets capable of striking enemy territory across the world. The next step for arms superiority jumped from 1) the atmosphere to 2) Low Earth Orbit to 3) the Moon, the ultimate high ground…
The development of space travel didn’t occur in a political vacuum: the drive for the United States to develop rockets and vehicles which could travel higher and faster than their Soviet counterparts happened alongside increasing US/USSR tensions, especially as geopolitical crises such the Cuban Missile Crisis and the US deployment of missiles to Turkey demonstrated how ready each country was to annihilating the other.…
The red hot environment of the Cold War allowed for significant political capital and governmental spending which supported a first-strike infrastructure…
By 1966, the space race peaked: NASA received its highest budget ever, at just under 4.5% of the total US federal budget, at $5.933 billion dollars (around $43 billion today.)…By this point, the social and political infrastructure and support for space had begun to wane…
The urgency which fueled the Cold War arms race had begun to cool, and along with it, the support for much of the efforts required to bring people into space and to the Moon...Other major concerns have redirected US attentions from spaceflight: the United States’ War on Terror, which is expected to cost US taxpayers over $5 trillion dollars in the long run.
There is collateral evidence for the above article’s claim that financial support to return to the moon has dwindled.
But that doesn’t mean that we should conclude that the writer’s claim of loss of financial and social support as the reason we haven’t returned to the moon is accurate. The logic just isn’t there. A high school teacher shouldn’t accept this argument in a 10th grader’s essay.
- We went to the moon in the 1960’s because of the War..
- We aren’t going to the moon now because of the War…
Come on. Surely there’s a more credible reason? Let’s go straight to the source.
Sixty years ago today [January 31, 2018], the United States launched its first satellite [NOT manned] into space. Dubbed Explorer 1, the spacecraft followed just months after the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 and 2 spacecraft commenced the Space Age. Data…recorded by Explorer 1 was humanity’s first glimpse of Earth’s radiation belts, two concentric rings of energetic particles surrounding the planet…named the Van Allen Belts, after James Van Allen, the scientist who led the charge designing the instruments and studying the radiation data from Explorer 1.
The outer belt is made up of billions of high-energy particles that originate from the Sun and become trapped in Earth’s magnetic field…The inner belt results from interactions of cosmic rays with Earth’s atmosphere. Satellites that unwittingly or intentionally venture into the belts can be damaged by the radiation, which could have an impact on unprotected astronauts as well. Understanding the dynamics of this region is essential for protecting technological assets and planning crewed space missions.
“Could have an impact on unprotected astronauts?” “Planning crewed space missions?” Sure sounds like manned space craft haven’t been through the Van Allen Belts yet. I encourage you to listen to NASA’s own public service announcement on Apollo’s replacement, the Orion spacecraft.
We are headed 3600 miles above earth. This is 15 times higher from earth than the International Space Station. As we get further from earth, we’ll pass through the Van Allen Belts, an area of dangerous radiation…But Orion has protection. Shielding will be put to the test as the vehicle cuts through waves of radiation. Sensors aboard will record radiation levels for scientists to study. We must solve these challenges before we send people through these regions of space…It’s time to head home…75 miles above earth, the spacecraft enters the atmosphere…We’re now traveling more than 20,000 miles per hour…An envelope of hot plasma surrounds the vehicle…reaches temperatures of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, almost twice as hot as molten lava. This may be the most dangerous part of the flight…A specially constructed heat shield takes the full brunt of the inferno. This is the largest heat shield of its kind ever made…One day people will be aboard, so the deceleration must happen in stages to keep things comfortable for the crew. It takes [three] parachutes [with a combined canopy the size of a football field] to slow our descent, then splashdown. For the first flight, we won’t have astronauts inside.
Don’t overlook the visuals in the film created by NASA to publicize their planned mission. It is so realistic that it could easily be misinterpreted as the real thing.
Like the moon landing, for example. If the moon is over 225,000 miles above earth and the inner and more intense of the two Van Allen radiation belts extends from roughly 600 miles (1,000 km) to 3,700 miles (6,000 km) above the earth, then how did manned spacecraft make it through with the limited technology of the 1960’s? NASA’s own data indicates that America did not have the capability to pull off the reported moon landing in the 1960’s. So what was the point in claiming that it did?
One unarguable scientific fact is that
the maps attempting to represent a round globe are KNOWN to be false.
The following information is taken from non-Christian sites. This is not a Creationism argument. This is a long-standing and well-known problem within cartography.
Our maps have been lying to us for centuries.
The standard classroom maps we all learned geography from are based on the Mercator projection, a 16th century rendering that preserved lines used for navigation while hideously distorting the true sizes of continents and oceans further from the equator…
For centuries, cartographers have made numerous attempts to account for the inconsistency…The problem was so widespread that a French mathematician even developed an eponymous equation to quantify the degree of distortion that a map experienced.
The Peters Projection World Map is one of the most stimulating, and controversial, images of the world. When this map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters at a Press Conference in Germany in 1974 it generated a firestorm of debate…The challenge of any world map is to represent a round earth on a flat surface…The Peters Projection is an area accurate map.
Sinusoidal Projection: …succeeds in presenting a more accurate view of the poles, but at the cost of misshapen continents and bent meridians.
Robinson Projection: …pulling out the edges of the map to mimic a sphere…It was used by both Rand McNally and the National Geographic Society at one point.
Bonne Projection: …dates back to the 16th century. The heart shape preserves integrity near the center, but gets progressively more unrealistic as it moves outward.
Armadillo Projection: …keeps the continents in decent shape while causing the oceans to appear smaller, and cutting off half of Australia and all of New Zealand.
The 2016 winner of Japan’s prestigious Good Design,..preserves the true dimensions of the continents by angling them outward instead of stretching them…Their website states that the goal was to create a map better suited to address the problems of the 21st century, including rapidly diminishing sea ice and territorial claims of marine territory, by more accurately depicting what areas near the poles actually look like.
Called the AuthaGraph, the result is a map that looks a little different that most of us are used to…Most importantly, the continents are all rendered as they actually appear. Africa has regained its geographic primacy while North America and Europe are shrunk back to their true sizes. The oceans, too, are finally represented accurately. By breaking longstanding rules governing how the continents and lines of latitude and longitude should appear, Narukawa has achieved a geographically accurate depiction of Earth.
Interesting that the United Nations’ flag had already used the “geographically accurate depiction” of a flat earth, only circular, and with Antarctica represented by the enclosing peace wreath. What do they know that they’re keeping from us?
This United Nations’ layout of the earth, which doesn’t taper the “southern hemisphere”, is the only way that airline flight routes make sense. This fact alone should give any thinking person a scientific reason to question the globe model and consider a flat earth model, with all the subsequent implications about outer space.
This ancient image of a disc earth is consistent with images from ancient astronomically advanced cultures from around the world. Highly educated devotee of ancient cultures Peter Tompkins, in his preface to Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids, enthuses that
- “One look at the pyramidal structures of Yucatan and Chiapas…is enough to show that they…function as markers for the…transit [movement] …of heavenly bodies;”
- “the ancients accurately measured the size of the earth, mapped it”;
- “The ancient civilizations attached great importance to numbers as an exact language in which physical and spiritual ideals could be expressed and preserved; hence, they built their numbers into buildings”
- which “contain, both in their dimensions and their relative geographical positions, the whole vocabulary of the sacred language of the past”
- “Written across the face of the country in letters of earth and stone the cosmic knowledge of the ancient world is now within reach.”
Then Peter Tompkins needs to embrace the ancient civilizations’ presentation of earth as a disc over which the heavenly bodies move in a geocentric world system.
The following excerpt from the blog Spontaneous Evolution is from a man who is the antithesis of a Bible believer, as in “I love the Goddess.” And yet his perspective on the Flat Earth movement, which may well be antithetical to his world view, bears comparing to the typical Christian’s refusal to question what they are told by their leaders.
People are asking questions: Supporting any group without investigation is pointless…[but] we are conditioned to move with the herd so its nothing to feel bad or embarrassed about. These movements, like the conspiracy movement is forcing people to investigate for themselves. Even if they find warped evidence, or arrive at incorrect conclusions, I still think the point is people are asking questions, and I would imagine over time their skills of analysis and research would greatly improve. One learns nothing by simply being spoon fed information.
Blind defense of the globe model: 99.99% of people who read this will not be able to prove it’s round. They can refer to NASA or pictures in school books but do not personally have the skills to prove we live on a globe…Why do we defend an idea or strangers we have no direct investment in? We are terrified of having our safe comfortable view of the world challenged…Unlike other conspiracies this is the first time that I notice the conspiracy side, the flat earthers calmer and better researched by far, than the round earthers.
Most importantly: I also see these Flat Earthers as potentially an early indication of who are coming of age on this planet ehhhhh or plane…Will the next generation be awake enough to realise that they are responsible for their own lives, their money, their health and most crucially their education? A critical thinking population will analyse and assess every subject thrown at it, that may mean subjects you consider wacky and a waste of time, it may also mean subjects you may consider of the utmost importance. Put the subject of the flat earth to one side for a moment, we need thinkers, we need readers and researchers. We need people who are not afraid to be ridiculed, to stand out from the mob.
The following excerp from Scientific Proof Is A Myth is not from a Creationism author, but from Forbes magazine.
You’ve heard of our greatest scientific theories: the theory of evolution, the Big Bang theory, the theory of gravity. You’ve also heard of the concept of a proof, and the claims that certain pieces of evidence prove the validities of these theories. Fossils, genetic inheritance, and DNA prove the theory of evolution. The Hubble expansion of the Universe, the evolution of stars, galaxies, and heavy elements, and the existence of the cosmic microwave background prove the Big Bang theory. And falling objects, GPS clocks, planetary motion, and the deflection of starlight prove the theory of gravity.
Except that’s a complete lie. While they provide very strong evidence for those theories, they aren’t proof. In fact, when it comes to science, proving anything is an impossibility.
Even in theoretical physics, the most mathematical of all the sciences, our “proofs” aren’t on entirely solid ground. If the assumptions we make no longer apply…we’ll “prove” something that turns out not to be true. If someone tells you a scientific theory has been proven, you should ask what they mean by that. Normally, they mean “they’ve convinced themselves that this thing is true,”…
So don’t try to prove things; try to convince yourself…Every scientific theory will someday fail…the best ones succeed for the longest amounts of time and over the greatest ranges possible…it’s the most correct description of the physical world humanity has ever imagined.
Since true science can only describe the observable states of being in the physical, social, and psychological domains, even they admit that leaves out a great deal of invisible reality. Even what can be observed is limited by the available tools, and, well, the availability of the matter to be observed, which anything that happened in the past is not. You must admit that scientific theories are unreliable, always in flux, old theories discarded and replaced by new ones as new evidence comes to light.
After achieving a few minor technological breakthroughs in the 19th century “oppositions of science falsely so called” (I Timothy 6:20) factored God out of the observable order and design of the physical world and substituted the Big Bang and evolution as the totally evidence-less and never observed processes using circular reasoning and contradicting all accepted scientific methods of deriving a theory to propose processes that inexplicably overcame the scientifically proven and patently obvious process of entropy / degeneration that occurs constantly, but with billions of years the unscientific process of spontaneous generation inexplicably reversed the process of degeneration and inexplicably resulted in an unimaginably complex and interdependent universe through randomness despite the component parts being unable to come into being or be sustained without the existence of the other parts which couldn’t come into being or be sustained without the existence of…
The theory of evolution is not science. It requires the ultimate suspension of disbelief, the necessary explanation for people desperate to deny the existence and very essence of God whose laws – inevitable cause-effect relationships – of physical and human nature encompassing body, soul and spirit – physics, psychology, morality – must be obeyed or bad things will happen. Has not 6,000 years of human experimentation in revolting against fundamental laws of nature proven that?
Darwin’s evolution is one of the many 19th century humanist philosophies, the necessary alternative explanation for how we and the world around us came into Being and continuously Becomes.
Self-evolving is a belief system for people who actively or unwittingly put their faith in 19th century’s Immanuel Kant’s preaching that “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed… inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another,” and proclaiming with 19th century’s Neitzsche that “God is dead!” Uhmmm, so how’s that been working out through the 20th century, “the bloodiest in history”?
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3)
When science itself disproved the Big Bang and evolution, it fell back into trusting in the old gods, repackaged as aliens from outer space, which obviously just ignores the question of their origins. How is that highly educated men can believe in more highly advanced beings in outer space but refuse to believe in a Designer of a most evidently designed and maintained world?
Ahh, it’s that bottom line conclusion – who’s in charge, then, of my life? Scientists and politicians delude themselves into believing the “more highly advanced beings” will graciously share their knowledge and power with earthlings, because they know for a fact there is no alliance with an all-powerful owner of this world and all that is in it, only submission to his Design.
And while we’re on that subject, what payment do you think these alien beings will demand of their political allies? Oh yes, enslavement of the masses. Those who survive being cleared out because they’re not deemed fit for their use, that is. Sounds like rabid conspiracy? No, it’s not only ancient history but recent news and it’s current policy.
The oldest book in the Bible is usually treated as a lesson in suffering, but it teaches a much more fundamental lesson. Job is the archetype of every individual who questions the nature of God and his relationship to humanity. He asks the questions every single individual needs to find out. “Are you there? What are you like? Do I matter to you? Can you get me out of this mess I’m in from breaking fundamental laws of human nature (AKA sin)? Is there life after death?”
“What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.” (Job 7:17-21)
Significantly – most significantly – God responds by directing Job’s attention to Creation. If we are going to get acquainted with God and enter into a relationship with him, we have to start at the beginning.
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?…And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? (Job 38:1-13)
Read God’s entire answer to Job beginning in chapter 38 and notice how it parallels the account of creation in Genesis 1. We can only begin to know God’s character and interest in us by accepting him as an Omnipotent and Omniscient Creator of ourselves and a world that was made for us that is not only Being but Becoming.
This is the fundamental biblical Flat/Enclosed Earth argument, which is beyond the scope of this post. You can explore that topic or not as you choose. More on this topic as its significance comes into play with the narrative.
“Then Job answered the LORD and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be right-(eous)?…Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.“ (Job 38:1-4) 40:1-8, 42:1-6)
It is often taught that God never answered Job’s question “Why?”. I disagree. Ever work in an organization where there are office politics and rivals and pitfalls and back room maneuverings to climb the ladder? There is no orientation manual we can read to educate us beyond policies and procedures to the relational aspects of our job. It is only through shared experiences that we develop a more knowledgeable and effective working and personal relationship with our boss and his enemies. As we come to understand his motives, objectives and boundaries we no longer have to have every detail of our assigned tasks spelled out. We are entrusted with responsibility to handle problems by applying his thoughts and his ways to our responses. And we often have to take a hit as we cover his back during a strategic move by power-seeking adversaries. Yes, sometimes it feels like we have been abandoned, but when you think about how much trust our boss / God is putting in us, it’s very uplifting.
The book of Job, like any book, begins with, then wraps up with, a thesis. At the beginning we are informed that God and Satan begin a game of Risk. Then consider the last piece of information God gives Job as he replies to his questions, at the end of an entire chapter devoted to his adversary. “…he is a king over all the children of pride.” (Job 41:34) Hint, hint! We’re in a battle for total domination!
And Job gets it. Genesis hasn’t been compiled by Moses yet, but the accounts recorded there had been passed down the generations, as Job’s faith in the promised destruction of the seed of the serpent by the seed of the woman proves.
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand [stance of victory] at the latter day upon the earth:” (Job 19:25)
When God pointedly draws Job’s attention to Leviathan/ crooked serpent/ dragon/ Satan, Job’s response is, “I know [now] that thou canst do every thing” even deliver me from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory (Matthew 6:13) and keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy (Jude 1:24)…”I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee [in action]. (Job 42:2,5)
Job had previously “known about” God, but now he “knows God.” Job’s personal experience brought him into a personal relationship with “the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:25)
So it must be with every person who would be on good terms with God. Our faith in God starts with accepting that he is the Creator and Lord of all, develops through listening to his messengers like Eli-hu / My God-he is], but must progress beyond that to a personal repentance of our resistance to, and a conversion to submission to his authority, which is the only possible right-eous relationship we can have with him.
“…I [Job] abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.“ (Job 42:6-7)
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 8:18-22)
How is it that scientists who deny intelligence behind the origin of life on earth preach the need for very high intelligence to deal with potential end-of-the-earth catastrophes in the maintenance of this complex earth by inventing a new Environmental Science as an interdisciplinary study in the fields of ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, and geodesy, all of which dependent upon and impact each other?
It’s that simple. Either this universe was created and brought into existence with all the interdependent parts put into place by an unimaginably powerful being whose attributes are beyond our comprehension and who we can only glimpse as he reveals himself to u, or it happened by chance against all odds and against all scientific principles and observed processes. Which is harder to believe?
I trust that you question the veracity of what you encounter in the news, education and advertising, then you evaluate it. “It is very easy to mock, ridicule and dismiss an argument. Taking the time to give a well thought out and carefully reasoned response however, is another story.”
Especially when it comes to biblical truths. I propose that you treat the literature of the Bible with the same consideration. Keep an open mind when you encounter statements that are contrary to your existing paradigm, and study enough of it to evaluate its claims. Make up your mind what to believe after you’ve given the alternatives a fair hearing.